Corporate man’s laughter

Given the times we live in, you’d think there would be more corporate satires on television, but there just aren’t. Aside from Jack Donaghy’s capitalist musings in 30 Rock and the odd episode of The Office, big business is overlooked in sitcoms. That’s why Better Off Ted has become not just a fine comedy, but…

Boom boom!

Iranian actor and comedian Maz Jobrani is part of a three-man mission to prove that there’s more to Middle Easterners than terrorism. Their Axis Of Evil show has toured the US, and is coming to a TV screen, and possibly a stage, near you. In America, Muslims are the new blacks – at least in…

TV on DVD

The Two Ronnies: Series 1 There were 12 series and seven Christmas specials from this double act that, in terms of British light entertainment, rank only second to Morecambe and Wise. Originally, the idea of Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett in a series together came about when they were co-presenting an award at a BAFTA…

Rock in a hard place

Family-oriented sitcoms generally suck. They’re heavy on the syrupy sentiments, full of impossibly good-looking people who begin to irritate you well before the first ad break and, worst of all for a comedy, they’re generally not funny. And no amount of canned laughter is going to convince us otherwise. So when something good does come…