• Top Gov

    Obama, Joe, John, and Sarah all hit the skies in tribute to the classic flick Top Gun. Enjoy the latest Supernews blockbuster entitled “Top Gov”. Obama, Joe, John, and Sarah all hit the skies in tribute to the classic flick Top Gun. Enjoy the latest Supernews blockbuster entitl… more

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  • Current: We’re in your iTunes, take us with you!

    Have you heard of the Apple iTunes store? Of course you have. Did you know that you can download television shows, movies, and music from the iTunes store? Ummm, duh!

    Have you ever asked yourself, “Self, why can’t I download my favorite pods from Current so I can watch them any time I want?”

    If you have, well then today is your day. Believe it or not, we’ve been working tirelessly to get this little venture out the gate, but the time has finally come — Current is available on iTunes. That means you can now subscribe to podcasts of our shows, sync them to your favorite Apple device, and take us with you wherever you go.

    Let me tell you, it’s been a thrill watching our stuff on my iPhone during the morning and evening commutes. Oh, and the best part? All of this is FREE!

    We’re starting things off with six different shows to subscribe to:

    – Vanguard
    – SuperNews
    – infoMania: Tech Report
    – infoMania: Viral Video Film School
    – Street Styles
    – Best of Current TV

    Did we mention this is FREE?? 🙂

    We’ll be adding more shows over time, so stay tuned. For those of you who are Sarah Haskins/Target Women fans, make sure you subscribe to Best of Current TV.

    You can check us out on iTunes here: http://itunes.com/CurrentTV

    Let us know what you think!

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  • Internet Porn & You

    The internet’s potential is endless. We now use the internet for business, communicate, shopping and of course to access the world of internet porn. While websites come and go the one constant online is that people (and we won’t name names here) can’t seem to get enough adult entertainment online. In this special episode of SuperNews we take a closer look at Internet Porn & You. The internet’s potential is endless. We now use the internet for business, communicate, shopping and of course to access the worl… more

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  • Supernews Does The Internet

    In the name of science, SuperNews producer Josh Faure-Brac has decided to attempt the unthinkable and go without access to the internet for 24 hours. Is this sort of reckless abandon still possible or safe? Or funny? Watch SuperNews do the internet like never before and find out whether Josh has what it takes to survive offline in this Super Block. In the name of science, SuperNews producer Josh Faure-Brac has decided to attempt the unthinkable and go without access to the interne… more

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  • McCain’s VP Rejects

    Who else was John McCain considering for vice president? SuperNews brings you exclusive footage of John McCain calling the rejects and giving them the bad news… Who else was John McCain considering for vice president? SuperNews brings you exclusive footage of John McCain calling the rejects and… more

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  • Uncle Sam & 911

    9/11 has had an effect on all of us but perhaps none more so than Uncle Sam. In this episode of SuperNews, we see a heart to heart discussion between them that was looooong overdue. 9/11 has had an effect on all of us but perhaps none more so than Uncle Sam. In this episode of SuperNews, we see a heart to heart dis… more

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    1 hour ago

  • Socrates on Phelps

    Forget about Bob Costas, here is some real expert analysis of the Beijing games from two guys who know what this ancient event is all about. Watch Plato and Socrates break down the modern Olympic Games in this episode of SuperNews. Forget about Bob Costas, here is some real expert analysis of the Beijing games from two guys who know what this ancient event is all … more

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  • Gates vs. Jobs: The Game! Promo

    You are in control of the destinies of Bill Gates or Steve Jobs as they square off in the clean-white virtual world of the iconic Mac ads. You are in control of the destinies of Bill Gates or Steve Jobs as they square off in the clean-white virtual world of the iconic Mac … more

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  • Mugged At The Gas Station

    Ever feel like you’re getting mugged at the gas station by high oil prices? Well, in this episode of SuperNews that literally happens to an unsuspecting couple. For reals… Ever feel like you’re getting mugged at the gas station by high oil prices? Well, in this episode of SuperNews that literally ha… more

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  • Behind The Scenes Tour: Current’s LA Office

    What do we do when we’re not in front of the camera? Check out this tour of Current’s LA offices and see for yourself…

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  • Discuss Gates vs. Jobs: The Game!

    What do you think of the game? Give us feedback and talk about your mad fighting skillz here!

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  • Hipsters in Space

    Ready to take your hipster-ism to the final frontier? Then come along with Captain Art School and company as they traverse beyond the atmosphere to the coolest place on earth: SPACE. Join us on an adventure worth blogging about, with a special guest appearance by none other than STEVE AOKI. Ready to take your hipster-ism to the final frontier? Then come along with Captain Art School and company as they traverse beyond the… more

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  • American Ap-perv-el

    Do you love Dov? Dov Charney is the man behind the company American Apparel, which he thinks represents the American Dream. But does it? SuperNews investigates the man, the company and the philosophy behind Dov Charney? Do you love Dov? Dov Charney is the man behind the company American Apparel, which he thinks represents the American Dream. But does i… more

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  • Social Networking Wars

    Think social networking sites are fun and useful? See what happens when things get a little out of control for one social networker who might just be over the whole social network thing. Let the social networking wars begin! Think social networking sites are fun and useful? See what happens when things get a little out of control for one social networker wh… more

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  • Texting Your Way To Love

    Times have changed. The eloquently written love notes of yesteryear probably won’t get you very far these days when it comes to serenading that special someone. Want to learn how to be a text messaging Cassanova? Watch this Super News pod and you too can be Texting Your Way To Love in no time. Times have changed. The eloquently written love notes of yesteryear probably won’t get you very far these days when it comes to s… more

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  • Blue Collar Hillary

    Elitist! Hillary Clinton gets up in arms to show rural America that she understands working class issues. So grab some camo or cling to your religion cause it is hunting season in this Super Short from the SuperNews team! Elitist! Hillary Clinton gets up in arms to show rural America that she understands working class issues. So grab some camo or cling t… more

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  • Spitzer Blows It

    Governor Eliot Spitzer has resigned from office after being identified
    as a client of a high price prostitution service. SuperNews takes us
    to the scene to get the real scoop.
    Governor Eliot Spitzer has resigned from office after being identified … more

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  • The Hills // Comment Picked for TV

    Cheers to AshleyMaria for her candid web cam response.

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  • The Democratic Messiah?

    Who will reign victorious as the true leader of the Democratic tribe? Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton face-off in this episode of SuperNews. Who will reign victorious as the true leader of the Democratic tribe? Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton face-off in this episode of Sup… more

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  • “Rambo vs. Terror” Pt. 3

    The race is on to stop Osama from blowing up the moon. Will Rambo make it in time to stop Osama and his crew from carrying out this atrocious crime? Find out in the third and final episode of this epic action drama. The race is on to stop Osama from blowing up the moon. Will Rambo make it in time to stop Osama and his crew from carrying out this at… more

Overview


Filmography

Writer:
  1. “SuperNews!” (61 episodes, 2005-2008)
    SuperNews Does the Internet (2008) TV episode (written by)
    Mugged at the Gas Station (2008) TV episode (written by)
    Hipsters in Space (2008) TV episode (written by)
    American Ap-perv-el (2008) TV episode (written by)
    Social Networking Wars (2008) TV episode (written by)
    (56 more)
  2. “ILL-ustrated” (2003) TV series (unknown episodes)
    … aka VH-1’s ILL-ustrated (USA: complete title)
Director:
  1. “SuperNews!” (61 episodes, 2005-2008)
    Mugged at the Gas Station (2008) TV episode
    Hipsters in Space (2008) TV episode
    American Ap-perv-el (2008) TV episode
    Social Networking Wars (2008) TV episode
    Texting Your Way to Love (2008) TV episode
    (56 more)
Actor:
  1. “SuperNews!” …. George W. Bush / … (47 episodes, 2006-2008)
    Mugged at the Gas Station (2008) TV episode (voice) …. Darren
    Hipsters in Space (2008) TV episode (voice)
    American Ap-perv-el (2008) TV episode (voice)
    Social Networking Wars (2008) TV episode (voice)
    Texting Your Way to Love (2008) TV episode (voice)
    (42 more)
  2. “ILL-ustrated” (2003) TV series …. Various Characters (unknown episodes)
    … aka VH-1’s ILL-ustrated (USA: complete title)
  3. “Boarding House: North Shore” (2003) TV series …. Narrator
  4. Max, 13 (1999) …. Camera Store Clerk
Animation Department:
  1. “SuperNews!” (character designer) (13 episodes, 2007-2008) (animator) (7 episodes, 2006)
    Hipsters in Space (2008) TV episode (character designer)
    American Ap-perv-el (2008) TV episode (character designer)
    Social Networking Wars (2008) TV episode (character designer)
    Super Short: Blue Collar Hillary (2008) TV episode (character designer)
    The Democratic Messiah? (2008) TV episode (character designer)
    (15 more)
Producer:
  1. “SuperNews!” (producer) (13 episodes, 2006-2008)
    Mugged at the Gas Station (2008) TV episode (producer)
    Becks Strikes the USA (2007) TV episode (producer)
    A Very Dubya Halloween (2007) TV episode (producer)
    My Dinner with Bill O. (2007) TV episode (producer)
    Oh That Mahmoud (2007) TV episode (producer)
    (8 more)
Soundtrack:
  1. “SuperNews!” (1 episode, 2007)
    Goodbye, Mr. Rove (2007) TV episode (performer: “Against All Odds”)
  2. Hollywood: Wild in the Streets (1999) (V) (writer: “Booze Up and Riot”)
    … aka Hollywood Raw! Wild on the Streets! (UK: video box title)
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Ash Atalla – producer

October 19, 2008

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Ash Atalla (born 1972) is an Egyptian television producer responsible for producing several British TV series such as The IT Crowd (in which he has cameoed), The Office and Man Stroke Woman. He has also made cameo appearances in productions such as Ricky Gervais‘ Politics. Atalla made his first appearance on TV in 1999, when he starred in a documentary charting the lives of several disabled people. In 2007, Atalla set up Roughcut TV, an independent production company. Atalla and Roughcut will produce Trinity for ITV2 in 2008.[1]

Atalla developed polio as a baby, and emigrated to London due to his father’s job constrictions.[1] It was Atalla who played a major role in getting The Office on the air, a risky decision which would ultimately prove to be a success.

THE PRODUCER of the hit television show The Office has quit the BBC to join the independent company behind rival comedies such as Bo Selecta! and Da Ali G Show.

Ash Atalla, 31, regarded as one of Britain’s best comedy producers, has taken the corporation by surprise by leaving to join Talkback Thames.

But, as the news was revealed, it also emerged that the BBC was trying to poach the star comedy writer Armando Iannucci who, with Steve Coogan, is responsible for the award-winning Talkback production I’m Alan Partridge.

A BBC spokeswoman said the corporation was “in talks” with Mr Iannucci – who worked for the BBC before going freelance to work for Talkback in 1999 – but would not disclose details of what was being offered. “It is way too early at this stage,” she said.

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Mr Atalla who, for the past six months, has been the commissioning executive for comedy at the BBC, has a long relationship with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the co-writers of The Office.

In an interview with The Independent yesterday, he suggested he would be looking to commission work from the award-winning scriptwriters after he leaves the BBC.

Mr Atalla said: “Good writing is gold dust in my industry and I think they are exceptionally good. So of course I won’t be deleting their numbers from my Sim card.”

The producer is today flying to Hollywood to attend the Golden Globes ceremony, at which The Office is nominated for two awards.

Mr Atalla said: “I am in a wheelchair and I have been pushing up and down the same bit of corridor for seven years. I know every chip in the wall and every crack in the skirting board. I feel the need to keep myself fresh.”

Mr Atalla has been credited with playing an important role in changing the way disabled people are portrayed on television, although he stresses good comedy is his main concern.

Peter Fincham, chief executive officer at Talkback Thames, described Mr Atalla as “one of the most talented producers working in comedy today”. He said: “Ash is very interested in half-hour narrative comedy and that’s fantastic for us. Talkback has a rich comedy tradition but it’s tended to be more in sketch shows like Smack the Pony and formatted comedy like Never Mind The Buzzcocks.”

Mr Atalla said that his relationship with the BBC was far from over and that he hoped the corporation would soon be commissioning some of his Talkback projects.

Jon Plowman, the BBC’s head of comedy entertainment and the man who commissioned The Office, said yesterday that he was confident that Mr Atalla would work with him again.

Mr Plowman said: “Ash has been a great asset to the BBC, not just in his production of The Office, and I wish him well in his new role.”

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Disabled comedy aired by BBC

Paul McCann Media Editor

THE BBC is to stretch the boundaries of comedy with a new sketch show written and performed by the disabled called Yes Sir, I Can Boogie.

The new show, which will also have some able-bodied writers and performers, includes such gags as a limbless odd-job man. It will be broadcast next month on Radio 4 and the BBC hopes it will do for the disabled what the award-winning Goodness Gracious Me did for British Asians, by showing disability in a mainstream and funny way.

The show’s comedy comes from a surreal take on the world. The producer Ash Atalla, who is himself in a wheelchair, emphasises that the comedy in the programme comes ahead of tackling disabled issues: “I’ve never really identified with the disability programmes that have been on in the past, they’re all too whingey, too negative. I just think it better to use the slot to make a good show.” Mr Atalla says the show does not make fun of disability, but he expects criticism from some disability campaigners.

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Man Stroke Woman

October 17, 2008

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Man Stroke Woman
Format British Sketch Show
Starring Nick Frost
Amanda Abbington
Ben Crompton
Daisy Haggard
Meredith MacNeill
Nicholas Burns
Country of origin Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
No. of episodes 12 (2 Series)
Production
Running time 30 mins
Broadcast
Original channel BBC Three
Original airing 2005 onwards
External links
Official website
IMDb profile

Man Stroke Woman is a comedy sketch show directed by Richard Cantor and produced by Ash Atalla and starring Amanda Abbington, Ben Crompton, Daisy Haggard, Meredith MacNeill, Nicholas Burns and Nick Frost. As well as being broadcast on digital channel BBC Three, all the episodes were available for streaming from the BBC website. Series 2 started in January 2007 and are also available for streaming from the BBC website.

There is no studio audience or laugh track.

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  • A woman (Abbington) who appears in front of her husband (Burns) wearing an ensemble which includes one ludicrous item of clothing (e.g. a hat which floats six inches above her head or a top emblazoned with red lights spelling out the word “WHORE”). She asks her husband how she looks, and he tries to tell her—as tactfully as possible—what is wrong with the outfit (“The dress is. .. just a little. .. loud?”). She then responds “You can never just say I look nice, can you?”
  • A man (Crompton) who has recently been dumped by his girlfriend (Haggard). He sees her in various locations and, after starting a conversation with her, bursts in to tears, and begins to speak unintelligibly through his sobs. The rest of the episode cuts back to this sketch as the ex-girlfriend tries to guess what he’s saying.
  • Two workers at a cosmetics counter in a department store (Haggard and Abbington), and their boss (MacNeill). A customer will walk up to the counter and ask for assistance. The women behind the counter behave very rudely in a childish fashion (e.g. by repeating what the customer says, or by surreptitiously making rude hand gestures) while trying to hold back their laughter. The customer asks them to stop, and eventually asks to see their manager, who appears and behaves in exactly the same way until the customer walks off.
  • A young father (Burns) who is talking to his baby son Josh (who is off-camera) about the activity that they are currently undertaking (e.g. cooking a roast chicken, burying a dead cat, putting bottles in a bottle bank). His wife then appears and asks where Josh is. We then see that in the place where you would expect a baby (e.g. push chair/high chair), is the object that you would expect the initial activity to be performed on (e.g. an uncooked chicken, a dead cat, a pile of bottles, a Rugby ball). The dad then shifts nervously.
  • Two friends (Crompton and Frost) are together in public, where they encounter some totally normal activity (e.g. fishing, dancing). Crompton enquires as to what the activity is, and the surprised Frost explains it, clearly disconcerted by his friend’s lack of knowledge of this basic activity. Crompton invariably asks when this started, the reply inevitably being, “while back”. Further in the conversation, Frost mentions a noun related to this activity, still very mundane (e.g. music, fish), to which Crompton replies “what the fuck is a [noun]?!” The conversation continues for a short while, before Crompton says, “Do I look like an idiot?”, and Frost smiles and admits defeat, as if this activity really were non-existent.
  • Two friends (Crompton and Frost) are participating in some unsavoury activity in which they seem out of place (e.g. aerobics, sumo wrestling). After a particularly unpleasant or dull incident, Crompton looks accusingly at Frost and says, “You said there’d be girls here!”
  • A man (Burns) who is often asked for things that he doesn’t want to give (such as the final figures for his boss from a report he hasn’t done, or his mobile number from an annoying girl). He ends up repeating the number 4 until the right number of digits has been reached. The other party never seems to understand that he is lying.

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  • A woman who phones a police call centre where her friend works, and pretends to need the police. She then recounts a story — usually a thinly-disguised fairy tale — before collapsing in giggles, maybe trying to convince her friend to come home. The woman pretends that she is coming, but then goes on to another call.
  • A couple (Frost & MacNeill) participate in some sexual roleplay, with the woman wearing a different kinky uniform in each sketch. Sadly for him, the woman takes her roleplaying all too seriously (e.g. during a nurse rolepley she informs him that he has cancer), which leads the man to conclude “Jenny, I don’t think we should do roleplay anymore.”
  • An office worker (Crompton) is giving a serious presentation about an outlandish idea, apparently under the impression that this is what he’s been asked to do. His co-workers eventually put him straight, but not before he’s admitted to having already put his plan into action…
  • An alcoholic man called Jack (Frost), is out with his 12 year old nephew, the man is so drunk that he doesn’t realise how old the nephew is, and does inappropriate things, such as urinating against the side of his car or goes to inappropriate places such as a stripclub.
  • Two people (one of whom is Abbington) are at a playground where their children are playing. Abbington notices something about the other person’s child, and comments on it amiably (e.g. “is that your little boy, the one playing on his own?”). The other parent doesn’t seem too concerned — until Abbington gives an insight into what life could be like for the child, such as explaining a boy who finds it hard to make friends will go on a killing spree, ending in suicide as a teenager. Upon seeing the look of horror in the other parent’s face, Abbington character backtracks, saying “Or — he’ll be fine!”
  • A male frontman of a fictional band (Burns) is shown introducing a song in a gig, which always seems to have a dark twist about its writing process. The crowd doesn’t seem to notice how dodgy his inspiration is, even if he reveals the song to have been written for a man he once ran over, and killed.
  • A man (Crompton) is seen offering to help women (Haggard, and in one case, MacNeill) out in various circumstances, e.g. washing the dishes after a meal, or removing a spider. Whilst the woman is facing away from him, she begins a grateful monologue along the lines of, “Most men would expect something in return for this – i.e. SEX. Not you, you’re a true friend.” This punchline sees Crompton, who has been walking quietly up behind her dressed in a kinky masochistic/BDSM outfit, freeze, then slip away…
  • Two friends (Frost & Crompton) are sitting in a pub or club. Frost explains some aspect of male behaviour that he believes women find attractive (e.g. treating them mean, acting as though you have a dark mystery). He persuades Crompton to approach a woman while exhibiting this kind of behaviour, telling him he’s certain to pull. Crompton then goes entirely too far, e.g. shooting a woman in the leg, or telling her that he’s committed a murder. Upon realising that he has made a faux pas, he returns to Frost and asks “Too mean?”, to which a shocked Frost fervently agrees “Too mean!”.