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Friday 19 December 2008
A permanent fixture in the final eight Carry On comedy films, Jack Douglas is best remembered for the twitching character he usually portrayed, complete with flat cap, spectacles and workman's overalls, and the one-word catchphrase: "Phwaay!"
Tuesday 09 December 2008
"If I pull back this curtain you can see the rest of the venue. It's massive, and at the end of it there's a big picture of Lee Evans." So went Russell Howard's self-deprecating take on a concertinaed Wembley Arena and previous comics who filled the full version. Nevertheless, the gig rounds off a sold-out 70-date tour that has included a number of nights like this where Howard's audience has topped 3,500.
Tuesday 25 November 2008
Friday 21 November 2008
Sunday 16 November 2008
Saturday 15 November 2008
Thursday 13 November 2008
Monday 10 November 2008
What do you buy the man who has everything? The answer, if plans for Prince Charles's 60th birthday celebrations are anything to go by, is a performance from Rod Stewart, conversations with the Kumars and dinner with Carla Bruni.
Monday 03 November 2008
Wednesday 29 October 2008
What is Engelbert Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel about? Freudians have it typed as a rumination on primeval childhood fears – of separation from parents, of blindness, and of death. In the Grimm brothers' original version, the impoverished mother plots to kill her children by leaving them in the forest: Humperdinck kindly gives her an alter ego, with the Witch – whom the children eventually kill – as the repository of evil.
<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/openhouse/2008/09/the-drunkard-ki.html" target="_blank">Johann Hari: The drunkard-King and the President drunk on war</a>
Monday 29 September 2008
Imagine a remake of "The Odd Couple" in which Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau happen to rule the world
<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/09/wild-wild-web-m.html" target="_blank">Wild Wild Web: Minor threats from Ben Kingsley</a>
Thursday 18 September 2008
First Ben Kingsley grew a goatee, smoked some weed and kissed Mary-Kate Olsen, now he's rocking out to 80s Washington DC hardcore punk heroes, Minor Threat.
Monday 25 August 2008
Monday 11 August 2008
In February 2000, the director Spike Lee documented two nights of the "Kings of Comedy" tour, featuring the African-American comedians Cedric the Entertainer, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley and Bernie Mac performing their stand-up routines in Charlotte, North Carolina. Lee also shot informal behind-the-scenes footage, including Mac daring the networks to give him a break. "Do I have a television show? Nah," he told the cameras. "Why? Cause you scared of me. Scared I'm a say something. You're right."
Friday 08 August 2008
Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
- 2 Loom bands: Bids for dress made from colourful rubber pass £170,000 on eBay
- 3 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 4 L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs
- 5 The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week