Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Was away for a week for mam's birthday, where we went to the lovely Newcastle in Northern Ireland:
here we all are, happy birthday mam!
If you like action then maybe you'll like 'double action'!
Like most aging comic fans, nothing is better than getting a big deluxe hardback style doohicky like this to enjoy
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Posted by Lorcy at 7:14:00 PM
Ah no blogs today my time has gone away...have been sorting out teaching most days with the odd great gig in between, but while researching for my gender identity unit found some great google videos including:
The Lavender Lens (1995)
Monday, October 13, 2008
got this from Poundland, love the Planet of the Apes style...I'm a human being not a fish man style stuff...'murderers!...murderers!...'
Posted by Lorcy at 3:31:00 AM
Sunday, October 12, 2008
See it here.
Tim and Eric also had a live show here
AVClub Interview with some of the greatest Tim and Eric clips. Tim also does a bizarre anti-stand-up act called Theidecker. Eric's youtube channel. and The Guardian did a article on them recently with quotes from Graham Linehan and Dr. Buckles. Speaking of Adam and Joe, get to the cinema early and you get a minute version of their BBC6 radio show as part of the BBC ad, thank god it's not Chris Moyles anymore!
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Just a quick one, in the middle of starting a new unit I designed on gender identity and transgenderism which I'm looking forward to, we'll see if the students will. Have a nice gig tonight at St. Gregory's Centre for the Arts, where I'm described as: Lorcan McGrane: A deliciously deviant wordsmith who has been grafting a name for himself around Norwich, known for tackiling the most inappropriate of subject matter with side-splitting results.
Also on the poster for the all day Soapbox on October 18th! see above.
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Started teaching in a rural art college last week, taught there last term, it's a bit nuts, up at 5-6am 40 minute walk to train station, 45 minutes on the train and then 20 min walk to the college. Last year it's where I came up with must of the stand-up in my head walking to work with Lambchop on the ole ipod. It's weird being back, both staff and students seem suprised that I am back for another term, and it's earned me a certain amount of vague kudos among them. Being back for a second year means I'm more confident in trusting my own judgment in what to teach. Not being a graphic design practicioner (although did once get 85 in a graphic design module) I kind of feel out of place but I try to get the students enthusiastic about people like Chip Kidd and stuff like the Helvetica doucmentary. It's good as well to get to show some of my favorite designs and posters etc., like this one for The Birds
Monday, September 29, 2008
I like taking pictures of my bookshelves when they are all sorted out and tidy and stuff, before they are all covered in crap, this is one such instance...
Longer posts probably tonight (note: actually thinking about it, I've been watching bbc4 shows on iplayer so probably not), but for now have to clean out the ole desktop to make way for loads of teaching stuff, teaching about 4 different modules this term so it's pretty manic with that and bar work (thanks to that lovely phrase 'month in arrears' can I teach everything a month late then?) and comedy. Couldn't part with some of this pics so I'm putting them up here.
An article I wrote once that is bit like this one...although
Posted by Lorcy at 12:38:00 AM
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
The patented LorcMask(TM) drawn by Jos Norrish from an original design by Bob Moran, modelled by Johh Kearns...amaze your friends at parties and perturb ladies with the LorcMask (TM) while stocks last....
Monday 29th September - Laugh out Loud/The Rose Tavern, 88 Rupert St, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 2AT 8pm (2.50)
Tuesday 30th September -Soap Box/St. Gregory's Art Centre 7-11pm
Tuesday 7th October- Soap Box/St. Gregory's Art Centre 7-11pm
Thursday 9th October - Laugh out Loud/Queen Charlotte, 286 Dereham Road, Norwich, NR2 3UU 8pm (2.50)
Friday 17th October- Laugh out Loud/Ambar at the Odeon, Odeon Norwich Riverside Leisure Park Wherry Road Norwich NR1 1XA 9.00 (2.50)
Monday 27th October - Laugh out Loud/The Rose Tavern
Wednesday 5th November- Stone/Paper/Scissors Caberet at The Bridcage
Friday 7th November- Laugh out Loud/Ambar at the Odeon, Riverside
Thursday 13th November - Laugh out Loud/The Queen Charlotte
Thursday 20th November- Salt Box at the Ribs of Beef
Monday 24th November - Laugh out Loud/The Rose Tavern
Friday 5th December-Laugh out Loud/Ambar at the Odeon, Riverside
Laugh Out Loud
The Rose Tavern
The Queen Charlotte
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Wow!Hey everyone! Libby here, your pal from Excitable Tedium PR!!with some news HOT news straight off the Hollywood press:
I recently caught up with wacky funny book man Alan Moore in his Hollywood home. He says he can't wait for top visionary director Zach Snyder's new action blockbuster Watchmen. 'Ah me and Zach, or the Zacster or Zac-man as I call him', grins Moore, 'are having a blast, he really has nailed it and we get on so well, he made me a cool jacket with the Watchmen logo on the back and he has one as well, and we go jet-sking together and all the ladies in bikinis at the beach see us in our cool jackets, it's awesome!'
Wacky funny man Alan Moore relaxes in California yesterday.Moore loves all his movie adaptations and thinks that if he wasn't a funny book writer he'd definitely want to be an action film maker: 'I remember visiting the set of LXG: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen that was sooo cool I got to meet James Bond (Sean Connery) we had a great time he asked me where I got all my crazy ideas from and we had a whiskey'. The hairy funny man Moore is always open to the imput of great directors like Stephen Norrington (who made the unforgettable Death Machine with Brad Dourif and the masterpiece Blade):
'What's great about my work is it can be tampered with easily by Hollywood, especially with LXG you can add characters all over the place I never thought of adding Tom Sawyer into the mix, but it was a real blast 'cause he had a cool car and a big gun, which was extreme!' Moore's keeping stum on LXG2, It's tough because things like 2Fast2Furious came out so we don't know what to call it, it could be League of Xtreme Xtraordianry Gentlemen and Ladies or LXXGL for short, we're talking to Vin Diesel to play either James Dean or JFK (or cloned mixture of both!) cause it's set in like the 1950s or 60s or something oh and Thomas Jane has just signed up to play Oscar "The Wildman" Wilde...'
Well things seem to be going well for the humble writer from Britland who now has Hollywood in the palm of his hand, what's next! an LXG/From Hell crossover with Jason Statham as the Elephant Man? time will only tell... In the meantime we have Watchmen to look forward too, with a truckload of wacky characters including:
Doc Manhatthan (Vin Diesel): a big blue guy, his perscription, blowing stuff uuuup!!!
The Comedian (Chris Katten): he'll kill ya with his punchlines!!
Rorscach (Ryan Reynolds): He's gotta wonky face and a wonky mind!
Silk Spectre (Carmen Electra) : She's one sexy superlady!!
Ozymandias (the guy who played McLovin'): A rich geek with a funny cat!!
Wait a minute...it's not like that at all, this just in from reality:
Alan Moore on 'Watchman movie': 'I will be spitting venom all over it'
For the record, Alan Moore has not softened his view on Hollywood nor its plan to bring his classic graphic novel "Watchmen" to the screen next March. "I find film in its modern form to be quite bullying," Moore told me during an hour-long phone call from his home in England. "It spoon-feeds us, which has the effect of watering down our collective cultural imagination. It is as if we are freshly hatched birds looking up with our mouths open waiting for Hollywood to feed us more regurgitated worms. The 'Watchmen' film sounds like more regurgitated worms. I for one am sick of worms. Can't we get something else? Perhaps some takeout? Even Chinese worms would be a nice change." via Hero Complex
I'm warming to the trailer a bit but the music still reminds be of the NHS std 'give me what you got' advert, which I tried to find on youtube but couldn't it makes getting an std look really cool though, more accurately it an anti-std ad but in my mind it's always an std ad.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
I remember watching it on BBC1 late at night and never forgot the pie fight scene and am surprised it hasn't had a big region 2 release, it's out on region 1 but really expensive. As a huge horror fan growing up, it was interesting to see Lee in this and Gremlins 2: The New Batch , it seemed like his camp retirement years, who'd a thought Lee would be at the forefront of nearly every major fantasy franchise of the late 20th and early 21st century, some great clips of Lee discussing The Wickerman remake (the bees! etc) he has a great air of demanding knowledge from a fan audience before they open their yaps with some question, even dispelling some myths Mark Kermode had about the film on the DVD extras...'I think you're wrong there my boy'.
What's great about The Return of Captain Invincible, similar in a way to Superfolks, Alan Moore's proposed Twilight of the Superheroes is that we see superheroes in decline but we only get small snippets of imformation of the 'glory years' that, you know, you have to fill in with 'your imagination'..remember that in movies? The Incredibles would probably the closest in recent times to The Return of Captain Invincible, especially the black and white flashbacks of Captain Invincible being charged with 'flying without a licencse' and 'wearing his underwear in public'.
It's a tough call with both superhero parodies and original superhero-created-specifically-for-film alike, something like Hancock starts to create the atmosphere of a 'world with superheroes' but doesn't go into the specifics of how or even why it happens.
The great Mister Midnight 'choose your poison' song with some added psychobabble:
More Evil Mr. Midnight stuff, I love the way the youtube posters are so surprised Lee can sing when he was a great singer. It's interesting how the mis-en-scene of this film with Lee's wee alien hench men and light and metal is very close to Star Wars and lets not forget the 'long before the crack of doom line'...
I first heard of the Comic Cast via Bob Byrne's blog, where his post on their great show here. If you've never heard the Mack Daddy of Irish Comics Bob speak this a great hilarious interview full of great personal anecdotes and his usual/unusal for most monkeys opinions of the world of comics. I especially loved his stories of sending someone out to get the 'megazine' and they'd be like don't you mean magazine, and you'd be there no..the megazine, obviously for me these discussions were with family members and not the parade of Bob's lady friends.
Cliodhna Lyons as some readers may know as the organiser of Ireland's 24 Hour Comics day which I must get to soon. I stay up half night here scrawling dementing pictures and ranting so it might be nice to do it with other people.
Listening to this interview was the reason for the more sentimental parts of my Robocop post as her father died a few months before mine last year while working for Goal in Sri Lanka. She created The Goal Anthology entitled after her father's answering machine message: "sorry I can't take your call right now but I'm off saving the world"
Brendan and the Secret of Kells, trailer here. I'm working my way through the other episodes but the lads have a very nice relaxed style and it really creates interesting stories from the guests and makes me nostalgic for wandering around the comic shops of Dublin when I used to live there.
The Goal Anthology
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Did I mention I like Robocop, well yeah just a bit, like every single day to anyone that will listen. Check out the Robocop Archive for all the goodness. Here's a referesher course with the three trailers:
Note: This post started because I was reading about the Robocop remake (news such as it is here and here with Darren Aronofsky attached to direct) then it was going to be about jokey precursors to Robocop like Future Cop and then I descended into a mawkish sentimental thing.
Where did it all begin? (I hear no one ask) well I'll tell you. Back in the day my mam and dad asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I pointed to a Woolworths catalogue with the video cover of Robocop and said "I want that one". Who'd a thought that an interface with such a postage stamp-sized image would develop into a life-long obsession.
My dad was like are you sure? And god bless him he bought it for me in Armagh, and it was only on the way home that he realised it was an 18 certificate movie and I was only about 12 or 13. Christmas came and there was no sign of Robocop and then a bit later dad presented the video to me and said 'look, we didn't realise it was an 18 but you seemed to really want this, just don't show your sisters'. So for about 3-4 years I had this contraband Robocop VHS and I remember discussing it with my friend Martin McBennet when he came round, especially the Ed-209 shooting bit.
I remember everything about that video (still safe in my Batcave 1.0) the stand up trailers with Sam Kinison, the Steel Dawn trailer that was at the end of the movie, a card came up with something like : wait until the end of the feature to see a trailer for Steel Dawn. I used to read the back cover before I went to bed. I'll never know if I my dad knew how much getting Robocop for Christmas meant to me. I was always watching these types of films in the living room and he'd be in the sitting room watching TV or westerns. Part of me always thinks (and films studies academiwank will back me up) that the post-apocalyptic movies of the 1980s (Robocop, Terminator, Mad Max) were our versions of the western. There was something about my father's generation of men that loved John Wayne and the Magnificent Seven and all. He would walk past and go 'what are you watching?' and I'd be there 'ahh Robocop or Mad Max' and he'd pull a face and walk on, but obviously now, you think feck, if I'd been friendlier and go, 'Dad it's Robocop, I know it's Rio Bravo but you'd love it'.
But I never did, (also because sometimes it was Rabid Grannies and The Toxic Avenger) but you know, I feel our similarities kept us apart we both liked staying in rooms on our own watching our own movies. These watching experiences have always meant alot to me like seeing Forbidden Planet, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Beast With Five Fingers with dad and also a Hallowe'en where we all watched Misery but the Hammer Dracula was on afterwards and we watched and Dad told about seeing it at the cinema when it came out and seeing the crazy sausage finger decomposition scene for the first time. I always thought it was amazing that dad had seen these sort of films at the cinema and it contributed no small part to be going into film studies.
The trilogy as a whole as influenced so much action movies, whenever I see a smaller character jump on a larger character/monsters head and shoot at I always god 'up the old Robocop move'.
I just think of my equivalent If I ever had kids of making them watch Robocop, like it wouldn't be a treat or anything they'd have to watch, I've no kids so I have force my students to watch it poor buggers.
Some more robogems
The failed Robocop 2 prototypes
Siskel and Ebert lovin' the robo
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Frankenstein in his scary car...
There's no real reason for this post beyond* educating people before they see Death Race** but it's an amazing movie, just a sampling of the best lines :
Harold: As the cars roar into Pennsylvania, the cradle of liberty, it seems apparent that our citizens are staying off the streets, which may make scoring particularly difficult, even with this year's rule changes. To recap those revisions: women are still worth 10 points more than men in all age brackets, but teenagers now rack up 40 points, and toddlers under 12 now rate a big 70 points. The big score: anyone, any sex, over 75 years old has been upped to 100 points.
Junior: Frankenstein! Frankenstein the legend, Frankenstein the indestructible! Sole survivor of the titanic pile-up of '95, only two-time winner of the Transcontinental Road Race... Frankenstein! Ripped up, wiped out, battered, shattered, creamed, and reamed... a dancer on the brink of death... Frankenstein, who lost a leg in '98, an arm in '99! With half a face and half a chest, and all the guts in the world, he's back!
Junior: Here he comes: Machine Gun Joe! Loved by thousands, hated by millions!
Anyway if you haven't seen it, check it out, I got a copy for like 3 pounds in Fopp with some good trailers of things like Grand Theft Auto (with Ron Howard) on it. I suppose it's a generational thing but when I ws growing up there were so many over the top car racing/crash/stunt things that seemed to converge, the likes of The Wacky Races, The Cannonball Run, Cannonball Run II, Smokey and the Bandit. Check out the trailer for Cannonball Run II, such a nexus of old stars and cult heroes from Frank Sinatra to Jackie Chan to Richard Kiel, and an Orang Utang, it was the 198os you had to have a primate of some sort to slap people and make fart noises, it was our was back then.
But I digress, Death Race 2000 predates Cannoball Run with a filmic representation of a race from coast to coast and it's idea of points for running people over can be seen in Carmageddon and Grand Theft Auto . Director Paul Bartel was an underrated satirist of cult madness like Private Parts, Eating Raoul and Not For Publication.
There's an ongoing joke that the French are soon evil nation in the film where a right wing US government have to villianise nations to maintain a constant state of fear and war (those wacky sci-fi guys, when would that ever happen...) here's some great clips:
and if you must the new movie trailer below. I liked the gender play in Death Race 2000 with strong women with male navigators (Herman the German) but I doubt that's in the new film, also they way (similar to the Rollerball remake) where they have reduce the scope, location and overall outrageousness of the sport invoved.Whatever, I'll still go and see it but am sad that satire goes out the window in favour of po-faced action:
*Like there's any reason to any of these posts.
**Like there's any reason people will see Death Race
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
As an impoverished performer, I could only afford to go to the free shows (blah blah change the record etc.) and Robin Ince did a whirlwind weekend of shows including His Book Group that I was too polite to get into because I thought it wasn't fair to go into the show because I was also performing at the Free Fringe when there was loads of people waiting, His Bleeding Heart Liberal show which I hung out with Georgina before at and just stayed there until it was on with a sort of 'I'm staying, I'm finishing coffee air', and the great Carl Sagan is My God oh and Richard Feynman Too, which fits in with the below post on the Golden Record.
Ince is amazing at combining very intelligent comedy that involves a lot of intellectual references but combines it with sets, or elements of sets that have elements pure observational stories that have the whole laughing in unison with recognition (e.g. the sleeping lout on the train story, amazingly executed). There is an element of preaching to the converted but would you rather be sitting in a Robin Ince audience where he is preaching to the converted, or in a major standup gig that preaches to the 'I'm being racist and sexist and homophobic, but I'm not really, I'm being ironic and postmodern but you love it anyway but hey postmodernism...shut up' crowd.
Carl Sagan is My God oh and Richard Feynman Too was a great show too with Josie Long, Peter Buckley Hill, and A.L. Kennedy MC's by Ince with an impressive stack of books which was good sign for me, just an excuse so I read aloud from this more often. In fact he was a bit of an ispiration have an idea for a show someday called Lorcan McGrane's Perversions where discuss the bizarre and amazing writing on gender and sexuality in the last century so, at last all these mucky books have a purpose. Robin seemed like a really nice guy too I introduced myself and mentioned the blog and gave him a card with Schrodinger's Cat on it, and told him my story of Schrodinger's Arsebone for his sins he listened and laughed, he could have told me to feck off, so he's also a cool dude.
I have a thought in the back of my head that one day I'll end up being the Robin Ince to Tom Moran's Ricky Gervais...
Some Incetube stuff if you haven't seen it already:
With Ben Moor:and as If you don't know already...all comics are geeks...
Apart from this lovely gallery, my other haven from the flyering madness on the Royal Mile was The Collective Gallery's great The Golden Record: Sounds of Earth exhibition curated by Mel Brimfield.
Where comedians, artists and filmmakers collaborated on various audio visual pieces all inspired by the materials placed on the Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977 to introduce our culture to alien races via music and photos and smiling naked people. Like this one Termite Notification For Future Life Forms.
The first gallery consisted of 116 works the size of vinyl album covers each and intereptation of the 116 'images of earth' compiled by Nasa, see the images and loads more here. Youtube clip of the images here.
There was also a viewing room played a documentary by Brimfield and Sally O' Reilly which focused on Carl Sagan and Earth Ambassador for Earth Contact Day Karen Carptenter. In cynical times it was a refreshing nostalgia trip to hear things like UN chief's potential greatings for alien races.
The second room consisted of a series of 3-5 minute pieces from artists, comedians, actors, poets (including Stewart Lee, John Hegley and Robert Ince and Lawrence and Gus ) of their prospective greetings to aliens. It was quite a haven after seeing stand up all day to sit in dark room and not get asked 'are you afraid of terrorism?' or 'who here's from England, give us a cheer...whose here from Scotland' (shudder), although some bits were obvious sections of some performers stand up and one animation on hair uttered the phrase 'like a wisp of cotton candy over a paper cut' but more tales of that later.
Once of my favorite experiences in Edinburgh overall I'd have to say to get an oasis of sci-fi arty geekness among all the comedy.
Posted by Lorcy at 9:32:00 AM
See also the Moonpig, er Moonpig, Tom does a great routine on the worried look on the Moonpig's face as he finds out he is just a floating disembodied pig's head in space.