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    Outstanding Contribution – Russell Brand? Outstanding Prick…

     Posted in Anger Level 4 & Entertainment at 10:08 on Sunday, January 23rd, 2011 by Mr. Rant

    Last night (Saturday 23rd December 2010) the British Comedy Awards were held at the O2 in London and also broadcast live on Channel 4 – nothing unusual in that I hear you say, what is unusual is that the winners weren’t exactly what you’d expect.

    As ever with award ceremonies there will be winners and losers and people will be upset at who won and who didn’t but last nights awards seem to be a the biggest shock.  Most people will be aware that the winners are picked (with the exception of the People’s Choice award which is picked by the public via expensive telephone voting) by a panel of industry experts and fellow funny people, it seems they have lost their way somewhat this year.

    For a start who expected ‘Horrible Histories’ to win Best Sketch Show; even though I’ll admit it’s quite good, and who for the love of God picked Newswipe as the winner of Best Comedy Entertainment Show when the likes of Harry Hill’s TV Burp are getting better ratings and Newswipe is stuck on BBC Three late at night, but the biggest shock was yet to come.

    Outstanding? Nope.

    Outstanding? Nope.

    The Outstanding Contribution to Comedy Award was given to that lanky, offensive, flouncy haired know-it-all Russell Brand, when the likes of Peter Kay and his Lordship Stephen Fry have won it before, what were the judges thinking when they picked him?

    I can only suggest that they were either bribed or aren’t actually industry experts and they’re actually sixteen year old girls or Katy Perry.

    I think you need to pose the question whether award shows such as these are actually worthwhile when you have a comedian (using the term lightly) who is almost universally despised winning a top award, maybe it’s time the whole show was voted for by the public preferably online and for free.  It’s time to give the public back the choice after all we are the people who watch comedians, pay the license fee and support their work.   I’ve sworn that I’ll never watch the comedy awards ever again and I’ll stick by that until they realise that we won’t stand for winners who don’t deserve a top honour.

    We can only that next year the winner is more realistic or else we’ll have Lady Gaga getting an OBE for Outstanding Contribution to Fashion in next years new years honours list.

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    Most Haunted Live…

     Posted in Entertainment at 1:00 on Monday, November 2nd, 2009 by Mr. Rant

    I have a confession to make.  It’s a very guilty pleasure of mine to partake in a somewhat trashy programme called Most Haunted Live.  In case you haven’t heard of it, stand by there’s a brief guide coming up.  The idea behind the programme is as it sounds; there’s a team of paranormal investigators who travel around the U.K (mostly) and investigate creepy-goings-on.

    Whether or not you believe in the paranormal this programme is great Paratainment (Thanks must be given to: @SlapnutzUK for that great turn of phrase) – I like it because it is just that, great entertainment and something you can really giggle over.

    This time around the show ran for eight consecutive nights broadcast through cable channel LivingTv, the crew were in the north-east of England looking at some creepy locations – interestingly enough I’d missed the first few nights, no great shame as the show is a breeze to catch up with.  Paul Ross (Our MC, presenter and also master of the ‘Shortest of Short Breaks) does a great job of continuously recapping the night over and over, and yes admittedly it does wear thin towards the end of the run.

    It’s important to point out that the show is serious.  It’s serious about its intentions and tries to remain in the realm of reality, often they just about manage it, in between the ‘Wigging Out’ (A technical term) and the constant tirade of abuse directed towards Karl (the husband of the main presenter Yvette).  Yvette attempts to keep the team in tow and prevent a mass break down of the sombre mood into one of mass-hysteria – on night seven she failed miserably.

    During a seance in an old pub, some of the crew began to feel nauseous, it must be said that this is categorically not the first time this has happened.  It’s a regular feature of the show, although I often wished that they would show the contents of a stomach once in while just to prove that they are really feeling green.  Of course this programme is relatively classed as family entertainment.  I would agree with this in part.  The only exception that would exempt it’s family status would be the vulgarity of the language in the show (not something that bothers me, fuck it, I couldn’t give a damn), but alas I fear this may disparage a mother from letting her young daughter watch a programme where the worst of the worst words are slipped out amongst other ones.

    A thing of worth to note about Most Haunted Live is that it is great T.V.  It makes you laugh and will make you cry when they start to mess around on camera while orders are barked by Yvette in a militaristic style.  I would also suggest that you partake in the discussion on Twitter using the hash tag #mosthauntedlive, some of the people on the discussion are terribly funny and are worth a follow.

    I must dedicate this post to them, without those people who entertain you via Twitter; Most Haunted Live would not be half as good as it is.

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