Sunday, November 27, 2011

This Week's Too Grumpy Critics Question...

I'm recording the show early this week - tomorrow, in fact - with radio genius John Collins. Two questions:

1] Matt Owen's question from last week was on the subject of sit-coms. What sit-com - past or present - would you like to see being given the big screen treatment? 

2] Traditional radio; do you still listen to it? Is it still valuable to your life?

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts - and do feel free to share the post with your smart friends! ;D

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Friday, November 25, 2011

podcast #503: Satirist Matt Owen / Film Location Pilgrimages

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This week's guest is Matt Owen, writer for "The Joan Rivers Position", satirical magazine Private Eye, that Channel Four sweatshop known as "The 11 O'Clock Show" (which featured both Sacha Baron-Cohen, Ricky Gervaise at the start of their careers, and a fresh-faced Charlie Brooker), plus innumerable birthday cards - some of which had tenners in.

Another great show for aficionados of British comedy and for anyone who has ever thought about writing comedy.  Do Americans process comedy in a different way than Brits?  What makes some British shows work across the pond, but others fall flat?  Why do American sit-coms have better character development than their British counterparts?  These and other comedy conundrums addressed head-on, in addition to an update on who started the second world war, whether Stephen Fry needs any more money, and what makes acceptable subjects for comedy.

The question for next week's show: The 70s had several instances of sit-coms being made into films, what modern (or past) sit-coms would you like to see get the theatrical treatment?

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podcast #503: Satirist Matt Owen / Film Location Pilgrimages

Download the show for desktop listenage here.

Never miss another episode.  Subscribe to the feed here.

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This week's guest is Matt Owen, writer for "The Joan Rivers Position", satirical magazine Private Eye, that Channel Four sweatshop known as "The 11 O'Clock Show" (which featured both Sacha Baron-Cohen, Ricky Gervaise at the start of their careers, and a fresh-faced Charlie Brooker), plus innumerable birthday cards - some of which had tenners in.

Another great show for aficionados of British comedy and for anyone who has ever thought about writing comedy.  Do Americans process comedy in a different way than Brits?  What makes some British shows work across the pond, but others fall flat?  Why do American sit-coms have better character development than their British counterparts?  These and other comedy conundrums addressed head-on, in addition to an update on who started the second world war, whether Stephen Fry needs any more money, and what makes acceptable subjects for comedy.

The question for next week's show: The 70s had several instances of sit-coms being made into films, what modern (or past) sit-coms would you like to see get the theatrical treatment?

Follow Matt on The Electronical Twitter Machine: @mjowen

Keep in touch via The Usual Address, which IS....?  theusualaddress [at] gmail.com
via Twitter: @spikester
via Google+: plus.paulandspike.com 

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

This Week's Guest and Question

This week, we welcome satirist, writer, bon vivant and raconteur Matt Owen. Scribe (oh LORD how i hate that word) for Private Eye, Have I Got News For You, and innumerable birthday cards to friends and relatives. You'll probably remember him from "sorry it's a bit late", "many happy returns, Janet" and, perhaps most famously, "I didn't have time to go shopping, hope a tenner's ok". Any questions or comments or ideas for further classic greetings cards messages can be sent to the usual address at the bottom of the page.

This week's question, set by Louis Barfe, was whether you had made a pilgrimage to any TV or movie locations. I shared my story about dragging my sister and brother in law to the Monroeville Mall near Pittsburgh; location for George A Romero's Dawn Of The Dead. And yes, Dawn fans, we took flowers to the fountain.

Send your correspondence to the usual address, which IS...?

THEUSUALADDRESS AT GMAIL.COM

Twidduh: @spikester

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Too Grumpy Podcast #502 - Author Louis Barfe / Remaking Kids' TV

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If you're a fan of classic British comedy, this week's show with author Louis Barfe will either play out like a conversation with kindred spirits, or serve as the basis for a lifetime of research into the essentials.

Find out how much of Louis' new book was written with his trousers at his ankles, what made the last ten thousand words of "Where Have All The Good Times Gone" fly by, and who really won the Sex Pistols/Bill Grundy debate.

Pre-order "The Trials And Triumphs Of Les Dawson" on t'Amazon now.  It's available in early February of oh-twelve.

BRITISHERS! Order Louis' books on the Amazon dot coe dot you kay machine by clicking here.

AMERICANSES! Order Louis' books on Amazon dot com by clicking here. Get 'em whilst they're cheap... before he does!

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The Usual Address - @spikester - Google+

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

This Week's Guest: author Louis Barfe

Sitting atop the rotating Paul Chair this week is writer and biographer Louis Barfe, responsible for such books as "Turned Out Nice Again: The Story Of British Light Entertainment", "Where Have All The Good Times Gone?: The Rise And Fall Of The Record Industry", and the upcoming biography of comedian Les Dawson, released next year.  I think title probably needs a colon, so it doesn't feel left out.  And remember; when you use the code "paulandspike" at checkout, Amazon will sell you any of those books at the regular price!

In addition to them books and stuff, Louis has also done wrotings for the Radio Times (it's out to-daaayyyy digga digga digga digga digga), Private Eye, The Independent, Wives' Readers, The New Statesman, Honkgobbler's Monthly, Publishing News, The Spectator, Absent-Minded Magazine, Literary Review, and Absent-Minded Magazine.  (be careful with that joke... it's an antique.)

We'll be having a bijou natterette about the books, about Dawson, about writing, and about whether the glory days of entertainment have swirled away down the crapper, like so many tab ends.  Also on the agenda, Louis will be sharing his Week In Stuff, giving his thoughts on last week's question, and setting his own for next week.

If you've got any questions or comments for him, get in touch via all the usual outlets:

use your existing Facebook and/or Twitter accounts to log in at paulandspike.com and leave a comment.

email: theusualaddress at gmail.com

twitter: @spikester

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which you can also use to answer last week's question from ghosthunter extraordinaire Andrew Wooding: which kids' tv show from your youth would you like to see remade for a modern audience.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

#501 - Author Andrew Wooding / Movies That Make You Cry


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This week, Andrew Wooding (one half of Two Men and a Ghost) gets dizzy on the Paul Chair to talk about his in-progress spooky books, the regular 2MG two-page spread in Haunted Magazine and Mike Kazybrid's 'Plastic Grannies'.  Also on the agenda, Andrew's Week In Stuff, a conversation about whether "Life Of Brian" is offensive or not, and tears flow as we tackle last season's cliffhanger question regarding films that make us cry.

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Saturday, November 05, 2011

In the #2GC Paul Chair This Week... John Collins; @johnco

He's a Sony award-winning broadcaster and a National Training Award-winning fountain of knowledge!  He's the busiest man in Scottish radio!  He was my boss for roughly fifteen minutes and a mentor for almost two decades!  He's on the board at the Scottish Radio Academy! He was our international correspondent on old fashioned radio and was called "as smart as a whip" by our genius-level listeners!  He's a radio ratings King Midus, and now he's passing his knowledge and enthusiasm on to radio's next generation at Reid Kerr College in Paisley!

Host of both The Drum's Scottish Media Podcast, and the Radio Academy Scotland's podcast; He's John Collins and he's the first 'Paul Chair' guest co-host on Two Grumpy Critics.  Got any questions for him?  In addition to being an oracle of Scottish radio, he's an appreciator of American radio, and knows his onions when it comes to the format's past, present and future.

Get your correspondence in by Monday morning, though.  We're taping early this week!  Send your questions/comments to the usual address, or log in at paulandspike.com using your existing Facebook or Twitter accounts and comment.

You can interact directly with him (and consider this an early #FF) on The Twitter, by following @johnco

He's also on The Facebook.

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In the #2GC Paul Chair This Week... John Collins.

He's a Sony award-winning broadcaster and a National Training Award-winning fountain of knowledge!  He's the busiest man in Scottish radio!  He was my boss for roughly fifteen minutes and a mentor for almost two decades!  He's on the board at the Scottish Radio Academy! He was our international correspondent on old fashioned radio and was called "as smart as a whip" by our genius-level listeners!  He's a radio ratings King Midus, and now he's passing his knowledge and enthusiasm on to radio's next generation at Reid Kerr College in Paisley!

Host of both The Drum's Scottish Media Podcast, and the Radio Academy Scotland's podcast; He's John Collins and he's the first 'Paul Chair' guest co-host on Two Grumpy Critics.  Got any questions for him?  In addition to being an oracle of Scottish radio, he's an appreciator of American radio, and knows his onions when it comes to the format's past, present and future.

Get your correspondence in by Monday morning, though.  We're taping early this week!  Send your questions/comments to the usual address, or log in at paulandspike.com using your existing Facebook or Twitter accounts and comment.

You can interact directly with him (and consider this an early #FF) on The Twitter, by following @johnco

He's also on The Facebook.

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#2GC Next Week's Topic...

...is crying.  What movie makes you into a Mister/Little Miss Rainyface?  What movie(s) never fail to turn the tap of your personal waterworks?  Let us know at all the usual places....

Via Twitter: @paulandspike

Via email: theusualaddress [at the] gmail.com

Or by logging in at paulandspike.com with your existing Twitter or Facebook accounts and going grazygonuts in the comments section.

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#2GC Next Week's Topic...

...is crying.  What movie makes you into a Mister/Little Miss Rainyface?  What movie(s) never fail to turn the tap of your personal waterworks?  Let us know at all the usual places....

Via Twitter: @paulandspike

Via email: theusualaddress [at the] gmail.com

Or by logging in at paulandspike.com with your existing Twitter or Facebook accounts and going grazygonuts in the comments section.

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Friday, November 04, 2011

#500 - Season Five Pre-Premiere

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And so, as we begin the beginning of season five of Too Grumpy Critics, we do so with just one very small and minor change; 50% of the cast is missing.  o_O  Paul has decided to extend his vacation from the show, so - hopefully - he'll be back at some point.  So in order to make up the smart quotient of the show, here's how it's going to work for the next few weeks: I'll be rotating guest co-hosts of interest who will discuss their week in stuff, answer and comb through the correspondence from the previous weeks' question, and to set their own question for the next week's guest.

This week, being the pre-premiere, we refresh our memories with an edited recap of the last show, and also hear a clip from 2009's appearance from Mike Kazybrid and Andrew Wooding, otherwise known as Two Men and a Ghost, who will be joining us in two weeks' time.  Next week, though, Scottish radio legend and member of the Sony radio academy John Collins will drop in to tell us exactly why he thinks live and local radio *isn't* doomned.  Good luck, John!

Onwards ad upwards, troops!

 

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