Know-vember: Paul D. Brazill

Welcome, Mr B, the bard of Hartlepool, the dazzler of Bydgoszcz, intoxicating scribe of darkly funny tales, like the mordantly funny but gruesome Drunk on the Moon. What’s better than a werewolf PI? How about six more rip-snorting, can’t-put-’em-down stories about Roman Dalton, all just a bargain at 99¢? Best of all, lucky number seven…

Know-vember: Barry Leary

I should be in Dublin with Elena and Rod today, which is just as well considering my current guest here: Barry is shy. He’s also an artist. We may have been standing next to each other at the big Rothko exhibit at the Tate Modern a few years back, both gazing in rapt awe, but…

Know-vember: Mr Tumshie

All right, it’s not his real name, but if you’re on Twitter (as so many of us are) that’s how you know him. A canny chess player, a friendly chauffeur (^_^) and blipper of tunes, Mr Tumshie keeps us all amused with his sardonic humour. But he won’t let me tell you his real name…

Know-vember: Paul Hamilton

Tuesday is usually Overlooked A/V Day, so it seems entirely appropriate to give the day over to a Know-vemberist who is also in the music world (and the only one to include an advertisement along with his responses). He’s pictured here with one of his heroes, Kevin Godley (himself on the left, God on the…

Know-vember: Jeanne Andrew

Meet the fabulous Jeanne Andrew, a most amusing and lovely woman. I met her on Twitter, part of the extended network of Scots that I have somehow found myself amongst. She’s a “stand down” comedian and budding screenwriter and writes a blog appropriately named “Funny Girl” — and she’s a lot of fun. 1. What’s…

Tuesday’s Overlooked A/V: Do Not Adjust Your Set

I’m looking forward to Holy Flying Circus tomorrow night, the documentary on the fight against the Python’s Life of Brian. I know I’ve likely seen a lot of the footage already, but I’m sure it will be enjoyable nonetheless. Good example of how bonkers people can get over something they assume will offend them. At…

Tuesday’s Overlooked Media: Hancock’s Half Hour

I may well be cheating by having used Hancock’s Half Hour before (although if I weren’t too lazy to do a search myself, I suspect it may actually have been one of the films, either The Punch and Judy Man or The Rebel). However, as I’m without cable or internet at home, I have been…

Tuesday’s Overlooked Films: The School for Scoundrels

Heartsick watching the events in London — and seeing them spread across the country. I hope things are better today. I cannot remain transfixed by the news on Twitter, as I must try to get some work done. So here’s a mood lightener, the classic comedy The School for Scoundrels (1960) with Terry-Thomas playing his best cad…

Comedy Classics: The Running, Jumping & Standing Still Film

Hectic day ahead, much to do so I leave you some entertainment by way of one of Richard Lester’s early films featuring the Goons Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers as well as other luminaries. If you don’t know it, you should. If you do know it, isn’t it great to see it again?

Much Ado about Ghosts

First things, first: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE QUEEN OF EVERYTHING!! My latest column exploits my theatre madness by making it work (as if seeing a good play were really work, but shhh! mustn’t let people know how much fun we’re having, right?). I ran off to the theatre after a good chat with pal Gordon…