The Day Today: Natus

I like this “piece of comedy” (we would never have said “sketch” back in the day) because of everyone’s performance in it – Rebecca Front’s marvelous Barbara Wintergreen, Doon Mackichan’s disturbed protestor, an outrageous look from Patrick Marber and Steve Coogan. I also like it because I was acting with Minnie Driver who, in the final cut, hardly says anything. She went on to do OK for herself though…

Lee Hurst loses it

Lee HurstHeading out to Docklands to meet comedian Lee Hurst in his local café, I’m nervous. It’s not so much the thought of witnessing a drive-by shooting or picking my way through a heap of grieving bankers, it’s the fact that I’m running a bit late and I don’t have his mobile number.

I needn’t have worried. (more…)

The Day Today: The Bureau

One of my favourite episodes from The Day Today sitcom, set in a Bureau de Change.

The Day Today: Pool Supervisor

In a way I could have included this in the Videos I Like rather than the Videos of Me section. It’s the second part of the Swimming Pool documentary we did. Watching Steve Coogan first improvise this character was one of the funniest, bladder-challenging experiences of my life (so far). The “in 1978 no-one died” went on even longer than it did in the final version and was achingly hysterical. It’s probably my favourite Day Today character.

Rabbi David Schneider’s Weekly Words of Wisdom 10: Vayikra

vayikra(Leviticus 1 – 5)

It’s no surprise that, traditionally, little Jewish children begin their study of the Torah with this parsha, which details the different types of animal sacrifice. Boys would enjoy hearing how the priest used his long fingernail to separate the head of a bird from its body then wrenched off its throat, squeezed out its blood and set fire to it, whilst girls might like to colour in a picture or something.

It’s important for children to learn about sacrifices such as sin offerings and guilt offerings and crippling school fees that don’t even take into account uniform and ski trips and sports gear, (more…)

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