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.

TV Preview: Inside No. 9 – The Twelve Days Of Christine, BBC2

The co-star of this week’s Inside No. 9, Tom Riley, recently tweeted that it was “maybe the greatest half hour of TV I’ve ever been lucky enough to be in”. Actors are not unfamiliar with the art of hyperbole, so perhaps we should take that with a wheelbarrow full of salt. On the other hand I think he might just be right.

A Brief History Of South London Comedy Clubs

At the start of March I wrote this feature below about the history of South London’s comedy clubs for the website Deserter. When I was putting a draft together I deliberated about whether to include Battersea Arts Centre in it. I’ve seen some fantastic gigs there. Daniel Kitson of course, Al Murray, Will Adamsdale, Stewart Lee in his wilderness years.

News: Janey Godley Heads Scottish Comedy Award Nominations

Janey Godley has been nominated for four awards in the second Scottish Comedy Awards nominations, announced today. The Glaswegian comedian is up for Best Headliner, Best Compere, Best Podcast (with her daughter Ashley Storrie) and Best Festival/Tour Show.

News: Second Posthumous Rik Mayall Project In Pipeline

Update 8/6/15: A date has now been confirmed for the London Premiere of Rik Mayall's final unreleased film, One By One.

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News: Musical Comedy Awards Finalists Announced

The finalists in this year’s Musical Comedy Awards have been announced today. They are Rebecca Humphries, DW, Gatis Kandis, Luke Courtier, Baron Fingolfin and Peter Bazely.

This year's final takes place at the Bloomsbury Theatre on April 10. Special guests at the final will be Cassetteboy and Rachel Parris and Rob Deering will compere. Humphries (pictured) is probably the best known of the finalists. Her Edinburgh show Dizney Rascal played to full houses and received consistently favourable reviews.

Opinion: Russell Howard 1 Stewart Lee 0

A couple of years ago I interviewed Stewart Lee in Comedy Central UK’s offices off Oxford Street. He was promoting the Alternative Comedy Experience which was about to start and give airtime to comedians who didn’t fit into the shiny floored Live at the Apollo template such as Josie Long and Simon Munnery.

News: Jason Alexander Takes Over From Larry David In Play

Seinfeld star Jason Alexander is to take over the lead role in Fish In The Dark, the Broadway comedy written and currently starring Seinfeld co-creator Larry David. 

The production is a big success and its run has been extended. David will play Norman Drexel for the last time on June 7 and then Alexander will take over at the Cort Theatre. Alexander is best known, of course, for playing George Costanza in Seinfeld. The character is generally regarded as being Larry David’s screen alter ego.

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Competition: Win Free Tickets For Comedy Film Screening

The Barbican is screening a series of classic comedy films in April, including Naked Gun and Spinal Tap, which have been chosen by luminaries such as Miranda Hart and Jon Ronson.

The season, entitled This Made Me Laugh, runs from April 10 - 16 and also features screenings of Bullets Over Broadway, True Grit and more. For the full schedule click here.

News: Comedy Film Festival Hits The Screens

The Barbican in London has announced a season of films which have been specially chosen by comedians, writers and producers including Miranda Hart, John Lloyd and Jon Ronson. This Made Me Laugh will run at the Barbican Cinema from April 10 - April 16.  

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