“Moffett and Wilson walked out before the ending because Angel started singing the finale, a cover of his ‘Mindfreak’ TV theme song.”—Excerpt from an early review for Criss Angel’s upcoming stage show with Cirque Du Soleil “Believe”
If there’s anything I love more in life than lazing around drinking Mr. Pibb and playing Family Feud on Super Nintendo it’s retro claustrophobic dance music from the 80’s so when I first heard the song “It’s Real” by Black Affair I was in heaven. It’s got vintage synths and drums and sounds like it was recorded in a dank corner in Debbie Harry’s cellar so it’s pretty goshdarn awesome. It’s so good in fact it’s going to be added as an official castmember to the show Mad Men, the first time in history that a song has been given a chance to prove itself as an actor and on one of the coolest shows on TV to boot.
Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Russell Brand, and now...
In the past few months we’ve finally begun to see some of the brightest talent from across the pond start to make their mark on the North American landscape. Steve Coogan had a nice little appearance in Tropic Thunder and the starring role in Hamlet 2, Russell Brand had a big part in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and hosted the VMA’s and Ricky Gervais has Ghost Town coming out this weekend which I saw a few days ago and it is a very sweet, funny and accessible romantic comedy that’ll probably do very well theatrically and on DVD with good word of mouth. Even Little Britain is coming to America with a revamped version of their UK show so now it really does seem like European comedians are the next big thing. Hollywood bigwigs reading my blog (I know you are, don’t deny it) here are some of the people you need to bring over and make big stars.
Matt Berry is pretty much destined to be a huge star. His work in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and Snuff Box is some of the funniest stuff done by any actor in the past 10 years and he’s also a really talented musician, the songs on Snuff Box were amazing and his solo album “Opium” is a surprisingly great collection of 60’s pop songs. He’s already filmed an appearance for the Sarah Silverman Program so his conquering of North America has begun let’s just hope it doesn’t take long for him to become popular over here.
Richard Ayoade also appeared in the classic Garth Marengi’s Darkplace as sleazy producer turned terrible actor Dean Learner but it’s his performance as Maurice Moss on the IT Crowd that should’ve earned him worldwide popularity. The IT Crowd isn’t a great show but it is a solid sitcom and Maurice was a character for the ages, a character so memorable that when they filmed a pilot for the American version of the show they brought Richard in to reprise the role. Unfortunately NBC never aired the American version of the show during their Thursday night comedy lineup like planned but it’s not hard to imagine how huge this character could’ve become and what it could’ve led Richard to doing. There’s still time NBC, get him on a show pronto.
If they’ll bring an Americanized version of Little Britian over here then I have no idea why they don’t try to get the Mighty Boosh over. It’s already got a pretty big cult following in North America so it wouldn’t take too much to push it further in the limelight and Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding are both incredibly likeable and funny guys that the public would grow to love in no time at all. There’s always room on HBO for a silly, surreal comedy show.