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A friend loaned me a DVD “I’m Alan Partridge,” a classic British comedy that nobody in America’s ever heard of. His character is the subject of a movie that’s playing soon at the New York Film Festival.
It’s very, very funny. My inital observation is that Steve Carell, in The Office, must have been cribbing more from Steve Coogan, a.k.a Alan Partridge, than from Ricky Gervais of the original “Office.” Carell’s awkward man-child is pure Partridge.
The only problem with “I’m Alan Partridge” is the canned laugh track, which must have seemed obligatory when it premiered in 1997. Presumably the movie avoids this problem, which I’ll verify later this month.
It’s been an improv-heavy weekend; 2 classes and 3 shows–one of which I participated in! No, I don’t want to be an actor. But you know how coordinated adults sometimes join softball leagues? I think improv fills that same social/leisure need for awkward nerds.
Anyway, here’s my attempt at drawing my favorite improviser, Colin Mochrie.
Apparently every NBC radio star posed with a microphone.
(On the plus side, I was being creative this weekend. On the minus side, it was nerdy computer stuff that didn’t involve drawing.)