Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Tiernan Douieb

If anyone out there thinks comedians have an easy life, frittering away their days on Twitter and working for just an hour in the evening a few days a week, meet Tiernan Douieb. He is not only a hard-grafting comic, he also – with Tiffany Stevenson – organises the Phoenix festivals at the Phoenix pub every year. Though admittedly he also spends a lot of time on Twitter.

 

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News: Doug Stanhope UK Date Confirmed

Controversial US comedian Doug Stanhope is returning to the UK later this year. Tickets have gone on pre-sale today for a one-off date at the Eventim Apollo on October 10. 

This will be the comic's first UK shows since 2012. It has also recently been confirmed that he is writing his memoirs for the American publisher Da Capo.

News: Python's Palin & Jones Reunite For Podcast

Former Monty Python stars Michael Palin and Terry Jones will be reuniting to talk about their lengthy careers. They are being interviewed by comedy historian Robert Ross for his podcast Robert Ross Requests The Pleasure at the Museum of Comedy in London on March 29. 

The interview will covering the guest’s lives in comedy before, during and after Monty Python's heyday. They will also talk about their personal favourites and influences. 

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News: Adam Buxton, James Acaster & Invisible Dot at Manchester Festival

Innovative comedy producers Invisible Dot will be curating a programme of events as part of the Manchester International Festival which runs from July 2 - 19. Among the highlights is the world premiere of The Crocodile, a Dostoyevsky story adapted by Tom Basden, plus a new show from Adam Buxton. Events will take place in the Pavilion Theatre, Festival Square.

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.

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