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Saturday, February 16, 2008

She's a laugh

After experiencing that unique tristesse that I imagine follows a stand-up show that goes over just marginally less than socko, blogger Clair Woodward, whose musings I cannot recommend too highly, concludes that the game isn't worth the candle. She reckons:
"So as a woman on the box, you can either be funny, or sexy, but not both, right?"
As evidence to the contrary I would beg to offer Julia Louis Dreyfus, who played Elaine in "Seinfeld". As actresses go she's pretty without being va-va-voom - but that doesn't matter. The charisma comes off her in waves and with it comes the quality that so often follows. I could watch her for days.

The show exploits it brilliantly because every now and then she does something to make the three men in the cast stop treating her like a friend. Believe me, it doesn't take much.

13 comments:

  1. I'm sure she'd consider you spongeworthy, David! Good point, though, and so right - but who else on the telly has that ace mix of feistiness, wit and sex-appeal that doesn't involve being blonde and pneumatic?

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  2. David/Clair,

    I'll see your Dreyfus and raise you a Tina Fey (and leave someone else to bring Sarah Silverman up).

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  3. Tamsin Greig, Sally Phillips. Lovely pair.

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  4. Roz from Frasier

    Felicity Huffmann?

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  5. Anonymous10:33 am

    Liza Tarbuck

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  6. Oh yes Elaine is one of the guys but she also knows how to bring on the shrinkage.

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  7. Ashley Jensen from "Extras". Or is just me?

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  8. Anonymous6:44 pm

    Peri Gilpin, who plays Ros in Frasier. I have the Halloween episode (part two) on my favourites menu on YouTube. Mainly for the humour part of the equation, obviously.
    Skirky

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  9. Tina Fey as Liz Lemon in 30 Rock.

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  10. Jessica Makinson off Trigger Happy USA. Oh yes. Funny, talented, charismatic, very sexy. Dom Joly was wrong, Trigger Happy USA was better than the original and she's the reason.

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  11. I submit for your attention Roni Ancona, and Thaila Zucchi from Star Stories and the memorable lap dancing episode of Not Going Out.

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  12. Anonymous12:55 pm

    The uber-bitchy one in Will and Grace. Karen is it? She's got a certain something...

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  13. Oh yes, you're right. Here she is:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vecYnbyFIw
    I think Clair, like most women (think that might come back to haunt me) underestimates the range of things that men find attractive.

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