News: BBC Announces New Projects For Ben Miller, Morgana Robinson & More

BBC Television has announced a raft of new comedy programmes today, underlining their commitment to comedy. Among the commissions are a BBC1 series for Tracey Ullman, an annual Ronnnie Barker comedy Lecture, a new Ben Miller series and a programme celebrating 25 years of Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse at the BBC.

There will also be more satire from Rory Bremner, while Morgana Robinson, currently appearing in House of Fools will have her own BBC pilot and Kerry Howard from Him & Her will front a series on BBC3. 

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Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho

Like the real-life person that inspired this fictional version, Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho is something of a phenomenon. This show started off as a small fringe thing and later this month it has a run at the Leicester Square Theatre. It is a catchy all-singing, all-dancing alternative comedy version of the late-PM's time in office that I don't think she ever envisaged – somehow she becomes a gay icon. You will have to buy a ticket to find out how.

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News: Richard Herring Upsets Fan With Religious Joke

Richard Herring’s gig on Sunday night at the Chorley Theatre did not go quite as expected. Early on in the sold-out show when Herring was joking about mishearing the lyrics to hymns a woman got up and walked out, but not before trying to persuade the comedian to give her the microphone.

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News: Nina Conti's Latest Comedy Project

Nina Conti's new documentary, Clowning Around, is to be broadcast on BBC4 on March 15. This follows her directorial debut, Her Master's Voice, which won a Grierson Award and a BAFTA nomination. In this new film Conti tells the story of her two year stint as a hospital clown.

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News: Mark Watson Completes Epic Comic Relief Show

Mark Watson completed his epic 27 hour gig in aid of Comic Relief late last night at the Pleasance Theatre in north London. He raised £78,257 and donations are still coming in.

The show was peppered with special guests. Early on Gillian Anderson turned up and shaved comedian Tiernan Douieb's back using houmous as shaving foam. Towards the end Miranda Hart and Russell Brand arrived bearing ice creams. 

While onstage Brand addressed the exhausted audience saying: "you are the core of British culture tonight."

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News: Bad Education Movie Goes Into Production

Jack Whitehall has confirmed that the movie version of his hit BBC3 sitcom Bad Education is going itno production. At lunchtime today Whitehall tweeted "Very excited to announce that we are making a Bad Education Movie. and the gang are hitting Cornwall!".

The announcement was accompanied by the picture here showing the original cast sunning themselves in wintry Cornwall, where the film is going to be set.

News: Funz & Gamez To Get A TV Try-Out

Funz and Gamez is to be made into a TV pilot. The show, which won the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award Panel Prize last summer, was a huge word-of-mouth hit in Edinburgh and recently completed a run at the Soho Theatre in London. It returns to London this summer for performances at the Udderbelly Festival.

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News: Sky Cat Laughs Announces 21st Birthday Line-Up

Kilkenny’s Sky Cat Laughs Festival has launched its 21st birthday edition today with a bumper ‘coming of age’ programme that includes a special birthday bash gig, musical hoedown, physical comedy showcase, comedic tribute to past comedy heroes, premiere screenings of forthcoming Sky comedy programming and a stellar line-up of some of the best comedic talent in the world.

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News: Extra Tickets For Eddie Izzard's Shelter Show

There are still a few tickets available for the all-star benefit show for Shelter tonight. The gig at the Eventim Apollo is headlined by master of freewheeling stand-up Eddie Izzard.

Izzard is joined on the all-star bill by two members of C4's Last Leg team, Adam Hills and Josh Widdicombe. They will be performing separate stand-up sets, though there has been talk of a live Last Leg tour in the future.

News: Stephen Merchant To Make UK Theatre Debut

BAFTA Award-winning writer, comedian and actor Stephen Merchant will make his West End debut in a new production of Richard Bean’s comic two-hander The Mentalists.

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