TV Review: Rory Bremner's Election Report, BBC2

Has Rory Bremner drawn the short straw by coming last in the post-Election post-mortems or has this given him an advantage? While others were completely blindsided by the result but had to respond quickly, the veteran impressionist has had almost a week to review and take in the poll’s ramifications and try to find the funny side.

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Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Jackie Mason

Jackie Mason used to joke that he was rich enough to retire: “I have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I buy something.” Well he must have bought something because the 83-year-old legend is back in the UK for more dates this June. If you haven’t ever seen the veteran comic you really must catch him this time.

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News: Frog & Bucket Plaque Unveiled

A commemorative blue plaque has been unveiled on the wall outside the Frog and Bucket Comedy Club in Manchester. The plaque is dedicated to the “memory of all the comedians who died onstage” during the club’s 21 years. Owner Dave Perkin is pictured with the plaque.

Luminaries who have cut their teeth in the Oldham Street venue include Peter Kay, Johnny Vegas, Lee Mack, Jason Manford, Dave Gorman, Chris Addison, Lucy Porter, Jack Whitehall and Ross Noble. 

News: Jason Byrne Announces 20 Years A Clown Tour

Madcap comedian Jason Byrne has announced a brand new UK tour for autumn 2015. The 20 Years A Clown tour marks two decades in comedy and starts on 1st October at Colchester Arts Centre. 

The Irish comic said: "I’ve been doing the comedy circuit for 20 years and I enjoy it more than ever. I’m really looking forward to getting back out on the road; this show will be more energetic and more fun than ever before!"

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News: Whose Line Is It Anyway? Returns

Legendary televised improvisation show Whose Line Is It Anyway? is to return to the UK as a live stage show for the first time. It will make its official worldwide premiere  at the Adelphi Theatre in London from Saturday 20th June. Original co-creators Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson will be working with regulars Colin Mochrie, Josie Lawrence, Greg Proops, Brad Sherwood and Clive Anderson for a limited two-week run.

News: Wins For Berry, Crook, Hynes at Baftas

Matt Berry was the winner of Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme at the Bafta TV Awards tonight for his performance in Toast of London, while Jessica Hynes won Best Female Performance for her role in W1A. 

Ant & Dec won Best Entertainment Performance for Saturday Night Takeaway while The Detectorists, starring Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones, won Best Scripted Comedy and Graham Norton won Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme for his BBC1 chat show. A special award went to writer Clive James.

 

Win Tickets For Exclusive Jenny Eclair Gig

Jenny Eclair is headlining a special exclusive comedy show at London’s iconic OXO Tower to help raise laughs and money for Macmillan Cancer Support. The Grumpy Old Woman will be joined by fellow stand-ups Jason Cook and Mark Davison.

The show takes place on May 19 and to mark the occasion and the partnership between Npower and Macmillan the famous OXO Tower logo will be changed and lit up to read LOL for that one night only.

TV Preview, Episodes, BBC2

The first episode of the new series of Episodes makes me think of gangsters. The phone ringing at the start reminded me of the phone ringing at the start of Once Upon A Time In America, while there’s an air of The Godfather in the way that Beverly (Tamsin Greig) and Sean (Stephen Mangan) get dragged back just as they thought they had escaped the horrors of the American TV industry.

News: David Baddiel On Family, Death And Comedy

David Baddiel has spoken for the first time about his new show, which will examine his complex relationship with his parents. My Family: Not The Sitcom is the follow-up to his acclaimed dissection of modern celebrity, Fame: Not The Musical.

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TV Review: Al Murray V Nigel Farage: The Battle for South Thanet, Dave

Unless you’ve spent all day in the pub you will know that Al Murray will not be taking up a seat in Westminster. But the Pub Landlord has left behind a legacy of sorts. A fun campaign that highlighted some of the absurdity of the electoral system and this entertaining fly-on-the-hustings documentary. 

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