Who’s this old record spinner?
The great news is that after last month’s excellent opening night, this month’s Interestment Presents… Get Up Stand Up is going to be featured on the BBC London News. For those who don’t know, it’s a new comedy night in South London, featuring a nice big line up of excellent stand up comedians upstairs, and a couple of world-weary Interestment DJ’s downstairs – both dusting down their record collections after hanging up their spurs a long time ago, only to be dragged out of retirement, not quite kicking, but definitely screaming a little bit. It’s a great night. And with a bit of luck, we’ll attempt to feature the BBC report on the site next week, along with highlights from the latest installment. But for those who missed it, the first one went a little something like this…
Four Stand Up Acts…
Had a massive heart attack not finally got him in 1940, F. Scott Fitzgerald would be turning a very magnificent 113 today. For those who don’t like to waste time reading books, he was the big pulsating brain that came up with The Great Gatsby – a terrific tale. Hence, we thought we’d buy him a gift, so we all dressed up in old clothes, and went to places that we used to hang out in, simultaneously discussing present options, before it boiled down to a toss up between a pint of Fosters, or a clip of four great stand ups doing what they do best. Happy Birthday F. Scott etc…!
This woman has been dressing strangely
For those of your still hungry for words, we have been doing odds and ends for the wonderful grown up gossip site, Hecklerspray. This week we thought we’d focus on Victoria Beckham’s choice of outfit at a very lavish New York Fancy Dress Week party. Read all about that here.
And, in other news, we are hosting another night of Interestment Presents… Get Up Stand Up – a magnificent evening of stand up comedy and music – on October 2nd. Find out all about it and get your tickets here. Below is the beautiful flyer.
It was quite a night…
Last Friday, the first of the Interestment comedy nights took place at The Bread and Roses pub in Clapham – a rather lovely area of South London. Once you’ve positioned yourself as far away from the High Street as possible. And it went magnificently well, with all the worrying night terrors about nobody turning up evaporating within seconds, as young great looking people flooded through the doors for the start of the show, many of them having to huddle together like VERY HAPPY sardines in the upstairs room. Meanwhile, downstairs, old Interestment DJs Josh and Hip Hop Sam were blowing the fluff off needles for the first time in many many moons, and a fantastic time was had by all.
Comments after the show included: “great”, “very magnificent”, and someone even said “awesome” – a horrendous word, but well meant. Have a look at the highlights in the below clip, and see pictures from the night here.
Big thanks to the performers – Iain Farrell, Tilly Lonsdale, Jimmy Bird, Lloyd Griffith, Hannah Isherwood, Will Sentance, Stephan Gasteyger, David Stevenson, Anthony Ayton, Kishore Nayar and MC Johnny Armstrong – for making it such a great evening.
The next one will be taking place on October 2nd. GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!
Adam Sandler, stand up
Like so many modern comedy actors, Adam Sandler has his ego massaged with one hand, and his underpants karate chopped with the other. His is loved and loathed in equal measure. We, for the record, quite like him – mainly for his performances in Happy Gilmore, Punch-Drunk Love, and the new one, Funny People. Hence, his 43rd birthday, which is today, should be a bittersweet affair, with lovely birthday cards from fans intermingling with the usual hate mail. We decided to get him a gift, so we sat around in a pub garden drinking strong cider, laughing at outsiders, and discussing gift suggestions, until it boiled down to a toss up between a bronze statue of an Eastern goddess, or a clip of some old stand up comedy from the Sandler canon. In the end we got him both. Happy Birthday Sandler!
Including this man all grown up…
Names are important, that’s why we all have one. You can tell a lot about a man/woman from staring at their face, or deep into their eyes, but to really know someone, you have to know their name. And these simple monickers can tell you nearly everything you need to know. For example, no one called Neil has ever run a successful import/export fruit company, and you’d be hard pushed to find a Jimmy who couldn’t sing at least slightly in tune. There has never been a popular male model called Simon, and no one in the House of Lords is called Carlos. These are the facts. And another fact is that anyone called Larry will have a special talent, as proven by these four remarkable Larries…
1. Larry Sanders
Although a made-up sitcom character, Larry Sanders is our favourite Larry. The brainchild of the brilliant 1970s/1980s comedian Garry Shandling, he is a chat show host warped by neurosis and a massive ego. The show itself is our third favourite US sitcom ever, and probably responsible for faux-reality programmes like The Office and Curb Your Enthusiasm. A great Larry.
2. Larry Graham
The greatest bass player of all time, Larry Graham was the man behind the slapping technique – once reserved only for wives by kitchen sinks, but then readapted to bass guitar playing. It was rife in the 1970s and 1980s. He was a member of Sly and the Family Stone before going off to front Graham Central Station, and he has collaborated with some wonderful artists, including Betty Davis and Prince, both of whom could be easily described as “raunchy”. He proves that some Larries can be very good at music.
3. Larry David
The sitcom world’s greatest actual real-life Larry, David was one-half of the mighty throbbing brain that conjured up Seinfeld – the greatest sitcom of them all – and now he’s continuing to blaze trails as the star of Curb Your Enthusiasm. His baldness proves that many men called Larry have to endure a pay-off for their talent, so while he might be really good at being hilarious, he will never again know what it’s like to wear a gentleman’s quiff.
4. Larry Hagman
It was a tough one, deciding on the fourth most wonderful Larry, with Fishburne, Grayson, and ... the Lamb all very nearly barging their way into the final cut. But in the end we went with the man who put the JR in Ewing, Larry Hagman. A wonderfully sleazy actor, he wasn’t just brilliant in Dallas, he was also quite handy in I Dream of Jeannie, in which he played both master and sexual love interest to a very strange magic woman.
Hello, Miss Punchy
For those of you with appetites whetted but nowhere to sink your fangs, we have been doing odds and ends for the wonderful grown up gossip site Hecklerspray – which, by the way, we shall be guest editing later in the month, more on that nearer the time. This week, we decided to honour the approaching end of festival season by looking at some rather intriguing live performers. WARNING: Includes a Winehouse face jab.
Elsewhere in the world, you can find us on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and if you missed out on reserving tickets for tomorrow’s sold out comedy show, we will be hosting another one on October 2nd. Come along to that one instead!
Better than Burke? According to us, yes…
For those of you still hungry for juicy meat, we have been writing odds and ends for the excellent grown up gossip site Hecklerspray. This week we decided to take a serious look at X Factor down the ages, and we realised that EVERY SINGLE YEAR the wrong contestant has won. See who we’d pin the Interestment rosette on, were it our call, here.
For those who like laughing at brilliant stand up comics, don’t forget about the Interestment Comedy Night, which already has a line up of about ten or so very funny comedy types, as well as some wonderful music from a couple of sexy DJ’s.
See what we had to say about this woman…
For those still craving words and opinions, we have been doing odds and ends for the fantastic grown up gossip site Hecklerspray. This week, we decided to take a microscope out of our pocket and examine some absolutely gorgeous older women, including Cindy Crawford, Jennifer Lopez, Sadie bloody Frost, and someone called The Body. Read all about that here.
If you like laughing at things, and people telling funny jokes, then you might be interested to know that the first Interestment comedy night is taking place in South London on September 4th. It promises an excellent line up of new up-and-coming comedians upstairs, and a couple of very withered old DJs playing soul, funk and rap records downstairs. Come along! It’s only three quid or something. More about that here.
Mitch Hedberg, Five Minute Special
Were he not so cruelly snatched from us in 1980, Alfred Hitchcock – officially our number one film director – would be turning a very admirable 109 today. As it is, he was snaffled by the dreaded renal failure, cremated, and his ashes were then chucked into the Pacific Ocean. Yeah, he’s pretty much gone alright. Even so, we thought we’d honour the great man with a gift, so we crept into a graveyard in the middle of the night, sniffed a little glue, threw back some scrumpy, and recorded ideas into a tape recorder, then played them back at half the speed. From what we can make out, it boiled down to a toss up between some really brilliant socks, or a clip of Mitch Hedberg – our favourite stand up of the moment, who also happens to be dead. In the end we got him both. Happy Birthday Alfred Hitchcock!
Hannah Isherwood Stand Up
Close your eyes in fond memory of Pete Sampras. Remember how he swept across a tennis court, fluid in motion, like an eel on a water slide. Relive those almighty serves that were struck with such force, it was like a speeding juggernaut obliterating a wandering toad. All hail his hairy back and tongue that was slightly too big for his mouth. And go bonkers, because it’s his 38th birthday right now! That’s right, it’s right now! No doubt Pete’s got Pat Cash and his band booked in, Becker on cocktails. Hence we thought we’d get him a gift too, so we sat for seven hours in a stationary car, singing ideas to one another in the style of Whitney Houston, before it boiled down to a toss up between a new tennis racket made of wood, or a clip of great friend of the site Hannah making her stand up comedy debut. In the end we got him both. Happy Birthday Sampras!
Two great shows set to merge
Without a doubt, Seinfeld is the greatest sitcom ever made. Many moons ago, we rated it our number one. So it was with an excited quivering hand and a strange sick/elated feeling deep within our loins that we heard news of an intriguing reunion, all set to take place during series seven of Curb Your Enthusiasm – which, by the way, would probably rank around five or six in our favourite comedy shows ever. Hence this is astonishingly good news indeed, and we’ve pretty much been squealing with delight ever since we first caught wind. The premise appears to be that Larry David will spend a big portion of the next season attempting to get the cast to agree to a reunion, which, of course, would be great. Especially for Jason Alexander – the little man who played the wonderful George Costanza – and Michael Richards (Kramer), both of whom have enjoyed little success since the show finished over ten years ago. Richards did enjoy a brief moment in the sunshine when he decided to stop telling jokes and started shouting racist insults at a couple of confused black gentlemen in the middle of a comedy routine, but Alexander hasn’t been quite so fortunate. Meanwhile, Jerry and Julia Louis Dreyfus have kind of been okay, despite the so-called Seinfeld Curse.
The show airs in September in America, which means we’ll probably get it next year or something. Can’t wait.
Right, it’s Neil Armstrong’s birthday today, but forget him. The big news is that INTERESTMENT HAS A NEPHEW. Officially he was born on August 4th, but it was too late to celebrate yesterday, so today it is. And yes, well spotted, he does share a birthday with Barack Obama. That means instant greatness. Hence, with an enormous dose of self-importance, we thought it worth celebrating with the rest of the world, meaning that we’d have to get the little man a present. So we drank around seven pints of decent lager, and it boiled down to a toss up between a set of keys to jangle and giggle at, or a funny comedy routine by a strange American man. In the end we got him both. Happy Birthday Theodore Share!
Read about sexy rock animals…
For those of you yearning to get your eyes stuck in to some more words, we have been writing some for the excellent grown up gossip site Hecklerspray. This week, we arched a very sensual eyebrow at the world of rock and roll bands, as we assembled our dream line up of wild music maniacs. See what happened here.
Elsewhere in the vast Interestment universe, we have Interestment Television, which will be updated in the very very not-too-distant future – expect much more from that. We’re on Face Face, Twitter, and coming very soon is Interestment Presents… Get Up Stand Up, an evening of great new comedy, and some seriously amazing music. More details on that to come…
Big Train, Do you speak English?
Had he not been executed by the Italian resistance in 1945 and hung upside down in a petrol station so that everyone could take a look at his nasty rotting corpse, the Fascist Italian leader Benito Mussolini would be turning a massive 126 today. Presumably around 65 of those 126 years would have been well spent apologising for being such a massive Hitler fan during the war. The idiot. Still, we are forgiving people, so we thought we’d buy him a gift. After much thought, and 48 Woodbines, it boiled down to a toss up between a massive coned hat with a big D on it, or a clip from Big Train. In the end we got him both. Up yours Mussolini!
Mitch Hedberg, 1998
Were she not snaffled by the trembling hand of death in 1943 – right in the middle of the raging war with the Nazis, when the trembling hand of death was enjoying a purple patch, BTW – Beatrix Potter would be turning a very impressive 143 today. Not only would that make her the oldest living author of books about rabbits and ducks that can speak and wear clothes, it would also make her the oldest person ever. At the moment that particular accolade belongs to a French lady called Jeanne Calment who made it to 122. Potter would have thrashed that by over twenty years. Damn that trembling hand. Damn it. Even so, we decided to buy her a present, so we crept into a neighbouring vegetable patch to steal carrots and whisper about gift ideas, until it boiled down to a toss up between a gun with a silencer, or a clip of the notoriously stage frightened but excellent comic Mitch Hedberg. In the end we got her both. Happy Birthday Beatrix Potter!
Weirdly, no room for this guy…
One thing we’re in love with over at Interestment HQ is stand up comedy. In fact, we can be pretty specific about who we like and who we don’t. Carr, above, is none too popular unfortunately, mainly for failing what we call the sitting-opposite-you-at-work test. A day or so of his relentless sarcasm would be fine, but day after day after day of his bulbous eyes scrutinising your every action? He’d be dead within a week. It’s a sorry truth, Jimmy. Ideal desk mates would be the late George Carlin, a young Steve Martin, and possibly Jerry Seinfeld. All comics from the olden days. But which of today’s crop would we go for? Here’s the four that made the list…
1. Tom Stade
We don’t know a great deal about this Tom Stade guy, aside from that whenever we’ve seen him perform, it’s been massive laughs from the gut every single damn time. He’s a Canadian gentleman who now lives over here, and apparently he once braved the violent world of Afghanistan just to give the troops something to laugh at. That makes him a giving comedian. We like that.
2. Zach Galifianakis
We’re not ashamed to board big trendy bandwagons, which is why we’re totally comfortable declaring that this man is our second favourite working comedian. By far the best thing in The Hangover, he also stars in our number one sketch show Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and he’s one heck of a stand up to boot. Plus he has a beard, and beards are good. They make you look manly yet wolf-like.
3. Stewart Lee
The only Englishman on the list, and not surprisingly, which is unfortunate. His recent TV show was enormously disappointing, mainly due to some pretty appalling sketches, straddled by the fact that stand up doesn’t always translate on television. It just didn’t work. Even so, when he gets it right, he’s probably one of the best around, so he walked into our top four. Absolutely walked it. We also quite like his friend Herring. Just not as much.
4. David Cross
Fans of the brilliant Arrested Development – officially our second favourite US sitcom – will know this guy as Tobias. He’s fantastic in the show, and possibly even better as a live stand up. And even though he can be a little right-on liberal at times, we totally forgive him… mainly because we can be a bit right on liberal an’ all from time to time! Result! A fine comic indeed, he just keeps Demetri Martin off the list.
Richard Lewis, stand up, 1981
Richard Lewis – that’s right, Richard Lewis – turns 62 today, and what a life so far. He claims to have invented the phrase “the … from Hell”, which is more or less a lie, we expect. He has also starred alongside Larry David in the excellent Curb Your Enthusiasm, where he puts in one heck of a show as the best friend from Hell. Hence we decided to buy him a gift, so we went to the worst pub we could find – the pub from Hell – and started conversing with the locals from Hell before it boiled down to a toss up between some apples from Hell, or a clip of his old stand up routine. Not from Hell. In the end we got him both. Happy Birthday Richard Lewis!
We LOVE this man
We are, shamefully, the kind of people who stand gormlessly at the side of the road when bandwagons zoom past. It’s not that we don’t want to jump on them, it’s just that we’re way too busy trundling along on another bandwagon from a few years ago. To put things in perspective, we still dream about throwing Acid Jazz parties in back street warehouses. We’re roughly twenty years off. But we’re trying to rectify this, hence the enlistment of lovely Interestment friends, relatives, and lovers who know all about cool things like fashion, music, sport, cookery, films, sexiness and comedy.
Today, however, we’re pretty hip and on it, as we mount a very current bandwagon, to tip a gigantic cap to the comedy of Zach Galifianakis from The Hangover – which, by the way, you should see. He’s our number one funny man at the moment, and if you want to know why, just tell the boss that you won’t be available to work for the next half an hour, watch the below clips, and laugh your goddamn balls off. Or your tits if you’re a girl.
Zach Galifianakis, stand up, part one…
Zach Galifianakis, stand up, part two…
New characters, Zach Galifianakis
For those of you scratching your heads, whispering frantically to your colleagues to explain who Frances McDormand might be, allow us to drive a beam of light through the mist – she was in Fargo, she’s married to Joel Coen of Coen Brothers fame, and she’s turning a very sensual 52 today. We decided to get her a gift, so we all sat on a rooftop playing saxophones, occasionally pausing to discuss prezzies, and it boiled down to a toss up between a basket of almond croissants, or a funny clip featuring the beardy guy from The Hangover. In the end we got her both. Happy Birthday Frances!
Tonight, Virgin 1, 10pm
Remember January? What a month that was. It was so damn cold, everyone was wearing coats. The stony hand of Winter was still pulverising your face. The world was a different place back then. A very different place. And yet, so ahead of the game were we, that we alerted you to an excellent new cartoon/sitcom called The Life and Times of Tim.
“We love hearing about new television shows,” we said, with our pre-recession accents still decipherable in our warm English voices, “and this one looks EXCELLENT!”
The great news is that it hasn’t dated one jot between then and now, and it’s set to start tonight on Virgin 1 – which we presume is some kind of satellite television channel. So, programme your recorders, modern people. Everyone else, just watch it.
Here’s a teaser…
One could be the next Friends
When it first began, Friends was a straight-faced drama serial about a male actor (Joey) on a slow descent into male prostitution, crack cocaine use, and eventually death. It was to be narrated by his widow hooker girlfriend (Monica), with recurring cast members including a dark-eyed drug dealer known only as Phoebs, and a cigar munching heavy called Roz (pronounced Ross). But then, in an intriguing twist of fate, Matthew Perry was cast as a paranoid pipe smoking street urchin with HIV, and the course of the show was changed forever thanks to his totally accidental comedy timing, which seemed to go down well with the live studio audience. The writers assembled on the floor, and seconds later Friends was transformed into a comedy show about six neighbours all passively-aggressively attempting to have sex with one another. A legend was born. Great times, great great times.
Since Friends, we have been forever on the lookout for the next great TV show, so it was with total and complete joy that we heard from friend of the site and comedy expert, Peter, who thought he’d drop by to point out some new shows on the horizon that we should be looking out for. He had these recommendations…
1. Parks and Recreation
This is a new comedy from two of the Emmy winning writers of the US version of The Office. It stars the great, yet quite tiny, Amy Poehler who recently quit SNL. Here, she is playing the role of a small town official called Leslie Knope. It’s got the same mockumentary style as The Office, and a really good cast as well. The first season was only six episodes, but the word on the street is that they’ve been renewed for a second season.
2. Eastbound and Down
A comedy starring Danny McBride (a Judd Apatow favourite), Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are behind the show, and it totally rocks. It’s about a professional baseball player who becomes a teacher at his old school, with hilarious results etc. It’s good stuff. It’s been renewed for another season.
3. Better off Ted
I’ve heard lots of good things about Better Off Ted, but I haven’t seen it yet. It’s an office-based comedy, and the creator is one of the guys behind (the now cancelled) My Name Is Earl. Oh, and Portia de Rossi is in it…
4. Boldly Going Nowhere
Everyone should be totally looking forward to Boldly Going Nowhere – the new comedy from the guys behind It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (above). There’s no air date as yet, but there is a leaked script for the pilot floating about the internet…
5. The Unusuals
On the drama front, there’s a new show called The Unusuals, but it has already been cancelled. Still, apparently it’s worth a shot – it had a pretty good cast and was billed as a police detective comedy/drama, which is always a winning combo. Just look at Police Squad.
6. Breaking Bad
You must see the second season of Breaking Bad. The first season was absolutely brilliant and won Bryan Cranston (Malcolm‘s dad in Malcolm in The Middle) an Emmy. A struggling high school teacher decides to produce and deal crack to support his family – what’s not to like!
7. Children’s Hospital
Frustratingly, it’s damn near impossible to find Rob Corddry’s Children’s Hospital comedy anywhere online. It was a webseries shown on the WB networks site… but only to those who live in America. Still, it’s worth looking out for if you can find it. Above is a little interview about the show.
PLUS, friend of the site, Mikey, insists that we should all be watching this:
8. In Treatment
If you’ve been waiting for a drama about psychotherapy, then here it is, and it’s absolutely great. Each episode centres on a therapy session, and there are something like forty episodes in the first series alone. Lots to catch up on, then.
The Seven Words (WARNING: it’s rude)
It’s a superbly strong day for birthdays, with Burt Bacharach, Steve Winwood, Emilio Estevez, Tony Hawk and Stephen Baldwin all due some sloppy kisses from the wife. Great men, but none quite as great as George Carlin, recently voted our number one George. He was a massively popular US comedian, but was barely known in the UK. Annoyingly he died last year, else he’d be turning a very delicious 71 today. We thought we’d get him a gift anyway, so we went for a pizza to talk about things, and it boiled down to a toss up between a real pig’s snout that looks a bit like an American plug socket if you balance it against the wall in the corner of the room, or a clip of his very own stand up routine. Yes, we’d used it before, bit it’s so good that we thought we’d show it again. Happy Birthday George!
Jerry Seinfeld Stand-up in New York
Boy, what a day for birthdays – it’s off the hook! Great tennis athlete Andre Agassi, beauties Uma Thurman and Michelle Pfeiffer, the amazing Daniel Day-Lewis, our fifth favourite actor of all time. Only one man could trump such a marvelous group, and that man is Jerry Seinfeld – creator of the second greatest TV show ever, Seinfeld. He’s had one heck of a ride, as he turns a very demure 55. He’s sat in coffee shops, he’s wrestled bread from the arms of old women, he’s been there, touched that, jiggled those, and licked them. What a guy. Hence we had to get him a present. After a furious debate in the middle of Topshop, it boiled down to a toss up between a teaspoon with a picture of a funny dog on it, or a clip of his very own stand-up routine. In the end we got him both. Happy Birthday Jerry Seinfeld!