QUOTE(yvonne johnson @ Dec 29 2008, 11:41 PM)
QUOTE(Behemoth @ Dec 28 2008, 02:38 PM)
QUOTE(Wilfrid @ Dec 28 2008, 08:09 PM)
In case any of the fans of British comedy here missed it, Zadie Smith
published a charming little memoir about her father's love of the stuff in the holiday issue. Many memories here, and I liked her insightful comment on Tommy Cooper actually
dying on stage.
After reading it, go to You Tube and watch some Cooper clips; don't miss "The Hats". I also recommend searching for Charlie Drake and pulling up the extraordinary, anarchic clip from his series "The Worker". (Okay, that one is here
That was a great article, just read it this morning. Thanks for the youtube tip.
I really liked this essay of Smith's. The way she intertwined the memories of her father and of his death, her and his enjoyment of comedy and comedy in general,and her anticipatory, fearful experiences of her brother's stand-up performances read really well.... and it was funny.
I've not read any (either?) of her novels...maybe I will.
Yes, very nice piece. Left me a bit melancholy as I face a similar situation with my mother in long-term care out in St. Louis.
Also left me pondering the whys & wherefores of stand-up, having just seen Maine comedians Bob Marley, with George Hamm opening, at Portland's fine Merrill Auditorium last week. Hamm is a misanthrope & wasn't always funny. Marley is one of those rare comedians who seems to genuinely like people & is able to be funny without exhibiting an underlying core of meanness. (Well, OK, his nana may be writhing in her grave, but I still think he loved her.) He has a great ear for Mainers' speech & mannerisms, & pokes fun at them while conveying his affection. Not an easy line to walk but he seems to manage it. The fact that he sold out the 2000-seat auditorium for 6 straight nights over Xmas week indicates that he's on to something.
And as for opening a show - it was the antithesis of Edward Aczel. Marley filled the stage with 100 people, starting with a high-school marching band, then a rocker off in the corner playing "Another One Bites The Dust" over & over again, then jugglers, clowns, bagpipers, Moses, Jesus, perhaps Gandhi..... Then he rode in on a dogsled, jumped off & high-fived Jesus. How do you do jokes after that?