Monthly Archives: November 2011

He’s behind you!

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Cardiff Castle.

Christmas time.

 
 Cardiff is well and truly heralding the arrival of Xmas. The castle and its Xmas tree are decked with blue-star lights and the Winter Wonderland is celebrating its 10th anniversary with its ice-rink, ice cafe and other festive entertainment. 
 
 
Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland.

 
There is another ‘sign’ that Xmas is just around the corner, a T.V. super-market advert reminds us of this. The advert I’m referring to features Jamie Oliver and a host of colourful dinner guests including Snow White, Humpty Dumpty, Cinderella, her ugly sisters and a Fairy god mother complete with magic wand. If you need another clue ‘he’s behind you,’ ‘oh no he isn’t,’ should make the penny drop. The Pantomime season is upon us ‘oh yes it is!’
 
 
 
 
 This year the New Theatre in Cardiff is putting on Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates from the 10th December until the 22nd January starring one of the country’s top dames Christopher Biggins and the brilliant ventriloquist Paul Zerdin.
 
I am planning to let you know if panto can compete in today’s high-tech entertainment world of computer generated special effect films. I also hope to answer the question: ‘Does panto still play an important role in community life, by bringing together young and old alike in a form of entertainment where interaction between performers and audience is key to making us laugh.’ In other words, is Dobbin the infamous pantomime horse still alive and kicking?
 
 

Stand up for Carnival Comedy.

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Robin Morgan Comedian/Organiser.
Robin Morgan.

Carnival Comedy is a professional stand up comedy event  in The Yard in Cardiff.  The intimate and cosy setting creates a great atmosphere and places professional comedians in front of a smaller audience. The organiser Robin Morgan, introduces the acts with his refreshingly witty persona and prepares the audience with his own comedic warm-up style. At just £ 6.00 a ticket you get your money’s worth as the evening hosts three sets from different comedians.

Last night, after a busy day in university I felt the need to de-stress and have a giggle and so I headed to The Yard.  Last night’s comedians were: Chris Chopping, Flange Krammer and Stuart Goldsmith. Robin Morgan was on form as he successfully had us all in stitches before introducing the first act Chris Chopping.

He instantly picked on my friend and her boyfriend and when he asked her what her opinion was on ‘window shopping,’ followed by her confused facial expression I felt the need to step in. I think he was impressed by my Oxford Dictionary definition which went something like this, “well, in the context of a relationship, it means that he/she looks at another male/female in a sexual way but doesn’t take it any further.” His engaging style and infectious wit was a great way to start the evening.

Next up…Flange Krammer, acting as a German skiing champion and womaniser. He too had a very unique act, ending all his jokes with the line “Eat my powder!” As a part of his act he chooses two ladies from the audience to go up on stage for a round of Blind Date.  Guess who? Yes, I was one of the lucky ones along with my friend Sarah to be given the opportunity to go on a date to Harvester with the ladies man himself. Some people may find these circumstances uncomfortable, but he certainly managed to put us at ease by creating a warm and comforting atmosphere. 

To impress Flange we had to show off our finest skiing moves to some upbeat tunes. Despite the fact that I have never actually been skiing before,  I did my very best to be enthusiastic by jumping from side to side with my invisible ski gear, much to my friends amusement. After my efforts, followed by a delicious and refreshing sip of Flange’s ‘Power horse,’  my work was done.

The headliner act, Stuart Goldsmith finished the evening off with his infectious banter and inventive anecdotes. My favourite joke was when he described how to overtake a car sarcastically by weaving in and out of all 3 lanes ( you had to be there to appreciate the comedy.) His material was engaging and he had us all laughing hysterically from start to finish.

Carnival Comedy

Carnival Comedy

The next Carnival Comedy evening will be on January 30th featuring Josh Widdicombe. At the 2011 Fringe Festival, Widdicombe performed his debut solo show “If this show saves one life…”, and was consequently nominated for Best Newcomer by the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards and Chortle Best Breakthrough Act nominee 2011. An evening not to be missed, follow @carnivalcomedy and @robinjaymorgan on twitter for information and updates.

Weird but wonderful news.

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BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat, odd news stories with Dominic Byrne: Odd Box

Check out the week’s 10 weirdest videos that will crack you up. Here are some examples, my favourite 1 has to be the surfing labrador!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/15396188

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/15687053

Other weird news headlines posted on the Telegraph Website:

M & S handbag smells of fish.

A Drunk Zoo visitor attacked by monkeys after climbing into pen.

ipad survives 1300 ft fall.

Police commandeer golf buggies to catch burglar on course.

Berlusconi releases album of love songs.

This has to be one of my favourites, a Welsh gardener praised for his 6 stone swede by Snoop Dogg confesses live on Sky News:

Holidays are coming…

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Christmas is a time to sit back and relax and so I have a researched and compiled a list of Comedy DVD’s and books you can add to your wish list. I have also listed some Christmas feel good films to watch in the cinema.

Top Ten Comedy DVD’s.

1)      Dylan Moran: Yeah Yeah Live in London
2)      Russell Howard’s Live, Right here, Right now.
3)      Greg Davies Live: Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog.
4)      Lee Evans, Roadrunner Live at the 02.
5)      Reginald D Live.
6)      Sarah Millican: Chatterbox Live.
7)     Tim Minchin and the Heritage Orchestra: Live at The Royal Albert Hall
8)      Tim Vine: Jokeamotive
9)      Tommy Tiernan: Crooked Man
10)   Tony Law’s Brainporium

A clutch of autobiographies from leading comedians are expected to be the top best sellers this Christmas, including books by James Corden, Lee Evans, Johnny Vegas and Jason Manford. Other popular ones include:

1)  Rob Brydon’s Small Man in a Book
2)  Julian Clary’s Briefs Encountered
3)  Frankie Boyle’s iconoclastic Work! Consume! Die!
4)  Alan Partridge in I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan
5)  Peter Kay: The Book

 Films showing in the cinema this Christmas:

1) Happy Feet Two. (December 2nd 2011.)
2) Arthur Christmas. (Out already.)
3) A very  Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas. (9th December 2011.)
4)  The  fairies Christmas Ballet. (1st December 2011.)

It can be a stressful time for many having to rush around a busy shopping centre to buy the ideal Christmas gifts for family/friends and partners but it’s also a magical time of the year with plenty of comedy to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Every year I always have a giggle at the Elf Yourself website where you can upload pictures of yourself and friends onto an Elf and watch them dance, it’s a must…take a look at my example 🙂

Elf Yourself

It just slipped out.

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It might be cruel to laugh, but unintended innuendos are one of the best sources of humour in everyday life. In my search for some funny books (as I promised,) I came across a great stocking filler for Christmas. It may have been published last year, but if anything this is a bonus as it means you get if for even cheaper. Russell Ash compiled an encyclopedia of history’s funniest double entendres, ‘It Just slipped out,’ now priced at £ 6.99 on Amazon.Ash reminds us that over the decades a number of marketing campaigns have produced memorable double entendre slogans e.g.  ‘Drink Canada Dry’ (Canada Dry ginger ale,) ‘Birds Eye Battered Cod Pieces’ and’ Size matters. It’s what you do with it that counts’ (Renault Cars.) Whilst researching this topic I came across a few other examples which might amuse you:

Sexual innuendo was funny until comedians started shoving it down my throat (Oscar Wilde.)

Luke, at that speed, will you be able to pull out in time (Star Wars.)

An example of a visual innuendo is the hilarious advert for Specsavers where the man featured in it is getting ‘steamy’:

On Tuesday’s at 6 pm Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills does a show called ‘innuendo bingo,’ it is very funny and you can watch it on the website. Here’s an example of one of the shows, the most recent isn’t available on iplayer but this will give you an idea of what to expect so you won’t miss the next one:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00ld1kq

The best thing about innuendos are the fact that people use them in everyday conversation unintentionally resulting in a great deal of laughter. Last week, in pairs we had to book out a video camera and a tripod to film a sequence of different shots to create a story. After half an hour of spreading the tri-pods legs (not too wide as Colin Larcombe my lecturer emphasised,) and precariously balancing the £2000 camera on top of it we were almost ready to film.

Lights...Camera...Action.

Filming.

I remembered we needed background noise, I held the boom mic ready and shouted to my friend, ‘I’ve found the furry thing but it won’t fit in this hole.’ Once we overcame these minor issues we were ready. I placed the camera in the front of the room to film my partner (Sarah Powell.) It was our first time and so I think we can be excused for our complete lack of professionalism. On the tripod there was a lever, or as I described ‘a stick,’ and I was having quite a bit of difficulty manoeuvering it.

Spreading the legs.

I’m sure this is wonky.

Fortunately 5 minutes later one of the ‘tech’ men came into the room and offered his assistance. As he walked over to my tripod I felt the need to explain my frustration, ‘well this stick here is all floppy and when I try to move it, it flops back down. So what I need to do is make it stiff so then I can move it up and down.’ It was only after the ‘tech’ man blurted out a giggle that I realised my little rant was interpreted as a double entendre.

Now, with a stiff stick I was ready to film our story. Sarah played a disobedient pupil and I played a strict teacher, one thing we were good at was acting, (as you may be fortunate enough to see if I can upload our work of art.)  The  ‘tech’ man had been such a great help we asked him if he minded acting in our ‘story’ as a headmaster. He disappeared for ten minutes, by which point we had completed our one minute story. Upon his return he seemed very disappointed and made an innuendo of his own as he said ‘I went to get my ruler ready to discipline you,’ (at least I hope it was an unintended innuendo.)

Movember.