DAAS stuff

Jan. 26th, 2017 06:11 am
kindkit: Paul McDermott and Tim Ferguson almost kissing (DAAS: Kiss me you fool)
1) Last night I watched this concert film of DAAS at Redlands Community College in Queensland. I'd never seen it before--last time I was fannish about DAAS, it wasn't on the internet. It was great to see routines I didn't know, even if a lot of it seemed like new pieces being tested that weren't fated to make the cut. The boys seemed to be having an off night as well. But all that means that the anarchic potential people say was characteristic of their live shows is much closer to the surface than in their more polished concert films. And if for nothing else, I must love it for the "sociology experiment" in which Paul selects a man from the audience and kisses him lengthily.

2) There's a moment in the song "I Love the French" when the boys shout out "baise mon cul." They probably thought they were saying "kiss my ass," but what it actually means is "fuck my ass."* I'm equally amused by the possibility that their ignorance of French turned an aggressive statement in a xenophobic song into a plea for some foreign lovin', and the possibility that they knew perfectly well what they were saying and it's some meta-ironic thing.


*Baiser is a notorious opportunity for French learners to embarrass themselves. As a noun, un baiser does indeed mean "a kiss." But the verb baiser means "to fuck."
kindkit: Paul McDermott and Tim Ferguson almost kissing (DAAS: Kiss me you fool)
Recently I rewatched some old Doug Anthony Allstars stuff and fell in love all over again.* I did some googling and discovered that DAAS have actually gotten back together**, with a new show that they performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and then toured.

I'm torn between joy (it's a fan's dream come true! it's the kind of thing that never happens, but it did!) and frustration that I'll never get to see them play live. Hopefully they'll release a DVD, anyway.

The new show, "Near Death Experiences," is apparently based around Tim Ferguson's worsening multiple sclerosis--he uses a wheelchair now--and the fact that they're all almost thirty years older. Where the old DAAS's favorite taboos to comedically break were sexual ones, now they're joking about illness, disability, aging, and mortality. Or in other words, the topics I am increasingly drawn to as I get older. I really, really want a DVD, oh yes.

Here's a pretty good interview with Tim:






A more group-focused piece in which Paul nearly loses his composure every time he's asked about his feelings for Tim:





And in case you're thinking "The Doug Anthony who with the what now?", have some clips from their days of youth and stardom. The second and third clips are HIGHLY NSFW.















*Seriously, we live in a world in which Donald Trump can be elected President of the US and yet I am still not Paul McDermott's boyfriend. How can this be?

**Sort of. Richard chose to keep his day job and was replaced on guitar by Paul Livingstone aka Flacco.
kindkit: Paul McDermott and Tim Ferguson almost kissing (DAAS: Kiss me you fool)
For the one or two of you who are interested in the Doug Anthony All Stars, there's a new article (basically good article, crappy title) about Tim Ferguson and his new stage show (about his experience of multiple sclerosis, which he was diagnosed with in the mid-1990s) here: In the Face of Adversity.
kindkit: Paul McDermott and Tim Ferguson almost kissing (DAAS: Kiss me you fool)
(Follow up from my last post.)

3. Paul McDermott/Tim Ferguson RPS (6700 words, not sexually explicit). I'm still attached to this fandom, but the unfinished part of the story was just too big and complicated, and I lost momentum. Do try to forgive the mawkishness of the ring scene at the very beginning (I'd have rewritten it to be less so), as some of what comes later, I rather like. Tim really did used to wear a claddagh ring (you can see it in Dead and Alive) and Paul at the same time was wearing a ring that looked similar but not identical.

click here to read )

4. My Beautiful Laundrette fic (Omar/Johnny, 500 words, nothing sexually explicit). This is the Yuletide 2010 story I started and couldn't finish, eventually dropping out of Yuletide.

click here to read )

I haven't included two substantial stalled WIPs that I still hope to finish (in Hot Fuzz and X-Men: First Class, both of which only need editing).
kindkit: Haddock and Tintin kissing; Haddock is in leather gear (Tintin: gay icon)
Ah, today is the first of two glorious days off in a row! (My days off are frequently not consecutive.)

Besides sleeping, I've also written about 1000 words in a fandom that has, at most, two people in it. And I'm contemplating a fill at [community profile] tintin_kinkmeme, where to my surprise there are several good stories and a number of prompts that make me want to write instead of tear my hair out.

Also, I have decided that today is Dead WIP Amnesty Day for me. So I'm going to post some fragments that are unfinished and will never be finished, but are not so terrible or so fragmentary that I want to consign them to hard-drive oblivion. These are first drafts, so read at your own risks of typos and other infelicities.


1. Unfinished Sanctuary story (Henry/Big Guy, teen, 5100 words, nothing sexually explicit). I started this during the mid-S3 hiatus, then it got jossed, then S4 of Sanctuary alienated me so much that I stopped watching and may not resume. Which is a shame, because I like how this one was going.

click here to read )

2. James May/Paul McDermott RPS (with implied unrequited James/Richard and previous Paul/Tim Ferguson), 1200 words, nothing sexually explicit. Top Gear is another fandom I think I'm done with, although I do have the urge sometimes to write about James May with non-TG men (e.g. Sim Oakley, Oz Clarke, or in this case Paul McDermott, formerly of DAAS fame).

click here to read )

More dead WIPs coming in a second post. This one can't get any longer if I'm to crosspost it to LJ successfully.
kindkit: Paul McDermott and Tim Ferguson almost kissing (DAAS: Kiss me you fool)
I've started watching QI again. I didn't watch it for a long time, because I got seriously disillusioned with Stephen Fry after he said/tweeted several failtastic things, and with the show after the epically awful "Girls and Boys" episode, which repeated a lot of stupid crap about gender rather than questioning "common knowledge" as QI is supposed to do. But I've returned; I do enjoy the format and the guests (especially permanent guest Alan Davies, plus folks like David Mitchell, Rich Hall, and Jo Brand, although she hasn't been on for a while). And I like Fry when he's not so far up himself that he goes stupid from lack of oxygen.

Returning to QI led me to other Brit panel shows, which led me to discover the truly delicious Liam Fox/Adam Werritty scandal (slash mark used advisedly). Here's a summary that's as short as I can make it )

On the subject of comedy news, I've finally brought myself to watch an episode of Good News World, the successor to the much-lamented Good News Week (an Australian news quiz show starring Paul McDermott). thoughts )

It probably says something (bad) about me that I'm more informed about Australian politics, and maybe UK politics as well, than US politics. I think that's because when it's happening in my own country, it's too depressing to bear. My country has slid so far to the right that (according to something I read in the New Yorker) people at Republican rallies have cheered for the idea of letting people without health insurance die. A good old graft-and-sex scandal would be light relief. (Unfortunately, the last sex scandal we had ended the career of a liberal who'd been awfully valuable on a lot of issues despite apparently being creepy in his personal life.)

A second factor is that UK and Australian comedy-news shows are funnier and include more gay. I'll bet Jon Stewart has never sung about his desire for Mitt Romney's manly bod.
kindkit: Paul McDermott and Tim Ferguson almost kissing (DAAS: Kiss me you fool)
I'm not sure how ranty these rants are, but I tried.

Spoilers are possible for any of the listed fandoms, although I've made huge/not ubiquitously known spoilers highlight-to-read.

[livejournal.com profile] brewsternorth asked about Raffles/Bunny )

[livejournal.com profile] biichan asked about Charles/Erik, X1-3 )

[livejournal.com profile] lilacsigil asked about Charles/Erik, XMFC )

[livejournal.com profile] executrix asked about Avon/Tarrant )

[livejournal.com profile] silver_sandals asked about Dax and Sisko, Deep Space 9 )

[livejournal.com profile] vandonovan asked about Spock/Uhura, any version )

[livejournal.com profile] ansketil_rose asked about Vetinari/Drumknott, Discworld )

[livejournal.com profile] mcicioni asked about Robbie Lewis/Laura Hobson, Lewis )

[livejournal.com profile] halotolerant asked about Tim Ferguson/Paul McDermott, Australian comedy RPS )

[livejournal.com profile] lady_twatterby asked about Holmes/Watson )
kindkit: Paul McDermott and Tim Ferguson almost kissing (DAAS: Kiss me you fool)
In his latest Q and A, Tim Ferguson says he's stalking Paul McDermott.

Never before have I been quite so pleased to hear about a stalker. *grins*
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (Airship)
Er, it's been a while since I've made a fannish post, hasn't it? My job and other things have kept me pretty busy for a while.

I'm still all about the RPF at the moment. In a way it's not that surprising: over the last few years I've been feeling increasingly dissatisfied with scripted media, because too often, stories I start out loving go horribly wrong. More on RPF versus scripted fandoms )
kindkit: Paul McDermott and Tim Ferguson almost kissing (DAAS: Kiss me you fool)
The With Tim Ferguson blog has just posted a brief Tim Q&A. And, okay, I'm not unaware that there's probably some irony in this answer, like all the other answers, but Tim's response to the "entertainer I most admire" question still made me go awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (DAAS: Paul oops)
Brought to you mostly by this evening's viewing of Top Gear (from 2005) and Good News Week (from 1998).

cut to spare the uninterested )

fic rec

Oct. 30th, 2010 09:48 pm
kindkit: Paul McDermott and Tim Ferguson almost kissing (DAAS: Kiss me you fool)
I have managed to lure the amazing [livejournal.com profile] halotolerant into the DAAS fandom, yay! And she's written a wonderful ficlet, The World's Coolest Walking Stick (Paul/Tim, rated teen, set after Tim's July 2010 appearance on Good News Week). One of the things I love about this story is the way it deals with Tim's disability--showing it as a factor in Tim's life that's always there but also isn't the only thing about him, rather than (as is all too common in stories about disabled characters) using it as a pretext for angst or ignoring it if the author finds it inconvenient. The story is also a powerful look at missed opportunities and second chances.
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (DAAS: Paul oops)
Discovered tonight: this transcript of Andrew Denton interviewing Paul McDermott for GQ magazine in about 1996/97. The whole thing is gold, but I particularly call your attention to this bit, in which Denton has been asking Paul question after question about sex on tour:
Q: [I]t seems to me, and this is why I've always envied you the touring life, much as I know it's also a dog's life, the great thing about being three handsome young lads who are the centre of attention is that basically you must pull the chicks.

A: Yeah, well, you pull a lot of people. I mean, you know, let's not be gender specific.
I'd heard that Paul had once said something like this, but as no one could seem to remember exactly where and when he said it, I chalked it up as another internet rumor.

Interestingly, Paul goes on to talk about how uncomfortable he often was with casual sex. (And no, he doesn't sound like he's joking.) There's also a lot in the interview about what Denton calls Paul's discomfort with his own existence; a number of Paul's answers make him sound quite depressed. Which killed some of my glee over "let's not be gender specific," I must admit.

The interview feels incredibly open and honest, perhaps because Paul had known Andrew Denton for some years and presumably trusted him more than some random journalist. And it does get a bit more cheerful at the end when Paul talks about watching Xena: Warrior Princess and playing Tomb Raider instead of watching the Logies. *hearts him*
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (DAAS: ensemble with diva!Paul)
I've been spending entirely too much time acquiring pictures of the Doug Anthony All Stars, so here's a picspam as attempted justification. These are all snagged from the web; I didn't create any of them and I don't own any of them. Well, except the shirtless screencap, which is mine, I tell you, MINE! *guards screencap with absurd jealousy* *not really*

These are uploaded onto tinypic.com, and heaven knows how long they'll stay there, so save any you want to see again. And if you have other pictures, please feel very very very welcome to post them in the comments!

images behind the cut )

guh

Oct. 22nd, 2010 12:06 am
kindkit: Paul McDermott and Tim Ferguson almost kissing (DAAS: Kiss me you fool)
I'm watching the 2010 MICF Great Debate, and I just got to the bit spoilers, I guess? )
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (DAAS: Paul loves you)
Watching the recent Great Debates from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival has made me crave Paul McDermott/Stephen K. Amos slash. Even more after I googled Amos and found out that he's gay.

The 2009 debate, "Money is the Root of All Evil," was wonderful. Paul and Stephen on the same team, yay! And Rich Hall was brilliant. And besides all the great stuff from the comedians, there were three cute young people in the front row wearing t-shirts that said "rigor mortis makes me hard."

(Explanatory clip below for those thinking "What. The. Fuck?")


uh oh

Oct. 17th, 2010 03:46 pm
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (Frost and Pegg: BFFs)
One of the good things about becoming interested in an RPF fandom or two is that there's the potential for endless canon. It helps offset my tendency to devour the entirety of a fandom (canon and fanfic) in about two weeks and then get bored.

One of the bad things is that you find yourself thinking, "Huh, maybe I should get a Twitter account after all."

*headdesk*

I promise I will never use it for evil (e.g., posting about what I had for lunch). I'll probably never post anything at all. But for a long time I've vaguely wanted to follow Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and yesterday I learned that Richard Fidler (formerly of DAAS) has a Twitter; that was the tipping point.

Unfortunately, there'll probably be ice skating in hell (on the road paved with frozen lawyers, natch1) before Paul McDermott gets a Twitter. But I can hope.


1Good Omens. If you haven't read it, you're missing out.
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (DAAS: Paul loves you)
The other day I watched the "Ignorance is Bliss" debate from the 2007 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. In his opening speech, Paul McDermott mentions a study by a Professor Dawson Langbein (sp?) of the University of Ottawa, and describes it using a lot of impressive-sounding jargon about the hypothalamus, etc. Now, being me, I googled. There's no such person as Professor Dawson Langbein; however, a number of DAAS skits give Tim's full name as Timothy Dawson Langbein Ferguson. (Whether that's actually true, I have no idea.)

reasons why I find this tremendously entertaining )
kindkit: Paul McDermott and Tim Ferguson almost kissing (DAAS: Kiss me you fool)
1) It was National Coming Out Day today (technically yesterday now), which means it's the one year anniversary of my coming out as a trans man. And hey, one year later, I'm still trans! Hooray! (One of my issues has been the fear that I was somehow deceiving myself and would change my mind. I haven't, and I feel a lot more certain and comfortable in my identity than I did a year ago.)

2) I'm taking the GRE tomorrow (er, today, actually, starting in about 10 hours). Wish me luck. I'm less nervous than I was a couple of days ago, because in the meantime I've done respectably enough on the math section of a practice test. Looking forward to getting the damn thing over with and forgetting the Pythagorean Theorem all over again.

3) As the new television seasons begin in the US and the UK, I'm watching . . . old Australian comedy. The Doug Anthony All Stars, of course (here they are in The Big Gig [start at the top of the playlist on the right and scroll down], and here's a fantastic live performance [use the playlist again, but start with part 2, as Flacco is an acquired taste], and here are links to their surreal and amazing comedy/science fiction/fantasy show DAAS Kapital), and DAAS-related stuff like Good News Week (which is all over YouTube) and The Sideshow (ditto). Even the beautiful Tim Ferguson may not be enough to make me watch more than one episode of Funky Squad, alas, but I was oddly charmed by the episode of Don't Forget Your Toothbrush that I watched on YouTube. Tim in a pink suit thwacking cakes with a golf club and spraying the audience with the bits, what's not to love?

I've also been branching out beyond DAAS, mostly based on which Good News Week guests I like most (in no particular order: Fiona O'Loughlin, Josh Thomas, Jimeoin, Frank Woodley, Stephen K. Amos, Julia Morris). I started watching The Adventures of Lano and Woodley because I saw Colin Lane talking about his split from comedy partner Frank Woodley after 20 years of working together as though he'd just gone through a heartwrenching divorce; yes, I do pick shows based on the likely level of male/male homoeroticism, and yes, Lano and Woodley has so far quite fulfillled my expectations. It's not my usual style of comedy--I like verbal humor best--but the guys' love/hate/tolerance is adorable, and Frank Woodley in particular does physical comedy so well that I can see the art in it.

Oh, how I hope one or two of you lot will start watching this stuff too, so that we can talk about it! And also so that there can be DAAS fanfic for Yuletide! *makes puppy eyes*

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