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Top 10 “Jam” Sketches

Here are Anglonerd’s top 10 favorite sketches from Chris Morris’s pitch black comedy sketch show Jam. Do not watch if you are a child, squeamish, easily saddened or terrified. 10. When the neighbor hears about the miscarriage, as a present, he handcrafts a tiny wooden coffin for the fetus, which is accepted with all the shock and…

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Thick of It

*There is some swearing in this article, as is appropriate.   Don’t let the article title fool you. There are more than 50 facts in this list. I’m sure you’ll find at least ten you didn’t know before. 1. The Thick of It is the modern Shakespeare Aside from perhaps science fiction, which has popularized words like…

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11 Facts about Bridget Christie

A Book for Her is the comedian Bridget Christie’s account of how she came to do standup about feminism. The title is a spin on A Bic for Her, which was the name of one of her Fringe shows inspired by the fact that the Bic pen company came out with a pen that was made for…

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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Chris Addison

Chris Addison is a standup comedian, actor, and television host known best for his role as Ollie Reader in The Thick of It. There is some resentment surrounding Addison, likely because he doesn’t appear to age. Like Benjamin Button or Jensen Ackles, he might actually be getting younger. Chris Addison is annoyed by open cupboards Years before…

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Richard Herring’s Guide to the Future

Comedian Richard Herring is the king of crowd-funding these days. He takes to Twitter to solicit the help of his followers who can afford to pay for content in order to make his web shows and podcasts available for free. His new method for raising money for six episodes of the standup/sketch show As It Occurs to Me (AIOTM!) is to…

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10 Maddest Moments of Mad Dogs

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the premier of the UK version of Mad Dogs. To celebrate, here are the ten maddest moments of Mad Dogs, which serves as both a refresher if you want to watch the new American remake, just released on Amazon.com, without re-watching the full four-season program, as well as a…

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Top 7 Descriptions of Comedians by Stewart Lee

In 2010, Faber & Faber published Stewart Lee’s book (of three transcribed and annotated standup shows) called How I Escaped My Certain Fate: The Life and Deaths of a Stand-Up Comedian, about which Lee says, “Ideally, my ambition is to get to the point where none of my stand-up works on the page. I don’t think…

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10 Reasons You Need to Watch “Life on Mars” Right Now

wherein Anglonerd magazine attempts to convert Mars-virgins to binge-watch Life on Mars in celebration of the psychological, sci-fi cop drama’s tenth anniversary. 1. It’s available in the U.S. Unlike many great British shows, Life on Mars is readily available in both region 1/NTSC DVD and streaming (on Hulu). Just don’t mistake it for the corny American remake with Jason O’Mara…

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Paterson Joseph

You’ve seen him on The Leftovers on HBO, Survivors on BBC America, Peep Show on Netflix, and Hyperdrive on Hulu. Now, Paterson Joseph is coming to the Brooklyn Academy of Music December 16-20 for the New York premier of Joseph’s own one-man stage show, Sancho: An Act of Remembrance. Let’s have a look at some…

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8 Jokes About Religion

“The kind of people who turn to Jesus tend to be the sort of people who haven’t done that well with everybody else.” –Dylan Moran “On one hand you’ve got the Theory of Evolution, and on the other side you’ve got the Theory of Ta-da!” –Robin Ince “What makes you wonder about the nature of…

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Rebecca Front

You know Rebecca Front as star of The Thick of It. She has been in just about everything, from Jessica Hynes’ Up the Women, to The Wrong Mans, to playing Simon Amstell’s mother in Grandma’s House, to starring in Nighty Night, all the way back to Knowing Me Knowing You and Fist of Fun. And of course, she plays Lady Yates in the most recent episode of Doctor Who.…

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Best Nerd-Drama Season Finales

What makes a good season finale? In Sherlock‘s case, it’s BAFTA-worthy performances and the writing–Sherlock and Watson forced to hold hands running down the street? It’s as if a fan wrote it. In the case of Ashes to Ashes, it’s keeping the promise to do the big reveal and allowing that reveal to be partly guessable but not completely.…

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How to Make Tea

1. Jon Richardson Some hot water goes in first to warm the mug, then is tipped out before milk and tea bag go in together with one sugar and fill to the top [with water]. Leave for a minute, stir thoroughly, then drink. Some people get very angry about my putting the milk in with…

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Richard Herring’s Obscure Watch List – Part 4

Richard Herring introduces each of his guests on his RHLSTP podcast (audio / video) by highlighting the most obscure roles they’ve done, which have been excruciatingly excavated from the farthest reaches of pop culture (by which I mean Herring poked around on Internet Movie Database for about a minute). So, for you trivia nerds, here…

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Richard Herring’s Obscure Watch List – Part 3

Richard Herring introduces each of his guests on his RHLSTP podcast (audio / video) by highlighting the most obscure roles they’ve done, which have been excruciatingly excavated from the farthest reaches of pop culture (by which I mean Herring poked around on Internet Movie Database for about a minute). So, for you trivia nerds, here…

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Richard Herring’s Obscure Watch List – Part 2 (of 4)

Richard Herring introduces each of his guests on his RHLSTP podcast (audio / video) by highlighting the most obscure roles they’ve done, which have been excruciatingly excavated from the farthest reaches of pop culture (by which I mean Herring poked around on Internet Movie Database for about a minute). So, for you trivia nerds, here…

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Role Call: David Bradley

Role Call It would be tedious to go through all of David Bradley’s best roles because there are so very many. He’s played key roles in various shows and films, and he’s popped up in some of the greatest British TV series, from Doctor Who to Broadchurch to Game of Thrones, as well as some personal favorites like Ashes to Ashes and Eternal Law. Let’s…

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Role Call: Amara Karan

Role Call Amara Karan is an actress whose debut came in the form of a Wes Anderson film, The Darjeeling Limited. She has performed Shakespeare in the West End. She also carried the 2008 Olympic Torch in London. Isabel In Mitchell and Webb’s new three-episode comedy series Ambassadors (2013), Amara Karan’s character Isabel works with Mitchell’s and Webb’s characters…