Live Review: Death Of A Comedian, Soho Theatre

The Soho Theatre has established itself as London’s go-to venue for both hilarious stand-up comedy and exciting theatre. So it makes perfect sense to stage Owen McCafferty’s play about stand-up comedy here. The trouble is that Death of A Comedian is not hilarious or exciting.

News: Radio 4 for Ria Lina

Ria Lina’s 2014 Edinburgh Fringe show, Ria Lina’s School of Riason, is to be turned into a one-off 28-minute special for BBC Radio 4.

The comic and ukelele player’s stage show was inspired by true events. After encountering the inner city London school system, she decided to home-school her children and devised her own curriculum.  The show was nominated for the Amused Moose Laughter Award 2014 and contained one of Dave’s top 10 Fringe jokes of 2014. 

News: Comedy Goes Underground

Just when you think stand-ups have gigged everywhere they find another place to perform. A group of comics have launched a project called Wonky Zombie and are doing gigs on London Underground trains. They did their first gig on a Victoria Line train on March 27 and have just released the footage on YouTube.

News: Another Helping Of Friday Night Dinner

Channel 4 has commissioned another series of Friday Night Dinner. Tamsin Greig, Paul Ritter, Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal will return for a fourth run as the Goodman Family, joined once again by Mark Heap as neighbour Jim.


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. 


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."




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.


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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