Martyn, Chris, and Sam are back. This week, they’re talking comedy. But what exactly is comedy and, who decides what’s funny?
The dictionary describes comedy as;
“professional entertainment consisting of jokes and sketches, intended to make an audience laugh.”
But, is that an ￼accurate or relevant description? Your dynamic trio discuss their favourite comedians/influences, such as Lee Evans, Robin Williams, Paul Whitehouse, Shappi Khorsandi, Jon Culshaw and, Dave Chappelle.
They also talk about “cancel culture” and ask questions such as “should it be one rule for comedians and one rule for everyone else?” and “what role should context play when telling a joke?”
The intro is taking from Dave Chappelle’s 2019 Netflix special ‘sticks & stones’.
The Big Finish audio that Chris appears on is available here.
Here is the excellent first trailer for the upcoming ‘Bill & Ted face the music’.
Following 1989’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and 1991’s Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, the stakes are higher than ever for William “Bill” S. Preston Esq. (Winter) and Theodore “Ted” Logan (Reeves). Yet to fulfill their rock and roll destiny, the now middle-aged best friends set out on a new adventure, when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we know it and bring harmony to the universe. Along the way, they will be helped by their families, old friends and a few music legends.
A year after its initial release, Mortal Kombat 11 has been given a major update. Mortal Kombat: Aftermath gives players new characters, some new stages, a new story, and some very exciting surprises.
The story picks up right where Mortal Kombat 11 left off. Shang Tsung is attempting to convince the other heroes, that he should be sent back in time in order to retrieve Kronika’s crown and save the space-time continuum. This is more or less, what you’d expect from NetherRealm. The studio has set themselves up as the top-tier storytellers, in fighting games. The three new characters are; Fujin, Sheeva, and, Robocop. Robocop’s inclusion makes no sense, but this is Mortal Kombat. Nothing makes sense and that’s where the joy lies.
And Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath contains a lot of joy, that will please new and old fans alike. There’re loads of obscure references and Easter Eggs, that will go over the head of new players. But please long-time aficionados.
Much like with Mortal Kombat 11, the graphics are incredible and gory. This is not a game for the faint heart. However, I feel I must mention the price. It’s pretty hefty, You can get the original game with Aftermath for £50 (or Aftermath plus the Kombat Pack for £40), which is a pretty decent deal, but at £40 for a couple of extra hours gameplay and a few extra characters, you’re essentially paying the price of a new game. But, if the price doesn’t bother you and you’re itching to play as Robocop, then you’re in for a fun time.
Those who already own Mortal Kombat 11can purchase the Mortal Kombat: Aftermath expansion now digitally for £34.99 / €39.99 (SRP) or the Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath + Kombat Pack Bundle digitally for £39.99 / €49.99 (SRP).
According to Deadline, Henry Cavill is in talks to reprise his role as Superman in the Warner Bros DCEU.
Cavill has always been positive towards the role and has made it clear, that he would love to come back. As and when the studio need him.
The news comes just a week after Zack Snyder announced his cut of Justice League, will stream on HBO Max.
It looks like Cavill’s return won’t be for a man of steel sequel, but as a supporting character in other films. The Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman 1984 are already in the can, so if I were a betting man, I’d place money on him showing up in Black Adam, and Shazam 2. With a possible cameo in The Flash.
What’s interesting, is that Cavill started hitting the gym again yesterday…
Good Omens stars David Tennant and Michael Sheen are teaming up once again, for a new lockdown comedy being produced by the BBC titled Staged.
They will play the cast of a furloughed West End theatre production during the coronavirus pandemic.
The story follows the cast as “they try to keep rehearsals on track during lockdown, with their efforts often bordering on the absurd and the humorous.”
BBC director of content Charlotte Moore said in a statement:
“It’s so important that the BBC provides moments of humor and light relief and this mischievous idea shows what great sports Michael and David are.”
With a line-up including Georgia Tennant, Lucy Eaton and Anna Lundberg. The show will also have a selection of guest stars including Nina Sosanya, with more to be confirmed in due course.
The Staged production team are following the latest government guidelines on Covid-19 to ensure that the series is made safely and responsibly, using a combination of self-shooting and video conferencing technology, all in accordance with the latest protocols.
Based on an original idea by Simon Evans and Phin Glynn – Staged is written and directed by Evans and is an Infinity Hill/GCB Films production for BBC One. It was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director BBC Content. The producers are Phin Glynn, Victor Glynn and Georgia Tennant. David Tennant and Michael Sheen are also executive producers of the series. Executive Producers for Infinity Hill are Axel Kuschevatzky and Cindy Teperman and for GCB, Geoff Iles.
The series will air in June 2020 on BBC One and will be available as a box set on BBC iPlayer after transmission.
Scoob! Had been in development at Warner Bros, for about six years. It made headlines a year or so ago, when long-time Shaggy voice actor, Matthew Lilliard revealed on Twitter that he hadn’t been asked back. I can’t help but feel that he missed a bullet here.
Scoob! suffers from the same fate as Universal’s ‘Dark Universe’ and Sony’s ‘Amazing Spider-Man-verse’. In both instances, the studios tried to launch an entire universe. Before establishing one solid film. This film also has the chore of re-introducing the world to everyone’s favourite ghost hunting adventurous, whilst setting up the wider Hanna-Barbera universe. Such as; the Blue Falcon and Dynomutt, Captain Caveman, and Whacky Racers. The film also went through several creative-team switch-ups and a major theatrical-release shift, moving from September 2018 to May 2020 and then, well. You know what happened in May 2020.
The animation is incredibly well done. Director Tony Cervone, was clearly inspired by the colourful nature of the original cartoon series. The actors all bring their A-game. Will Forte makes a great Shaggy. As always, Frank Welker is great as Scooby-Doo. However, the weak plot and shoe-horning of Hanna-Barbera properties really let this film down.