Pooh à la Ernest Hemingway. I bloody love this.
I’ve been a fan of the work of television writers Craig Cash and Caroline Aherne for a number of years — from the more obscure Mrs Merton and Malcolm to The Royle Family, clips of which you can see below.
Mrs Merton and Malcolm Clip.
The Royle Family Clip.
I was therefore pleased to hear that Cash had teamed up with another of his co-writers, Phil Mealy — with whom he wrote the excellent Early Doors — to create a new three-part comedy drama starring Steve Coogan entitled Sunshine.
Early Doors Clip.
The first episode aired last Tuesday and, as prepared as I was to be disappointed, I have to say that so far it seems to be their best work yet. Blending comedy and pathos with a simplicity that is incredibly deceptive, Cash and Mealy tell a story about a gambler’s addiction and the effect it has on his family with an honesty that, in places, is incredibly touching. One particular scene featuring grandfather and grandson — the “heroic” grandfather telling how he got Adolf Hitler in a head lock and, a number of years later, designed Concorde — was almost beautiful to watch.
Like much of their work, you either get it or you don’t. The characters in many respects are incredibly real and because they have a habit of reminding the viewer of people they know or have known, they can at times be oddly comforting — nostalgic, almost.
I’ve yet to find a YouTube clip, but I will keep looking. UK viewers, however, can still catch the first episode on the BBC’s iPlayer. Take a look. You might enjoy it as much as I did.
Death comes to us all. There’s a cheery thought for a Sunday afternoon. The Grim Reaper gives a swing of his sythe and before we know it, that’s that. It’s little use bemoaning or denying the fact, one day — hopefully far into the future — we are all destined to cop it.
So what can we do in the meantime but laugh at the possibility? After all, if you don’t laugh at the ridiculousness of it all, what else is there to do but hope for an afterlife? (And you all know my views on that!)
With this in mind — and in an attempt to lift your spirits after such a depressing opening — I thought I’d share some of my favourite famous last words with you. I’m not sure just how genuine they are and, frankly, I can’t be arsed verifying them (it’s not like they’re going to sue me, now, is it?) So take them with a pinch of salt and bear in mind that I’m sharing them because I believe that if they aren’t true, they bloody well should be!
- “I’ve never felt better.” — Douglas Fairbanks Sr.
- “I’ve had eighteen straight whiskies, I think that’s the record…” — Dylan Thomas.
- “Woe is me. Methinks I’m turning into a god.” — Vespasian, Roman Emperor. (I always find such ambition impressive!)
- “I’d hate to die twice. It’s so boring.” — Richard Feynman. (I couldn’t leave Richard out now, could I?)
- “Damn it . . . Don’t you dare ask God to help me.” — Joan Crawford. (Once a bitch, always a bitch — good luck, God!)
- “I do not have to forgive my enemies. I have had them all shot.” — Ramon Narvaez, 18th-century Spanish politician and general.
- “Tomorrow, I shall no longer be here.” — Nostradamus. (Now why couldn’t he be as clear and concise with the rest of his sodding prophesies!)
- “Do you know where I can get any shit?” — Lenny Bruce.
A promo clip from the upcoming Little Britain USA series…
I was, alas, too young to listen to The Goons the first time around but over the years I’ve heard bits and pieces of them here and there. Today, however I stumbled across the clip below and have been catching up with some of the stuff I’d missed. The simple humour, the naivete of character… delightful, clever and hilarious.
More delights from the wit that is George Carlin — this time on “soft language.”
I was going to write a “proper” post today but — what with having tech issues (which delayed the start of my writing day) — I’m afraid I’ve had neither the time nor the inspiration.
So I’m going to share this new discovery with you, instead. New to me, at least. A genuinely clever and funny comedian called George Carlin.
WARNING: Contains stong language.