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The Late Movie: Hugh Laurie

My husband is a House fan. He didn’t believe me when I told him Hugh Laurie was a British comedian. I had to show him some clips. Laurie had quite a career at the BBC with Stephen Fry and the series A Bit of Fry & Laurie, Blackadder, and Jeeves and Wooster. Then he took [...]

If Rupert Murdoch Had Never Been Born

(YouTube link) In light of the recent fortunes of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, {wiki} here’s a 1995 parody of the movie It’s a Wonderful Life that inserts Murdoch as the principle character. The sketch is from the BBC TV series A Bit of Fry & Laurie, starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, but still contains language [...]

Tea with Stephen Fry and Lady Gaga

In what seems a bit like a modernist reenactment of the Mad Hatter’s tea party, the venerable Stephen Fry sat down with Lady Gaga for tea and an interview for FT Magazine. It’s a weird pairing, no doubt, but how can anyone sitting next to a woman in a horned headdress not seem weird? Fry [...]

10 Parody Novels That Get the Last Laugh

Ask someone what his or her favorite parody movie is and you’ll hear Blazing Saddles, Airplane!, or some other classic of the genre. But ask what their favorite parody novel is and you’ll likely get a blank stare. To help you answer this difficult, life-defining question the next time you’re asked, here are the stories [...]

The Late Movies: Kinetic Typography

Kinetic Typography (“moving text”) has been around for at least half a century — movie title sequences often feature some form of moving text, and there are tons of famous examples. The Stars Wars opening crawl is one of the most famous bits of kinetic typography ever. (And if you want to go back a [...]

Hey, Grammar Nazis: Listen Up!

Many of you might recall the two-year long series of posts I wrote on this blog called “Weekend Word Wrap.” We had a lot of fun poking fun at language, word puns, grammar Nazis, pretty much anything word-related. And while it’s true that I occasionally blew off some steam, noting my annoyance with those who [...]

Stephen Fry on Grammar Nazis

(Video Link) You do seek out opportunities to point out the grammatical errors of other people? If so, Stephen Fry holds you in contempt. He argues that (1) the subjective and changing nature of language prevents definitive grammatical forms and (2) you’re a pretentious pedant. via Nerdcore Previously on Neatorama: Grammar Nazi Punctuation Hero or Vandalizing Grammar Nazi

American College Football with Stephen Fry

American football, especially between rival colleges, can be an incomprehensible spectacle to anyone outside the US. Stephen Fry reports: Simultaneously preposterous… impressive, charming, ridiculous, expensive, overpopulated, wonderful, American. Even funnier are the YouTube comments speculating as to what camera tricks were used in this video to make the game look so big. Link (embedded YouTube video)

Chinese eat live fish in YouTube video

Chinese diners eat live fish in YouTube video Animal rights campaigners have criticised the Chinese over their extreme eating habits after a video of diners eating a live fish became a hit on the internet. The film, in which a part-fried fish is shown breathing and wriggling on a plate as it is being slowly eaten alive [...]