News: New Comedian of the Year Finalists Revealed

The line-up has been announced for this year's New Comedian of the Year Final

The final takes place at 7pm at the Leicester Square Theatre on Monday December 18. The compere is Mick Ferry.

Previous finalists include Rob Beckett, Tim Shishodia, Jim Campbell, Ian Smith, Sofie Hagen and Funmbi Omotayo

Buy tickets here.

The finalists are below.

 

 

 

 

News: Harry Hill's Tea Time Returns to Sky One

Harry Hill’s Tea-Time will return to Sky One for a brand new series on 2nd January 2018, bringing one part chat show and one part cookery spoof show to the dinner table with guests including Sir Trevor McDonald, Jessie Wallace, Twiggy, Jenny Agutter, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Kate Humble.

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TV: Live At The Apollo, BBC2

When a show is on its thirteenth series it would be understandable if it was starting to look a bit tired and ragged around the edges. But Live at the Apollo has survived a move – some might say relegation – from BBC1 to BBC2 and established a format that works well and could last for some time yet. In fact judging by the first episode of the new series it is better than ever. Didn't it once feature grinning celebrities in the audience in the past?

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News: Micky Flanagan Dominates The DVD Charts

Micky Flanagan has bucked the trend for DVD sales, which are declining this year. He has topped the charts with sales that are up 20% on his last No. 1 DVD four years ago.

Flanagan is currently outselling many Hollywood movies as well as all stand-up DVDs in the UK.

Watch a clip of Flanagan in action below and below that watch Kevin Bacon getting in on Flanagan's "Out Out" act in a recent EE advert for the new iPhone X. 

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News: Scottish Comedian of the Year 2017 – Results

The winner of this year's Scottish Comedian of the Year crown has been announced this evening.

The final took place in Glasgow at the Rotunda Comedy Club and was compered by Love Island voiceover star Iain Stirling.

The victorious comedian gets the opportunity to perform a five-week stint at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia. Finalists in the competition will also appear in a showcase of Scottish comedy talent at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 

News: Susan Calman Bottoms Out On Strictly

Susan Calman and Kevin Clifton will be banking on the voting public to get through this week's Strictly Come Dancing in Blackpool.

The duo came last on Saturday's show.

Their American Smooth routine and paso doble left them well behind the rest of the celebrity dancers when the judges voted. But the public vote may save them yet. Calman is proving to be one of the most popular dancers on the show.

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News: New Toast of London Not Currently Being Written

Matt Berry is not currently writing new episodes of Toast of London, contrary to stories on the internet.

During an interview with Stewart Maconie and Mark Radcliffe on BBC6 Music on Friday Berry was asked if there would be any more of the Channel 4 sitcom about the dissolute, deluded actor and voiceover artiste Steven Toast. Berry said: " 'Yes, there will be." 

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News: Iain Lee Joins I'm A Celebrity In The Jungle

Iain Lee has joined I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!

The broadcaster and comedian was plunged straight into the action and had to compete in a snake-strewn Bushtucker Trial agsinst fellow newbie, politician Kezia Dugdale.

Lee won and as a result was made Prime Minister of the camp, moving into "10 Downing Creek". He chose stand-up comic Shappi Khorsandi as his deputy.

News: John Bishop to Return With Another Series Of...In Conversation

Entertainment channel W has ordered a fourth series of the critically-acclaimed John Bishop: In Conversation With… 

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News: Advance Screenings Of New League Of Gentlemen (& Dr Who)

The BBC is putting on free advance screenings in the north of England of two of the most eagerly-awaited Christmas shows – Dr Who and The League of Gentlemen. 

As well as Peter Capaldi's final Doctor Who, there will be two opportunities for comedy fans to attend a local screening for local people and see the first of three new episodes of cult favourite The League of Gentlemen.

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