Born Standing Up

Born Standing UpI think you would like Born Standing Up by Steve Martin.

It has a reputation for being the definitive stand-up comedy memoir, which is the only reason I felt compelled to buy it. To my shame, I have never seen Steve Martin’s stand-up act, and my only experience of his work is the film Cheaper by the Dozen. Yet, despite my ignorance, I found Born Standing Up insightful, entertaining, and beautifully crafted. It is far from being just another celebrity autobiography.

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Arrested Development

Arrested DevelopmentI recommend the sitcom Arrested Development. And that’s a pretty big deal, because it’s an American sitcom, and I’ve long held the short sighted view that American sitcoms aren’t worth bothering with because they’re inferior and boring and full of irritatingly perky, unnecessarily attractive, lightning-toothed gimps, served with a side dish of canned laughter. Arrested Development is not inferior and boring and full of irritatingly perky, unnecessarily attractive, lightning-toothed gimps, served with a side dish of canned laughter. It’s really very good actually.

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The Worst Idea Of All Time

The Worst Idea Of All TimeI recommend the podcast The Worst Idea Of All Time. It’s hosted by kiwi comics Guy Montgomery and Tim Batt, and could be described as ‘high concept’. Guy and Tim have decided to watch and review the Adam Sandler film Grown Ups 2 every week for 52 consecutive weeks. They may well have either succeeded or had simultaneous mental breakdowns by now, but I don’t know as I’m only on episode 16 and don’t want the surprise ruined.

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National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

National LampoonsI recommend the film National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. I realise that I have missed December, the one month in which it would have been a good idea to post this recommendation. This recommendation is, therefore, a form of New Year’s resolution. It forces me to keep writing content for this blog because if I don’t every visitor will be greeted by an out of date Christmas recommendation.

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I always knew you would like Four Lions

Four Lions.pngI recommend the 2010 film Four Lions. It was directed by the reclusive comedy genius Chris Morris, who wrote it with Peep Show writers Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain.

This is another post in my ‘I always knew you would like this…’ series. Back in 2010, 16 year old me had a crack at articulating the brilliance of this perfectly pitched satire of jihadi terrorists. I wonder how I did?

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