shinytoaster: (Rainbow)
Well, if they're going to make the Secret Policeman's Balls a more regular thing again, that can only be good. I did some stuff with Amnesty International at school and it's very worthwhile and very important and I genuinely think there are few organisations more deserving of a couple of hours of your time every so often.

Every so often, since, 1976, they organise these gigs; Wikipedia notes the first was organised by John Cleese, and they had heavy Python/Beyond the Fringe involvement from the outset. They did a bunch in the 80s but they seem to have trailed off in recent years. I was only dimly aware of the name, and missed the previous revival in 2001, which was organised by St Eddie of Izzard. Who was on tonight as well, doing much the same jokes about God as he's been doing since Definite Article. I mean, I love Eddie, seriously, but his stand-up is, to put it politely, remarkably ... thematically consistent.

Then there were highlights from Russell Brand - who is both an incredibly funny man and an incredible cunt, which means I am conflicted internally - and the Pub Landlord, and, oh, a whole bunch of people, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Stephen Mangan off Green Wing, Richard E Grant, Jo Brand, Seth Green, Chevy Chase for some reason ... and more ...

Unfortunately, the lowlight was Sarah Silvermann. I've been desperate to see some of her stand-up since I read this incredibly interesting article about her in the Observer magazine earlier in the year, all about how she was controversial and yet and at the same time very Jewish. And then I saw her on tone of those Comedy Central Roasts and she was good on that, and so I bounced about a bit in my armchair when they announced her on stage ... and it turned out her stand-up is actually shit. It's not even pseudo-offensive comedy, although it tries to be, God bless her, she's just really, really lame. She's the sort of person who would come on stage at Komedia or Jongleurs and just have people talking through her set. In fact, I think the audience were actually talking through her set. There was certainly precious little laughter. So, you know, I don't need to see her again in anything ever.

If you ever get the chance to see this one, then watch it. It was a thoroughly enjoyable couple of hours nevertheless.
shinytoaster: (Pint of Guinness)
Cracking final episode/one off special of the Royle Family on tonight. If you never saw it or never got into it, you really really missed out. They had a talking heads retrospective on after the news that basically had a bunch of celebs showing off about how much they loved the show - so they had all the ones you'd expect to do a talking head slot, like Peter Kaye, and some you wouldn't, like JK Rowling, who was evidently very happy to be filmed wittering on about how much she loved the characters ... and I thought: 'Wait a minute, Joanne. you have been watching far too much of this show, my love.'

Clearly all she was doing between 2000 and 2003 was watching the repeats on UK Gold.

New baby my arse...
shinytoaster: (BBC 2 Waves)
Westminster Station was closed yesterday for essential engineering work, although this morning's Metro hints that it was in fact being used to film Order of the Phoenix ... whatever, there was no sign of any activity on the District Line platforms.

Maybe they're incorporating Barb's fic.

My God, that was dangerously 2002 of me. I apologise.

Today's Metro also 'very dared me' to not buy a copy of Catherine Tate's new DVD. I think that's a dare that I'd be entirely up for if it saves me from giving a single penny of my money to that talentless offensive bitch. Her next series replaces Extras on BBC2 this Thursday, so I'll make a mental note to avoid the TV until 9:30, when OMFGSIMONAMSTELL!11! is hosting Buzzcocks.

It's funny how a show like Extras, which has flashes of genius - Robert de Niro and Ian McKellan being cases in point - can be so summarily followed with something so shit (I'm back on Catherine Tate here, because I really really hate her): 'Oh, and next week, Mr de Niro, we'll be replacing this pinnacle of wit with a sketch show that relies mostly on swearing grannies and offending the gays.'

I wonder if Boris is going to be on this series of HIGNFY...
shinytoaster: (Rainbow)
So, as I understand it the Pope is abolishing Limbo, the First Circle of Hell and, also, the place where the souls of unbaptised children go.

I am reminded of the item in The Day Today where the Vatican imprisoned two teenaged boys who hacked into the church's central computer and changed Catholic doctrine. 'The Vatican realised the computer had been tampered with when they discovered Jesus had died of food poisoning aged 19, and Lou Reed had been canonised.'

My problem is with the fact that one old man can say 'Limbo doesn't exist anymore' and a whole theological concept just disappears in a puff of smoke and, presumably, millions upon millions of little tiny souls, and also, if Dante is to be believed, the souls of Socrates, Homer and Plato, whoosh up the celestial escalator to some kind of holding area near the Gates of Heaven so that they can process all the new arrivals. Isn't this just admitting that Christianity is made up? Can any Catholics attempt to enlighten me on this one?

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