Spoof Celebrity ‘Auditions’ for Fire and Fury Audiobook Go Viral

By February 2, 2018 Inspired by Literature, News, Video

The Grammy Awards aren’t exactly renowned for great comedy, but when you invite James Corden along and give him a mic, who knows where you’ll end up. In this case it was a celebrity sketch, with various well known characters ‘auditioning’ to read the audio book version of Fire and Fury.

The book has by far been the most talked about this year, and it’s not showing any signs of going away. In this sketch excerpts from the book are read out by various celebrity readers, egged on by Corden. Some well know names joined in with John Legend, Snoop Dogg, and even Cher reading a few lines.

Whatever you think of the current political situation, Corden hosts this sketch with aplomb. It’s hilarious, and as always he saves the best until last.

Spoilers!

Andrea Levy Adaptation Comes to the BBC This Week

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The Long Song is a novel by Andrea Levy about the last days of slavery in Jamaica and the early years of freedom that followed. The BBC press centre explains that “The Long Song opens just as 300 years of slavery are finally coming to an end on the British-ruled island of Jamaica. But far from being a harrowing tale of misery that one might expect from such a history, The Long Song is a story of hope, passion, determination, and humour in the face of adversity. It follows a defiant, wily young woman, July, who is born a slave, but ends up as the mother of a gentleman.”
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Trailer for the Third and Final Season of a Series of Unfortunate Events Released

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In early 2017, the first season of Netflix’s adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events books was released. The show saw Neil Patrick Harris star as the dastardly Count Olaf and both he and the show enjoyed a strong response from fans and critics. A second season was released earlier this year in March, and now the third and final season has been announced with a trailer. Read More

Dr Seuss Parodies To Make You Laugh

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Dr Seuss became popular in the 20th century and still remains a favourite today. His rhythms and rhymes, although simple, create fun tongue-twisters and fast-paced tales.

His style has been copied, styled out, and parodied the world over, referenced in popular culture, and we have selected some of our favourite Seuss parodies from the years.

Enjoy these very silly parodies and clever covers dedicated to Dr Seuss.

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Drunk History UK’s Best Literary Figures

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Drunk History UK is possibly the funniest show around right now, with its heady mix of famous faces, perfect lip syncing, and gratuitous swearing.

Each comedian takes on a figure or story from history and explains in as much factual detail as possible who they were and what they became known for.

The comedian gets as sloshed as they possibly can while attempting to still speak coherently- telling us the tale of their historical figure. As well as some of the big royal and military names through history, they touch on some of our best known writers- Byron, Potter, Shelley, and more…

Check out some highlights here.

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CBeebies Bedtime Story read using Makaton sign language

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CBeebies has been running their bedtime stories for years now, using a host of well-known faces and voices to tell a little story before bed. They try to be as inclusive as possible and recently had a story enhanced with the addition of Makaton sign language. Makaton is a type of signing that is meant to support speech and work alongside the person as they are speaking.

Comedian and actor Rob Delaney (Catastrophe, Deadpool 2), had learned Makaton for his son Henry who was diagnosed with a brain tumour as a baby. Sadly Henry passed away in 2018 age 2 and a half, but Rob, with the help of CBeebies, honours him by showing how inclusive and accessible Makaton can be.

Check out the sweet CBeebies story told by Rob Delaney himself using Makaton sign language. The story is Ten in the Bed, written and illustrated by Penny Dale.

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The Best of ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’ Authors Game

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Whose Line Is It Anyway has been around since 1988, originating in the UK with a handful of comedy geniuses- Josie Lawrence, Paul Merton, John Sessions, and Rory Bremner, among others. Consisting of short games that test the comedians’ improv skills, with plenty of audience participation, it soon became a televisual favourite.

The format has since been adopted by the USA but this pure comedy brilliance started with this original UK series… Enjoy these 10 snippets of their fantastic ‘Authors’ game.

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