Archive for the ‘religion’ category

Secret secrets of THE SECRET revealed

June 14, 2007

Everything you need to know about that self-help blockbuster book, in video form

(p.s. if you’re anything like a regular reader, you know it’s been a while since i updated.  I recently joined the YouTube partner program and that’s sucked up a bunch of my time.  However, I’m going to post a bunch of backlogged clips starting with this….)

Monty Python, Spamalot and the Life of… Bryan?

September 15, 2006

Dave Eggers covers the British debut of Spamalot with a hefty feature on Eric Idle and all things Python in the Guardian. Read it here.

Spamalot reworks the classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail as a musical. But it wasn’t the first Python movie adaptation. That honor (cough cough) goes to Monty Pyper’s Life of Bryan. Which bastardizes Monty Python’s Life of Brian for shits and giggles. Actually, it’s a drunken tribute to the classic movie that I filmed with some friends maybe six years ago, which has been languishing on a VHS tape till the advent of the YouTube. The original version was a little longer than the ten minute edit I posted on YouTube, mostly due to a series of flubbed takes. Maybe I’ll “restore some deleted footage” and post a special edition some day. Probably not, though. Tiny facts: Bryan (who plays Brian) had never seen the original movie, and was not encouraged to do so. Jamie Pyper, the narrator, is one of the greatest living Englishmen. And yes, I know the whole thing’s a bit rubbish…

Stewart Lee on the role of blasphemy in comedy.

September 12, 2006

Stewart Lee is, perhaps, my favorite stand-up comedian. You can read his Wikipedia entry here.

(OK, I also heart Dylan Moran, but anyway….)

Among other things, Stewart wrote the lyrics to Jerry Springer: The Opera, performances of which (and a scheduled TV broadcast) resulted in death threats, angry mobs, Christian outrage. etc.

To cut to the chase, Stewart did a half hour special for Channel Five (I think) in the UK, on the role of blasphemy in comedy, comedy as cultural critique, religious intolerance etc. It has Alan Moore and some British MPs in it, and it’s well worth a look.

And looky here, here it is.