The Infinite Monkey Cage, season 10

The Infinite Monkey Cage is a BBC Radio 4 comedy-science program that you can download on iTunes as a podcast. Hosted by comedian Robin Ince and physicist Professor Brian Cox, each week sees new panelists in various walks of science at varying levels. The tenth season of The Infinite Monkey Cage not only comes with…

The Invention of Lying

Welcome to a world without lying. There’s no fiction, no filter, no white lies, and crime is tricky. Just ask Mark Bellison’s dad (played by Shaun Williamson aka Barry from EastEnders) who went to jail for burglary after getting caught (by Stephen Merchant in a funny hat) and unable to lie his way out of…

Red Dwarf, a review

Red Dwarf (1988-present) is a sci-fi sitcom that has so far run 10 seasons, with the 11th in progress. It was created by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, and stars Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn, and Chloe Annett, as well as Hattie Hayridge and Norman Lovett as the shipboard computer. All the…

Asylum

  Director Edgar Wright turns 40 today. Instead of reviewing his well-known works like Spaced or The Cornetto Trilogy, or even his American films like Scott Pilgrim, let’s take a look at one of his earlier, more obscure TV shows. What is it? Asylum (1996) is a 6-episode TV show starring Norman Lovett, Simon Pegg, Julian Barratt, and Jessica…

Gavin & Stacey, season 1

Gavin & Stacey (2007-2010) is a rom-com sitcom starring Joanna Page and Mathew Horne, created by Ruth Jones and James Corden. There have been three seasons, totaling 20 episodes. Season 1 is on Netflix. All 3 seasons are on Google Play for $2/episode and on iTunes in both SD ($2/ep) and HD ($3/ep). The DVDs are available…

The Very Least Worst of Robin Ince

The Very Least Worst of Robin Ince began as an idea to do everything Robin Ince has ever written (at least, that’s what he says in the show), but there were time constraints. What The Very Least Worst of Robin Ince became eventually is a 3-hour comedy DVD consisting of 23 standup comedy tracks, pieces of 2 shows recorded January…

Magicians, a review

As the guillotine blade hovered over the neck of the magicians’ assistant moments after Harry Kane–now holding the rope–witnessed her cheating on him with his co-star Karl Allen, I thought If a movie opened with a magician decapitating his wife in front of a live audience, it would be the greatest film opening ever, but Mitchell…

Friday Night Dinner, a review

Friday Night Dinner (2011-present) is a sitcom written by Robert Popper that centers around one family’s Friday night dinners. (What can I say? It does what it says on the tin.) There have been two seasons (totaling 13 episodes), and a third is in production. It stars Paul Ritter, Tamsin Greig, Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal,…

Rhod Gilbert Live 1-3

If you like your comedians the red-in-the-face, gasping for air, veins popping apoplectic sort, you’ll love Rhod Gilbert. If you need an American equivalent, think Bill Burr with a Welsh accent. Some Americans struggle to understand Welsh accents. Gilbert’s shouldn’t be too difficult for you, but test it out by watching a YouTube clip, and…

News from Gardenia, a review

News from Gardenia is the first book in the News From book series by Robert Llewellyn, published by Unbound. Gavin Meckler accidentally flies his battery-powered airplane into a sci-fi zappy cloud that propels him 200 years in the future where England has been renamed Gardenia because everybody there gardens their own food. They don’t have money,…

Jon Richardson: Funny Magnet

Funny Magnet is Jon Richardson’s first comedy DVD, which features the hour-plus comedy set, a fantastic Live at the Apollo bonus clip, and a commentary track featuring Jon Richardson and comedian Matt Forde, which, since Richardson hasn’t ever watched a stand up commentary track, is a meandering conversation from good anecdotes and relevant behind-the-scenes stories…

Small Man in a Book, a review

Rob Brydon’s memoir Small Man in a Book opens with the birth of David Jones, who would one day adopt his middle name and his mother’s maiden name to become comedic actor Rob Brydon, famous for his Small Man Trapped in a Box routine. Speaking of David Jones, Rob Brydon once heard David Bowie on the radio…

Eternal Law, a review

Eternal Law is a short-lived TV show about angels who help humans by becoming lawyers. Unfortunately, fallen angels can also become lawyers and take the opposing side. The show was created by Life on Mars‘ Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham. It stars Samuel West, Ukweli Roach, Orla Brady, Hattie Morahan, and Tobias Menzies. It ran one…

Mad Dogs, a review

Mad Dogs is a TV show that ran for four seasons (the fourth being just a 2-parter epic finale) between 2011 and 2013, starring Philip Glenister, John Simm, Marc Warren, and Max Beesley, all good friends in real life. It’s a gangster action/psychological thriller with dark humor. There are 14 episodes, and it is structured…

Hot Fuzz, a review

Hot Fuzz premiered in the UK on Valentine’s Day 2007, also Simon Pegg’s birthday, and I was there among them, at the midnight showing at the Odeon Cinema on Holloway Road, Islington, London, England, Britain, Earth. The show was sold out, the lobby heaving with people. Now, I go to the cinema a few times…

Episodes, season 2

Episodes season 2 continues on the same path as season 1. Sean and Bev are no longer a couple (though still married) but write their TV show Pucks together anyway, despite the fact that Sean discovered Bev had slept with their star, Matt LeBlanc (who is playing himself). LeBlanc’s still on his self sabotage lifestyle as…

Ashes to Ashes, a review

Ashes to Ashes (2008-2010) is the sequel series to Life on Mars. There are three seasons, totaling 24 episodes. Like Life on Mars, it’s created by Matthew Graham and Ashley Pharoah, and stars Philip Glenister, but John Simm has been replaced by Keeley Hawes for the lead. While you don’t technically have to have seen…

Coriolanus – National Theatre Live in New York, a review

Feb. 5, NYU Skirball opened its doors, leading people from the streets of New York City to the theatre of London for a screening of the stage play Corionlanus, Shakespeare’s most visceral work. Although the production was National Theatre’s (with Josie Rourke directing and starring Tom Hiddleston and Mark Gatiss), this performance that they filmed took place…

Sea Wall, a review

Sea Wall is a 35-minute film written by Olivier Award-winning Simon Stephens and starring BAFTA-winning actor Andrew Scott. I’m not going to tell you anything about the story because it will ruin the experience for you, and I fully expect you to spend seven dollars to rent or buy the short film from seawallandrewscott.com. I do want…

Jon Richardson: A Little Bit OCD

Part of Jon Richardson’s standup act recognizes his OCD-like tendencies, his stress about how his flatmates don’t do the washing up correctly, for example: leaving the spoons out to dry face up so that a “little pool of shitty water” collects in them, and how he’s going to stab them for putting the knives in…

Spaced, a review

Spaced (1999) is an homage-heavy sitcom about what it was like to be a twenty-something at the time of the pop-infused millennium. It’s written by and stars Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson (now Hynes) and directed by Edgar Wright. There are 2 seasons, 7 episodes each. It’s on Netflix. The DVDs come in both region 1/NTSC and…