Tag Archives: Comedy

Norn Iron Comedy: No Laughing Matter

The problem with Comedy in Norn Iron is that everybody is a comedian. Lets be honest, you and I could sit in company with co-workers and the craic would be great. But if a BBC producer was sitting at the … Continue reading

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James Corden Or Ricky Gervais?

The great thing about being a TV addict is pressing the “pause” button on the remote control and pointing out to family members that the actress playing the part of the policewoman was in “Holby City” and the actor playing … Continue reading

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“Mock The Week” Or “Mock The Weak”?

American readers will be unfamiliar with the BBC panel show “Mock The Week”. It is a faux quiz chaired by Irish comedian, Dara O’Briain with two teams of three comedians who comment on the main news items of the week. … Continue reading

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Comedy: The New Rock And Roll?

I like Comedy. I always think that in terms of “writing”, more can be said thru Comedy. In terms of “acting” it is more a challenge to be in a Comedy. I am at heart a subversive. Comedy subverts situation … Continue reading

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BBC Norn Iron Comedy Hits New Low

It was probably a bad idea to name BBC Norn Irons new sitcom. …NUMBER TWOS. It is a hostage to fortune. Clearly the idea was to imply that politicians at Stormont were “shite” but all it did was prove that … Continue reading

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Are Norn Iron Comedians Brave Or Cowardly?

I was kinda glad that Rebecca Adlington won a bronze medal last night. She has been the victim of (basically) a hate campaign by Frankie Boyle, the Scottish “comedian”. If you feel that “hate campaign” over-states it, then I will … Continue reading

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Jimmy Dodger

Comedy is a strange thing. I remember the 1960s….Arthur Askey, Tommy Trinder and Ted Ray. I remember the 1970s and the racist/sexist “humour” of Bernard Manning, George Roper and Stan Boardman. I remember the 1980s and the alternative comedy of … Continue reading

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Frank Carson….It Was The Way He Told Them!

Many of the obituaries and tributes to Frank Carson start with Opportunity Knocks and The Comedians but to many of us of a certain age……..who remember the opening night of Ulster Television in 1959……..Frank Carson was one of the first … Continue reading

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British Comedy Awards 2011…and Armando Iannucci

It was nice to see Armando Iannucci take the Writers Guild Award at the British Comedy Awards this week. Iannucci, a Scot with a Italian father is in fact much more than a writer….as a producer, director and indeed performer … Continue reading

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TV Reviews: The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, The Middle.

I love Television comedy. Especially American TV Comedy. Over fifty years ago, I was watching Phil Silvers as Sergeant Bilko…………Car 54 Where Are You?………and I graduated thru the Dick Van Dyke Show, B*witched, Mary Tyler Moore (heavy sigh), Rhoda, MASH, Rowan … Continue reading

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