The Best Kept Secrets of British Comedy

The world of British comedy is a rabbit hole you can lose yourself in for life.  Just following a list of long-gone essentials would keep you busy with viewing for some time.  That doesn’t even mention the constant stream of new arrivals who, though watered down, keep us restocked year after year.  There’s an even bigger wellspring of obscurity beyond the surface too, where the fourth wall is of no consequence.  Editspotters, as they call themselves, have made it their solemn duty to explore this abundant vein of intrigue.

Considered an important part in the fight against bullshit and political correctness, editspotting keeps a keen eye on the divine hand behind our much beloved national comedies.  …   [continue reading]

Life of Brian

I wasn’t going to spotlight Life of Brian for some time, mainly because it’s already such a huge and revered part of popular culture.  With the recent tragic news of Terry Jones, core Monty Python member and the film’s director, having been diagnosed with dementia, I decided to write this in tribute to his overlooked work.  Being his directorial debut as the singular visionary, Life of Brian is a wonderfully realised work of comedic art.  Coherent and consistent in its style, it did away with the messy and compromised results of its predecessor, The Holy Grail (which featured a tandem team of Jones and fellow member Terry Gilliam at the helm).…   [continue reading]