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September 20, 2007

More Goodness; 'Potted Potter' - Harry Potter Spoof / Parody

During the Edinburgh Fringe I was dragged, dragged I tells ya to the Harry Potter spoof 'Potted Potter' by one of our 'CCC' Producers who's a HUGE fan of the works of J.K. Rowling.

And I have to be honest here - no lie, I was dreading seeing a theatrical 'interactive' spoof for kids.  But you know what? 

The house lights dimmed.

The crowd hushed.

The performers bounded on stage and within minutes I...

...walked out.

Yeah, I gave it 5 minutes and that was enough for me.  Which was fortunate because as I was leaving I ran into William Crawley at the door, we exchanged numbers and ended up having a fine old time in Edinburgh, (for those of you who don't know, Crawley is, hands-down, the best broadcaster in Northern Ireland - I am sure a very visible career awaits him at the Beeb once he goes Network).

Anyway, wracked by guilt, (and the fact that the above mentioned Potter-mad producer had scheduled me to work with the creators of the show, Dan and Jeff, the next day!), I went back to the show.

And you know what?

It's great!

Oh sure it's mostly for kids, but adults will have a great time as well.  Guess I was just a bit grumpy the first time I went to see it.  Or something.

Anyway we shot 2 of the books for - the first book is presented above for your edification and enlightenment!


September 17, 2007

More Goodness; Susan McIntosh on What It Is To Be Scottish

I've finally recovered from the Edinburgh Fringe, but still have plenty of material to edit from the scouting expedition. 

The clip above is from that shoot, something I developed with Susan McIntosh, previously seen on LTA here:

Edinburgh Fringe Podcast Action! Part 11 - Already Dead

We tramped around the Royal Mile for a couple of hours and ended up shooting bucket loads of stuff.  The material gathered was not all comedy gold, but by goodness, we were able to tease some laughs out of the situation.


September 13, 2007

Letter to America - Chapter 75 - Limmy Interviewed: "The Internet is Over in Two Years!"


Oh My Lord We Can See The Future in Letter to America - Chapter 75 - Limmy Interviewed: "The Internet is Over in Two Years!"

In which Limmy makes a prediction, David Icke is remembered, Mahir is a fount of inspiration, Nosferatu is rubbished and Jett leaves town.

All this and more on your 'I forgot Robert Englund was the nice alien' Podcast.

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September 06, 2007

Letter to America - Chapter 74 - The Edinburgh Fringe Festival Podcast - Tom Deacon / Pixie Ears

We're Getting Closer to the Truth At Last with Letter to America - Chapter 74 - The Edinburgh Fringe Festival Podcast - Tom Deacon / Pixie Ears!

In which Tom Deacon discusses why he's a comedian, we get flyered and Prince Abdi is shafted.

All this and a little bit more on your 'We Can't Even See His Ears In the Photo' Podcast.

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August 31, 2007

Richard Sandling - Winner of the 2007 'So You Think You're Funny' Awards - On Film Hooliganism

Richard Sandling
The smiling gentleman above is Richard Sandling; winner of this year's 'So You Think You're Funny?' competition.

As I was in town talent scouting for I of course attended the various heats and watched the finals with interest.  There was the usual observational stuff, everyone was polished, but Richard stood out for me with his hard-core/in-depth/must have gone over the heads of much of the audience film trivia material.

I approached him after the show and cajoled him to be on CCC, (as well as the Podcast). The clip below gives you a flavour of his act.


August 28, 2007

The Edinburgh Fringe is Over; Thank Christ

The Fringe is over Dear Reader.  Thank Christ.  3 Weeks on the trot getting at most 5 hours of sleep a night is a lot to ask of this old, old man.

Snapped the above photo right before seeing Limmy at the Strand.

Surveillance Cameras previously on LTA

I've got 4 more Podcasts in the 'can' as they say; Interviews with Tom Deacon, Limmy, Prince Abdi and Richard Sandling.

I'll get them online as soon as I can.

In the meantime here's my pick of the Fringe - some acts to look out for if they come to your neighbourhood:

Tony Law's the Revenge of the Dog of Time
Vincent and Allen
Susan McIntosh
A Porthole into the Minds of the Vanquished


August 22, 2007

Edinburgh Fringe Podcast Action! Part 13 - Zoe Lyons Nominated for the IF Best Newcomer Award

Had the pleasure of working with Zoe Lyons a couple of months back for 'Project X' - great to hear she's just been nominated for the IF Best Newcomer Award at the Fringe this year!

The IF used to be the Perrier Awards, which are pretty damn prestigious Dear Reader.  All of us at LTA and CCC wish her good luck.  Presented below for your entertainment is Zoe's take on the recent  smoking ban in England.

P.S. Had a chance to see another of the nominees, Mickey Flanagan, at the Just for Laughs Showcase last night - if he's in your town go see him - a funny, funny guy).


Edinburgh Fringe Podcast Action! Part 12 - Tony Law and Limmy

Ok.  Am still here.

Running on 3 hours of sleep a night, espresso and comedy.  Oh, so much comedy Dear Readers.  I have many an anecdote to share with you but will save it for the Podcast.


Here's a few shows I've enjoyed recently:

Tony Law and the Revenge of the Dog of Time
This show is whimsical, loopy, magical and dare I say it:

Nothing new you might say - we've seen it before with the Boosh.


But.  There's something in Tony Law's delivery that's new.  And trust me folks, after you've seen stand-up after stand-up doing material about Sat-Navs...Sat Navs!  Sample joke:

"Does anybody here have a Sat-Nav?  What's that all about then?"

anything new is good.

Limmy's Show!
LTA Listener Brabazon was all hot on my seeing Limmy.  Am glad he hectored me like he did.  Internet phenomenon Limmy, (Internet Phenomenon? the future you're not famous for fifteen're famous to fifteen people...), was great. 

He's a natural storyteller and his videos have a wonderful tension and show a very sharp eye.  Would love to have him on the show and will hector him Brabazon-style to be on.

Right, I'll leave you with some goodness:  Geoff Norcott is Unemployable:


August 20, 2007

Edinburgh Fringe Podcast Action! Part 11 - Already Dead

Hey there Dear Listeners - where are the daily Podcasts I hear you ask?

Well, as usual I was too ambitious.  To scout talent, record and edit video for and do a daily podcast is a lot to chew off when you're also seeing friends' shows, schmoozing, doing your photography thing and so much else - I submit the above photo to illustrate my current state of mind - notice how I look like I have a marine's 'thousand yard stare'...if the marine was on roofies.

The lovely lady to my left, to the right of you Dear Listeners, is the lovely Susan McIntosh, (who the Scotsman in a 4-Star review for her new show 'Spawn and Die' refers to as 'an Amazonian Queen of Comedy'!).

Susan and I have been spending some late nights together at the Library Bar writing scripts for radio - hopefully they're full of the ha-ha.  The pic above was taken while waiting to go on Fringe FM for an interview - we had to wait awhile as there was a scheduling mix-up involving a group of English University students in matching shell-suits who were there to promote their hilarious new Dickens spoof show. 



Running on espresso and 4 hours sleep a night. 

Right. OK. 

One more week to go.

I leave you with another vid from; this is not one that I've shot - a user of the site by the name of Chris McCreedy has just uploaded it.  I present it for your enjoyment and edification.


August 19, 2007

More Goodness; Jay Foreman Has Had Better Days

Shot in our fabulous flat here in  Edinburgh -  the Fringe action just keeps on going.



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