Celebrate World Theatre Day!

Just a little over a month from hosting the Olympics, the city of Vancouver along with the international theatre community around the world set their sights on theatre to celebrate World Theatre Day. Created on March 27, 1961 by the International Theatre Institute, the message below, written by Dame Judi Dench, will be read onstage […]

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Lenny Henry checks into the Overlook

Lenny Henry (Chef, The Lenny Henry Show) does his best Jack Nicholson impersonation in this recent ad for Premier Inn, a UK-based hotel chain. Unfortunately, for Lenny, the ad has come under fire due to an unfortunate misplacement during children’s programming on Nick Jr. Claiming the ever popular “technical error” as the reasoning for the […]

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What ever happened to…

We all know our favorite British comedy stars for just that…being our favorite British comedy stars. For many, however, there’s been an entire lifetime of roles and, well, life, since that classic series we all watch over and over. Just to catch you up on a few favorites as to what they are doing now: […]

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Book of Minutiae – Chapter 1

From the Tellyspotting book of little known facts….. Next time you feel the need to amaze your friends with some British comedy trivia, here are some great starters that will have them, well, amazed. Guaranteed. Or, if you find yourself at a pub quiz and one of these questions pops up…you can thank me later. […]

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Sherlock leaps to the 21st Century

While it’s sometimes difficult to get excited or even interested in adaptations of classic novels or literature, there’s one coming up that has me in an “I can’t wait” mentality. As we reported last month, the greatest detective of all-time, Sherlock Holmes, is entering the 21st Century, as written by Steven Moffat, the ingenious mind […]

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Just say NO to March Madness

One last March Madness indulgence in the name of comedy gems for your power-watching pleasure during this difficult time for anyone whose brackets have cratered already or those that aren’t in to college basketball. Like the others, these series enjoyed only a short lifespan but that’s much better than over-staying your welcome and jumping the […]

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More March Madness – British style

As is usually the case, when you either create, discover or star in a hit comedy, generally it’s not either first or only thing you’ve created, discovered or starred in. Here are a few early efforts from some of the great contributors of today’s British comedy world that never quite took off for one reason […]

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March Madness – British comedy version

March Madness Time! Time to stock up for some British comedy series power-watching over the next several weeks. Besides the ever-present classics that are worth watching over and over such as Yes Minister, Reginald Perrin and Vicar of Dibley, there are a couple of other series you may or may not be aware of that […]

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The Great American Re-make Debate

Ok, I’ve spent enough time and effort recently ranting about the sad state of American re-makes of classic British comedy over the years that, to be fair, I should highlight the two series in modern history that have been considerably better than their British counterparts in my opinion. Admittedly, we’re talking 40+ years ago so […]

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