News: BBC New Comedy Award 2018 Launches

The BBC New Comedy Award is back to search for the most exciting new comedy acts the UK has to offer.

The competition, launched today, provides an opportunity for the best new talent to kick-start their careers in the world of comedy. The award will once again be hosted by the home of radio comedy, Radio 4.

News: Susan Calman To Discuss Depression On New BBC Podcast

Comedian Susan Calman explores depression in a new podcast for the BBC, Susan Calman’s Mrs Brightside: A Cheerful Look at Depression.

Each week Susan and her guests will discuss their shared experiences, personal anecdotes and funny stories, whilst tackling topics that can be difficult to speak about. 

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News: Festival Award For Rachel Parris

Rachel Parris has become the fourth recipient of the annual Bath Plug Award, presented by Bath Comedy Festival each year for significant achievement or contribution to British and World comedy. 

The award, a specially engraved golden bath plug on a purple ribbon, places Rachel in great company - previous winners have been Terry Jones, Peter Richardson and Barry Cryer.

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Review: This Country, Episode 6, Family Loyalties, BBC Three

After a successful first series, the second series of This Country has kept up the momentum and high quality level with six more glorious episodes. After last week's classic when Kerry failed to make it to the steam fair the series closes with an episode that has everything. Comedy, poignancy and dodgy Dyson hoovers.

News: Jack Whitehall Joins Cast Of New Film From The Rock

Jack Whitehall has landed a role in the latest film starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jungle Cruise.

Variety has reported that Whitehall will join Johnson and Emily Blunt and will play Blunt's brother. 

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News: Comedians Gather To Pay Tribute To Comedy Svengali Kim Kinnie

The cream of the UK comedy scene has gathered to remember comedy svengali Kim Kinnie, who died earlier this year.

Kinnie was famously the booker at the Comedy Store in London and the tribute appropriately took place in the venue's current home in Oxendon Street just off Leicester Square. Kinnie was well known in the 1980s for handing out sage advice to up and coming stand-up comedians. He was also famous for usually having a glass of red wine nearby. 

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News: British Comedian Makes It Through To US TV Talent Final

British comedian Will Mars has made it through to the final of NBC's Trial By Laughter competition.

Mars, who ran the Joke Thieves comedy night in London, relocated  to America a while ago but seemed to have returned to the UK earlier this year when he appeared in the New Acts Of The Year final at Rich Mix and talked about being dumped as soon as he arrived back in England.

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News: Katherine Ryan & Mark Watson Among Comics Playing New Music & Arts Festival

Katherine Ryan and Mark Watson are among the comedians playing a new music and arts festival set to take place this summer in Alexandra Palace on July 21.

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News: Fifth Series Of Inside No. 9 Announced

The BBC has today confirmed that a fifth series of the award-winning Inside No. 9 will come to BBC Two next year.

The announcement follows a very successful fourth series from Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, which kicked off with the highest launch and consolidated rating the show has seen (1.8m).

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Review: The Young Offenders, BBC Three

BBC Three must either be cursing Derry Girls or thanking it. The hit Channel 4 sitcom has beaten them to the screens with a ribald comedy charting the lives of badly behaving hormonal Irish schoolkids. On the other hand it has raised the profile of Irish comedy in general which can only be a good thing. And The Young Offenders certainly proves that Derry Girls is no one-off fluke.

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