Canadian comedy mini-series for election night – “The Party”

Sunday, 1 May, 2011

CTV asked a group of Vancouver comedians to produce a comedy mini-series for election night – Watch the first episode here.


2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner Videos

Sunday, 1 May, 2011

Have fun and enjoy.

Obama’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech [via WaPo]

“President Barack Obama made jokes about his birth, teleprompters and Donald Trump during his remarks at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech. (The Associated Press)”

Here is Obama’s speech on YouTube [via C-SPAN]

Seth Meyers mocks Trump, Biden at press dinner

“During his speech at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers took several digs at Donald Trump, who was seated in the audience. (The Associated Press)”

Here are some sample jokes about President Obama.

Here are some sample jokes about Trump.

Chicago Sun-Times, “Obama Trumps Trump at White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

WaPo, “White House correspondents’ dinner sees a less-serious Obama”


Talking Funny: Ricky Gervais, Louis CK, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock – Really funny (and insightful) stuff

Thursday, 28 April, 2011

Four funny comedians: Ricky Gervais, Louis CK, Jerry Seinfeld, and Chris Rock in a room talking about the business of being funny. I enjoy the show very much even it has some serious discussions about being a comedian and being funny. The four men definitely had lots of fun. And I think there are a few things worth thinking over, enough that I mentioned the show to a comedian friend and I hope she enjoys it as much as I did.

Here is a short clip, Talking Funny – April 22

Talking Funny “We’re Pros” Tease (HBO)

You may find the full program here, “Once in a lifetime? Ricky Gervais, Louis CK, Jerry Seinfeld & Chris Rock talk comedy. [Video]“.

HuffPost, “HBO’s ‘Talking Funny’ Roundtable Of Gervais, Rock, Seinfeld & CK Discuss Draining Jokes (VIDEO)

This reviewer doesn’t like the show but I beg to differ, “‘Talking Funny’ Isn’t Quite The Same As Being Funny”

WSJ, “Stand-Ups Sitting Around“. Here is an excerpt,

“The tone of their armchair summit is informative, but it’s clear the comics’ main agenda is to crack each other up, and the material is decidedly blue.

Among their gleanings: Mr. Seinfeld used the F-word in one bit—a decade ago—before expunging it from his act. Mr. Rock believes jokes often fail simply because the audience doesn’t get the premise, hence his trademark repetition. (“You can be married and bored, or single and lonely. Married and bored, single and lonely.”) Mr. C.K. forced himself to write newer, stronger material by replacing his opening joke with his closer. And Mr. Gervais got into stand-up because he needed to prove himself to other comedians after his instant success with “The Office.”

Mr. Gervais assembled the group. “It was an easy pitch,” Mr. C.K. says. The one-hour show was edited down from nearly five hours of conversation.


Ricky Gervais on The View

Thursday, 28 April, 2011

Ricky Gervais on The View. Fun to watch in a very strange way. Enjoy.


May the Farce be with Roger Abbott (1946-2011)

Sunday, 27 March, 2011

Very sad day. Roger will be dearly missed by Canadians. News of friends and fans honouring Roger (with a 20+ minutes radio tribute on Q).

Here is a tribute to Roger Abbott (1946-2011) from his friends and colleagues at Royal Canadian Air Farce.

A 2008 QTV interview of Roger.

Air Farce founder Roger Abbott dies at age 64

Published On Sun Mar 27 2011 (Toronto Star)

Lesley Ciarula Taylor
Staff Reporter
Actor and comedian Roger Abbott, one of the founders of Canada’s long-running beloved comedy troupe the Royal Canadian Air Farce, has died after a 14-year battle with leukemia. He was 64.

“I’m heartbroken to tell you that our beloved friend, Roger Abbott, died last night at Toronto General Hospital, 14 years after being diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a progressive disease that he kept secret from all but a few close friends and family until a week ago,” friend and co-star Don Ferguson said on the show’s website on Sunday.

“Roger was the guiding light of Royal Canadian Air Farce since it began in 1973, and all of us who have had the honour of working with him and the pleasure of knowing him will dearly miss his kindness, generosity, integrity, leadership and wonderful sense of humour.” Read the rest of this entry »


Ricky Gervais Harvard Business Review interview

Wednesday, 16 March, 2011

Check out this Ricky Gervais Harvard Business Review interview. Wonderful read.


Ricky Gervais’ ‘An Idiot Abroad’ Is a Constantly Hilarious Practical Joke

Tuesday, 1 February, 2011

Check out this Hollywood Reporter article, “TV REVIEW: Ricky Gervais’ ‘An Idiot Abroad’ Is a Constantly Hilarious Practical Joke” and the following promo and press interview video.


Ricky Gervais and David Bowie

Sunday, 23 January, 2011

For those who don’t know much about Ricky Gervais‘ style of edgy comedy, he actually co-wrote Extras and got David Bowie to sing a song to laugh at his character in the show.

I love Ricky‘s comedy. But if you want to hop on the bandwagon to hate him because of his recent Golden Globes performance, I recommend you rent or borrow from library his original “The Office” and “Extras” to watch first.

Other clips

Also check out UK Guardian, “Ricky Gervais: America can’t decide whether he’s funny, cruel or just British – Baffled Americans react badly to the comedian’s bitchy quips about the stars at the Golden Globes ceremony

And this Economist article. Yes, even Economist has something to say.

Ricky Gervais and the British way
Jan 18th 2011, 23:35 by J.G. | LONDON

“THANKS to its host, this year’s Golden Globes, Hollywood’s annual warm-up for the yet more soporific bombast of the Oscars, was uncharacteristically watchable. Ricky Gervais, the British comedian who made his name on BBC television with “The Office”, was presenting the show for the second year running. Last time, he was sporadically provocative. This year, he was, at least by non-British standards (something I’ll return to), incendiary. Read the rest of this entry »


Ricky Gervais – The funny business with Golden Globes

Friday, 21 January, 2011

I love frank and engaging interviews and Piers Morgan had a great chat with Ricky Gervais, one of my favourite comedian, especially after Ricky’s Golden Globes performance. In case you missed Ricky’s performance, here is his Golden Globes 2011 – Opening Monologue and maybe you can see what some of the fuzz was about. The night got better or worst depending on who you talked to.

When was the last time a host got so much attention to Golden Globes a week after the show? I agree with Seattle Pi, Bring back Ricky! Also check out Ricky’s blog for his takes on things.

* Hollywood Reporter, “VIDEO: Ricky Gervais Funny, Revealing, Joyfully Unrepentant on Piers Morgan’s Show – Great hour of talk; Morgan less cocky, more likable and Gervais thoughtful.”

* CNN (with video clips), “Ricky Gervais offers no apologies for Golden Globes jokes”

* Seattle Pi, “Bring back Ricky!

* Gawker.tv, “Ricky Gervais’ Targets Come to His Defense” (with video clips)

* UK Press Association, “Cruel? I was doing my job: Gervais”

* Hollywood Reporter, “Ricky Gervais: If I’d Been Too Nice at Golden Globes, It Would Have Been ‘Nauseating’”

* ABC News, “Ricky Gervais: The Couldn’t-Care-Less Comedian – On ‘Piers Morgan Tonight,’ Ricky Gervais Refused to Apologize for Golden Globe Remarks”

* By the way, I think the following exchange between Ricky and Piers Morgan was very revealing of Ricky as a person. Hollywood Reporter, “Ricky Gervais: It’s the ‘Right Thing’ for Steve Carell to Leave ‘The Office’” Here is an excerpt (emphasis added).

“”I sent him an email saying I think you’re doing the right thing,” Gervais — who serves as an executive producer on the NBC hit after originating the ditzy boss role in the U.K. version — said on Piers Morgan Tonight Thursday. [...]

As a producer, I was expected to try and stop him because he’s a big part of it,” continued Gervais. “[But] you know, it can survive. Whether it should or not, I don’t know. I’m just an adviser and he’s done an amazing job. He’s done his time. It sounds like a prison sentence, doesn’t it?””


The Graham Norton Show

Friday, 21 January, 2011

The Graham Norton Show is pretty neat to watch. Check out the following clips from two different episodes. You can find the rest of the clips for the two shows online.


An Idiot Abroad

Monday, 1 November, 2010

The team of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant has created some really funny comedy shows over the years. I hope their new creation An Idiot Abroad featuring Karl Pilkington will be as funny as their other shows.

Karl Pilkington in An Idiot Abroad: First Look Sneak Peek Trailer

China Best Bits: Karl Pilkington An Idiot Abroad


Congrats: Leave Them Laughing – VIFF Most Popular Canadian Documentary Award

Sunday, 17 October, 2010

Congrats to Leave Them Laughing for winning VIFF Most Popular Canadian Documentary AwardLeave Them Laughing is one of my favourite film at CIFF (see my review).


2010 CIFF Picks: Me, Too (Yo, Tambien)

Saturday, 2 October, 2010

Here is a new addition to my 2010 Calgary International Film Festival Picks: Me, Too (Yo, Tambien) (CIFF screening info: Globe, Saturday, Oct 2, 2:45pm) (film website).

This is a drama/romantic comedy with a twist. Here is the CIFF film synopsis (with emphasis added),

ME, TOO is the story of Daniel (Pablo Pineda), the first European with Down syndrome to graduate university. Raised in a highly academic home environment, the 34-year-old Daniel is constantly caught between two worlds, without quite fitting in on either side. He is more intellectual than the average person with Down syndrome, but not “normal” enough to fit in with much of “normal” society. Because of his loneliness, his relationships are the most important part of his life. When Daniel starts a new job, he soon forms a close friendship with one of his co-workers, Laura (Lola Dueñas). The friendship advances quickly into something more all consuming, and soon Daniel falls in love.

The intimate journey of Daniel, Laura and their friends and family captures the intense emotions each of them experiences. ME, TOO is a fascinating and emotional first feature film written and directed by the team of Álvaro Pastor and Antonio Naharro.”


Stephen Colbert congressional subcommittee opening statement

Friday, 24 September, 2010

Stephen Colbert testified today on Capital Hill about the plight of illegal farm workers in US but in his TV funny man character. Here is a video of Stephen‘s congressional subcommittee opening statement. Read more reports from Toronto StarNYT, CNN, and AP.


2010 CIFF Picks: A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop (三槍拍案驚奇)

Sunday, 29 August, 2010

Another one of my 2010 Calgary International Film Festival Picks: A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop (三槍拍案驚奇) (CIFF screening time)

The film is acclaimed Chinese director’s Zhang Yimou‘s remake of Coen brothers’s “Blood Simple” (1985). It should be an interesting movie going experience.

From Reuters (emphasis added),

“The first time I saw ‘Blood Simple’ I liked it immediately,” Zhang said. “It was a very cool film.”

Zhang said he had never met the Coen brothers but was in touch with them about the remake. He said he was delighted they sent him an email after seeing a copy of his film.

I got an email from them. I was very, very touched. They’d seen the film and they said they loved the remake. They said it was very amusing. They took the trouble to write and say they loved the way I changed things. I was very pleased by that.

Trailer:

Trailer of “Blood Simple”


Funny Lady Carmen Stockton @ CBC The Alberta Comedy Spectacular (Sept 4th @ 7pm)

Monday, 16 August, 2010

Got an email from Funny Lady Carmen Stockton today. If you like a good laugh, check out CBC The Alberta Comedy Spectacular (Sept 4th @ 7pm). I hope Carmen doesn’t mind me sharing it so more people can tune in to watch the show.

This is the CBC Comedy special that me and a few other extremely talented comedians filmed back in May, if you happen to be around your TV sets on this date (see below) and want to see us tell a couple jokes…please tune in!

As always I do not guarantee that my jokes will make you laugh, as a matter of fact my jokes (or lack there of) may irritate you to so much you’ll wish you were watching a Rita MacNeil Christmas special instead, but if you do manage to watch my entire set I will absolutely guarantee you all right here and now you’ll give me an A++ for charm and animated facial expressions!

Cheers!

The Alberta Comedy Spectacular: Best of the West airs Saturday Sept 4 at 7pm across Alberta on CBC TV.

P.S. I’ve already set my machine to record the show. Why don’t you do the same too? If you like, you can check out my video interview with Carmen, done 2 years ago in 2008.


See Brazil Nuts @ Calgary Fringe Festival

Monday, 2 August, 2010

I had a great time watching Susan Jeremy, a very talented comedienne, performed in 2006. Looks like Susan has done it again and by bringing the really funny show Brazil Nuts to the 2010 Calgary Fringe Festival.

I haven’t got a chance to watch the show yet but Calgary Herald’s Stephen Hunt is giving it a great review (4.5 stars out of 5) (emphasis added),

In any event, Jeremy uses the whole room in Brazil Nuts, most notably in a hilarious dance number when she plays Ron the male stripper. She’s got a no-bull NYC kind of quality to her, and she doesn’t spend a lot of time explaining things. She just gets right to the funny, and that’s the best sort of place to be.

The ending, a slow motion celebration of Brasil scoring a goal, is the best sportsgasm moment I’ve seen on a stage (OK, I haven’t seen many). Put Brazil Nuts on your list of shows to see.


Ricky Gervais wins Sir Peter Ustinov Award for Comedy @ 2010 Banff World TV Festival

Thursday, 24 June, 2010

Ricky Gervais and his wife Jane Fallon with RCMP officiersRicky Gervais & me

To us Canadians, the world famous funny comedian Ricky Gervais is Ricky Dene Gervais (watch Ricky’s acceptance speech to find out why)! :)

The following is red carpet interviews with Ricky including my question to Ricky about the finale of Extras (highly recommended funny comedy).

The following is Ricky‘s speech and a brief clip after receiving his award.

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This is part of the amazing scene from Extras I love so much and a very insightful and enjoyable interview “Ricky Gervais in His Most ‘Postmodern’ Interview Ever“.

Here is a quote from Ricky, Apr 29, 2011 Update “Week one hundred and sixty-six – April/May 2011” – “That happened with Extras a bit. It wasn’t till the last episode that people realised it wasn’t really about all the famous people in it.

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Check out some of the YouTube clips of RICKY GERVAIS on Inside The Actor’s Studio.

Here is one clip (unless they remove it),

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June 19, 2011 update: Just discovered Banff has an official YouTube video of “Ricky Gervais accepts the Sir Peter Ustinov Award” but since it doesn’t pan to show Ricky‘s or Jane’s reaction, I think, imho, my video gives a much better viewing experience.

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The following is Ricky’s Banff bio.

“At the turn of this century, Ricky was preparing to star and direct a pilot he had written with Stephen Merchant for the BBC, called ‘The Office’. It went quite well and a series was commissioned. It first aired at 9.30pm on Monday 9 July 2001 on the BBC. The rest as they say is history.

It is the most critically acclaimed sitcom of all time becoming the first British comedy to win a Golden Globe. In all, Ricky has won three Golden Globes, two Primetime Emmys, and seven BAFTAS.

‘The Office’ is the most successful British comedy of all time being shown in over 90 countries with seven remakes. The NBC version is the most successful US remake of a British show for over 30 years. It reached the magic 100 episodes in 2009 and has started its first phase of syndication.

Ricky won his first Emmy as Executive Producer on ‘The Office’ (US) in 2006. He won his second for ‘Extras’ in 2007. Only two British sitcoms have won Golden Globes – ‘The Office’ and ‘Extras’.

Over a 10-year period Ricky Gervais has become the most influential British comedian since Charlie Chaplin. He is an award-winning stand up and his tour ‘FAME’ became the fastest selling UK stand up show in history selling an untouchable 100,000 tickets in 9 minutes! He played to 500,000 people that year including his first US tour, which was recorded as an HBO special at Madison Square Gardens. The show received three Emmy nominations.

He was named in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People In The World, one place behind Nelson Mandela. This annoyed Ricky who said of Mandela… “He didn’t do anything for 25 years”.

He is the only guest star of ‘The Simpsons’ to also write an episode. It became the highest rated Simpson’s episode of all time on Sky One in 2006. He also appeared on ‘Sesame Street’, which he says is the highlight of his career.

In 2005, Ricky turned his hand to podcasting and is now in The Guinness Book Of Records as the most downloaded internet show of all time. He was the first to charge for podcasts the following year and has now clocked up a staggering 180,000,000 shows downloaded. ‘The Ricky Gervais Show’ has been the number one selling audiobook in the world since 2006. In 2009 it was made into a 13 part animated series for HBO. It is currently being sold around the world and will air in The UK on Channel 4 in March 2010.

In 2004 his children’s book ‘Flanimals’ was published going on to sell over a million copies. It is currently being made into a Hollywood movie in which Ricky will star as the Puddloflaj- a fat sweaty wobbler – (The Puddloflaj that is).

The beginning of the next decade is looking good for the fat bloke from Reading too. He started the year as the first host of The Golden Globes since 1995, with an estimated world TV audience of 250 million. His new animation premiers in February. ‘Cemetery Junction’ is out in April and his new tour will spread to The US and other parts of the world.

For more info check out www.rickygervais.com


Kevin Smith’s Cop Out

Saturday, 20 February, 2010

Kevin Smith‘s Cop Out looks quite funny. For better quality Apple trailer of Co-Out.

Note: Kevin, thanks for doing the right thing in dealing with the horrible Southwest Airlines. Your unwillingness to go onto CNN Larry King lead me to put up this trailer/ad for your movie. The movie looks funny.

Good luck Kevin and keep your smodcast coming. Love your chat with Natali about your mutual Southwest Airlines horrible experience.


pm stephen harper twitpic photo challenge

Thursday, 11 February, 2010

I am having some Thursday fun inspired by prime minister stephen harper’s latest Twitter status and twitpic.

prime minister stephen harper twitpic photo challenge


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