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Christmas adverts.

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There’s less than a week left of Christmas adverts so before the Cadbury’s Cream eggs hit the screen, I can still enjoy the John Lewis advert, you know the one I mean. It’s the one featuring the angelic looking little boy who can’t wait to give his parents their Christmas present.

The John Lewis Christmas advert 2011.



Just to prove ‘what a difference the sound makes’ have a look at the other version which totally transforms the cherub into the evil incarnate, Damien from the 1976 film ‘The Omen.



 

Christmas cheer

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With less than a week to go until Christmas day I’m sure many of us are rushing around trying to find the perfect gifts for loved ones. The one gift I have left to buy is one for my father, his sense of humour is much like mine and so I have been searching to find him a good book. These are some I came across and thought I’d share with you.

‘365 Reasons To Be Cheerful,‘ at only £ 5.00 from Marks & Spencers.

‘Peter Kay: The Book,’ at £10.00 from Asda.

‘An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington,’ at only £ 3.86 on Amazon.

Jeremy Clarkson, Round the Bend,’ at £10.00 from Waterstones.

‘ The Fry Chronicles,‘ at £3.86 from Tesco.

‘Comedy Dave’s book,‘ at £5.85 on Amazon.

‘Keith Lemon: The Rules: 69 ways to be successful,’ at £6.25 from Whsmiths.

‘Gangsta Granny,’ at £6.49 from Tesco.

The Inbetweeners Yearbook,’ at £ 8.49 from Whsmiths.

‘Scared of Santa, scenes of Terror in Toyland,’ at £4.55 from Whsmiths.

After the Christmas festivities there’s also the new year to look forward to and so its time to take down the 2011 calendar and search for a replacement to be hung on the wall for another year. Here are some calendars to make you giggle in 2012:

Adult humour calendars.:

Violent Veg X-rated.

Naked male farmers.

Funny Animal calendars:

Goats in trees 2012.

Yoga cats 2012.

Cats in hats 2012.

Penguins at play 2012.

Weird and wonderful:

The 365 stupidest things ever said.

Nuns having fun.

(All available at: http://www.calendarclub.co.uk)

Dobbin is still alive and kicking!

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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

Rhod Gilbert

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Every month Rhod Gilbert hosts a comedy evening at The Globe in Cardiff on Albany Road. The first event was kept quiet but everyone soon found out about it on twitter and from the media.  Carmarthen born Rhod Gilbert is a multi award-winning Welsh comedian with a great reputation as a first class live act.

Rhod Gilbert

Rhod Gilbert @ The Globe.

Many of us have seen Rhod appear regularly on our TV screens, he has performed twice on Live At The Apollo – most recently as a host, headlined Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, hosted Have I Got News For You and Never Mind The Buzzcocks and appeared on The Royal Variety Performance.

Last year he hosted his own television show on BBC One: Ask Rhod Gilbert and has written and recorded two series of Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience, where he spends time working in ordinary day jobs e.g. a bin man in Barry. He has had a great few years establishing himself as a top Welsh comedian with some legendary stand up routines.

When I found out about Rhod Gilbert’s comedy night in The Globe in Cardiff organised by Comedy Playground I was thrilled to find such an event was happening around the corner from my house. I had my debit card ready to buy some tickets but to my disappointment they had all sold out. I tweeted Comedy Playground and asked them to let me know if any more tickets were going to be released.

The next event was December the 4th and again all the tickets sold out straight away. A week later I received a tweet from the event organisers saying they released a batch in Spillers Record in an arcade in Cardiff. I ran out of university and headed straight there to buy a bunch of tickets for a group of friends.

The 4th December arrived and I could barely control my excitement as I headed to The Globe to see Rhod. I don’t think it mattered who else was performing as long I got to see the Rhod Gilbert in person. I may sound a bit obsessive, but I have always had a bit of a crush on him and the fact that he is hilariously funny obviously is the main reason for my visit to the comedy evening (honestly.)

The Globe bar had a great atmosphere, the seating upstairs and down meant it wasn’t too crowded. Many people avoid sitting in the front row in comedy shows knowing there’s a good chance you will get dragged into the comedians act, but this didn’t matter to us. The only seats available were either right at the front or at the back and so I jumped at the chance to be so close to the stage (and Rhod Gilbert.)

The evening was phenomenal, the three main acts Gareth Richards, David Trent and Markus Birdman were all hilariously funny and very uniquely different. David Trent made a great first impression as he came on the stage and slipped over on the floor, which I thought was a part of the act but turns out it wasn’t.  Trent’s act was very creative as he used a projector to show videos, images and played music to accompany his jokes. His act was very spontaneous and worked extremely well.

As a part of the evening Rhod Gilbert gives up and coming comedians the opportunity to do a 5 minute stand up and unluckily for me as he asked this question I raised my hand to scratch my head. He laughed and said ‘wrong time to have a scratch then love!’ The night was very laid back and his interaction with the audience was brilliant.

Rhod Gilbert

Rhod Gilbert

During the night Rhod Gilbert noticed many of the people had been to the event before and he joked ‘I don’t want you coming again, I know you’ve been before as well which means I’ve got to change my material every time which I can’t be arsed to do!’ He practiced some of his material he had been preparing for other upcoming shows and had us all crying with laughter (I won’t tell you because I don’t want to give it away!)

Rhod asked us all to encourage newcomers to the event so he wouldn’t have to change his material so if you would like to go keep an eye out for tickets and follow @complayground for updates.

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.

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.