• Sir Lenny Henry, a.k.a. ‘Chef’, to enter the world of children’s book writing!

    Sir Lenny Henry, a.k.a. ‘Chef’, to enter the world of children’s book writing!

    You could easily argue that the character of Gareth Blackstock, the chef/owner of the two Michelin star, Le Château Anglais in the British situation comedy, Chef, was defined as much by a simple but brilliantly written three-minute tirade against an individual dining at the restaurant for his indiscriminate use of salt before tasting his dinner as he […]

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  • Happy belated 81st — John Cleese

    Happy belated 81st — John Cleese

    What better way to celebrate John Cleese’s 81st birthday, belated or otherwise, than with a look back at, perhaps, the two most classic clips from the greatest British comedy of all time, Fawlty Towers.

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  • Let us pray as Dibley’s Vicar teases something special for Christmas.

    Let us pray as Dibley’s Vicar teases something special for Christmas.

    Since everything you read on the Internet is true, I’m taking Dawn French’s teasing of something special from the creators of The Vicar of Dibley this season to the bank. Ok, fine, I can only find one mention of the absolutely brilliant news reportedly dropped recently by French, who plays Dibley’s vicar, Geraldine Granger, but I’m taking that as meaning ‘there is a chance’ that this possibility could be worth the paper it was printed on.

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  • Friday Funny — ‘Jeeves and Wooster’ with Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie

    Friday Funny — ‘Jeeves and Wooster’ with Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie

    Tellyspotting digs deep into the ‘Friday Funny’ vault for this weeks entry. With Hugh Laurie’s upcoming effort in Roadkill, which premieres on PBS beginning Sunday, November 1, we thought we’d go ‘classic comedy’ with a look back at Jeeves and Wooster. Based on the ‘Jeeves’ short stories and novels by P.G. Wodehouse, the series ran for 4 seasons […]

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  • Happy belated 45th, ‘Fawlty Towers’!

    Happy belated 45th, ‘Fawlty Towers’!

    On Saturday, as Planet Earth quietly celebrated the 45th anniversary of Fawlty Towers, series co-creator/co-writer John Cleese posed a question on Twitter to which the ability to come up with an answer is next to impossible, if not impossible. Easily the funniest comedy of all-time, the 12 episodes (yes, there were only 12) are wall-to-wall […]

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  • Friday Funny — ‘Yes Minister’ on the proper function of Government

    Friday Funny — ‘Yes Minister’ on the proper function of Government

    For today’s Friday Funny, we step into Mr. Peabody’s WABAC machine and set the dial for 1980. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 40 years since co-creators, Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn wrote the unbelievably brilliant British comedy, Yes Minister, and that it is more relevant today than when it first originated. Long praised […]

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  • John Cleese is Santa in ‘Father Christmas is Back’

    John Cleese is Santa in ‘Father Christmas is Back’

    Sadly, we’ll have to wait until Christmas for this one as, personally, in the words of the song made famous in the Jerry Herman Broadway musical, Auntie Name, “We Need a Little Christmas” right now at this point in 2020. John Cleese (Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, Hold the Sunset) leads an all-star cast in taking on the role of Santa in new festive comedy film Father Christmas Is Back.

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