Armando Iannucci is a legendary comedy writer originally from Glasgow, now residing in London. He created hit shows such as The Thick of It and its offspring Veep. He developed the celebrated character, Alan Partridge, and wrote the screenplay for the 2009 political satire film In The Loop . He has won countless Primetime Emmy and BAFTA Awards, and has worked with some of comedy's greatest actors.
This week, Armando and Jesse sit down to talk about writing The Thick of It, working with renowned actors such as Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Peter Capaldi & Jeffrey Tambour, and how he found humor in Stalinism for his upcoming film The Death of Stalin.
Josie Long is a British comedian who started stand-up at a young age, winning one of England’s most prestigious comedy awards at the age of 17. She has toured with legendary comedian Stuart Lee, and has performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe regularly over the past 10 years.
She performed a live stand-up set for Bullseye Live in London. Her latest BBC 3 short TOP TEN: Opinions That May Or May Not Have Got Me Dumped (Josie Long) is a good summary of Josie's comedic sensibility.
Sharon Horgan is a British comedy actor, writer, and producer. These skills have been used in tandem on many of her projects, most notably Catastrophe and Pulling. Her upcoming HBO show Divorce stars Sarah Jessica Parker.
Sharon and Jesse discuss the differences between Catastrophe and Divorce, writing about sensitive topics, and the autobiographical nature of her projects.
Romare is a London based electronic music artist on the Ninja Tunes Label. His new album Love Songs: Part 2 will be released November 11th.
Jesse talks about the modesty in Houston rapper Devin the Dude’s songs.
Judge Jesse Thorn fills in for Judge Hodgman this week. Jordan Morris steps in as bailiff.
This week's case is international! Christopher is English. His girlfriend, Andrea, is Spanish. And they live together in Holland.
Christopher brings the case against his girlfriend Andrea. Andrea says that Christopher re-wears his clothing too often and doesn't care for the clothes correctly. Christopher says he doesn't smell and he's happy with the way the clothes look -- so what's the problem? Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.
Recorded live at the Leicester Square Theatre in London, Jordan and Jesse are joined by special guest Graham Linehan.
British comedian Humphrey Ker joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of savory alcohols, British Dennis the Menace, Step Up Revolution and their recent Comic Con experience.
Reference links/footnotes from the show:
Here's a little promo for the BBC Radio 4 Comedy program "Life: An Idiot's Guide," which was taped at Edinburgh this year. Note the presence of MaxFunPals W. Kamau Bell and Josie Long, and right at the top, a brief snippet of the voice of YOURS TRULY.
Why is my voice in there? Because the producer of the show, one Colin Anderson, knows my STRONG POSITION on recording theater instructions. My policy: if you need someone to record the "turn off your cell phones" message at the beginning of a show, I AM YOUR MAN.
Now, hundreds of arts patrons around the world know about my commitment to the ANNOUNCING ARTS.
Phil Collins is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, both as a solo performer and with his band Genesis. His solo sales total has topped 150 million worldwide, his sales with Genesis have topped 100 million, and he has won an Oscar, two Golden Globes and seven Grammy awards.
As part of our ongoing series, he chose "She Loves You" by The Beatles as the song that changed his life. Collins' latest album is "Going Back," a collection of covers of the Motown records that inspired him to become a musician. In recent years, a serious back injury has made it difficult for Collins to play, and he recently announced his retirement from music.
I've just finished watch the first season of Downton Abbey. It's currently running on PBS' Masterpiece in a slightly abridged form, and ran I guess last year on ITV in the UK.
Frankly, it's one of the best TV dramas I've ever seen. I'd put it on par with Mad Men and within spitting distance of The Wire.
It's a period drama, and an upstairs/downstairs drama, but it won't meet your expectations for either of those things. Well, maybe it will in part... if you're into that kind of thing, you'll enjoy it. But I'm not, and I was blown away.
Basically the first season is about an Earl and the danger to his estate. Because he lacks a male heir, the estate, including his American wife's fortune, will pass to a second cousin he's never met, who doesn't even want it. Because of the laws of the nobility, that's how it has to be. This is also a tremendous threat to his three daughters, who are thus forced to marry into the aristocracy or lose their positions in life, and to the entire household.
That hardly begins to describe how elegantly written, acted and directed the series is. It has all the twists and turns of a soapy TV drama (or at least many of them), but I found it absolutely compelling throughout. I never felt forced away from the material, which is usually my reaction to all but the best TV drama.
Do yourself a favor and watch it on PBS. Or buy the DVD, which is only $17 right now on Amazon, and is unabridged.
For those already on board, I've started a thread on the forum for discussion. Let's keep it spoiler free at least until the PBS run ends.
As alluded to in this talk with our pals from the AV Club at the Toronto Film Festival, there's a new British television show / movie called The Trip. This scene, which was described in the afore-linked segment, is a Michael Caine-off between Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. It is totally amazing.
From our pals at BoingBoingTV and the minds behind Look Around You, a great new short film to celebrate the release of the US Look Around You DVD. Robert Popper was a guest on The Sound of Young America in 2008, and Peter, who'll be a regular on the new Will Arnett sitcom on FOX, assures us he'll stop by our New York studios soon.