God saved my hamsters

by Robert Popper on September 27, 2014 · 1 comment

Wow, this was a pretty freaky phone call, but thank the Lord all hamsters were saved. Look out for the wild horn-blowing. (Apologies for sound quality).

Definitely proud of the squeaks at the end….

Stunning animation from Alan Warburton

by Robert Popper on September 25, 2014 · 0 comments

I can’t stop watching this. It’s so strange and eerie, and just so imaginative.

Spherical Harmonics from Alan Warburton on Vimeo.

Alan Warburton’s site is right here. And you can tell him how good he is right here.

Origen’s Wake

by Robert Popper on September 19, 2014 · 0 comments

Back in 2001, when I was working at Channel 4 in the comedy department, I was lucky enough to be able to commission the brilliant Waen Shepherd to make this amazing animation as part of the Comedy Labs strand. I recently watched it again and it’s as funny, spooky and horrible as I remember it. Just perfect…

Great music too from Waen too.

Lovely English language film

by Robert Popper on September 18, 2014 · 0 comments

I love this. The dramatic scene is just so stilted and odd. Look out for Russell, the ‘pop singer,’ and when he plays the piano and sings, “Yes… I know…” quite mournfully.

Danke @tomparratt. Es war sehr gut.

Unspeakably terrible university recruitment video

by Robert Popper on September 11, 2014 · 2 comments

This is seriously like something for some kind of cult. Not ONE of these people can hold a note. Also, ‘rapping’ while holding a recycling bin is something I have never seen before…

Thanks to @mylarmelodies. Altogether now… :L-S-La-La-La-La-La-L-S…’

Bowie v Buxton

by Robert Popper on September 9, 2014 · 0 comments

How can I not love this? I love David Bowie, I love Adam Buxton, so when you put the two together…

Lovely animation too by The Brothers McLeod. Enjoy…

A very important message for mankind

by Robert Popper on September 6, 2014 · 0 comments

And watch out for the Jerry Springer ending…

So many words. When will it end?

by Robert Popper on September 5, 2014 · 1 comment

I love everything about this song. Everything…

Thanks Duncan for this great find.

My new Phonecall album…

by Robert Popper on September 3, 2014 · 2 comments

Here it is – ‘The Timewaster Phonecalls’…

As you know, I’m fond of the occasional silly phone call. Well, way back between around 1996 and 2000, I used to call up the brilliant London (and now national) radio station, LBC, and well, muck about.

I’ve posted a couple of these calls before, but decided to do a sort of album thingy of lots of the calls for you all to enjoy/not enjoy. Anyway, here they are…

Track Listing:

1. Putting Up Shelves
2. Knock Knock
3. Coughing
4. Lady Di
5. Lionel Blair’s Turkey Sandwich
6. Reading from a Gardening Book
7. Iceland
8. 29 Stone Man
9. Apricots & Peaches
10. Pieter Carp
11. Stung by a Wasp
12. Coronation Street’s Terry Duckworth
13. Onion Soup

Enter the Sandman

by Robert Popper on August 24, 2014 · 0 comments

Warning: May contain terror.

A friend of mine, Alex Godfrey emailed me with the following message: “I just went to an odd little thing in a little park called the Clerkenwell Festival. Bands, bouncy castle, dog show, jumble sale. As I was leaving with a friend we came across this very strange and kind of scary little table with a cardboard machine on it, and these two terrifying dolls on the grass in front. Some little kids came along to look at it and the man at the table asked me to pour a bag of sand into the machine…”

What happened next seriously freaked him out. But luckily Alex found a clip online of these dolls in action. Enjoy.