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'Allo 'Allo
A website on the English television comedy

Listen. I will say this only once. This website tells you everything you could possibly want to know about 'Allo 'Allo:

* What's new

* Episodes

* Characters

* Cast

* Pictures

etc etc.

Added: 05-11-2006 - Updated: 05-11-2006
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Archy and Mehitabel
The Don Marquis page celebrates the adventures of Archy & Mehitabel

"The classic tale of Archy the cockroach and Mehitabel the cat in her ninth life. Since the first of Archy's adventures was published in 1916, this free verse poem has become an essential part of American literature."

"Of all the literary genres, humor has the shortest shelf life--except for ARCHY AND MEHITABEL, that is. Archy is a cockroach, inside whom resides the soul of a free-verse poet; he communicates with Don Marquis by leaping upon the keys of the columnist's typewriter. In poems of varying length, Archy pithily describes his wee world, the main fixture of which is Mehitabel, a devil-may-care alley cat. Archy's music will linger in your head long after you finish the book. Here's a tiny taste from his interview with a mummy:

what ho
my regal leatherface says i

greetings
little scatter footed
scarab
says he

"Writers (particularly journalists) can go lifetimes without attaining such loose-limbed grace. Marquis did the impossible: he made a cockroach loveable."

Added: 28-01-2007 - Updated: 28-01-2007
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Basic instructions
The website of cartoonist Scott Meyer

Scott Meyer the man who believes in the power of name repetition. That Scott Meyer.

Scott Meyer is a stand-up comedian.

Doesn't sound very impressive when you just say it like that, does it? Let me be more specific.

In the past decade as a professional comedian, Scott Meyer has managed to make a name for himself in both the United States and Canada. In the time since he left the radio industry Scott Meyer has worked as a comedian in restaurants, taverns, bars, banquet halls, country clubs, casinos, comedy clubs, auditoriums theaters, opera houses, and more than one stadium.

Scott has worked in large venues opening for such performers as The Everly Brothers and Engelbert Humperdink and has toured nationally as the opening act for "Weird Al" Yankovic.

In Comedy Clubs, Scott has worked with such noted comedians as:

Christopher Titus
Caroline Rhea
George Miller
Doug Stanhope
Mitch Hedberg
Diane Ford
Michael Winslow
Tommy Chong
Aisha Tyler
Lenny Clarke

In addition to his busy comedy career, Scott has written humorous dialog for the computer game industry, is a columnist for Comedyspeak, and is the creator of the noted web feature "Places I've Peed."

Scott was born and raised in a notorious little town in eastern Washington State. (Notorious in that at separate times and for separate reasons it has been the subject of a special "remote broadcast" of the CBS Evening News, an episode of Donahue, several "AP News wire" stories, a nation-wide religious pilgrimage involving a freeway sign and "The Virgin of Guadeloupe," and one of Charles Kurault's last "On the road" segments.) Scott currently lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and two cats, one of whom is a communist.

Added: 16-05-2007 - Updated: 16-05-2007
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Big Hoaxes.com
Have you ever been duped?

"Have you ever been duped? Of course, we all have! This site contains every single hoax ever created. Find all the hoaxes you or someone else has fallen for."
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Bob From Accounting: "Breaking News and Wind Since 1969"
Adventures of the Middle American Man

One of the strangest sites on the web is also one of the best. Check out the Free Winona Ryder saga. Find out who "Jennifer" is and why BFA want more people like her. (Hint: see issue #1.)

Who is Bob From Accounting? Here's their answer:

Thank you for checking out our ezine—an homage to the everyday working man in 21st century America. (that's politetalk for big fat loser) Beginning this month, all of our columns, journals and other "features" will be updated weekly, with an entirely new issue being published every two weeks. For those of you who are wondering, Bob from Accounting IS AN ACTUAL PERSON who has graciously accepted this website’s permission to tell his story and those of his co-workers at Septicorp International Enterprises, a leading manufacturer and distributor of commercial septic systems somewhere in the remote Midwest. Though I can’t divulge the exact location of the office complex for purposes of privacy, I will tell you that it’s not unlike many corporations around the country. There are office politics and spiteful bosses and unhappy workers and we are here to tell their stories. Names may change to protect the innocent, but we will make every attempt to provide you with accurate information. By the way, we're not doing this website for money or fame or to meet women. We're doing it because God asked us to. Just thought you might like to know that.

Warmest Regards,

Scooter
Editor in Chief


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Added: 08-07-2006 - Updated: 08-07-2006
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Borat on Line
The unofficial Borat Homepage

Welcome to the Unofficial Borat Homepage. I like you. Borat The Movie is now out! - click to watch the deleted scenes.

Borat Sagdiyev is Kazakhstani television's top media personality and the creator of "Borat's Guide To Britain".

I hope you like the site,

Jagshemash, Pepsi Max.

New to the site? We can recommend the following "best bits":
Exclusive interview with the producer of Borat, Behind the scenes interviews, Borat timeline and Top 30 Borat moments.

Do you like me? If so tell your friends about this site by clicking here.

The Borat Movie was released on Nov 3rd 2006 and has received unbelievable reviews across the board. Empire magazine gives it 5 out of 5 stars (classic film). Put in context, recent worldwide comedy successes Something about Mary and American Pie both received 4 out of 5.

"This is Sacha Baron Cohen's finest hour, a cult comedy that will likely endure and mature like an Airplane! or a This Is Spinal Tap" Dan Jolin, empireonline.com

"One of the greatest comedies of the last decade" Neil Strauss, rollingstone.com



Added: 14-12-2006 - Updated: -
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Borat!
The official website of Borat Sagdiyev, Khazakhstan's leading television reporter

Borat is the story of a reporter for Khazakhstan Television, sent to America to report on life in "the greatest country in the world" (which he persists in calling the "US and A").

The film opens in Khazakhstan, where Borat's reporting responsibilities include coverage of the annual "Running of the Jew". Borat discusses his personal interests, which include ping-pong, sunbathing and "watch ladies make toilet", and introduces his sister, whom he describes as "number four prostitute in whole of Kazakhstan".

Soon after his arrival in America, Borat sees Pamela Anderson on TV, in an episode of Bay Watch, and resolves to travel to California to invite her to be his bride. On his way to California, Borat has many adventures, including:

* a visit to a southern mansion, where a banquet is being held under the auspices of the Magnolia Fine Dining Society, from which Borat is ejected when it emerges that the black lady who has accompanied him is a street walker

* a visit to a gun shop, whose owner has a number of helpful suggestions to make when Borat asks what gun he would recommend for shooting Jews

* a visit to a rodeo, where he advises his listeners that in Khazakhstan homosexuality is punished by hanging, to which one cowboy responds "We're trying to get that done over here, too"

* a visit to a college, where Borat leads students in a rosuing chorus of the traditional Khazakh folk song "Throw the Jew down the well"

When he reaches California Borat confronts Pamela Anderson at a book launching, where he proposes marriage and promises her that if she accepts he will give her her own plow. (One viewer of the film said that "there is no way Pamela Anderson is a good enough actress to convey the horror she expressed" when this proposal was made.)

Preview screenings of Borat start in Wellington tomorrow. At advance screenings in the US audience reaction has been extreme. One reviewer on the IMDb said that in the session he attended viewers were "on the edge of their seats, trying not to spray urine on those close to them".

Added: 17-11-2006 - Updated: 23-11-2006
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British Television Heaven
A fansite focusing on 17 classic British TV programmes

Plot summaries and related material on classic shows, including:

* Blackadder

* Fawlty Towers

* Sherlock Holmes

* Jeeves & Wooster

* Rumpole of the Bailey

* The Two Ronnies

* Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister


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Added: 11-07-2006 - Updated: 25-10-2006
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Chindogu
The official website of the International Chindogu Society

From Wikipedia:

Chindōgu is the Japanese art of inventing ingenious everyday gadgets that, on the face of it, seem like an ideal solution to a particular problem. However, Chindōgu has a distinctive feature: anyone actually attempting to use one of these inventions, would find that it causes so many new problems, or such significant social embarrassment, that effectively it has no utility whatsoever. Thus, Chindōgu are sometimes described as 'unuseless' - that is, they cannot be regarded as 'useless' in an absolute sense, since they do actually solve a problem; however, in practical terms, they cannot positively be called 'useful'.

Literally translated, 'Chindōgu' means valuable/priceless. The term was coined by Kenji Kawakami, a Japanese inventor and writer who first made the idea prominent in a book translated into English, in the mid-nineties, as 101 Unuseless Japanese Inventions: The Art of Chindōgu. The popular success of this book prompted a follow-up, 99 More Unuseless Japanese Inventions, which was published a few years later. Together, the books have sold nearly a quarter of a million copies in Japan alone, and have been translated into most of the major world languages. Examples from the books include:

* a combined household duster and cocktail-shaker, for the housewife who wants to reward herself as she's going along;

* the all-day tissue dispenser, which is basically a toilet roll fixed on top of a hat, for hay fever sufferers;

* duster slippers for cats, so they can help out with the housework;

* the all-over plastic bathing costume, to enable people who suffer from aquaphobia to swim without coming into contact with water.

There are ten key tenets to bear in mind if you wish to design a Chindōgu. The principal among these are:

(a) it has to be possible to make (ie, it has to actually exist), in spite of its absurdity;

(b) it has to remain in the public domain (ie, it cannot be given a patent); and

(c) it must not be exclusively a vehicle for humour, or the warped satirical worldview of the inventor. There is frequently humour in a Chindōgu, of course, but this should properly be regarded as incidental, rather than as an end in itself.

In spite of the stipulation that Chindōgu should not be used for satirical ends, Kawakami himself does appear to regard them as a kind of antidote to consumerism, and the Western obsession with making life as 'easy' as possible. He describes Chindōgu as "invention dropouts," anarchically brilliant ideas that have broken free from "the suffocating historical dominance of conservative utility." One might wish to design Chindōgu for a number of reasons, for example, to improve one's mental sharpness; to develop them as an art form; or simply to revel in a purely creative act without having to worry about utility or making money.

And then, of course, there is the simple pleasure to be had from a perfectly logical solution that turns out to be perfectly useless.

Chindōgu and its creator Kenji Kawakami also became a regular feature on a children's television show produced by the BBC called "It'll Never Work," a show in a similar vein as the BBC's Tomorrow's World, however It'll Never Work usually focused more on wacky and humorous gadgets than on serious scientific and technological advances.


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Darwin Awards
Yearly Darwin Award details

Illustrating Darwin's theory of "survival of the fittest" by awarding the self-destruction of the truly foolish.
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Added: 26-06-2006 - Updated: 08-06-2007
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Dave Barry
Dave Barry was a columnist at the Miami Herald for 25 years. He is the funniest person in the world.

"Dave Barry is a humor columnist. For 25 years he was a syndicated columnist whose work appeared in more than 500 newspapers in the United States and abroad. In 1988 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Many people are still trying to figure out how this happened.

Dave has also written a total of 25 books, although virtually none of them contain useful information. Two of his books were used as the basis for the CBS TV sitcom "Dave's World," in which Harry Anderson played a much taller version of Dave. Dave plays lead guitar in a literary rock band called the Rock Bottom Remainders, whose other members include Stephen King, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson and Mitch Albom. They are not musically skilled, but they are extremely loud. Dave has also made many TV appearances, including one on the David Letterman show where he proved that it is possible to set fire to a pair of men's underpants with a Barbie doll. In his spare time, Dave is a candidate for president of the United States. If elected, his highest priority will be to seek the death penalty for whoever is responsible for making Americans install low-flow toilets. Dave lives in Miami, Florida, with his wife, Michelle, a sportswriter. He has a son, Rob, and a daughter, Sophie, neither of whom thinks he's funny."

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Added: 25-06-2006 - Updated: 05-07-2006
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Derek & Clive
The three Derek & Clive albums of Dudley Moore & Peter Cook.

"Between 1973 and 1978, Derek [Dudley Moore] & Clive [Peter Cook] recorded three albums of unscripted comedy dialogue that were not only breathtakingly obscene but also disconcertingly erudite ..... and exceptionally funny. No taboo was left intact. Their material plumbed depths that have never since been approached by popular prime-time celebrities. The pure, free-flowing vulgarity of Derek & Clive may now be relived through the transcriptions of their legendary works."



Added: 04-07-2006 - Updated: 05-07-2006
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Doogle
The Irish answer to Google

Doogle is the product of a bunch of mad scientists and is a tribute to...

* Father Ted, Father Jack and Father Dougal

* Google and its new European HQ

* Ireland!

Happy Christmas! ;-)


Added: 21-03-2007 - Updated: 21-03-2007
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Dorothy Parker
The official website of the Dorothy Parker Society

Dorothy Parker (1893–1967) was an American writer and poet, best known for her caustic wit, wisecracks, and sharp eye for 20th century urban foibles.

In 1919, her career took off while writing theatre criticism for Vanity Fair, initially as a stand-in for the vacationing P.G. Wodehouse. At the magazine she met Robert Benchley, who became a close friend, and Robert E. Sherwood. They began lunching at the Algonquin Hotel, among the founding members of the Algonquin Round Table. They were soon joined by Franklin Pierce Adams and Alexander Woollcott (both newspaper columnists who published Parker's witticisms), Harold Ross, Harpo Marx, and many others.

Parker's caustic wit as a critic initially proved popular, but she was eventually terminated by Vanity Fair in 1920 after her criticisms began to offend too often. In solidarity, both Benchley and Sherwood resigned in protest.

When Harold Ross founded The New Yorker in 1925, she and Benchley were considered part of the staff, though at first they contributed little to the magazine. Parker was soon writing for the New Yorker as well.

Parker became famous for her short, viciously humorous poems, many about the perceived ludicrousness of her many (largely unsuccessful) romantic affairs and others wistfully considering the appeal of suicide. She never considered these poems as her most important works.

Her greatest period of productivity and success came in the next 15 years. She published seven volumes of short stories and poetry: Enough Rope, Sunset Gun, Laments for the Living, Death and Taxes, After Such Pleasures, Not So Deep as a Well (collected poems), and Here Lies. After her death, the critic Brendan Gill noted that these titles "amounted to a capsule autobiography." Some of this work was originally published in The New Yorker, to which she also contributed acerbic book reviews, under the byline "Constant Reader"; these were widely read and later published in a collection under that name. She wrote or co-wrote several plays as well, some well-reviewed, though none of lasting note.

Her best-known story, published in Bookman Magazine under the title "Big Blonde," was awarded the O. Henry Award as the most outstanding short story of 1929. Her short stories, though often witty, were also spare and incisive, and more bittersweet than comic. She eventually separated from her husband, and had affairs with reporter-turned-playwright Charles MacArthur, and with the publisher Seward Collins.

Some of my favourite quotes:

To a bore in a bar: "With the crown of thorns I wear, why should I be bothered with a prick like you?"

On suicide: "Razors pain you;/Rivers are damp;/Acids stain you;/And drugs cause cramp;/Guns aren't lawful;/Nooses give;/Gas smells awful;/You might as well live."

When asked if she had enjoyed a cocktail party: "Enjoyed it! One more drink and I'd have been under the host."

On being told that President Calvin Coolidge had died: "Why, I never even knew that he was alive."

At the conclusion of a book review: "This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force."


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Dudley Moore
The official website of the English comedian and musician.


DUDLEY MOORE
April 19, 1935
March 27, 2002
Dudley Moore was one of the most beloved and respected artists of our time. Actor, comedian, pianist, composer, conductor, and vocalist, Dudley was renowned for his work in all these areas. Best known to the public for his leading roles in smash hits such as Arthur, 10, Foul Play, and Unfaithfully Yours, he was internationally loved by his audiences. Dudley's first love was music. A highly-trained classical musician, he studied violin and organ at the Guildhall School of Music in London and attended Magdalen College at Oxford University as a scholarship student. In his teens, he was inspired by jazz pianists Erroll Garner and Oscar Peterson, and spent many years performing internationally with his own jazz trio.

As an actor and comedian, Dudley first came to the United States in 1962 with the innovative revue Beyond the Fringe, which was a hit on Broadway. The satire featured Dudley with Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller and Alan Bennett. In 1981, he performed A Salute to George Gershwin with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl, and in 1982, after a New York concert with violinist Robert Mann, resumed a classical career that took him around the globe in performances as a piano soloist with major orchestras. During the 1990’s, he played several Carnegie Hall Benefits for Music For All Seasons, Inc., for which he served as founding Advisory Board President, and he toured with long time two-piano partner, Rena Fruchter.

Dudley announced his battle with the degenerative neurological condition, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, in November of 1999, and subsequently devoted himself to raising money for two important charitable causes--the Dudley Moore Research Fund for PSP and Music For All Seasons, Inc. He died in New Jersey in March of 2002.

In Dudley’s memory, Martine Avenue Productions continues to bring his music to the public, carrying on his important commitments to artistic quality and to charity.


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