News: Performer Pulls Out Of Free Fringe In Protest

Update: Following the publication of this story Mark Davison has been offered a 9pm slot by Just The Tonic boss Darrell Martin, so he will be appearing in Edinburgh this summer after all. He will be at the Up The Road venue. There is no ticketing or entry fee, just the usual request for a donation at the end. "He's not charging me for the room but will take a percentage of my bucket. It's a good deal and I'm very happy (and relieved) to have accepted it," says Davison.

TV Review: Murder In Successville, Louis Smith, BBC3

And so this weirdly wonderful improvised whodunnit series comes to an end with Olympic gymnast Louis Smith, as the tabloids would say, as you’ve never seen him before. And not just because, as you can see in the picture here, he dons a dress at one point, but because he is forced to think on his feet, not just jump around on them.

News: The Last Leg Returns

The Last Leg is due to return for a sixth series this summer. Following on from three election specials earlier this year, the new series, fronted by Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker, will start on Friday, June 26 at 10pm on C4. There will be eleven episodes.

As ever, each week Adam, Josh and Alex will be joined by a live studio audience and a weekly special celebrity guest. In the first show Stephen Merchant will be joining them live in the studio.

News: ARGCom Line Up Takes Shape

The Edinburgh Previews season in London seems to have gone absolutely mental this year. Every day another venue pings over another email boasting a fabulous line-up. Most are cheap, some are free.

Live Review: Rob Delaney, Bloomsbury Theatre

Rob Delaney’s latest show is called Meat. There is something perfect about the simple one-word title. Short and brutal and to the point. He also has a routine where he mentions meat, but that’s by the by. This is a show that strips the language of comedy right back to its raw, visceral basics. Yet at the same time it is one of the funniest, most sophisticated, jaw-snapping funny hours of humour you will see this year.

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News: Dave Poaches Parks And Recreation

US comedy Parks and Recreation is moving to Dave. The hit ensemble comedy will launch on Dave this summer. Seasons 4 and 5 will air from Monday 27th July with Seasons 6 and 7 following in Summer 2016. It has previously been screened on BBC4. 

News: Angela Barnes Gets Radio Series

Comedian Angela Barnes has landed her first Radio 4 series commission. Based on her critically acclaimed debut show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014, "You Can't Take It With You", Angela shares the big stuff she's thinking about: life, love, family, work and death.

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Live Review: Old Comedian of the Year, Leicester Square Theatre

The Leicester Square Theatre’s inaugural Old Comedian Of the Year is the latest example of niche comedy competitions. Though “Old” was not as niche as it first appeared. Despite compere Arthur Smith’s inevitable gag about the prize including a gold zimmer frame, comedians only had to be 35 years old and with five years performing experience to enter. The standard was understandably high then, though with some acts clearly better known than others. I’m just glad I wasn’t one of the judges who had to pick a winner.

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News: Tim Shishodia Wins Old Comedian of the Year

Tim Shishodia has been crowned the winner of the first Old Comedian of the Year Final at the Leicester Square Theatre tonight. The oddball comedian was the winner out of the 12 finalists who were all over 35. He wins a £1000. George Ryegold came second and wins £500. Sam Savage as Linda Larkin came third and wins £250. Compere Arthur Smith joked that the winner also received a golden zimmer frame.

 

 

 

The 12 finalists were:

News: Lenny Henry To Receive Knighthood

Lenny Henry is due to receive a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours List to be announced next week. According to newspaper reports Henry will receive the award for his for services to charity and comedy. This year the total raised by Red Nose Day hit £1bn.

According to the story, Henry turned down an OBE under the last Conservative government in 1994, but accepted a CBE in 1999 when Labour was in power.

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