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Wakemans UK Round – Up.
By: Gregory James Wakeman
Hello from the fresher, cleaner and greater side of the pond. We are still in the process of taking down our bunting, re-striffing our upper lips and drying our eyes, after the greatest day of all time.
Of course, I am referring to the Royal Wedding between Catherine the Commoner and Prince William of Aceness. An event of such enormous magnitude that it even caused Bin Laden to come out and die for the headlines again.
I have never been so proud and excited to call myself English. For you see their nuptial rite is the catalyst that will finally see the re-emergence of Great Britain as the worlds leading global power. All eyes were back on us baby, and this time we are not going to let them go. It’s going to take something a little bit bigger than nuclear annihilation to quiet down this imperial giant.
I can just see it now, The Queen and David Cameron, our Prime Minister before you all ask, standing on top of Obama’s corpse with Fish and Chips in one hand and a cup of tea in the other, all whilst quoting Shakespeare and staring deeply into each others eyes before they finally give in to temptation, embrace and make sweet love. That mental image is far more disturbing if you a) know what David Cameron looks like and b) know about his direly tiresome personality. Google it. Go on. I’ll give you some time ….
With the progress of my great country, I have decided that it is my duty to educate you, the American people in the finer things of the New Britain. And what better way for me to achieve this than by keeping you up to date with the comings of goings of British comedy. Please don’t send me the better ways in which I can achieve this.
So over the forthcoming weeks, months and possibly years, who knows this bitch could be long term, I plan to divulge every single ounce of information known to man about the U.K and its tremendous comedy scene.
I recognize that it has been a while since we were last on your radar, I know you had a little play fight to contend with avec Uncle Joe in Russia but that’s over now, so let me get you up to speed with what’s been going down.
I plan on providing in depth biography’s on the comedy greats that we have produced over the last 50 years including Tony Hancock, Spike Milligan, Ronnie Barker, Jasper Carrot, Billy Connelly and Dylan Moran. You have probably heard some of these names before, but I plan on going through the looking glass and providing an in depth revision of their performances and ask what them made so great, or I’ll just copy and paste the first paragraph I can find off Wikipedia.
We also have a plethora of festivals on the horizon that celebrate our famous sense of humour including the biggest in the world, Edinburgh that I shall report from whilst still attempting to maintain my sanity. All whilst providing an up to date report from the comedy clubs in London and Manchester and interviews with our most successful comedians.
As a devoted and passionate film aficionado, I also plan to provide more updates from the short film circuit as well as interviews from the powerful world of the British film industry. However when I say film industry basically I mean Richard Curtis and Hugh Grant.
Now with all this for you to ingest, I shall bid you adieu. Anyway we’re planning our next step for global domination, rumour has it that it involves a zombie Princess Diana. So just sit tight and wait for our invasion.
By: Greg Wakeman
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By Roz Browne
I recently had the pleasure of performing at The J Spot Comedy Club. In my opinion, it’s one of the best clubs for Comedy in Los Angeles.
Every time I’m at the J spot, I always wonder why more headlining Black Comedians don’t perform there. The usual answer I hear is that the location is bad. Well, as one who lived in Inglewood for years, not all areas in Inglewood are “bad”. I know they have bad areas in any city you visit but this not one of them. In fact, I don’t even think the club is in Inglewood. It could be Westchester. That’s just how close to the border line it is. So maybe saying Westchester adjacent instead of Inglewood would make a difference?? I don’t think so, 'cause it’s still on Manchester. And when you say, Manchester, most people think South Central, albeit Hood. Same thing.
But wait a minute. We’re not talking about the audience members coming to the club. At any given night, you can find the club packed with people waiting to laugh. We’re talking about the top rated comedians like Steve Harvey, Martin Lawrence and Chris Rock. How come they’re not coming down to the hood? So the next question is, are they going to any of the other clubs? And if so, which ones and why? Are they treated any differently in the white clubs then the black ones. Or maybe they don’t want to perform for their own kind? Ohh.. now I’m going deep here.
I did my own survey on why they’re not standing up. Here’s what some fellow comedians had to say:
“I would go to his club. Maybe he’s not reaching out to the right people”.
"Maybe he doesn’t pay like the white clubs do. It usually comes down to money. It’s the location too! Maybe they’re getting bad reports for that club and they’re just not going."
I don’t have the answer, but whatever it is they are losing out on performing for a great audience at a slamming club. Come now Steve, Monique, Martin, what are you waiting for? – Roz Browne
Roz Browne LA Comedy Award Nominee Comedian and Actress, Roz Browne was voted Boston’s Metro’s Favorite Comedian during the 2006 Boston Comedy Festival. Television appearances include NBC’s Outlaw, ABC’s The View, Comics Unleashed with Bryon Allen, Que Locos Comedy Jam, LifeTime TV, BET’s Comic View, The Best of Comic View and America’s Funniest People. She performs regularly at all of the major comedy clubs nationwide and was featured at the Toyota Comedy Festival in New York. She also produces the popular “Merry Wives of Comedy” Show.