Anglonerd Magazine

By Jaime Pond | Nerdy British TV and comedy for Americans

18 Things We Learned about Labyrinth from an old Script

On June 27, 1986, Jim Henson‘s <b>Labyrinth</b> was released in the U.S. It starred rockstar David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, who has gone on to do …

Doctor Who: 10 Best “Cabin in the Woods” Episodes

In season 9’s <b>Under the Lake</b><i>,</i> someone tells the Doctor that he can stay here and do the “Cabin in the Woods” thing, but the rest of them are getting …

Behind the Scenes, The Alternative Comedy Experience

Four comedians talk about their experiences in <b>The Alternative Comedy Experience</b>, a recording of alternative Fringe Festival acts, put together by …

Kes

I admit that I rented the 1969 film <i>Kes</i> (by mail order from Facets in Chicago) because I’d heard Ricky Gervais on the radio laughing at Karl …

Entertainment

More Trees to Climb

You’ve heard of office romances, but what if your office is a tree? The protagonist in <b>Coelacanth</b><i>,</i> named after a deep sea fish who is unchanged over …

A Film with Me in It

<b>A Film with Me in It</b> (2008) stars Dylan Moran and Mark Doherty. Just when the luck of screenwriter Mark (Doherty) seems to have run out, everyone …

Sean and Jon Go West

If you’ve ever seen the panel show <b>8 Out of 10 Cats</b><i>,</i> you’ve wished for a road trip movie starring the two team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson. …

Burke & Hare

Had high hopes for this one. With a cast of favorites–Simon Pegg, Jessica Hynes, and Andy Serkis–and an all-star supporting cast, they had me sold on …

10 Facts or Lies About Nick Frost

Nick Frost’s autobiography <b>Truths, Half Truths, and Little White Lies</b> was the most surprising biography I’ve read to date. It starts out giving …

Extras

Andy Millman (Gervais) is an actor. Okay, he’s an extra, but he aspires to be an actor. Hell, Andy aspires just to get his face in the frame. He …

Sightseers

At the first sight of blood spurting from the tire-tread neck of the litterer her new boyfriend ran over with his RV, Tina should have foreseen that …

When the Professor Got Stuck in the Snow

I bought <b>When the Professor Got Stuck in the Snow</b> <i></i>by Dan Rhodes off the internet when I kept hearing it recommended by comedians or writers I admire: …

Atheism

Science, Ricky Gervais Live IV

If you’re looking for a standup set about science, you’re better off with Robin Ince’s <b>Happiness Through Science</b> DVD than Ricky Gervais’ <b>Science</b> DVD …

Comedy

Orphan Black, season 4

In the season 1 premier or <b>Orphan Black</b>, Beth Childs jumped in front of a train. We knew that Beth was a cop, and we knew that she knew that she was a …

TV

The Best of Wodehouse

I have, with no small effort, finished reading The Modern Library’s <b>Best of Wodehouse: An Anthology</b>. I received this rather well-bound volume birthday …

Literature

Kevin Eldon Will See You Now

Where can you find Neil Armstrong, Banksy, David Bowie, Uri Geller, and a fire alarm enthusiast all in one place? It’s comedian Kevin Eldon’s 2012 …

Comedy

Then & Now: Cluub Zarathustra

What is Cluub Zarathustra? Read Robert Wringham’s very excellent book <i>You Are Nothing</i>.<p>In 1994, comedian Simon Munnery started a comedy group in …

Son of Rambow

Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) is a good little boy with a religious mother (Jessica Hynes) who isn’t even allowed to watch television and movies. What …

TV

Skellig

Michael (Bill Milner), his father (John Simm), and his pregnant mother (Kelly Macdonald) have just moved into a new home, making way for Michael’s …

Entertainment

Murder Mysteries by Neil Gaiman

There’s been a murder in Heaven. The first murder. The first sin, in fact. Recounted to a human of the modern era, angel Raguel narrates a murder …

Neil Gaiman

Houdini & Doyle

<i>Guest post: Jerry Peterson</i><p>Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini were, in real life, friends.<p>But the friendship ran aground when Houdini debunked a …

TV

Doctor Who: Hell Bent

After a disappointing season 8, <b>Doctor Who</b> season 9 was fairly impressive. Though still held together with the same flawed logic and last minute …

Hyperdrive

The year is 2151, and starship Camden Lock is voyaging around the galaxy, spreading Britishness. Does this mean conquering new worlds to expand the …

TV

10 Maddest Moments of Mad Dogs

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the premier of the UK version of <b>Mad Dogs</b><i>.</i> To celebrate, here are the ten maddest moments of <b>Mad Dogs</b><i>,</i> which …

TV

My Life in Film

Art (Marshall) is an aspiring film scriptwriter who has trouble coping with reality–that reality being that he’s not a successful scriptwriter (or …