Check It Out

It’s bawdy, dirty and altogether quite shameless. It’s also well written, well acted and very funny. If you aren’t offended by rampant nudity and sex-talk, check out Showtime’s new series, Californication, starring David Duchovny in a role as far removed from Agent Mulder as you could possibly imagine. And yes, the chick with the big boobs is Madeline Zima, better known to most as Gracie, the youngest kid from The Nanny. And her new role is as far removed from that one as you could possibly imagine, too.

Duchovny plays gifted but irresponsible novelist Hank Moody. A good example of his social graces is seen at an environmental fundraiser. When asked what he’ll write about it, he replies: “Well, just off the top of my head, I find it interesting that all these people are ranting and raving about saving the environment when they’ll probably blow like ten thousand pounds of fuel on their private jet planes getting down to Cabo this weekend.”

Not that you’ll get lashings of such sentiment from the show. Simply enough good, old-fashioned fornication and profanity to make Sex and the City look like Melrose Place.

In truth, on the subject of its explicitness, there are similarities with Showtime’s other great series, Rome, where – with numerous exceptions, of course (there’s a certain menage-a-trois with an ending I certainly didn’t see coming*) – most of the ‘shock’ content is confined to the pilot episode. And the show’s title, by the by, refers more to the effect California exerts on the main character than it does to…you know, thingy.

 *pun intended, but you’ll have to watch that episode, The Devil’s Threesome, to know what I mean.

This Is Just Great

Melbourne Is A Party Town!

Just heard some stupid bint on the radio:

“Melbourne is quite a party town. It moves from one party to the next.

And so once the Formula 1 Grand Prix leaves town, we move on to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, one of Australia’s best known events.”



What happened to the Grand Final, the Grand Prix, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, the Melbourne Cup, the Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race, the Annual Serial Murderer Arrest (Adelaide Based), the Mardi Gras, the Annual Resignation of a Labor Leader, the Moomba Festival, the Royal Shows, or any number of other things that are rated much more highly than the Melbourne Commie Festival?

So far this marvellous celebration of the utterly hilarious has been on for two weeks (19 March to 13 April), yet I’ve barely heard a peep about it. Hell, when I was in the city (last Wednesday), I didn’t even realise it had started, such is the hype and excitement.

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found this little ditty over at Theo Sparks’ place

more brilliance from monty python

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