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.


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.  


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.



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. 


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. 


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.


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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