Hello there. I’m shrouded by a miserable malaise this morning, I’m not entirely sure why. But then again, I am super complicated. Perhaps it’s due to a gathering understanding that all human life is ultimately futile. Or perhaps I haven’t had enough Vitamin C. We’ll never truly know. Needless to say, every word of this piece has felt like the wrenching of a stubborn tooth from my bloody jaw with useless, rusty pliers. Such is the cross borne by Headstuff’s Humour Editor, however. No matter how debilitating the melancholy he or she may be feeling, there is one ineludible truth; the Tittererer’s Digest MUST go on!
Clip of the Week
On April 10th a video was leaked on Reddit, featuring Denis Quaid appearing to have an on-set freak out of Baleian proportions. He turned the air blue with epic insults – ‘dopey the dick’ being the undisputed highlight. It really was something. So much fury and bile, it was very convincing. Yet despite this, almost immediately there were many commenters speculating that it was all part of an elaborate prank. Jimmy Kimmel was being touted as the main suspect. However he quickly denied any involvement on his show. And then, this week, just when we were all starting to think that it could in fact be for real, Funny Or Die dropped this video (below), revealing the whole episode to be a wonderfully devised and executed prank of theirs and Quaid’s own doing.
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Two Clips of the Week this week. Our second pick comes from Foil, Arms and Hog – Ireland’s mightiest sketch comedy group. Conor McKenna along with Seans Finegan and Flanagan are a must-subscribe on YouTube. Every Thursday they release a brand new sketch, and there’s nearly a hundred up there already – you could spend a joyous afternoon sifting through them all. These lads are inventive, likeable and above all hilarious. If you’re in the UK, they’re about to embark on a big tour, so catch them live if they happen to traipse through your neck of the woods. Their Thursday Sketch this week was the quite brilliant Life Hacks.
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On TV This Week
It’s election time in the UK, which means it’s a fine time to be alive if you’re a fan of satire. Ballot Monkeys is a topical sitcom (from the makers of Drop the Dead Donkey) starting this week on Channel 4 and running up until the election. The show will follow the fortunes of the various party faithful as campaigning kicks into overdrive. It will be written and filmed just before transmission to keep things as topical as possible. It’s an ambitious idea but one that I’m extremely excited to see pan out. Ben Miller, Hugh Dennis and Sarah Hadland star.
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Tuesday 21st April, 10pm on Channel 4.
Any Other Business
– This is a fascinating read. The AV Club have got the cast and crew of the great Airplane! movie together to create this essential oral history of the landmark comedy. [Read More Here]
– There’s no stopping Sharon Horgan (Pulling & Catastrophe), it seems. HBO have green-lit her series Divorce, after a successful pilot. It will star Sarah Jessica Parker in the main role. [Read More Here]
– The Guardian takes a look at the legacy left by Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathew’s seminal sitcom Father Ted, twenty years after it’s first broadcast. [Read More Here]
That’s your lot for this week. I’m off to drink some Berocca and see where it takes me.