News: Two New Series of Red Dwarf Confirmed

Two new series of Red Dwarf have been confirmed today. Writer Doug Naylor made the announcement at the Red Dwarf Convention #DJXVIII – Dimension Jump XVIII, at the  Crowne Plaza in Nottingham.

Red Dwarf XI and XII will begin production in the autumn before airing on Dave in 2016 and 2017. The programme will reunite the original team of Craig Charles, Robert Llewellyn, Danny John-Jules and Chris Barrie as hapless space travellers Lister, Kryten, Cat and Rimmer.

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Competition: Win Free Tickets For Reginald D Hunter On Tour

Reginald D Hunter is one of the the most exciting, unpredictable talents on the UK comedy circuit. The London-based American has a reputation for being both thoughtful and controversial, but one thing he never is is boring. Whatever the subject, from race to sex, he has an interesting take on it. And in recent months he has added a whole new group of fans with his BBC2 documentary, Reginald D Hunter's Songs Of The South.

News: British Summer Time Tickets Go On Sale

The annual Barclaycard British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park has announced its comedy bill for June 22 –  25. The four-day event in the centre of London boasts an impressive international line-up. The nightly headliners are American Rich Hall alongside his band, Australian Jim Jefferies and Irishmen Ed Byrne and Ardal O’Hanlon.

 

Supporting Rich Hall on June 22 are Marcus Brigstocke, Shappi Khorsandi and Romesh Ranganathan with special guest host Russell Kane.

 

News: Richard Herring Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Update 16/5. Richard Herring has hit his target. He has raised £30,153 with 4 days to go. You can still donate, however, so that he can add more extras, etc.

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The Secret Of Successful Comedy Writing

I was recently commissioned to ask comedians and writers for the tricks of their trade by the Independent on Sunday. Their responses offered readers a fascinating insight into the creative mind. There was not enough room to run the full interviews in the newspaper so I've published them all below. Inevitably a number mention that nothing beats old school hard work, but there is a lot more useful advice here. Tea and hats apparently help according to Susan Calman. Pay attention and that next award could be yours.

News: More Brig Society From Marcus Brigstocke

Marcus Brigstocke is returning to BBC Radio 4 with a new series of The Brig Society, mixing stand-up, sketches and an attempt to improve the world.

Each week, Brigstocke is in charge of a big thing - the Foreign Office, football, Facebook - and attempts to make it run smoothly. He starts out by thinking "Well, it can't be that difficult, surely?" and ends up with "Oh - it's utterly difficult and I've made a complete fist of it." 

News: Impressive Line-Up For British Summer Time Comedy

The Barclaycard British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park has announced its comedy line-up for June 22 –  25.

News: Sam Baines Wins What The Frock! Prize

Samantha Baines has been crowned the winner of the third What The Frock! Newcomer of the Year Award. The competition was launched in 2012 to champion up and coming female comedy talent, to celebrate and support emerging acts and ultimately help to widen the pool of female comedians on the comedy circuit

News: David Mitchell & Jeremy Paxman Team Up

No, he hasn't ditched Robert Webb and formed a new comedy double act with Jeremy Paxman. But David Mitchell will be temporarily teaming up with the former Newsnight anchor to present an all-night feast of comedy and comment on C4's Alternative Election Night on May 7. Other guests include Romesh Ranganathan, Aisling Bea and Richard Osman. Here's the first trailer for the programme.

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Opinion: There's A Lot Of Satire About, But It's All Achieving Nothing

I could be mistaken but it certainly feels as if there are more TV comedies with an election theme this year than there have ever been before. Just to pick a few, ITV1 has just launched the topical Newzoids, C4's The Last Leg is running politics-themed shows, BBC2's Jack Dee’s Election Help Desk is like Question Time with laughs and C4'a Ballot Monkeys is providing rapid-response punchlines.

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