Category Archives: Humour

Watch the Best of British Theatre at Home

With theatres all over the world gone dark, and potential audiences confined to their homes, the National Theatre (UK) has come to the rescue with a bit of relief for theatre lovers everywhere. Beginning this week, National Theatre at Home will make selections from its extensive collection of live-on-film productions available online, free of charge.

First up is the hilarious One Man, Two Guvnors, an updated version of Carlo Goldoni’s 1746 farce, The Servant of Two Masters. James Corden won a Tony Award for his lead performance in the Broadway production of the West End hit.

Some clips from the show:

Each show will be posted to YouTube on Thursdays at 7 PM UK time. That’s 2 PM on the US East Coast. Each show will be accessible for a full one-week run on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel.

When One Man, Two Guvnors ends its run next week, it will be replaced by a reimagining of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. Treasure Island arrives on 16 April, and Twelfth Night will open on 23 April.

“There Are Only 10 Types of Movies”

And Lee Steffen has figured out what they are. Here are the first two types on his list. You can find the rest on his Twitter feed.

1. Orange and Blue Action


2. Sexy Legs


The responses to Mr Steffen’s list are also worth a look. One commenter, for instance, pointed out that Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t allowed to face the camera on movie posters.

Another found this interesting case of twinning.

Much more at the site.

High Fidelity — The Remix

My earlier post about High Fidelity (the book) was by way of leading up to this posting about High Fidelity (the TV series). But before we get to that, have a look at the trailer for High Fidelity (the movie).

High Fidelity (the movie) was released back in 2000. It’s a pretty good film. The setting was switched from London to Chicago, but the script otherwise stays close to the novel, breaking the fourth wall to incorporate direct quotations from Rob’s internal musings. That great “What came first, the music or the misery?” passage made it into the movie intact, for instance.

Now Hulu is bringing High Fidelity to what used to be called “the small screen”. (With today’s wall-size monitors, that name no longer seems appropriate). The gimmick this time is that the 10-episode series flips the sex and race of most of the characters from the original novel. Rob Gordon, played by John Cusack in the movie, is now played by Zoë Kravitz.

Should be fun, and it’s bound to have a great soundtrack.

The series begins on Valentine’s Day, 14 February 2020. While you’re waiting, read the book!

If You Missed Seth Meyers’ Talk with the Cast of The Good Place

Here it is:

At the end of its fourth season, The Good Place came to a sad/happy conclusion last Thursday night. The best American comedy series since those first three seasons of Arrested Development has passed through the archway into who knows what.

After the final fade-out, the (perfect) cast of The Good Place talked with Seth Meyers about the show.


Chidi”s “The Wave”, from the Finale

Fargo Returns This Spring

Well, look who’s coming back!

It’s been almost three years since the last episode of Season Three was broadcast.

The show is still called Fargo, but the new series takes place in Kansas City, Missouri, in the 1950s. (Fargo has never cared much about following a  linear timeline. The first season was set in 2006, the second in 1979, and the third in 2010.)

Here’s what FX has revealed so far:

“In 1950, at the end of two great American migrations — that of Southern Europeans from countries like Italy, who came to the US at the turn of the last century and settled in northern cities like New York, Chicago — and African Americans who left the south in great numbers to escape Jim Crow and moved to those same cities — you saw a collision of outsiders, all fighting for a piece of the American dream. In Kansas City, Missouri, two criminal syndicates have struck an uneasy peace. One Italian, one African American. Together they control an alternate economy — that of exploitation, graft and drugs. This too is the history of America. To cement their peace, the heads of both families have traded their eldest sons.”

Chris Rock, in his first lead dramatic role on a television series, plays Loy Cannon, the head of an African-American crime family. Timothy Olyphant co-stars, which should give Judge Gen in The Good Place all kinds of shivers.

Fargo has been nominated for more than 200 television awards, and its Tomatometer rating has never fallen below 93%.

The fourth season will premiere on 19 April 2020.

The Return of “The Far Side”

“The Far Side” website, which will post a “Daily Dose” of Gary Larson’s classic cartoons, launched yesterday. The site includes weekly sets of themed strips and doodles from Larson’s sketchbooks.

Best of all, Larson told the New York Times that “I’m looking forward to slipping in some new things every so often.”

If you’re familiar with Larson and “The Far Side”, I don’t need to say anything more.

If you’re not, click that link right now! You won’t be disappointed.


You may be wondering why this post isn’t loaded with examples of Gary Larson’s brilliant art. It’s because I’m honouring the artist’s wishes, which he explains in A Letter From Gary Larson on the new website.