Category: About Writing

  • Thunk – First Chapter
    Thunk – First Chapter

    It was time to die. She hadn’t had an idea in the longest while, and so it was definitely time to die. Plus, the clock had stopped. It used to tick, she knew that. And she knew it because she’d made it. She’d made a lot of things in her lifetime, too many to count.…

  • Variations On A Theme
    Variations On A Theme

    Let’s have a look at two sketches, completely independent to one another, written an ocean apart, but which demonstrate very well how two people can arrive at almost exactly the same idea. Here’s the first, from an 1989 episode of The Kids In The Hall. And here’s the second, from A Bit Of Fry And…

  • How To Write A Smith And Jones Head To Head
    How To Write A Smith And Jones Head To Head

    I’ll be honest, I bought this used book under the impression that it was a collection of sketch scripts, and put it aside to read later. I’ve just opened it, and obviously, it’s just transcripts of Smith & Jones’ Head To Heads. Hence the title. I’m a moron. It’s a little disappointing, as I have…

  • Tom Hanks’ Fly Is Open
    Tom Hanks’ Fly Is Open

    The brain often has nostalgic bouts for informative times, and last night as I watched a film featuring Tea Leoni, my mind started wandering back to the late nineties, when I would gorge myself into the dawn hours each night on The Paramount Comedy Channel. It took me a moment to realise this was because…

  • One Ball
    One Ball

    Following on from yesterday’s daft post, here’s The Armstrong & Miller Show’s take on the subject. This is another great example of the comedy technique of taking a very silly subject and treating it very seriously. There seems to be many variants of the song. Here, from the film John Rabe. And here from The…

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  • Proctology: A Bottom Examination
    Proctology: A Bottom Examination

    For a long time now I’ve been wanting to write an old-fashioned programme guide. One you can hold in your hand and thumb through, make notes on, spill coffee on. So I did. Proctology: A Bottom Examination is my deep dive into Bottom, the hit BBC Two sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. That’s…

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  • Re-Casting Keanu
    Re-Casting Keanu

    Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him eight years older than Clive Dunn was when he was first cast in Dad’s Army. But don’t panic, Clive Dunn was always playing much older characters than his own age. Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him seven years older than Stephanie Cole was when she was first…

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