Friday, December 23, 2011

Too Grumpy Critics Say: Happy Holidays! Here's A Rotten Old Repeat From A Year Ago.

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Picture it: Christmas!  2010!  From the bowels of the Taskerlands Radiophonic Workshop comes a rarity: a radio special that's so special, it can bring the world together.  It unites warring nations via the gift of laughter.  It ends hunger, cures various cancers and colonises Mars.  Global warming immediately depletes, polar ice caps re-freeze and the hole in the ozone layer - if that still exists, even - closes up.  For 80 glorious minutes of mirth, the world unites and listens to what is arguably the greatest christmas special that sounds like an old radio broadcast from the 40s that has ever been produced by two blokes called Paul and Spike.  In West Virginia.  In the fall of 2010.

As you can imagine, competition was stiff for that particular award.  Ahem.

OK, so this isn't just a lazy repeat of last year's critically lauded special.  I mean, that would be too easy.  No, this is a newly edited version; running at a svelte 60 minutes (or one metric hour), the special now zips along at a steady pace, with all the unnecessary padding stripped out.  All this means that even though there might be less world uniting, hunger-ending, environment preserving, ozone layer-repairing going on, it *does* give you more time to get the rest of your shopping done.


Happy holidays.  See you in oh-twelve.

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Too Grumpy Critics Rotten Old Repeated Christmas Special (part 1)

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It's the most wonderful time of the year!  What makes it wonderful?  Taking time off work, of course!  But don't worry, there's still a festive smell in the air with this, the special director's cut of the 2008 Christmas Special.  Why is it the director's cut?  Well, there is approximately five whole podcast-exclusive minutes of new material crowbarred in instead of including the costly music that used to be there, it's in living stereo, and also because.... 

 

um.....

 

uuhhhhhhh.....

 

LOOK, IT JUST *IS*, ALRIGHT?  WHY DON'T YOU GET THE HELL OFF MY BACK ABOUT IT?  RIGHT, THAT'S IT - I'M GOING TO MOTHER'S.

 

 

 

***SLAM!!!!***

 

 

 

Um, anywayses.  Next week, you can enjoy the specially edited director's cut of last year's Christmas special, "Paul&Spike: The Gay Batchelors"; now edited down to a managable hour, with almost all of the painfully unfunny filler garbage cut out.

 

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Friday, December 9, 2011

podcast #505 - WARNING! FILM BORES ONLY.

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WARNING!  This episode is for film bores only, as Old Spike takes his place in the rotating Paul Chair.  On the agenda is OS's Week In Stuff, some chat about the classics, the time he and his mother's trip across Glasgow was interrupted by the real Laurel and Hardy, and we'll find out who WC Fields referred to as "a goddamn ballerina".

Owing to some construction at Taskerlands, the recording home of Too Grumpy Critics, next week will be a special presentation of a previous years' Christmas special, so there's plenty of time to get your answers in for Old Spike's question: what film quotes have you incorporated into your daily life? Do you know someone who doesn't like the special sauce, Rick?  Have you ever made someone an offer they couldn't refuse, or told them to try the veal?  Let us know at the usual address, which IS...?

theusualaddress at gmail.com

@spikester on Twitter

and, for Google Plus fans, it's plus.paulandspike.com

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Friday, December 2, 2011

podcast #504 - John Collins Talks Radio / Sit-Com Movies




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At last! An expert! Radio programming King Midas John Collins plonks himself down in the rotating Paul Chair to talk radio. Spike faces off against his broadcasting mentor; John is endlessly enthusiastic about the future of radio as a medium; Spike.... not so much. Can someone who still believes in the magic convince him otherwise?

Also on the agenda: a dissection of Scottish politics,why certain formats work in some countries but not others, and what "ben the press" means.  Apologies for the dip in quality in the first half hour - blame Spike's wilderness internet.

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

This Week's Too Grumpy Critics Question...

I'm recording the show early this week - tomorrow, in fact - with radio genius John Collins. Two questions:

1] Matt Owen's question from last week was on the subject of sit-coms. What sit-com - past or present - would you like to see being given the big screen treatment? 

2] Traditional radio; do you still listen to it? Is it still valuable to your life?

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts - and do feel free to share the post with your smart friends! ;D

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Friday, November 25, 2011

podcast #503: Satirist Matt Owen / Film Location Pilgrimages

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This week's guest is Matt Owen, writer for "The Joan Rivers Position", satirical magazine Private Eye, that Channel Four sweatshop known as "The 11 O'Clock Show" (which featured both Sacha Baron-Cohen, Ricky Gervaise at the start of their careers, and a fresh-faced Charlie Brooker), plus innumerable birthday cards - some of which had tenners in.

Another great show for aficionados of British comedy and for anyone who has ever thought about writing comedy.  Do Americans process comedy in a different way than Brits?  What makes some British shows work across the pond, but others fall flat?  Why do American sit-coms have better character development than their British counterparts?  These and other comedy conundrums addressed head-on, in addition to an update on who started the second world war, whether Stephen Fry needs any more money, and what makes acceptable subjects for comedy.

The question for next week's show: The 70s had several instances of sit-coms being made into films, what modern (or past) sit-coms would you like to see get the theatrical treatment?

Follow Matt on The Electronical Twitter Machine: @mjowen

Keep in touch via The Usual Address, which IS....?  theusualaddress [at] gmail.com
via Twitter: @spikester
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podcast #503: Satirist Matt Owen / Film Location Pilgrimages

Download the show for desktop listenage here.

Never miss another episode.  Subscribe to the feed here.

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This week's guest is Matt Owen, writer for "The Joan Rivers Position", satirical magazine Private Eye, that Channel Four sweatshop known as "The 11 O'Clock Show" (which featured both Sacha Baron-Cohen, Ricky Gervaise at the start of their careers, and a fresh-faced Charlie Brooker), plus innumerable birthday cards - some of which had tenners in.

Another great show for aficionados of British comedy and for anyone who has ever thought about writing comedy.  Do Americans process comedy in a different way than Brits?  What makes some British shows work across the pond, but others fall flat?  Why do American sit-coms have better character development than their British counterparts?  These and other comedy conundrums addressed head-on, in addition to an update on who started the second world war, whether Stephen Fry needs any more money, and what makes acceptable subjects for comedy.

The question for next week's show: The 70s had several instances of sit-coms being made into films, what modern (or past) sit-coms would you like to see get the theatrical treatment?

Follow Matt on The Electronical Twitter Machine: @mjowen

Keep in touch via The Usual Address, which IS....?  theusualaddress [at] gmail.com
via Twitter: @spikester
via Google+: plus.paulandspike.com 

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