The abandon of comedy is always there, though, the feeling of, “Fuck it, let’s try that TONIGHT!” because the audience’s expectations are different at a late-night comedy thing and they don’t mind crappy props and people reading scripts, and if it dies there’s always tomorrow. Which is why comics, or comic actors, or character comics – or whatever you wanna call them – often, for me, get closer to the essence of theatre than theatre (not that I see any hierarchy or even anything except a perceived distinction). Maybe that’s why Beckett loved vaudeville. I saw Oram & Meeten do something brilliantly theatrical recently in a comedy night. And Spencer Jones too, as a bacchanalian health and safety officer. … [Read more...] about Will Adamsdale: ‘Comedy today is tweeting with one hand and playing a ukelele with the other’
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"While we remain cautious about the continued uncertainty in the wider market, the resilience and flexibility of our business model leaves us well positioned as we enter our peak trading period, and we remain confident in our ability to grow market share and help even more customers create a home they love." … [Read more...] about Dunelm hands back £14.5million furlough money after seeing sales soar
That began to change with Pinochet’s arrest in London. “It was Garzón who woke the world up to this,” Laura Elgueta told me. As Pinochet’s arrest highlighted, amnesty laws did not provide universal protection, and Condor was a weak spot. In retrospect, those who expected lifelong impunity for their involvement in Condor made three key mistakes. First of all, they stole children, a crime that even amnesties did not cover. Second, they wrongly assumed that amnesties would cover crimes committed on foreign soil. Finally, they hid their killings by making victims disappear – thereby turning those crimes into ongoing, unresolved kidnappings, which, unlike a murder where a body is found, cannot be covered by a statute of limitations or an amnesty for past events. These errors allowed a bold group of prosecutors and judges to bypass amnesty laws in a handful of carefully selected cases. These, in turn, revealed such ghastly truths that some governments were … [Read more...] about Operation Condor: the cold war conspiracy that terrorised South America
Fin Taylor YOUNG PEOPLE HATING THEMSELVES – “Jokes about Generation Y’s self-loathing will be hard to miss this year. Because of the internet’s effect on the way we think and act, it’s a rich ground for comedy. Not really a ‘big subject’, but I think it’ll prove to be a persistent theme for us younger, autobiographical comics.” … [Read more...] about Capitalism or sesame seeds: what will be this year’s hot comic topics?
“I had to explore all avenues, and I kept an open mind. I even considered the possibility that there might be a serial pooper out there who sneaks on to wedding boats, so I kept my ear open for news of other similar crimes.” … [Read more...] about A mystery guest pooed on the floor at our wedding – now we’ve hired a private detective to sniff out the dirty culprit