Thursday, July 31, 2008

Not long now...!

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And I'm just a little excited. Just a little. Honest.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

SHARKS KILLED AS CAR PLOUGHS INTO HOUSE

Now *that's* a headline I can aspire to! I mean, who could read that headline and not read the story?! Basically, a stolen car was driven into a house (by mistake, I assume), smashing a shark tank, and "dazing a parrot by striking its cage". Which is just as brilliant as the shark bit. [Guardian]

David O'Doherty does a blog

David O'Doherty NEVER does a blog!
Here's what the man has to say...

EDINBURGH FRINGE AND MY NEW JOKE

members of team o'doherty

I have a new thing. I've had new things before like trying to have better posture and not spending so much time looking at youtube, but this one is for reals. (I still spend too much time slouched over looking at youtube.)

Here is my new joke. (You will only get this if you are from Ireland/UK as it features a word you don't have in your countries. Sorry about that dudes.)

QU: What did Jay-Z say when his ice-cream van ran out of chocolate flakes?
Ans: I've got 99 problems.

I have a less good international version for all nations:

QU: What did Jay-Z say after he had fixed his bicycle puncture?
ANS: Well now I only have 98 problems.

Less good, I know.

Here is my new thing. I am going to be more organised. I tidied the bathroom this morning. I have just done washing. I feel so bloody productive. Later on I might grow some carrots or knit a jumper or invade a small country or make someone pregnant or something. WHO KNOWS

Well with this in mind I have decided to write a message about the things I'm doing for next while.

Tomorrow I am going to Edinburgh to take part in the Fringe. I am doing a show for grown-ups at 9 pm at The Stand on York Place called Let's Comedy. It's talking and songs on a tiny piano and you get to sit in a chair and I get to have lights pointed at me. I think it's pretty funny. I bet that sounds arrogant but I taped a preview the other night and listened back to it and it was pretty good. And that's coming from someone who usually hates comedy. It officially starts on Friday but there are megacheap previews Wednesday and Thursday. Here is a link about the show:
http://www.thestand.co.uk/fringe2008/shows/davidodocherty.aspx

I've also written a show for children that I'm doing everyday at The Assembly Rooms at 2.20 pm. My friend Maeve Higgins and I are in two beds on stage and the audience is keeping us awake. That's basically the entire script. We've done some previews around Ireland over the summer and I think it might be more fun than anything else I've ever done. It says it's for 6 and up but you'll get it if you're a smart 4 year old. Also there are some jokes for grown ups in it. Here is a link about that:
http://www.edfest.com/shows/I_Cant_Sleep_by_David_ODoherty

I am doing a big UK tour in the Autumn so I will put up dates for that on here soon and I am in a feature film that is coming out soon called 'A Film With Me In It' with my brother Mark and Dylan Moran.

This is pretty much everything for the moment. Thank you very much for reading this far.

do'd

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Irregular Update

Hello all!

What is it with real life getting in the way of blogging, eh? Most rude, I'd say. So here's one of my increasingly frequent apologies for being so absent, and a little catch up on what's going on in my life that you might be at all interested in.

1) In terms of work, the temping's going well, and I'm being given more and more responsibility and a wider range of things to do; from writing up dictated medical letters to basically running the office! I've found that I'm actually quite suited to office life, as you get to chose to do things in the order that you feel is most important - as the daughter of two teachers who don't have that sort of freedom, it's quite refreshing, actually. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank whoever invented the Post-It, and apologise to future generations for destroying the rainforests through my constant use of them.

2) TVScoop's going well - I interviewed Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamilton the other day, as the second series of their wonderful sitcom Outnumbered will be broadcast in September. Thankfully, it seems that this series will be given a weekly 9.30pm slot rather than being shown on consecutive days as before. I'm also excited about talking to a certain, rather brilliant actress in the Autumn who created one of comedy's greatest ever characters...

3) I cannot believe that it's Mercury Music Prize nomination time again! Incredible. Can't say I'm especially struck by this year's line-up, so I hope that my music guru Lisa can point me in the direction of a couple of great albums on there that I might have missed!

4) Dean and I are hoping to put together a podcast this week, thanks mostly to his technical know-how! So look out for that soon... Dean is also hoping to launch FringeBlogs in earnest this year, so hopefully we'll have more to tell you about that between now and August.

5) DAVID TENNANT IN HAMLET! I didn't even know I was going to the Press Night until I saw that fact on Lisa's blog, so I'm even more excited about this than I already was. Because everyone loves a bit of celeb-spotting, right?!

6) Me, my parents, Paul Fuzz and his partner Becca and (for half the week at least) one of my very best friends Sabina are all holing up in Edinburgh for the Fringe from the 10th to the 15th, and all really, really looking forward to it. Last year, we were so impressed by the relaxed, friendly atmosphere of the festival and the city as a whole, and so know that while there might be a bit of rushing about between venues, it will be a *proper* holiday. This will also be helped by the fact that, as we're in an apartment, we won't have to get up for breakfast...! Tim Minchin, David O'Doherty, Mark Watson and the Amnesty Stand Up For Freedom are all on the list so far.

7) Conde Nast's Wired Magazine, which has been out in the US for years, and concentrates on how technology affects politics, culture, entertainment etc, is launching over here in 2009. Clearly, it's inhabiting a world that fascinates me, so I shot off an email to them this morning to ask about the possibility of working with them when I've completed my course....!

8) Check out a couple of the saddest cartoons in the world, and then have a look at this one to cheer yourselves back up:


9) Check out what Lisa will be blogging about soon.


10) Tell Marie that, yes, she should get that kick-ass hairstyle.


10, I feel, is a very satisfying place to end. So I will.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Rose Tyler: Earth Defender

Can someone explain this to me, please? I'm sleepy and confused... (from sylvestermccoy.com)

Rose Tyler: Earth Defender:
War Part 1 and Part 2
by Russell T Davies

The 2 Doctor Who telemovie scripts have been completed and centre around Rose Tyler, Earth Defender, trying to track down the Doctor who's caused some problems in the past, which are affecting the present. Billie Piper returns.

The Boosh Fest - a personal view...

For ages I said that I wouldn't go to this, but let's face it, everyone knew I'd succumb in the end, and I did. And I'm so glad.

By that point, Aoife (who you'll remember from my BBC Three Boosh Documentary Adventure) had arranged to stay with another Boosh forummer Becky, and bless her she let me stay too. I realised what a different world it is living in London when we managed to blag tickets for an Ed Byrne gig which just happened to be taking place in a pub on the way from Kentish Town tube to Becky's flat. That just doesn't happen in Doncaster.

So after dumping our stuff, we basically turned around and went back out again, and it has to be said that I enjoyed Ed Byrne's set a hell of a lot more than when I last saw him at the Just The Tonic Christmas Show. (But then he was usurped as headline act by Mr Fielding, so maybe he had a good reason to be grumpy.) He was trying out material for Edinburgh - the most memorable bit being a section on how the video for Thriller is a Horror, not a thriller - and seemed really happy with how it went. As were we, but it's hard to be disappointed when you only found out you were going to see such a top class comedian about an hour beforehand.

The fourth member of our little clan, Nic, arrived during our post-gig Chinese, and she drive us to the Hop Farm in the morning.

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Aoife and brekkie!

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Becky carefully applying Nic's fake eyelashes

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The little clan

If any of you were in the area, you'll know that it absolutely threw it down up until about 11am, but when it cleared up it was actually perfect festival weather from there on in - sunny, but a nice breeze too. We were pretty darn lucky in that respect. Ok, so my lovely wellies weren't exactly necessary but I kinda liked them.

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When we arrived, it was clear that this was going to be a really relaxed affair - there were families with (some very) young children, older couples, picnics, loads of places to eat, loads of space, and the all important bouncy castle.

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It wasn't at all busy, and maybe the organisers would have been disappointed that it wasn't a sell-out, but for those of us who were there it was just right. First up were Robots In Disguise - the Boosh's Electro/Goth Girl - who I'll happily admit I'd have never given a second listen if it weren't for the Boosh connection. They write amazingly catchy - but pretty intelligent - songs which are among the most dance-along-able to in my entire record collection. Maybe they're more suited to a sweaty club than a sunny field, but the Boosh connection did mean that they did a great job of uniting the crowd early on in the day.

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The big forum meet-up came next, and despite our worries that we'd never be able to get everyone together in the same place at the same time, it happened incredibly easily. There were photos, hugs and squees a-plenty, as you can imagine, and it really was a joy to spend the day with such a lovely laid-back and friendly group of people.

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The whole group (think I took this one...)

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Emmy-lou, Sam and me

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Aoife, me and Jake, and the avatars of a couple of lovely forummers who sadly couldn't make it!

The fuzzy/bluesy/really rather good White Denim did their scuzzy thing on stage as we chatted and mingled, and after a performance from The Kills which I'm afraid completely passed me by (and a rather nice burger) Aoife and I headed for the comedy tent in the hope of seeing David O'Doherty, Matt Berry and Mark Watson who were scheduled one after the other. The comedy tent was a bit of a disappointment though, as the organisers seemed to miss the fact that a crowd united by a love of the Mighty Boosh would probably be pretty hot on their comedy. It was a tiny little marquee, and we only managed to squeeze in to see DO'D finishing up, really, but it was great to see Matt Berry do a couple of songs from Garth Marenghi's Darkplace and Snuff Box. Mark Watson must have been bumped up the bill as he appeared hours later, I think.

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The comedy tent

In the early evening, Aoife, myself and Jake wandered up to the front to watch The Charlatans (and hang about near the entrance to backstage where we met Berry, and saw Julia Davis and, randomly, Alan Davies). They were my music highlight of the day by far, but then I've always been a fan. Having an indie older brother who was in his teens in the 90s means that songs like The Only One I Know are pretty much emblazoned on my brain, but then they *are* good songs. I'll do a post with just videos soon - the first of which will be a clip of that very song - but for now, here's a piccie of Tim Burgess et al.



Next up was the unfathomable (and for a lot of the set very nearly naked) Har Mar Superstar, and after a brief DJ set from Peaches (the American singer, not Bob's daughter), it was time for the main event. The Mighty Boosh: The Band.

And for that, as my fingers and wrists are hurting something rotten, I shall cut and paste from my "proper" review.... sorry :P

The original idea was, I think, for the band to be made up exclusively of members of the Boosh family (Bollo on drums, etc), but Julian – the true music aficionado of the bunch – wanted, and I quote "the backbone to be shit hot", and so professional musicians were brought in on bass and drums. Apart from Fielding (Naboo) though, the others still played their part. Noel/Vince was on lead vocals (who else?!), Julian/Howard displayed impressive skills on lead guitar, Dave Brown/Bollo/Joey Moose added percussion to the mix, and Rich Fulcher bashed on the keyboard with characteristic gusto. And it worked. They functioned as a band fantastically well because the set up is already there, ingrained in Boosh mythology. Vince was born to be the strutting, posturing, Jagger-esque front man and Howard was born to be the jazz-inspired muso at the side, stroking his guitar. And so were their real-life alter-egos, of course.

But this was more than a set from a band; it was, and had to be, a proper show. The Moon introduced the Boosh (and later appeared as Jay-Z; "I got 99 problems, four of 'em are catering") and there was plenty of trademark banter between Julian and Noel. They were hugely generous to their audience too, as they threw in everything from their most famous crimp about soup (it's an odd world, that of the Boosh, but go with it) to a song only heard by their most ardent fans in a late-night radio interview. Vince appeared on stage on a huge pirate ship, while Howard had a little blow up dinghy, but he got his moment later on when performing New Sound and Isolation on his own - and blowing the audience away with a killer guitar solo.

There were costume-changes a-plenty, a dance-off between Har Mar Superstar and Bob Fossil (Rich Fulcher), sweary punk tracks, a nu-rave song about eels and thrash metal performed by grannies. Would this have made any sense whatsoever to someone who had never seen The Mighty Boosh? Of course not, but then you don't usually judge a gig on what it offers people who aren't already fans. And even if there were some Boosh virgins in the audience, I'd hazard a guess that they were swept away by the spectacle and joy of it all anyway.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Doctor Who: Journey's End

I've literally just finished watching it as I was at the Boosh Festival (on which more later, of course) so I haven't read any reviews whatsoever, and I kinda like that.

Davros, Daleks, whatever. That storyline wasn't important to me - we've had the near-end of the Earth and universe so many times before that I'm not suddenly going to be shocked by the prospect of destruction of Reality Itself - not least because that's never going to happen. We knew how *that* storyline was going to end all along - the Earth would be saved, and on a macrocosmic level everything would go back to how it should be. But the personal, character level, that's where we had no idea what was going to happen - look at all the theories, we *really* didn't know what was going to happen. But the DoctorDonna - how could we forget? It was there all along. Thank the Ood.

So there's the three-fold Doctor: one full Doctor with all his complexities, one brilliant human time-lord that just cannot be, and one merciless time-lord/human, who did what was needed, and what the full Doctor would never be able to do - he couldn't bring himself to halt their creation, and neither could he be their destroyer. He's "the man who never would", remember? But a Doctor with a bit of that very human, Harriet Jones-esque ruthlessness? He would.

I can imagine that this episode will provoke an ambivalent response, but I think that's because it was an episode that has ambivalence - absolutely intended by RTD - at its very core. Reality might be saved, but this was far from all wrapped up. Take Rose. She has a Doctor. A Doctor who can say the thing that a full time lord just can't, who has that humanness in him that means he can respond to her in the way that she has so longed. A Doctor with added human, what could be more perfect, right? Right? Of course not. He's not her Doctor. And no matter how much she teaches him, he never will be.

So there's ambivalent ending number one.

Then there's Donna, or DoctorDonna, who was so charismatic, so brilliant, and such a proper Doctor! She was the most important woman in all creation! Not that it does her much good now. Everything she's learnt, everything she has gained, gone. The Doctor might have saved her, but in another sense he has condemned her to the life she was so ready to leave behind. As Gramps said, she *was* better with him.

So there's ambivalent ending number two.

And the Doctor is on his own, again, forced to consider all the people who have fallen in his name, forced to recognise that it was a being that came from him who destroyed the entire Dalek race (until the next time they pop up, of course). His look at the end said it all - this wasn't a happy ending.

Which is why, of course, it is an episode that - literally ten minutes after watching - is not easy to love. It was clever and subtle and contradictory and ambivalent enough to mean that this blog has been a breeze to write, but you don't exactly come out of it buzzing. And the strange thing is, everything points to that being RTD's precise intention. If we were meant to think that Rose can be happy with her Doctor then why did she run after the Tardis as it left? If we're meant to be pleased that Donna is alive, then why is Gramps - who has always been right in all things - so upset?

This is how it's meant to feel. And that's just... an odd place to be.