I know that you're not supposed to copy stuff out of newspapers and put it online, but this Sunday there was a little book given away with The Observer, called The Observer Book Of Rock & Pop. And I guess that those that have it already have it, and those that don't don't. So I'm not harming sales, because it's not Sunday anymore.
Anyway, the funny thing were these song titles and lyrics. That's what I wanted to share.
Looks like a couple of friends taking surreptitious shots of men with moustaches (can't see any women on there) and then making up stories about the people they see. Good examples are the man with the kebab aura, the puppet hanger and Al Pacino.
When Joby sends me stuff, I always look. He has good taste. This website is no exception. It's for a comedian called Demetri Martin who I've never heard of and it's done really beautifully. Funny too - the tour bit is great.
We went to see Rob Newman's 'No Planet B' show a couple of weeks ago. It was funny - he is a smart man and has an uncanny knack of weaving stuff together that you never thought should be in the same show - the Black Panthers, wartime sweethearts and a little ditty sung in Arabic with ukelele for accompaniment.
But he wasn't happy with one of the reviews, or the process of reviewing comedy in general, as he writes here. I think he has a point, but ultimately, he doesn't. It's true that reviewers unfortunately have an indecent sway over what we think we should or shouldn't like. Too often you're 'supposed' to like something without quite knowing why it's better than the other stuff. But that's their job. They're annoying, they have opinions and we read them. Quite often, the more annoying they are, the more readable they can be. But fundamentally, you can choose to ignore them (or not). And that's where Mr Newman's argument doesn't quite wash - freedom of speech, all of that nonsense - if the journalist wants to say it wasn't that funny, he's entitled to, however bad the quality of his review.
For the record, I thought Rob's show was very good. It hopped around a little too much for my liking, but the overall idea (the history of the world backwards) made my brain do a lot of work, which I thank him for. As for the myriad bits, I liked the stuff about Samuel Johnson, and also remembered that he's actually really good at impressions. His McCartney and Lennon were great.
Anyway, you can read the whole show here. Reading a comedy show without seeing the people is a bit odd, but there you go.