In this brand new 6×30 minute series for Comedy Central UK, Russell Howard takes his "twinkly eyed smasher of a mum" Ninette on an eye-opening trip around the USA, meeting an array of weird and wonderful characters and experiencing their unusual hobbies and obsessions. Spending hours on the road together in a minivan, Russell's funny, warm and engaging relationship with his mum is put under the microscope as they discover the eccentricities of the Land of the Free, as well as having to regularly correct the peculiar local assumptions that they are in fact a couple.
On their tour of the USA, Russell and Ninette join a community of US Armageddon ‘preppers' in a sleepy Utah suburb, who are readying themselves for a future catastrophe (think financial collapse, natural disaster or even zombie apocalypse). They check out a \$200 a night ‘doggy hotel' where they meet the Instagram celebrity Marnie (a Shitsu with two million followers) and attend a French bulldog's luxury third birthday party in the Big Apple. In Nevada, home to infamous Area 51, the pair hang out with alien abductees and learn how to defend themselves against a Martian attack, as well as how to communicate with extra-terrestrials, whilst in hip-hop capital Atlanta, under the supervision of a renowned graffiti artist, they attempt to infiltrate the thriving music scene. Russell and Ninette also make a pit-stop in one of America's most haunted cities, Savannah, where they expose themselves to a host of paranormal activities – how will Russell cope staying in a room alleged to be haunted? (Clue: badly) – and venture to South Carolina to experience the touring demolition derby where the aim is simple: to Smash. Up. Every. Single. Vehicle.
On this truly unforgettable adventure, we finally get to meet Ninette after hearing so much about her in Russell's stand up – and their hysterical dialogue doesn't disappoint. During their USA trip they find themselves in truly ridiculous situations, including trying to break from an escape vehicle's trunk, battling through a house of the walking dead and getting pressured into getting tattoos, proving to be an unlikely but hilarious comic duo throughout.
Runtime: 30 minutes
Russell Howard and Mum: USA Road Trip - Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act - Netflix
The Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, officially called An Act to Provide for Single-sex Multiple Occupancy Bathroom and Changing Facilities in Schools and Public Agencies and to Create Statewide Consistency in Regulation of Employment and Public Accommodations but commonly known as House Bill 2 or HB2, is an act passed in the U.S. state of North Carolina in March 2016. It was signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory. Some opponents of the bill describe it as the most anti-LGBT legislation in the United States. Some proponents of HB2 call it “common sense” legislation, while advocates of repeal say replacing it with an anti-discrimination law is “common sense”. One contentious element of the law eliminates anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and legislates that in government buildings, individuals may only use restrooms and changing facilities that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates. This has been criticized because it prevents transgender people who do not or cannot alter their birth certificates from using the restroom consistent with their gender identity: in North Carolina, only people who undergo sex reassignment surgery can change the sex on their birth certificates, and outside jurisdictions have different rules, some more restrictive. The legislation changes the definition of sex in the state's anti-discrimination law to “the physical condition of being male or female, which is stated on a person's birth certificate.” The act also prevents municipalities in North Carolina from enacting anti-discrimination policies, setting a local minimum wage, regulating child labor, or making certain regulations for city workers. The legislation initially removed the statutory and common-law private right of action to enforce state anti-discrimination statutes in state courts, but was later amended to restore that right. On May 9, 2016, the United States Department of Justice sued Governor Pat McCrory, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, and the University of North Carolina system, stating that House Bill 2 violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Violence Against Women Act. On the same day, North Carolina's governor and legislative leaders filed two separate lawsuits against the Department of Justice to defend the law. Two private lawsuits are also underway, one challenging and the other defending the law. The portion of the law regarding bathroom use based on gender assigned at birth was repealed and replaced with House Bill 142 on March 30, 2017.
Russell Howard and Mum: USA Road Trip - Film industry - Netflix
Several filming projects have been canceled or are being reconsidered. Lionsgate canceled plans to film the pilot for its Hulu series Crushed in Charlotte, which would have involved hiring about 100 workers. The company continued to move ahead with shooting a musical remake of Dirty Dancing in Henderson and Jackson counties. A&E Networks announced that they would finish production of the History miniseries Six, but would not consider North Carolina for any new productions. 21st Century Fox also announced their opposition to the law and that they will “reconsider future filming commitments in North Carolina if the Act is not repealed”. Turner Broadcasting announced that it would finish production of Good Behavior in Wilmington, NC but would reevaluate doing further business in North Carolina if the law is not repealed. Director Rob Reiner called for a boycott of North Carolina by the entertainment industry and said he would no longer film in the state. Documentary film producer Michael Moore announced that his movie Where to Invade Next would not be licensed to theaters in North Carolina.
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