Day: February 25, 2018

Cybill – Father Ted – Roseanne – The Mark Thomas Comedy Product – tape 2259

This tape starts with the end of an episode of Brookside.

Then Cybill. Zoe brings her boyfriend to stay, and he’s the stupidest boy imaginable.

Maryann has gone to Vegas and is almost going to get married.

And we find that the dumb boyfriend was just a decoy, and she’s actually seeing his much smarter older brother.

After this, an episode of Father Ted. Dougal has some spine chilling reading material.

Father Jack has a mishap lighting his cigarette.

That would be an ecumenical matter.

Next, an episode of Roseanne. Roseanne and Jackie are working at the supermarket. Stan Freberg again guests, as the supermarket manager.

There’s a very brief appearance of Kathryn Joosten, Mrs Landingham off of The West Wing, as a customer.

There’s an interesting scene with Dan and David, where David is worried about DJ blowing off his homework drawing a cat to go to the movies with Mark, and he says maybe DJ shouldn’t hang around so much with Mark since he’s dumb, and Dan gets angry with him. Dan stands up for the dumb guy who nevertheless works as hard as he can to support his family. He clearly sees Mark as a younger him. While all David does is work part time at a pizza parlour and sit on the sofa making snarky jokes, despite being much smarter than his brother.

Still, it was probably the wake-up call he needed to move out, change his name, study physics to a phd level and move to California.

After this, an episode of The Mark Thomas Comedy Product. His film crew spend a day following around the man who was making millions from a video of things caught on CCTV cameras, who didn’t like it at all.

He also attends a meeting of the far-right Conservative group the Monday Club, and asks questions about whether young offenders should be publicly lashed on the National Lottery programme.

After this, recording continues briefly with the start of The Girlie Show, then switches to TFI Friday. There’s music from Cast.

A very short chat with Burt Bacharach.

There’s the first showing of a Reebok ad featuring a lot of celebs, themed around football, and he talks to Anna Friel, the only woman int he ad. Not that the interview discusses gender imbalance, as he’s more interested in her weight. At the start he actually points at her stomach and says “how are you going to get a baby in there?” It’s so relentlessly “Loaded” magazine.

There’s a slightly better bit when he asks her about crying on screen, as she’s said she thinks about her father being hurt, so they’ve got a camera crew at her house where her dad enacts some scenes of him hurting himself. This is the kind of stuff I prefer from Evans, not the banal tabloid gossip stuff.

After more music from cast, Ronald Fraser appears as “The Lord of Love”, this time without a hat on fire.

Gabrielle performs Bacharach’s classic Walk On By.

There’s another segment of At Home with Chris and Cher. They do the washing up, and wash some of their awards. Cher’s oscar and Chris’s Smash Hits award.

There’s an interview via satellite with Amanda Donohoe, talking about the Oscars.

Next, Shaun Ryder does Stars in their Eyes.

He and his band, Black Grape, do the Sex Pistols, Pretty Vacant.

Now, during the song, he swears an awful lot. And the live edition of show goes out at 6pm, way before the watershed, so after the performance Chris Evans has to apologise a lot for the swearing. But here’s the thing. They do the whole Stars in their Eyes thing like the old show used to. They interview him before, as himself, then he goes through the door filled with light and has the blond hair and dark glasses to do the performance. So either the initial interview or the performance was pre-recorded. And if the performance was pre-recorded, presumably they could have muted the swear words for the pre-watershed show. I’d be interested to know the details for this.

From the way the apology goes, I think the intro must have been the pre-record and the song was going out live.

Next guest is Richard Wilson. He does some science experiments.

He also fires a Pringles cannon at the audience.

Then the show closes with another song from Cast.

After this, recording continues with an episode of Beavis and Butthead. The best line in this is when they watch Sheena Easton. “She looks like some chick you might see hanging out in K-Mart.” I wonder if this joke was written knowing how Sheena Easton became famous in the first place (she was on a documentary series where ‘members of the public’ are given the chance to do things like present a TV show or, in her case, record a pop song, and this launched her entire career).

Then the tape ends during the start of another Derek Jarman movie, Jubilee.

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