Opinion: Madonna's Car Crash Stand-Up Set

What’s that old Bob Monkhouse gag? “They laughed when I said I was going to be a comedian. Well, they're not laughing now."

When Madonna told Jonathan Ross that she would like to have a crack at stand-up comedy last month I was one of those cynics who thought she would be rubbish. I even wrote a piece saying that. 

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Opinion: Sue Perkins For Top Gear. And If Not Her Another Comic?

In the last few days I’ve heard about Count Arthur Strong being mooted as new host of Top Gear and Alexei Sayle being tipped for the job. At the time of writing Sue Perkins is the odds-on bookies favourite, even though she has tweeted that she is not interested.

Opinion: Clarkson on Have I Got News For You – A Guaranteed Hit?

Breaking News 9/4 - Jeremy Clarkson is no longer going to be guest hosting Have I Got News For You on April 24. Quoted on the BBC website Jimmy Mulville, managing director of show producers Hat Trick Productions, said: ""On reflection, Jeremy Clarkson has decided not to host Have I Got News For You. We fully expect him to resume his hosting duties later in the year."

 

 

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News: Bafta TV Nominations for Stewart Lee, Wrong Mans & Mrs Brown

The Wrong Mans, Detectorists, Harry & Paul’s Story of the Twos and Moone Boy are the nominations for Best Scripted Comedy in the Bafta TV Awards, announced today.

The Best Female performance in a comedy programme is between Olivia Colman for Rev, Tamsin Greig for Episodes, Jessica Hynes for W1A and Catherine Tate for Catherine Tate’s Nan.

News: New E4 Comedy Featuring Inbetweener Blake Harrison

E4 has announced two new comedy commissions entitled Tripped and Aliens. 

In Tripped, The Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison plays Danny, an average 24-year-old who has been friends with stoner Milo (played by newcomer George Webster) since they were kids. But then Danny decides it’s time to grow up, settle down and marry long-term girlfriend Kate (played by RTS nominee Georgina Campbell), whereas Milo continues to focus on getting high.

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News: New Satirical Sitcom Follows Election As It Happens

Ben Miller and Hugh Dennis are to star in Ballot Monkeys, a new topical C4 comedy being written to tie in with the General Election.

The writers are Drop The Dead Donkey and Outnumbered creators Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin.   

The satirical sitcom will be broadcast during the climax of the May election and will intercut between the various campaign buses of the four main parties – Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and UKIP.

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Opinion: Writer/Comedian Dave Cohen on The Immigration Issue

On Friday 24 April Dave Cohen will be appearing at the Purcell Rooms in Immigrant Diaries, part of the Changing Britain Festival. In this guest blog he breaks free from the tyranny of silence to discuss this never-aired topic. 

 

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Opinion: How To Get Your Edinburgh Show Reviewed

A lot has been said recently in comedy circles about Chortle’s announcement that it promises to review any Edinburgh Fringe show that spends at least £250 on advertising. This happened to coincide with people asking me how I go about choosing what shows to review during the Festival.

News: Third Series For Alan Davies

Alan Davies As Yet Untitled is set to return to TV channel Dave for a third series.

Comedy website The British Comedy Guide has reported that the series, in which Davies chats to guests and then comes up with a title for the show at the end of the recording based on their stories, will be filmed at the Hospital Club in London.

Guests have not been announced for the new series but previous guests have included Ross Noble, Jon Ronson, Katherine Ryan, Sara Pascoe, Noel Fielding and Rob Delaney. 

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Opinion: Comedy Goes Back In Time For Titters

Full-length comedy shows used to be the showbiz equivalent of the May fly. They did their runs in Edinburgh, London and then on tour, and then they were gone forever. The comedians moved on to their next project.

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