Christmas can be the most hectic and stressful time of the year, so when the golden opportunity comes along to set aside the red-hot credit card and the endless list of things to do, the choice of entertainment to get you into the Christmas spirit is all important. For some that might mean sitting at home, feet up with a mug of hot chocolate or glass of mulled wine watching TV offerings such as the Absolutely Fabulous Christmas special. For others, a trip to the cinema could be beckoning, with attractions such as ‘Arthur Christmas’ in 3D, written by Cardiff born Peter Baynham. Read the rest of this entry
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:
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.
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.
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.)
Followers of David Attenborough’s ‘Frozen Planet’ will already know that it is a truly magnificent documentary taking viewers on:
The ultimate polar expedition.
The first episode on the 26th of October attracted nearly 7 million viewers on BBC One. There are 7 episodes altogether so if you have missed any make sure you catch up on BBC iplayer. The filming is phenomenal, surreal and fascinating. It was 2 am and I couldn’t sleep, and so I decided to watch episode 1 again. It soon became obvious that my sense of humour had gone into over-drive.
I listened intently as Attenborough tells the tale of the male polar bear who we see walking for 10 miles in the frozen ‘desert’ until, EUREKA, he sniffs out a single female without cubs. The female is definitely portrayed as a heartless bear. She obviously doesn’t appreciate that he’s just walked 10 miles as she now feels the need to entice him to climb the icy equivalent of Mount Kilimanjaro before allowing him stake his claim.
After they mate, he must have been exhausted but instead of being allowed to enjoy his post-coital experience he finds himself having to fight off several other suitors who have also ‘sniffed her out’. I would have thought at this point the female may have been flattered by his efforts but instead having had her wicked way with him, obviously preferring a one night stand she walks off leaving him to his frozen fate.
For some reason penguin’s always bring a smile to my face. I love watching how graceful they are in the water and then how they waddle about on the ice (not so gracefully). I just love penguins and so when I saw this video it made me ‘LOL,’ (laugh out loud) and I had to share it with you:
When I was in my teenage years I was a huge fan of the Wallace and Gromit animated short films, my favourite character being the evil penguin ‘Feathers McGraw.’ I love that he does not say a word or have any facial expressions yet he is so successfully portrayed as sly and deceitful. The subtle humour is brilliant, if you haven’t seen the films yet you can buy them for really cheap online , they are definitely worth a watch. Take a look at the evil penguin in action:
It’s week 6 in the ‘Big Broadcast House,’ as you know I am studying a post-graduate diploma in broadcast journalism and for the last 6 weeks I have spent nearly all day every day in the news room with my fellow broadcasters.
It has been quite an experience, some highs, some lows but nevertheless I have enjoyed every minute. After nearly 2 years of working and travelling I must admit I am glad to back. So what have I learnt so far? These are some snippets of what my lecturers have taught me:
Rule number 1: Don’t ‘tweet’ anything you wouldn’t say to your grandparents/auntie/uncle’s etc (Glyn Mottershead 2011.)
Rule number 2: DO not say ‘welcome back or welcome to’ on any radio news bulletin…radio is continuous (Emma Gilliam 2011.) Also NEVER swear in a radio studio! (A friend of mine learnt this in the first week!)
Rule number 3: DO NOT ever publish a story in a rush and use a picture from facebook unless you know it is definitely them (Professor Duncan Bloy 2011.)
Rule number 4: If you ask yourself that question…the answer is probably no. (Colin Larcombe 2011.) Make sure you don’t have a wonky camera, (thanks Colin.)
Rule number 5: Always report accurately and responsibly. (Professor Richard Tait 2011.)
There is obviously a lot more I’ve learnt in those 6 weeks but these are some that come to mind. On a less serious note (though some of you who know our lecturers will see the humorous side,) to those of you who don’t I thought I’d share some pictures and stories that have made me ‘chuckle.’
Last weekend, to celebrate a friend’s birthday myself and other course friends headed to a house-party.
The theme was fancy dress/doubles and so Niamh Hannon and I decided to dress up as Jedward. I wasn’t sure whether to be offended or not when people complimented us on how well we carried it off, I am hoping they meant the outfits and not our personalities!
There were some great costumes, my personal favourite being one of the boys dressed as Pamela Anderson, needless to say I don’t think I will ever look at him in the same way again. I still need to find out who the mystery cake maker is after they took over our ‘CJS11’ hash-tag on twitter the next day.
On another social occasion what was meant to be an innocent trip to a curry house turned into a more eventful and drunken evening. It was a great opportunity to get to know everyone on the course. After a few too many drinks we all experienced how weirdly flexible Geraint’s legs were which may have been even funnier because we were a bit merry but it was still very entertaining.
My friend and I share the same news patch, science and technology, and so we both headed to the science centre (Techniquest) in Cardiff Bay to meet the staff and to have some fun with science. When I was little I remember my parents taking me to Techniquest followed by the infamous fish and chips at Harry Ramsden’s and so this trip was very nostalgic. This time my visit was for a more serious reason (to make contacts,) but we still found ourselves giggling at my attempt at being a DJ and the distorted images of ourselves in a mirror reflection.
Even at the age of 23 I still giggle at friends who pull silly faces, as exemplified by Chris below:
To those of you who have been lucky enough to be pictured in my blog post, I would just like to thank you for putting a smile on my face 🙂
Ok, so here I go this is my first blog entry. As you already know my blog is going to point you in the direction of anything funny. I realise that for this blog to be successful I need to make sure I know what it is that makes us laugh. In the words of Julie Andrews “these are a few of my favourite things,” and I’m hoping you’ll agree with my top 5 tummy ticklers.
1) Live comedy.
2) A funny book, video or story.
3) Funny television programmes
4) Comedy films
5) Miscellaneous e.g. ‘Schadenfreude.’
I’ve included Schadenfreude because try as we may it’s often impossible not to laugh at someone else’s misfortune, hence the popularity of programmes such as ‘You’ve been framed.’ I was a recent victim, when friends found it hilarious that my efforts as a cheer-leader at a charity football event rewarded me with a football kicked smack into my face. My tip is if you can’t beat ‘em, join em’ because when I checked my front teeth were present and correct I could see the funny side and also had a good laugh.
Life is littered with stress and the greatest stress buster has to be laughter. I am by nature a cheerful soul but returning to university to do my post graduate course the stress of academic life soon took hold with dead-lines to be met, options to be chosen, exams to be passed etc. This coupled with the need to choose a pot noodle over a tasty take-away due to financial constraints have drained some of my fun tank. As a 23 year old female drawn daily to the mirror like a moth to a flame, I’ve decided that laughter lines are far more attractive than frown furrows. I think we should all be inspired by Eric Idle’s lyrics:
Always look on the bright side of life…If life seems jolly rotten…there’s something you’ve forgotten… and that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing.
Laughter is infectious and good for you as confirmed by researchers at Oxford University who published a study suggesting that:
Laughter really is the best medicine…people feel less pain after a good laugh, because it may cause the body to release chemicals that act as a natural pain killer.
I genuinely want to help inject some laughter into your lives via my blog so enough rambling and down to business.
Here are my first laughter sign posts, pinching the method used by critics to ‘star rate films’ I’ll be using my personal laugh-ometer.
I recommend a blog which made me laugh so violently I nearly added another item of clothing to my laundry basket, it’s called ‘sleep talking guy,’ a wife’s recording of her husband’s nightly verbal somnambulism. I suppose cynics will question whether the recordings are all genuine but what the heck, ‘all’s fair in love and laughter.’