"maybe the English will be the dominant talent in podcasting" (Ben Barren)
You bet they will. Not because the English have any more talent, but because as I've been predicting for a while, just wait until the BBC (and Guardian) get going, and (copyright permitting) open up their archives, and start to create even more new Podcasts. The set-up of the BBC and Guardian and their attitude to talent makes a strong case for world domination!
We only have a limited number of listening hours per day, and these can easily be filled just by listening to some of the current BBC downloads, which won't leave much room for anyone else soon.
The Ricky Gervais Show is so good (and in a way bad), that it's becoming Tommy Cooper, i.e I start laughing before they've even said anything. There have been a few times over the last few weeks, where I've nearly crashed the car or bike, whilst listening to the Ricky Gervais Show, because I have so many tears of laughter in my eyes, I can't see where I'm going. Is Karl for real?
And there's something about listening to Adam Curry which is at first compelling but after a while gets a bit boring and repetitive. My English ears can't tell the difference between Adam Curry and Leo Laporte (TWIT), they seem to have the same phrases and intonation, even though they're supposed to be poles apart.
I think a watershed in podcasting has happened today. The first Ricky Gervais, Steven Merchant podcast is available for download at The Guardian. Think about it, the award winning The Office writing team are podcasting, and the podcast is being distributed for free by the online version of the British newspaper.
This is a sign of things to come. Big websites and Big stars, but without too much of a commercial edge.
I listened to the first show. It was so bad it had me in tears of laughter. I don't know if the third person in the show, Karl Pilkington, is for real, but he's the straight guy, who does most of the talking. Very British humour, not for everyone, but let's see how it goes.
At the bottom of the Google Answers are another 7;
1. Overcoming the monster -- defeating some force which threatens... e.g. most Hollywood movies; Star Wars, James Bond.
2. The Quest -- typically a group setoff in search of something and (usually) find it. e.g. Watership Down, Pilgrim's Progress.
3. Journey and Return -- the hero journeys away from home to somewhere different and finally comes back having experienced something and maybe changed for the better. e.g. Wizard of Oz, Gullivers Travels.
4. Comedy - not neccesarily a funny plot. Some kind of misunderstanding or ignorance is created that keeps parties apart which is resolved towards the end bringing them back together. e.g. Bridget Jones Diary, War and Peace.
5. Tragedy - Someone is tempted in some way, vanity, greed etc and becomes increasingly desperate or trapped by their actions until at a climax they usually die. Unless it's a Hollywood movie, when they escape to a happy ending. e.g. Devils' Advocate, Hamlet.
6. Rebirth - hero is captured or oppressed and seems to be in a state of living death until it seems all is lost when miraculously they are freed. e.g. Snow White.
7. Rags to Riches - self explanatory really. e.g. Cinderella & derivatives (all 27,000 of them)!!!
I remember hearing that there are only 7 joke types, but I haven't found it on the Web and so far I have 8 types of joke/comedy;
Status - Fall from status or rapid rise
And Scott Adams of Dilbert and The Joy of Work lists Six Dimensions of Humour with a picking a "Two of Six" rule;
He suggests picking at least two of these dimensions, start with one of
them and then layer in a second dimension. It works for him, so
it must be correct!
That's enough plot and humour for today, burning up my Monday public holiday.
Thanks to Johnnie, I've wasted most of the weekend playing Peter Kay's Is This The Way to Amarillo
over and over again, and then going off at tangents on the
Internet because it's set my trivia mind working on all the stars that
appear in the Vid. And just in case you were wondering!
I played the Army version Is This The Way to Armadillo
first, and I knew there was something going on, because being Down
Under, I missed the whole Peter Kay and Video thing, so when I first
saw the Army version I thought, "What the hell is going on here, there
must be more to this!!"
Watched the Peter Kay version and then I realised what was happening.
Both videos work well on so many levels which is why they've gone viral.
Oh and just in case you were wondering about the complete list of stars in the vid, here it is.
I keep finding people who have died!!
I just caught the "Doctor" series on TV1on Foxtel cable this morning.
I wonder what happened to Robin Nedwell?
Quick Google search
Shit,I just found out!
It's like losing a long lost older brother.
When characters like that die, who at some point have been a small but
entertaining part of your earlier life, it hits you. Well it hits
Not just the Doctor series, but suddenly you realise he was Roland in
The Lovers, workmate of Geoffrey (Bobbles Bon Bon), played by Richard Beckinsale (father of Kate Beckinsale), who died so young, and The Lovers was written by Jack Rosenthal, who died last year.
Shit I'm depressed now.