Many of NTS’s contributors have been influenced by the former double act Lee and Herring, who managed two radio and TV series of Fist of Fun, and two TV series of This Morning With Richard Not Judy, before being shunned by the BBC. Although there’s never been an official split, both comedians have concentrated on their solo careers, with Richard Herring making a name for himself through his stage shows and his sitcom Time Gentlemen Please, and Stewart Lee through directing the controversial Jerry Springer the Opera.
Some news on the previously rumored Will Ferrell Broadway project:
Opinion after the jump.
Will people ever learn? I mean, ever?
At this year's Latitude festival, the surprise highlight of the comedy tent for me - outshining Bill Bailey and even just edging out a disappointingly brief Stewart Lee set - was Aussie singer/songwriter Tim Minchin. Apropos of nothing - well, rather, since it's shown up on Youtube for the first time courtesy of someone recording it at Edinburgh - here's the song with which he opened the set and immediately won over me (and, I think, much of the audience) : "Taboo". Audio-only, so they've stuck a picture of his FACE over it.
So long, George. You were one of the good guys.
Following on from John's championing of the excellent Replay, another independent DVD production has come to my easily distracted attention. Now, excuse me while I play with this ball of string for a moment.
Anyway, the company is called Go Faster Stripe and they've come into existence with the purpose to record and release DVDs of stand-up performers who would otherwise be overlooked by the whorish mainstream. What an utterly excellent idea.
Matthew Graham and Ashley Pharoah? The creators of Life On Mars? Talking about the genesis of the show? Excellent.
It's on at the Merlin Theatre in Frome, Somerset, on Sunday 19th March 2006 @ 7:45pm. Costing £7.50 (concessions £5.00), that's worth anyone's time and money. I just wish I could make it. Bash us out a review if you go, would you?
And I thought "daddy" was embarrassing.