The third series of the Sarah Silverman Program started earlier this month in the States. And to coincide with that comes her first cd on March 2nd. This soundtrack to the show contains music from all three seasons. From Our Rears To Your Ears contains ninety nine tracks, including the songs Cookie Party, Poop Song, Humanitarian and Penis In Your Mind, as well as many classic excerpts from the show.
The Sarah Silverman Program airs on Comedy Central. It’s a sort of satirical sitcom following the life of Sarah and her friends and family. Quite often bizarre and surreal in it’s approach, it often touches on subjects that most comedians would steer clear of, including religion, racism and sex. Political Correctness is certainly not something you’ll find in the show, or her very popular stand up comedy routines. As if to keep with the surrealism of the show, her onscreen sister is played her real life sister, Laura Silverman. The rest of the main cast are made up of Laura’s boyfriend Officer Jay McPherson, and Sarah’s neighbours. They are a gay couple called Brian and Steve who are a couple of pot-smoking geeks.
A huge success in the States, it performed well in the ratings as well as drawing lots of critical acclaim. And as it’s popularity grew, so did the list of famous people lining up to appear on it. Season Two saw guest spots from Christopher Eccleston (spoofing his role as Doctor Who), Matt Berry and Rich Fulcher (from The Mighty Boosh), and spectacled singer, Lisa Loeb. One of my favourite episodes was when Sarah started running over any Osama Bin Laden lookalikes (who she thought were the real thing) with her car. The result being a hospital ward full of injured people with long, grey beards. Also very funny, but likely to offend some people, was her meeting God, and embarking on a romantic relationship with him. Not to mention what happened nine months later…
Although not quite the household name, you may have seen Sarah in a long and accomplished tv and film career. She appeared in There’s Something About Mary and School Of Rock, to name but two. If you’ve never seen the show before, try checking it out. The third season should be coming to Comedy Central very soon. The first two are available on dvd from most outlets (Season Two only in the US for now). And of course if you’re a fan of the songs, don’t forget From Our Rears To Your Ears. Comedy cds made something of a resurgence with Flight Of The Conchords. And although Sarah’s songs are perhaps more childlike in their style, they should still have you laughing time and time again.
US TV comedy Arrested Development, the story of the dysfunctional Bluth family, reached it’s conclusion on Netflix just weeks ago. Did it go out in a blaze of glory? I’d have to say no. It limped towards the finishing line as if it had a false leg. Not the false hand belonging to one of the main the characters, Buster Bluth. The show’s first three seasons on Fox received huge critical acclaim. However the shows’s fourth and fifth series on Netflix have received lukewarm receptions from fans and tv critics alike. Early Days Arrested Development first aired on the Fox
It’s been announced that the next (third) series of US hit show Glee will be moving from it’s current home of E4 to one of BSkyB’s pay channels. This comes after Channel 4 backed out of a bidding war for the show. Sources claim that Sky have paid around twice what was currently being paid for each episode to it’s US distributor, Twentieth Century Fox. Current viewing figures for the second season have dipped slightly (to around the two million mark). But it is still one of the broadcaster’s biggest shows on the digital tv platform. Many will not care
Living legend and papier-mÃ¢chÃ© headed Frank Sidebottom has just released a new compilation on Cherry Red Records called E, F, G & H. It’s a long overdue follow up to his first compilation for the label A, B, C & D – The Best Of, which was first released in 1997. Featuring 31 tracks, E, F, G & H sees Frank perform fantastic versions of classics by The Smiths, Kylie, Bros, Queen and The Sex Pistols. In addition to other hits and new tracks written by Frank himself. Frank has been an ace entertainer in the showbiz world since the