Immigration, Alienation and Brazen Lies: The Political Warfare of James Graham’s Brexit – Uncivil War

So I found Brexit: Uncivil War to be a surprisingly compelling piece of television on the Leave campaign of the 2016 EU Referendum.  While at times I wish it would have delved into further details on certain areas, it did a great job at underlining both the incredibly facile nature of the Leave campaign’s manifesto … Continue reading Immigration, Alienation and Brazen Lies: The Political Warfare of James Graham’s Brexit – Uncivil War

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Surely Joe Biden Can’t Be the Answer to the Democratic Party’s 2020 Prospects?

In poll after poll, ex-Vice President Joe Biden has topped lists of prospective Democratic voters’ preference for who they would vote for in the 2020 Democratic Primaries, typically followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and newcomer political celebrity Rep. Beto O’Rourke. While part of this will be down to simple voter recognition, I … Continue reading Surely Joe Biden Can’t Be the Answer to the Democratic Party’s 2020 Prospects?

My 1920s Hot Jazz Babbitt Mix

Speaking of Gatsby, I produced a 1920s hot jazz mix a good few years ago, and to this day, I believe it is the only compilation of 1920s hot jazz that is mixed and merged in a modern DJ style.  Its punchy, raucous fun, and provides a great introduction to the genre if you're interested … Continue reading My 1920s Hot Jazz Babbitt Mix

Cocktails, Jazz and Flappers: Revisiting ideas of Sophistication and Class in the Gatsby Party

While in recent years I’ve focused more on forms of broad culture such as comedy and its relationship with politics, my undergraduate and Masters specialised in American literature, finding myself falling in love with the works of Sinclair Lewis, Hunter S. Thompson and Ernest Hemingway. However, nobody comes close to my love for F. Scott … Continue reading Cocktails, Jazz and Flappers: Revisiting ideas of Sophistication and Class in the Gatsby Party

The Unbearable Likeability of Ellen DeGeneres’ Relatable

Ellen DeGeneres’ Relatable, her first stand-up special in fifteen years, is an immensely enjoyable, goofy and insightful foray into the minutiae of her life as a celebrity and her reflections on her prominent role as a gay icon.  Throughout the special, there was rarely a moment I didn’t enjoy, and I believe this attests to … Continue reading The Unbearable Likeability of Ellen DeGeneres’ Relatable

Russell Brand’s Re:Birth and his Critique of the British Comic Figurehead

My latest piece on Russell Brand's political stand-up comedy special Re:Birth has been published by the fantastic Mumble Comedy.  If you are interested, you can access it at:  https://mumblecomedy.net/2018/12/17/russell-brands-rebirth-and-his-critique-of-the-british-comic-figurehead/

Bollywood, “Eidster” and Appendices: The Delhi Zingers of Vir Das’ “Losing It”

Recorded in San Francisco, Indian comedian and Bollywood actor Vir Das’ new special Losing It provides insightful explorations of life in the U.S from an Indian perspective, Indian culture and politics, and modern religion. An interesting element of Das’ stand-up strikes at the difficulty of being an immigrant in the U.S, and how he translates … Continue reading Bollywood, “Eidster” and Appendices: The Delhi Zingers of Vir Das’ “Losing It”

With an Apologetic White House Correspondents’ Association, Will President Trump Try his Hand at Stand-Up Comedy?

President Trump caused a bit of a storm last week when he hinted on Twitter that he may – finally – make an appearance at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.  His conspicuous absence at each annual event since taking office has certainly taken the varnish off the association.  In contrast to President Obama’s stunningly strategic … Continue reading With an Apologetic White House Correspondents’ Association, Will President Trump Try his Hand at Stand-Up Comedy?

Trevor Noah’s “Son of Patricia” and the Terror of Laughing at a Dick-Shaped Asteroid

Stand-up comic and host of The Daily Show Trevor Noah’s recently released Netflix special, Son of Patricia, offers a number of insights into U.S racial politics as a South African, his qualms with “authentic”tourist experiences, and the difficulty of delivering political comedy under President Trump.  While at times a little unfocused, it serves as a reminder … Continue reading Trevor Noah’s “Son of Patricia” and the Terror of Laughing at a Dick-Shaped Asteroid

The Hilarious Cruelty of the Old West in “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

In their latest venture, the Coen Brothers’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is an anthology of dark, comical tales from the American Old West. I found it hugely compelling, hilarious and thought-provoking in its analysis of life on the frontier, and at times a beautiful testament to Americana. One of the film’s major strengths is … Continue reading The Hilarious Cruelty of the Old West in “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”