Sunday night brought the highly anticipated Robot Chicken Star Wars Special, featuring the voice of George Lucas himself! (and Mark Hamill, Ahmed Best and Malcolm McDowell as the Imperial Commander). It was quite the funniest half-hour of television I've seen this year. It clearly was made by people who have a huge affection for the films, but aren't averse to poking a bit of fun at them.
Fair play to George Lucas for allowing this, and for taking part.
The Chaser is a topical Australian comedy programme on ABC. It originated from a popular satirical newspaper which hit the headlines when they published Australian Prime Minister John Howard's private, unlisted home phone number on their front page.
Their current award-winning TV show, The Chaser's War on Everything is deemed so subversive that during Dick Cheney's visit to Australia in 2007, The Chaser team were included on the official list of terrorists, anarchists and protesters deemed to pose a threat to the US Vice-President.
This week the team decided to test what happen when an American tourist films a bridge and a nuclear facility, and what happens when a pantomime-style Arab tries the same. The results are predictable, but still extraordinary.
The US Senate has voted to approve a bill which requires US troops to start withdrawing from Iraq by October.
The Senate voted 51 to 46 in favour of the bill, which
makes $100bn (£50bn) in further funding for the war conditional on a
timetable for withdrawal. It says the pull-out must start by 1 October this year, and sets a target of completion by 31 March 2008. President George Bush has said he will veto bill.
This tenous link is to point you in the direction of American satirist Roy Zimmerman. Zimmerman performed the song "Chickenhawk" (below), an indictment of those who think militarism is a fine idea as long as they and no one they know has to be directly involved, at the counter-events to the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City.
Comedy news website NewsBiscuit is well worth checking out. A "science" story this week had me in tears...
UK fusion scientists ‘just messing about now’
"A report into the JET nuclear research project at Culham has revealed that some of the greatest minds in nuclear physics have effectively stopped any sort of productive research and are now just having ‘a bit of a laugh’.
However, without proper supervision and knowing that the whole project will shortly be moved to France, the scientists have been using the space for games of ‘nuclear football’ and have been bringing in their electric guitars to ‘check out the wicked acoustics".