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Steve Martin and Martin Short. Photograph: Bryan Derballa/New York Times

Martin Short first met his partial namesake and friend Steve Martin when he went to the latter’s house to collect the script for Three Amigos, the hit(...)

‘I feel bad giving out about Schitt’s Creek but the general contentment that passes over the town is an unremitting buzzkill’

Netflix has become a nagging parent. No, scratch that. Here’s a comparison that will serve to bind my larger argument. Netflix has become Sybil Fawlty(...)

If the Johnson family had stuck to showbusiness like the Osmonds, Marx Brothers or von Trapp family, the world would be a better place. Yet the Tories, in their terror, have elevated a cavorting charlatan to the steps of Downing Street. Photograph: Reuters

Six years ago, the Cambridge historian Christopher Clark published a study of the outbreak of the first World War, titled The Sleepwalkers. Though Cla(...)

Comic capers: “The terms and conditions of Brexit now look like they were written by the Marx Brothers.” File photograph: Getty Images

Liechtenstein! As in the mountaintop microstate of 37,877 people. To appreciate the state that the whole Brexit project is likely to arrive at in(...)

Cork-born tenor John O’Sullivan

If the whole literature thing hadn’t worked out for James Joyce, he could probably have fallen back on another of his talents, public relations. He ha(...)

Sarah Greene during filming for ‘Rosie’.

There are enough complications to making a film without having to cope with the real world. It is late March and we – the crew, the cast, that bloke t(...)

Pick of the summer streams

Summertime is traditionally a wasteland for original programming, with all the best new shows stored up for winter hibernation. Summer is usually rese(...)

Brendan Behan with Jackie Gleason in Gleason’s dressing room in 1960. Photograph: Walter Albertin / Library of Congress

In 1960, shortly after the announcement that his play The Hostage was transferring to Broadway, Brendan Behan was having a drink in a Dublin pub with (...)

The Raid 2

You would have trouble arguing that Gareth Evans’s The Raid – a modern classic of martial a(...)

Taylor Schilling, centre, who plays the lead role of Piper Chapman in Orange Is the New Black: “It’s so unusual to get sent a script where the woman is taking the hero’s journey”

In a blacked-out van, with rain bouncing off the roof, we’re crossing the Queensboro Bridge from Manhattan to Queens. The traffic, the gloom and the d(...)

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