Derry Girls is a Northern Irish sitcom about students at Our Lady Immaculate College (girls school) in Derry, Northern Ireland, during the 1990s, the final decade of The Troubles. …
Of the five awkward, hilarious friends, Orla McCool is my favourite. She might be undiagnosed autistic, perhaps Asperger’s. She might simply be charmingly odd.
Siobhán McSweeney is brilliant too as Sister Michael, the principal of the school.
Click PLAY or watch watch Orla’s STEP AEROBICS talent show performance on YouTube.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the first series holds an approval rating of 100% …
Derry Girls was the most watched series in Northern Ireland since modern records began in 2002 …
With friends in Idaho, summer 2019 I saw Martin Short and Steve Martin LIVE in An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life.
It was hilarious.
That was Steve’s return to stand-up after decades.
Steve is age-74 now. Everyone of my generation loved his comedy. Indeed, I thought he was an overnight success — like Robin Williams.
Not so as I learned in his 2007 memoir Born Standing Up. Steve Martin paid his dues. He had many, many very hard years breaking into the business.
It chronicles his early life, his days working for Disneyland, working at low tier coffee shops and clubs as a comedy act … and the reason why he quit stand-up comedy altogether at the height of his fame in 1981. …
The audiobook is read by Steve. I recommend it.
Warren got me started watching.
Doc Martin is a British television medical comedy drama series starring Martin Clunes in the title role. …
The programme is set in the fictional seaside village of Portwenn and filmed on location in the village of Port Isaac, Cornwall, United Kingdom, …
Eight series aired between 2004 and 2017 …
The actor, Martin Clunes, is unusual and unusual looking. A touch of Mr. Bean.
The real star is the Cornish village of Port Isaac.
Click PLAY or watch a trailer on YouTube.
The actress playing receptionist Elaine, Lucy Punch, is brilliant in the role. In fact the eclectic villagers are all entertaining.
But no racial diversity in Cornwall?
Before I started on the TV show I watched the 2001 movie called Doc Martin. Similar premiss. But Doc Martin is a much warmer and more charming character in the film.
Click PLAY or watch a movie trailer on YouTube.
Ron loaned me a hard copy of Mike Reiss‘ 2018 book on his years working on The Simpsons. He was one of the first writers when the show started in 1989.
Hilarious. I recommend it.
I stopped watching The Simpsons back when every episode was controversial. They made fun of everyone and everything.
But I’m still a big fan. My Facebook avatar is Lugash, Lisa Simpson’s Gymnastics coach.
Ten years in … Family Guy launched.
Peter Griffin was fatter and dumber. Family Guy mocked topics sacrosanct to The Simpsons.
Surprisingly, many on The Simpsons writing team were offended.
No books make me laugh more or harder than the Hard Luck Hank series.
In this one Hank is getting married. To an out-of-work actress.
She’s a Damakan. As a species they are capable of “broadcast empathy.” Their acting skills are so powerful they are able to make people believe their portrayals are literally happening—even over remote transmission.
This book mocks actors and a whole lot more.
I was happy to buy and download the audio version of …
Hard Luck Hank: Dumber Than Dead (2018)
Escapist entertainment, I enjoyed both.
Clooney and pals having fun. Matt Damon’s role is amusing.
Click PLAY or watch the Oceans 12 trailer on YouTube.
Click PLAY or watch the Oceans 13 trailer on YouTube. Ellen Barken is super.