The sixty-seventhrd episode of our podcast, Paul and Storm Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (On Average), is now online.
This week’s episode: the magic of numbers; our latest project; our other latest project ,for Coverville; the danger of being coy with one’s self; the art of dreading things; and Xmas recommendations and British comedy.
AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION ALERT: What are some of your favorite/least favorite holiday memories (music, shows, movies, etc.)?
Featured post-show song: “Backward Santa” by Paul and Storm
Show #067: DARPA Hoverboards (Some content NSFW)[audio:http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.nuggetman.com/podcasts/PS_5-10_067.mp3]
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Actually,The Year Without a Santa Claus is one of my favorites. Rankin/Bass and Sid and Marty Kroft have a lot to do with who I am today. I swear that is a good thing.
Too bad they don’t show The House Without a Christmas Tree anymore, that was one depressing Christmas special I looked forward to every year. Anymore, I usually find myself wrapping presents while watching The Ref.
Favorite Christmas Movie – Gotta go with the classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life”.
Favorite Christmas Song – “Fairytale of New York” by the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
Favorite Christmas Special – “The Muppet Family Christmas” (closely followed by “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All”, “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown”, and the Mr. Bean christmas Special)
Song: “Little Drummer Boy”
Special: “Little Drummer Boy”
Movie: Many of the recent ones aimed at really stupid audiences.
Though I am a HUGE Henson fan, my favorite special is CBS’s 1987 “A Claymation Christmas Celebration.” To me, it really doesn’t feel like Christmas until I watch it.
And here is my movie/song/memory combo:
One of my favorite holiday memories was my grandpa singing King Kaspar’s “This is my box” from “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” I can barely think of him without hearing, “This is my box, this is my box… I never travel without my box.”
The I.T. crowd is one of the bestest things in UK comedy – follow @glinner (Graham Linehan) on Twitter, he’s the man behind it. Can I also recommend ‘Outnumbered’ if you’ve never seen it; it’s a semi-improvised family comedy, best enjoyed by anyone who is a parent.
I’ll have to check out The IT Crowd. It’s been on my Netflix queue for some time. And I love Spaced when I got the DVD set (purchased solely on the two movies Wright, Pegg, and Frost had worked on at the time).
But I *so* want a release of Garth Merenghi’s Darkplace. I’m unsure enough of the R2 PAL DVD release working in my current BD players that I don’t want to throw the money at it (though I may someday anyway).
And on a holiday note. I had a girlfriend once (don’t just stop there and laugh, keep reading) who had an answering machine she couldn’t check from work. She asked me to check it. I dialed her home number as “Wonderful Christmastime” was playing on the radio with the surround processor on. Somehow the tones of the song caused a rest on the answering machine. I wanted to test it again, but she was somewhat resistant to the idea.
Thanks so much for the IMBX project. I look forward to buying them all!
Your Extensive Media Library Minion
Favorite holiday movie: White Christmas — Crosby, Kaye, and Clooney FTW!
Favorite TV special: Rudolph and Santa Claus is Coming to Town. All the claymations, really.
Favorite traditional song: “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” (Even better in German. “entsprungen“!)
Favorite non-traditional song: anything by ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic or Bob Rivers
Guilty pleasure song: Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Don’t judge me.)
Guilty pleasure TV special: my bootleg copy of the Star Wars Christmas Special. Take that, Lucas! It hurts so good.
Speaking of British comedy series, was ‘Backward Santa’ at all inspired by the ‘Backwards’ episode of Red Dwarf? (“Santa Claus, what a hastard!”) Either way, it’s terribly amusing. 🙂
In response to the question of things that haven’t aged well:
1980s glossy production on music. That stuff just sounds horribly dated today while much 50s, 60s, 70s, and 90s music sounds quite timeless in comparison.
I get the feeling that “Do they know it’s christmas?” lives on a bit better in the UK. I was born well after it was released, but I’m well aware of the song. I even heard it on the radio the other day.
Anyway, Jonathan played it at the first UK concert (not sure how planned it was, it seemed to be in protest to someone shouting “chiron beta prime” when he said he was going to play a christmas song now) and it went down really well there and people were singing and everything.
I really enjoyed the IT crowd when it first came out and the first season is really good, I feel it’s gone a bit downhill since then but it’s still fun to watch. It would be nice to see another series.
Favorite Christmas Movie – “Scrooge” with Alistair Sim. While not strictly a Christmas movie, “The Thin Man” occurs during Christmas time and I love that movie.
Favorite Christmas Song – So many to choose, but I really like the David Bowie/Bing Crosby “Little Drummer Boy”.
Favorite Christmas Special – Again too many to choose…Peanuts, Muppets, Mr. Bean and Black Adder leap to mind.
Songs: Probably any of the Top 40 Pop & Country Christmas tunes.
Movie: “It’s a Wonderful Life”…absolutely LOATHE this treacly piece of cinema.
Christmas Favorites – Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas, Bowie/Crosby “Little Drummer Boy”, “Do They Know It’s Christmas”, Santa Claus: The Movie, and Die Hard
Least Favorites – mall Christmas muzak!!!!
British Comedy – I love love love The IT Crowd. The FriendFace episode is one of my favorite bits of television ever. I really hope there’s going to be a fourth series. While technically not comedy, I highly recommend Top Gear. I have little to no interest in cars, but I’m completely addicted to this show all because of its fantastic sense of humor.
British Comedy – Any love for “Coupling” out there. (the original, not the attempt to bring it to the US that crashed and burned)
Favs: Muppet Family Christmas, Emmit Otter’s Jugband Christmas, any Rankin/Bass. Also, it’s is not officially Christmas in my mind until I hear “Dominick the Italian Christmas Donkey.” Hands down the Greatest. Song. Ever.
Absolutely *CANNOT* stand ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. We’re talking burning hatred w/ the heat of a thousand suns here. *shudder*
Guilty Pleasure – My sister and I have been know to zone out over the WPIX Yule Log on Christmas morning (Bonus: there’s even a completely bizarre documentary about it they occasionally air).
Count me as a Top Gear fan too. and Coupling is probably the most well written sitcom I’ve ever seen. love it!
Just wanted to say that my mother was never a fan of “A Christmas Story”. I think it’s the fact that she’s one of those people who don’t find much funny when their religion is mocked. I’m sure she thinks that that movie has everything that is wrong with the modern Christmas celebration. Probably would feel the same way about a lot of Christmas comedies like “Bad Santa”.
I don’t feel the same way at all, but I wanted to let you know that there is at least one person who doesn’t like it.
Heck, I am all for the Hoverboads of the future. In fact, our Think Tank has discussed this; http://www.worldthinktank.net/pdfs/hoverboards.pdf .