Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising – Bare Torsos and Ninja Feminism

Much is written about comedy’s power to deliver important messages and instigate debate while wrapped in a duvet of laughs so cosy we’re relaxed into discussing contentious issues. Almost like swallowing an opioid before receiving bad news, it chills us out. Chris Rock’s monologue on diversity at the 2016 Oscars, for instance, packed an applause-worthy punch while still making most of the audience smile along with him as he ripped their collective industry apart. The weight of balance between fun and … Read More

The All-Woman Weekend

I have a joyful weekend of essay writing and mildly panicked Christmas shopping ahead of me. In the midst of it, here are a few things I’m looking forward to. As it happens they’re all about ladies.  Cam’s Untamed Album I’ve been a fan of Cam’s brand of country music since she popped up on Bobby Bones’ radio show back in the summer of 2014 doing a cover of Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass, just for laughs. I’m not … Read More

Aziz Ansari’s Master of None

Stand-up comedians who get their own sitcom don’t often live up to the hype their name creates. The gully between the chops needed to stand in front of a room of baying comedy fans demanding you make them roar and straight-up TV acting is vast. Not everyone survives the jump. Aziz Ansari has already proven he knows how to glide effortlessly from one side to the other and back again with his role as professional wheeler-dealer Tom Haverford in much-missed … Read More

Three Stand-Up Comedy Documentaries you can watch right now

It takes some real guts and often a lot of background graft to get up on stage with the purpose of making people laugh. As the rest of that W.C. Fields quote goes, “Comedy is a serious business.” In these three separate documentaries on writing and performing stand-up comedy, each of them face their own unique problems, prejudices and challenges in pulling their respective shows together. Their heritage and processes may change, but each film leads to the same end … Read More

On being a science groupie + the Full Frontal Nerdity DVD

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Toward the end of Year Eight in high school, right before the summer that was going to lead into the first year of GCSE work, I did exceptionally well in a maths exam. One of those top-of-the-class marks. Just to be clear, I was never a particular fan of mathematics, it was just a thing we were all required to do and I coasted through it without too much thought. I was so stunned by the high mark on my … Read More

TV to Catch Up on This Week

Peter Kay’s Car Share   There is an argument to be made that once a comedian reaches extraordinary levels of fame and fortune, they can lose touch with the everyday normality that connects them and their comedy to the majority of their audience. The same is sometimes said of rappers who begin by sharing their life on the streets only to end up bragging about their champagne and diamonds lifestyle. In those terms, considering the arenas he’s filled and the … Read More

The Best Catch-Up TV of the Week

If you’ve been busy this week you might have missed some of the great TV and new series that have come our way. If you have some quiet time this weekend, here are a few of my favourites you might like to catch up on. Ordinary Lies   Ordinary Lies’ second episode appeared on our screens this week and was possibly even better than its first. Set in a Warrington car salesroom, each week a different character’s story is shared … Read More

Fantasy Styling Kimmy Schmidt

Has there ever been a TV show so poorly represented by its trailer? When I heard that Tina Fey had a new project due for release I was inordinately excited, at least, until the trailer made it look a little too cute with not enough comedy. However, in Tina Fey we trust and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt turned out to be one of the best series of the year so far. Under the wing of cult leader Rev. Richard Wayne … Read More

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