Sunday, 31 January 2010

The end of Comedy month

So its finally here the last day on January. On the second of January comedy month launched (well the first was kind of hi-jacked by David Tennant) ans since then TAFG has featured all kinds of comedy related posts, polls and videos.Next to come is TV history Month and this blog will be covering 1994 (when baby Square eyes entered this world) to 2009. Goodbye Comedy month you were brilliant (well it was ok).

My Favourite TV comedy shows

   Have I Got News For you
                       The IT Crowd                      
   Sunday night Project
Not going out
Only Fools on Horses
Keeping Up appearances
The Royle Family
Sorry I've got to head
My Family
Gavin and Stacey
Live At the Apollo
               8 out of 10 Cats            

Snoop on the street?

Snoop Dogg has revealed that he would love to add a guest stint on Coronation Street to his list of cameo appearances.The US rapper said that fans are often surprised to hear that he is a huge fan of the ITV soap. He told The Sun: "When I'm in Britain I love to eat Indian food and chill in my hotel room and watch Coronation Street."I've done guest roles in shows in the US. If Coronation Street want me to make a cameo then, cool, let's do it. Maybe I could just play myself doing a concert in Manchester and I could come in to the pub for lunch."Snoop said that the soap is as iconic in Manchester as the Statue Of Liberty is in New York."I'm not interested in other soaps like EastEnders, Coronation Street is what it's all about," he said.I bet him and Norris would get on like a house on fire! (Thanks to The Sun and DS)

Saturday, 30 January 2010

TV Spotlight: Harry Hills TV Burp

The king of Saturday night is back with a new series of TV Burp! Can you belive its in its ninth series! Lets face it Saturday night televsion has been pretty dismal since Christmas.We had Paddy McGuinness's Take Me Out (argh!) and Cat Deeley hosting So You Think You can Dance (meh) so im so excited to see it return even though its only on for half an hour.There will be plenty of laughs as im sure we will see some clips of everything from Dancing on Ice to Coronation Street.Also Expect to see The Knitted Character on you favourite shows in the background and you can enter into the competition to win your own one if you find him! I already have one!Also i found this earlier he has his own Facebook page! So tune in tonight ITV1 at 7:00pm.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Funniest show award for "The Inbetweeners"

The Inbetweeners has been named the 'Funniest Show on TV' at the Loaded Lafta Awards.Joe Thomas, who plays Simon in the E4 comedy, credited the show's writers for its success when he collected the award, but admitted to "cringing" when he reads his script."Plenty of times we'll get the script and read through, cringing," he said. "I think that's pretty much every script we do. Kind of my embarrassment central gland doesn't operate anymore, it's been kind of overloaded and doesn't exist anymore."Other winners at last night's ceremony included Justin Lee Collins, who scooped the 'Funniest Man' gong, and Michael McIntyre, who picked up the award for 'Best Stand Up'.I agree that its funny but its not my favourite i prefer the cringe enducing Peep Show.

Which are funnier....

Female Comedians? 3 (23%)
Male Comedians? 10 (76%)

So men are funnier its official. Well not really but you have spoken and 10 of you prefer Male comedians.I must say i prefer Male comedians Peter Kay,  Michael McIntyre, Sean Lock and theres no doubt they are more popular than femalecomedians.  Im not saying women arnet funny but..... i am.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Comedy Catchphrases

A catchphrase is a sure way to get your show some attention and the more people quote it the more popular your show becomes. A catchphrase from Little Britain has been voted the UK's favourite in an online poll. According to The Sun, Vicky Pollard's "Yeah but, no but..." topped the survey, ahead of Homer Simpson's "Doh!".Catherine Tate's schoolgirl Lauren took third place with "Am I bovvered?", followed by Victor Meldrew's "I don't believe it" and "Lovely jubbly" from Del Boy.Little Britain also claimed sixth and tenth place with "I'm a laydee" and "I'm the only gay in the village".These ones are obvious winners but my favourite quote not really a catchphrase comes from Homer Simpson "Ah Beer the answer and cause of all lifes problems."

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Your Favourite TV Comedy results..

Miranda 1 (10%)
The Big Bang Theory 2 (20%)
My Family 2 (20%)
Outnumbered 2 (20%)
The IT crowd 2 (20%)
How I Met Your mother 2 (20%)
Scrubs 3 (30%)
Not Going Out 3 (30%)
The Royle Family 4 (40%)
Gavin and stacey 5 (50%)
Friends 5 (50%)
Harry Hills TV Burp 5 (50%)
Wow!!! This time the results were very interseting Gavin and Stacey,Friends and Harry Hill's TV Burp came out on top and it comes as no suprise really.The Royle Family came in with a big 4 votes which i wasnt expecting.The ones that draw in less viewers got the lowesty votes but that dosent mean they arnet good. Overall a great poll! Thanks everyone.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

My Top 10 comedy Characters

Jim Royle-The Royle family
Ross Geller-Friends
Maurice "Moss"-The IT Crowd
Del Boy- Only Fools and Horses
Hyacinth Boquet-Keeping up appearances
Brian Potter-Phoenix Nights
Tom Good-The Good life
Nessa-Gavin and Stacey
John Dorian-Scrubs
Uncle Bryn-Gavin and Stacey

Thursday, 21 January 2010

NTA Winners

David Tennant and Ant & Dec were among the winners at this year's National Television Awards at London's O2 arena.Tennant marked his exit as The Doctor by scooping 'Outstanding Drama Performance' for his role in Doctor Who's latest series. The BBC One show also bagged the 'Most Popular Drama' prize for the fifth time. Ant & Dec won 'Most Popular Entertainment Programme' for Saturday Night Takeaway, before sharing the title of 'Most Popular Entertainment Presenter' for the ninth consecutive year. Meanwhile, Gavin & Stacey was voted the 'Most Popular Comedy Programme' and The X Factor picked up 'Most Popular Talent Show'. EastEnders actress Lacey Turner, who plays Stacey Branning, took home the award for 'Outstanding Serial Drama Performance'. Coronation Street's Craig Gazey was named as 'Best Newcomer'. The actor, Graeme Proctor in the Weatherfield soap, dedicated his award to the late Maggie Jones, who portrayed Blanche Hunt in the ITV serial, which also won 'Most Popular Serial Drama'.Stephen Fry grabbed the 'Special Recognition' prize, as well as 'Most Popular Documentary' for Stephen Fry: In America. Thanks to DS.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Comedian Profile:Rhod Gilbert

My fave comedian the welsh great RHOD GILBERT! He is king of the rant in  my book talking about everything that winds him up from TOG douvets to torches with the power of a  million candles. He is from Wales so i can identify with him about the comedy of the places he's been to people he's met.He has won a few awards 12 actually and is getting more popular all the time with the success of his first stand up DVD "The Award Winning Mince Pie" (i have my copy!) which saw Gilbert question his sanity, his career and his life after suffering a mental breakdown brought on by the award-winning mince pie at a motorway services.
He also hosts a BBC Wales Saturday Morning show where he rips into his listeners as they send in stupid messages to wind him up.He is also the creator of the fictional town of Llanbobl in Wales and he told people for years that he came from there! Rhod's new programme Rhod Gilberts Work Experience starts tonight on BBC1 Wales which sees him take on jobs tonight a refuse collector in Barry (Gavin and Stacey) where funnily enough i lived there for 12 years before moving just outside Barry.If you have Sky you might be able to get BBC Wales but if you live outside Wales and dont you wont get it!! Heres a clip of Rhod talking about a service stations. "I only went in for a shit and came out with a two man tent a directors chair and a torch with the power of a million candles!"

TV Spotlight: Charlie Brookers Newswipe

The sharp tongued critic returns!!! He talks about whats got us talking on the news and tears it to shreds and laughs out our hilariously troubled world.Somehow i dont think the Haiti earthquake will be among the subjects being ridiculed but i bet the snow coverage and election decisions will be and he will have you laughing as he insults all involved.He's grumpy and sweary but i admire him for his truthfullness i bet he wont be invited on BBC Breakfast to promote his show! Catch it tonight BBC4 10:30pm.

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Top Comedian Jokes

Jimmy Carr
1.British scientists have demonstrated that cigarettes can harm your children. Fair enough. Use an ashtray.
2.My girlfriend said she wanted me to tease her, so I said "Alright, fatty."
3.No matter how much you give a homeless person for tea... you never get that tea.
3.I have no problems with buying tampons. I am a fairly modern man. But apparently they're not a "proper" present. "Happy birthday, mum!"

Michael Mcintyre
1.I’m glad Carol Vorderman has left Countdown, I mean it’s not like she did much. She was effectively just an autistic shelf-stacker.
2.My wife and I both made a list of 5 people we could sleep with…she read hers out and there were no surprises…1 George Clooney…2 Brad Pitt etc…I thought ‘Ive got the better deal here’…1 Your sister.
3.“You have to come up with this shit every year. Last week I just wrote ‘I still love you, see last years card for full details’” Talking about Valentines Day

Your Favourite comedy movie results...

The Hangover 0 (0%)
Borat 0 (0%)
Scary Movie 0 (0%)
Tropic Thunder 0 (0%)
The Simpsons Movie 1 (8%)
Hot Fuzz 1 (8%)
Superbad 1 (8%)
Zombieland 1 (8%
 Futurama TV Movies 3 (25%)
Shaun of the dead 5 (41%)

Shaun of the dead has come out on top! Yes it was a fierce battle beetween Futurama and SOTD but you have spoken. The ones who didnt have any votes were pretty rubbish anyway i mean Borat is one of the worst films i have seen and ive never liked the Scary Movie spoof films.I think The simpsons Movie and Hot Fuzz are pretty good films and maybe should have had a few votes more but overall im leaed with your decision.Thanks to the 12 of you who voted!

Saturday, 16 January 2010

New comedy coming your way.....

Charlie Brookers Newswipe BBC4 Tuesday 19th January
TV critic and comedy writer Charlie Brooker takes a caustic look at news  programmes and reveals the inner workings of the industry.

Mock the Week BBC2 Thursday 21st January
Hugely popular and sometimes controversial topical panel show which takes a satirical look at the week's news.

Bellamy's People BBC2 Thursday 21st January
TV version of the Radio 4 phone-in satire show Down The Line. Clueless DJ Gary Bellamy is let out of the studio to meet people face-to-face.(Picture)

Harry Hills TV Burp Saturday 30th January
Award-winning comedian Harry Hill takes a surreal look at television clips from the previous seven days.

Comedian Profile: Miranda Hart

Lets be honest there arnet many funny female comedians about.I mean Jo Brand and Catherine Tate are quite popular but name me one other funny female comedian. Well ive found one!I first saw Miranda Hart on the superb Not Going Out as the cleaner Babara in Lee Macks comedy who always manages to break everything.When i found out she was going to get her own sitcom i was over joyed! I tuned in like the millions of others and laughed for the whole half hour. Shes incredibly tall and odd looking (in a good way) which adds to her comedy performance and her comedy timing is great.It was so good the BBC have ordered another series! Hart starred as Teal in two series of the BBC television comedy sci-fi series Hyperdrive, which ran from January 2006 to August 2007. She has also appeared in French & Saunders, Nighty Night, Absolutely Fabulous, The Vicar of Dibley, Lead Balloon, William and Mary, Smack the Pony (for which she wrote and performed in a couple of sketches and a number of video diaries) and Stupid! She appeared in the third series of Comic Relief does Fame Academy in 2007, and became the second contestant to be voted off the show. In 2009, she appeared in the last ever sketch from French and Saunders, also in aid of Comic Relief. Thats alot of comedy!

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

New Director, New Spidey!

Marc Webb, Michael Bay and Gary Ross have been linked to the director's chair for the Spider-Man reboot, reports Entertainment Weekly.Studio Sony yesterday confirmed that director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire will be replaced in the superhero's next big screen adventure, which will revamp the character in favour of continuing with the established incarnation.The story reportedly puts Peter Parker "in a more contemporary setting, as a teenager battling today's issues".I think the Spider Man reboot will be good after the bloated third film but who should play the new web slinger? Robert pattison apparently.Yes its Edward Cullen from the Twilight films and no im not a Twilight person so im not sure if he would be good for the role because ive never seen him act before. Theres close competition beetween him and Michael Cera.The  reboot will open in 2012.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Is 3D the future?

Last year saw the release of big titles such as Avatar and Up.What do they have in common? They were both available in 3D to watch at your cinema. 3D makes the images on the screen appear three dimensional and looks as though its pooping out of the screen.I saw Avatar and Up in the cinemas but i didnt watch them in 3D because 1.They cost extra and 2.I dont find 3D that exciting. Moviemakers are telling us 3D is the way forward but really 3D has been around for ages not in films granted but im not bothered how many dimensions i watch it in to be honest.So do you think 3D is the future or would you rather just watch the 2D and save a few quid?

TV Spotlight: Survivors

The modern reimagining of the Seventies post-apocalyptic drama returns tonight BBC1 at 9:00pm, picking up moments after the climax of the first series. Abby is held captive at the mysterious lab, where scientists runs tests on her immune system in search of a vaccine for the virus. Meanwhile, Al and Anya raid a burning hospital for medical supplies in an effort to save a critically wounded Greg. The series will build to a massive climax in episode six and Abby and the gang's life is about to get even more harrowing. Hopefully we can get another series as the original lasted three series.Only time will tell......

Sunday, 10 January 2010

You'r favourite comedian results

Sean Lock 0 (0%)

Charlie Brooker 0 (0%)
Jimmy Carr 3 (23%)
Rhod Gilbert 3 (23%)
Peter Kay 4 (30%)
Frankie Boyle 4 (30%)
David Mitchell 5 (38%)
Michael Mcintyre 5 (38%)
Lee Evans 6 (46%)
 Rob Brydon 7 (53%)

You lot have suprised me again.Rob Brydon is your winner for favourite comedian and as much as i like him for his role as Uncle Bryn i dont think he is by far the best.At first place i would have put Michael McIntyre who was one of the rising stars of 2009 and having seen him live in Cardiff i was in stiches.Lee Evans is a worthy second but ive never really liked him that much.I would have put Rhod Gilbert second because his rants are brilliant. Im suprised Sean or Charlie didnt get a vote but maybe they arnet on as many things as the others and arnet as well known.Thanks to the thirteen of you who voted and make sure you vote again in this weeks poll.

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Classic TV Moments: Comedy Special

Here is the king of the rant Charlie Brooker talking on his one off show that looked at computer games "Charlie Brookers Gameswipe" about 50 Cents: Blood on the Sand.If your not familiar with Charlie Brooker which you probibly arnet because hes hidden away on BBC4 then you may want to look through You Tube for more. There will be more from Charlie over the next month on TAFG.

Friday, 8 January 2010

TV Spotlight: Coronation Street

Part 1 7:30pm ITV1
The big day has finally arrived and Gail is on Cloud Nine as she prepares to marry Joe, but will they get hitched without a hitch?Meanwhile, Tyrone has some big news for Kevin - but will he stun him with some news of his own? Elsewhere, Mary Taylor plots her return to Coronation Street when she spots Norris with another woman...

Part 2 8:30pm ITV1
As Tina struggles to fight her attraction to Nick, David is suspicious there's something going on between the pair.Elsewhere, as the wedding party head back to the Rovers, Rick lies in wait for Joe. Is he about to spring a nasty surprise on the groom?Meanwhile, Ken and Peter go head to head at the council planning meeting as Peter seeks planning permission for Leanne's bar.
          Loan Sharks, lies and a nasty suprise I love a Corrie wedding!


This new feature will have spoof videos of your favourite films and TV Shows and we start with a corker.This is a spoof of The End of Time Part 1 and its really proffesionaly done and the person playing the Doctor is uncanny.Its long but just watch the Ood Sphere bit and youll be hooked.He is returning and they are returning and he is slowly returning and they are it! (Caution strong language.)

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Ross leaves the BBC

Jonathan Ross has announced that he is leaving the BBC after 13 years with the corporation.The presenter hosted his own BBC One talk show, Radio 2 slot and film reviews programme for the broadcaster and was one of its highest paid stars.Ross was suspended for 12 weeks in 2008 after leaving a series of obscene messages on the answerphone of actor Andrew Sachs during a radio show presented by Russell Brand.
In a statement, Ross said that he had decided not to renegotiate his contract when it ends in July and that his decision was not "financially motivated".Writing on his Twitter page this morning, Ross said: "Good morning. My day is turning out to be far more interesting then I had anticipated ! See you later - have a good one."
Earlier this week, tabloid reports suggested that Ross would lose his contract with the BBC, with speculation that his Friday night TV slot could be filled by Graham Norton, who recently signed a new £4 million deal with the broadcaster. I think Jonathan will seriously regret this decision just give it a few months.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

2010 Telly Part 1

This week hasnt been the best for Television alright we got Hustle and Celebrity Big Brother but i want more!This is about to change because next week sees the return of 2 of my fave shows Being Human and Survivors but do you still want more! Then heres what we've got to look forward too (Note More info soon as some channels and airdates arnet known).

Human Target-Coming Soon
So, what's it all about?
In short, the action centers around Christopher Chance (Fringe's Mark Valley) a contractor who offers a unique service: he assumes the identity of clients who are facing potentially fatal threats.Thats the main characters above and you may recognise Chi McBride or Emerson Cod as Pushing Daisies fan may know him.

Desperate Housewives Series 6-January 27 C4
So whats it all about?
The new episodes will resolve last season's cliffhanger involving Mike, Susan and Katherine, as well as setting up a new mystery surrounding Wisteria Lane newcomers Angie (Drea de Matteo), Nick (Jeffrey Hordling) and Danny (Beau Mirchoff).

Happy town-Coming Soon
So whats it all about?
Haplin, a small town in Minnesota has its first crime following a period of peace after a series of unsolved kidnappings.Not alot else is known but i could see it becoming a sort of "Harpers Island" type show.
Whitechapel Series 2-Coming soon ITV1
This series Chandler, Miles and Buchan return to solve a series of copycat murders reminiscent of crimes committed by the infamous Krays. While Whitechapel I was gothic and bloody, Whitechapel II will be brutal and oozing paranoia. It will be full of the history, texture and detail that gave the first series its distinctive personality, but for Chandler, Miles, Buchan and the team this time it gets personal and takes them to some very dark places.
The Vampire Diaries-January ITV2
Yet another Vampire show aimed at the Twilight/True Blood fans.Two undead brothers, played by Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley, fight over a local girl (Nina Dobrev) who bears a striking resemblance to a girl they both once loved.

V- March Sci Fi channel
This remake of the classic '80s cult series follows what happens after a bunch of alien spacecraft park up in the skies above the major cities of the world. But are these visitors as nice as they seem.

This is a ok lineup right? Well theres plenty more Telly treats and this is just the tip of the iceberg dont you worry. More 2010 previews soon.....

Monday, 4 January 2010

The Top 10 funniest jokes from the Fringe Festival

The Edinburgh Fringe festival is the place to go to see your faverouite comedians and upcoming stand ups.Every year there is a contest for the best jokes and here is the top 10 for you.The first one which is the winner might take some time to understand it took me two days literally when i was in bed one night still didnt find it hilarious but judge for your self:

1) Dan Antopolski – "Hedgehogs - why can't they just share the hedge?"

2) Paddy Lennox – "I was watching the London Marathon and saw one runner dressed as a chicken and another runner dressed as an egg. I thought: 'This could be interesting.'"

3) Sarah Millican – "I had my boobs measured and bought a new bra. Now I call them Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes because they're up where they belong."

4) Zoe Lyons – "I went on a girl's night out recently. The invitation said 'dress to kill.' I went as Rose West."

5) Jack Whitehall - "I'm sure wherever my dad is, he's looking down on us. He's not dead. Just very condescending."

6) Adam Hills – "Going to Starbucks for coffee is like going to prison for sex. You know you're going to get it, but it's going to be rough."

7) Marcus Brigstocke – "To the people who've got iPhones: you just bought one, you didn't invent it!"

8) Rhod Gilbert – "A spa hotel? It's like a normal hotel, only in reception there's a picture of a pebble".

9) Dan Antopolski – "I've been reading the news about there being a civil war in Madagascar. Well, I've seen it six times and there isn't."

10) Simon Brodkin (as Lee Nelson) – "I started so many fights at my school - I had that attention-deficit disorder. So I didn't finish a lot of them."

Funny? You decide my personal winner out of this list would have been NO. 8 from the legendary Rhod Gilbert and in second for me NO. 7 Marcus Brigstocke but thats my opinion!

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Comedian Profile: Lee Mack

Lee Mack star of  Not Going Out and team captain on my favourite quiz-com Would I Lie To You? I know that visitors to the blog are fans of Lee and its easy to see why with his razor sharp wit and superb delivery of one liners. Mack first came to prominence on winning So You Think You're Funny at the 1995 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Since then Mack has played the part of Graham, the security guard in the original radio version of The Mighty Boosh and had his own BBC Radio 2 show "The Lee Mack show" His first sitcom Not Going Out for BBC One with Tim Vine premièred on 6 October 2006. The show has since returned for a second series (September 2007) and third series (January 2009). It has won a Rose d'Or and RTS Award ans will be back for a fourth series sometime this year. He is a stellar team captain on the BBC One panel show Would I Lie To You? and always gets into a spat with David Mitchell about his posh background!If you havent heard of him heres a little clip for you to view the legend that is Mr Lee Mack....(VERY STRONG LANGUAGE!)

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Comedy Month

Today sees the start of TAFG's comedy month.There will be a post each day on comedy movies, sitcoms and a poll every week.You can have your say on your favourite comedy's too aswell as the usual polls and videos.Dont worry though the usual posts will still be on here with all the latest news! Happy New Year everyone and its safe to say 2010 will be a good year for the world of television and film!

Friday, 1 January 2010

End of an Era

Tonight sees the Tenth Doctor regenerate into the Eleventh and everyone will be wondering how its all going to end. Ive had my own theories most of them wrong but for some reason i dont think the Doctors regeneration will be like the others i think something different will happen! Also the four knocks wil "break your heart" according to David Tennant so the knocks arnet the Timelords. Whatever happens David Tennant will leave the show tonight and later this year we can find out what our new Doctor will be like. All theres left to say is "Thanks David for making Doctor Who the best programme on television!" He will be missed by all. (except Matt Smith probibly!)