Mitchell and Webb: Meta in sketch comedy

In their TV sketch show, ‘That Mitchell and Webb Look’, they go elegantly meta by shooting a scene of the pair having a ‘private chat’, only to reveal that the chat is scripted, word for word. It is only about a minute long, and whatever I write cannot do it justice....

Misdirection is used in magic, and jokes

Misdirection is used in magic, and jokes. Something going one way, and then another, or a joke with a magic tractor that went up a hill and turned into a field. Magic and jokes both use ‘misdirection’. Something is going one way, then goes another –...

Meta in music

Beatles song ‘Paperback Writer’ is Meta Brian G. McHale, US academic and literary theorist, says with The Beatles Paperback writer’s release in 1966 “meta ‘arrived’ in our lives”. For me it was about 30 years later, and yet probably my first memorable ‘meta’...

Map of Tassi

When I was in Australia in 1995 I remember being in a surf shop where, it turns out, ‘bearded clam’ t-shirts could have sat nicely next to Frankie Boyle’s range of Parched Spaniel yoga pants. Two guys were in the shop, looking at a Mambo t-shirt ‘Map-o-Tassi’ printed...

Les Dawson: relativity

When Les Dawson was interviewed on ‘Parkinson’ (a TV chat show), he said the following jokes. Talking first about one of the places he used to do shows, it was “…a club so bad they didn’t laugh if they liked you, they let you live.” It is this second one...

Jerry Sadowitz: what’s racism without ignorance

We went to see Jerry Sadowitz’s show in Newport 8th May 2019. In terms of content, he should be publicised by riots on the streets of every town he visits. His show hammers everyone, and I mean everyone. There are literally (and I mean literally) no survivors. This is...

Germaine Greer, author of The Female Eunuch

Germaine Greer, author of The Female Eunuch… …man, now that’s a woman with a giant pair of bollocks. Myself and Elisa were about to attend a music concert (Passenger) at Cardiff’s ‘Wales Millenium Centre’ when in hallways I saw Germaine Greer walking by....

Dear Rhys Hutchings, Goldie Lookin Chain

This is a letter I wrote to Rhys from Goldie Lookin Chain when their gig at Cardiff’s Pride event was cancelled. —- Dear Rhys, I was recently shocked to read the news in Wales Online about Goldie Lookin Chain being cancelled from Cardiff’s Pride parade end...

Dear Mary Lou Jepsen

Dear Mary Lou, The time has come to reach out and say how much I’ve been inspired by you over the years, especially in regard to how it manifests as ‘Open Water’. I’m always on the look out for the next wave of communication, and see the...

Bullshit: with love

When we come across contradictory information we tend not to know what to do with it. In the case of Bullshit with a heart above the ‘i’, it softens it to a point of almost being ‘warm’ (yes, ‘warm bullshit’). As such we have surface level and deeper level structures...