Crabb: People Who Can Sing: It's time we had a talk. I love the fact that you find joy in shower warbling, family sing-alongs round the battered old piano and work farewells set in karaoke bars. I respect that. But please also respect us, the People Who Can't Sing. Please understand our deep horror of all singing and the fact that when you turn the car radio on and propose that we belt out a few tunes while we drive to work, it's pretty much like saying to a person with allergies: Let's go to an alpaca farm in spring! Don't make me go to musicals or pick you up from barbershop quartet training. And no, I do not think writing a political comic opera together would be an awesome idea. I'm not directing these remarks to anyone in particular.
Sales: Sometimes Crabb breaks my heart a little bit.
*Cue Seinfeld theme music*
What’s the deal with the current spate of car shows? Annabel picked up a rather familiar looking hitchhiker to find out in the final ep of WIGAM. First stop on the road trip was Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. We disagreed over the merits of the Obama episode (his interview with Marc Maron is a meatier morsel). Leigh endorses the animated breakout in Louis C.K. episode, and Annabel loved this poignant chat with Garry Shandling- creator of the Best Sitcom Ever© The Larry Sanders Show.
With Crabb expertly evading a singalong, Sales detoured into the world of Carpool Karaoke. Watch out Corden, she’s coming for your job. If you are not one of the 90+ million people who watched Adele’s episode, it’s a delight. Stevie Wonder and Sia are worth a squiz too. Chris Martin’s episode is more divisive, depending where you sit on the Coldplay continuum. Superfans might like this interview with the show’s EP about the ins and outs of avoiding major accidents while belting out ballads. And James Corden’s sitcom Gavin & Stacey remains a timeless classic.
Next stop on our journey: the return of The Americans, aka Season 4 of Sales Nagging Crabb to watch The Americans. If you want to join Sales down the rabbithole- this Slate TV Club Insider podcast is a fangirl’s dream.
We also talked about the work of Jon Ronson. His recent conversation with Monica Lewinsky makes a fascinating companion piece to Monica Lewinsky’s eloquent TED talk about shame culture. Jon Ronson’s book about online shaming is a thought-provoking read- here’s a chunky excerpt to get a taste. Them and The Psychopath Test as well as Ronson's various This American Life stories are all worth imbibing when you get a minute. Or two.
On that note, thank you so much for joining us for WIGAM. It has been quite a ride. We hope to join you again down the road for some more episodes. We can’t promise anything, but we imagine they’ll involve some unholy combination of David Attenborough’s Life of Birds, Coldplay singing about cheese graters and a kohlrabi flavoured bundt. Annabel will continue to have not watched The Americans.
See you on the other side,
xx Crabb and Sales
P.S. Some extra reading to populate your tabs over the weekend…
[That last cluster of links are all via Jessica Stanley, and Australian living in London with a great eye for the “thoughtful, complex, beautiful and good.” Subscribe to the best newsletter on the block and catch up on years of goodies here:]
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