Entries by John Fleming from 10/2011

Rab C. Nesbitt - the return of the native speaker - by his writer/creator

| Posted 10.05.2011 | UK Comedy

With the new series of Rab C. Nesbitt about to be unleashed on BBC2 tonight - 25 years after the character first appeared on screen in Naked Video - I thought I would ask the series' writer/creator Ian Pattison some questions. This may prove to have been a mistake. Never mess with a comedy writer...

What Links Dead Comedian Malcolm Hardee, Gangster Mad Frank Fraser & a British Political Sex Scandal?

| Posted 10.05.2011 | UK

Yesterday, someone sent me a Facebook message telling me he had posted on Flickr ninety-five... count 'em that's ninety-five... photographs he took i...

"Britain's Got Talent" - Farting Around Causes National Outrage in Romania

| Posted 10.11.2011 | Media

My chum Mr Methane, the world's only professionally performing farteur, caused a bit of a stink when he appeared on Britain's Got Talent in 2009 and n...

British Eccentrics - Maybe It Is Everyone Else Who Is Out Of Step

| Posted 10.13.2011 | UK Lifestyle

Someone somewhere sometime - well, it may have been Victoria Melody in Lincoln this week (more about her later) said: "We are only as interesting as t...

How To Sell Yourself To a TV Producer and How To Control Uncontrollable Talent

| Posted 10.17.2011 | UK Comedy

Yesterday, I had tea with a very good but not yet famous comedy performer. He was, quite rightly, lamenting the homogenised nature of comedians on te...

In a Future of 3D Printing and Graphene, Nothing and No-One Will Be Safe From Becoming Outdated

| Posted 10.18.2011 | UK Tech

Nothing is safe from the future. You know you have lived too long when you see entire technologies come and go. I realised that when the fax machine...

Repeat. Mantras and Madness. Post Traumatic Stress. Repeat. Tap. Tap.

| Posted 10.20.2011 | UK Lifestyle

Last Thursday, I wrote a blog about attending a Symposium at Lincoln University. This Monday, I wrote a blog about being in a mental asylum when I wa...

If Bernard Manning had Told These Jerry Sadowitz Jokes, he Might Have Been Arrested - with Good Reason

| Posted 10.26.2011 | UK Comedy

The Scottish comedian Jerry Sadowitz's schtick is that he is highly offensive. Last night, I saw his full-length stage show for the first time in a f...

Is There a Bias Against US Comics Performing on British TV & Radio?

| Posted 10.27.2011 | UK Comedy

I think there may be the possibility that, if an American comedian suddenly appears on TV or radio from nowhere, there is (as seen by producers) the risk that the audience may think they are vast successes in the US and have not been 'discovered' and whisked up from the relative obscurity of comedy clubs by talented UK producers.

A Story About Paul McCartney and Ian Dury: It May Or May Not Be True

| Posted 10.29.2011 | UK Entertainment

I have only encountered Paul McCartney twice very very briefly. Once was when he appeared on Channel 4's The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross. I did ...

IQ: What Mensa Members Have In Common With Freaks

| Posted 10.31.2011 | UK Lifestyle

UK-based German comedian Paco Erhard is a freak of nature, just as much as a sheep born with two heads is a freak. At the Edinburgh Fringe this year,...