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Come on, Brixton!

I’ve decided that instead of being all sad and mopey that i’m leaving the best city in the world for an indefinite amount of time (until my EU citizenship comes in….will you hurry up Portgual!), i’m instead going to recount all the amazing things about London, about England, about Great Britain, and about the United Kingdom.

(FYI, a lot of people don’t know the difference between Great Britain and the UK….behold! Great Britain is the geographical term referring to the island that comprises the three countries – England, Scotland, and Wales. The United Kingdom is a political grouping referring to the state – comprising England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, represented by the Union Jack flag. See! You learn this cool stuff after a while of being here!!)

Anyway, for the next little while, all my blogs are gonna be about different things that are high on the awesomeness scale. Things I love about this place. Things I am deffo gonna miss, and will most likely go into withdrawal symptoms while in toronto.

Today’s topic of awesomeness:

NEVER MIND THE BUZZCOCKS

they love their quizz shows over here. and most of them have been created by dan patterson (the dude behine whose line is it anyway?), but this one isn’t, and it rocks. literally, because it’s a pop-rock quiz show. with a series of different guests each week, teams have to sing the beginnings of songs and a teammate has to guess which song it is…..celebutards stand in a lineup with 4 other lookalikes and teams have to guess which one is the pseudo-famous one….and host simon amstell reads lyrics, and teams have to say the lines that follow…it’s sounds retarded when i explain it, so instead, i’ll show you all the hilarity.

for those of you in the UK, these episodes will be nothing new. for those of you elsewhere, i give you comedy gold.

these are the best 3 episodes i.m.h.o. (yes i just used that cyber slang bullshit. stfu already).

the first features Donny Tourette from the punk bank Towers of London, and Noel Fielding of the Mighty Bousch. they both have hilarious moments (“that’s like a child dizzy on lemonade!” and “i think you can dick on them.” and “what’s that coming over the hill, is it a monster?” and “excellent news!” are the best parts)

part 1

part 2

part 3

the second features a drunk and high Amy Winehouse. again, i piss myself laughing at this episode. what’s also interesting about this episode is that Amy is confronted by Amstell in almost an uncomfortable way about her drug use, he even calls it an intervention. she looks a bit pissed off by it all, and it foreshadows what was about to happen in her life… (“i heard that, i dont’ know if it’s true, but I.HEARD.THAT.” and “where you going to spit on me?” and “hava nagila hava, by jews!” and “i never want it to end.” and “jess-ticular warts” and “amy has done jury duty on several occasions” and “number two, you better come through with the goods, motherfucker.” are the best bits)

part 1

part 2

part 3

the third features Preston from the band Ordinary Boys, who had just done a stint on Celebrity Big Brother and married the winner Chantelle (who wasnt a celebrity, she was there to fake out the other celebs. big brother likes his torture). When host Simon Amstell started taking the piss outta Chantelle’s autobiography, Preston actually stormed off the set, causing a national furor. it was all over the papers for a while. people still talk about it. see for yourself. and the dude was wearing a fucking silver-glittered cardigan! what do you expect! despite all that controversy, the best lines don’t come from preston, but from that guy on the other team who’s in a band that uses office equipment to make music. he’s hilarious with “i think it’s an f sharp though!”

part 1

part 2 (preston storms off here, and a dude from the audience takes his spot)

part 3

so now that you’re pissing your pants as i am, here’s one more clip. it’s not from buzzcocks, it’s from a dan patterson show called Mock The Week, which is like Buzzcocks, but instead of a pop quiz, it’s a political comedy quiz show. brits are big on satirizing political figures, and i really think they need to get rid of the outdated “royal canadian air farce” and “this hour has 22 minutes” and install this show instead!

i think the cbc now officially hates me.

anyway, enjoy this hilarious clip from Mock The Week where comedian ed byrne just can’t get to the microphone.

and that’s today’s installment of what i love about living in london, england, uk.

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One response

  1. Leigh

    I was wondering why on earth you’d be coming back. Will you return once the EU passport comes in or dive into another city? By the way, my mind has wandered so many times to your post about Hadrian’s Wall. I think I have to do that walk…

    November 20, 2008 at 8:21 PM

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