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.

News: Funz & Gamez To Get A TV Try-Out

Funz and Gamez is to be made into a TV pilot. The show, which won the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award Panel Prize last summer, was a huge word-of-mouth hit in Edinburgh and recently completed a run at the Soho Theatre in London. It returns to London this summer for performances at the Udderbelly Festival.

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News: Sky Cat Laughs Announces 21st Birthday Line-Up

Kilkenny’s Sky Cat Laughs Festival has launched its 21st birthday edition today with a bumper ‘coming of age’ programme that includes a special birthday bash gig, musical hoedown, physical comedy showcase, comedic tribute to past comedy heroes, premiere screenings of forthcoming Sky comedy programming and a stellar line-up of some of the best comedic talent in the world.

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News: Extra Tickets For Eddie Izzard's Shelter Show

There are still a few tickets available for the all-star benefit show for Shelter tonight. The gig at the Eventim Apollo is headlined by master of freewheeling stand-up Eddie Izzard.

Izzard is joined on the all-star bill by two members of C4's Last Leg team, Adam Hills and Josh Widdicombe. They will be performing separate stand-up sets, though there has been talk of a live Last Leg tour in the future.

News: Stephen Merchant To Make UK Theatre Debut

BAFTA Award-winning writer, comedian and actor Stephen Merchant will make his West End debut in a new production of Richard Bean’s comic two-hander The Mentalists.

Review: BBC iPlayer Funny Valentines – Katy Wix: Dear Jean-Pierre

Katy Wix’s romantic short film is a tear-stained Dear John letter, or rather a Dear Jean-Pierre letter, as her ex-lover she is breaking the news to is a French man who doesn’t speak any English. In fact in the film he doesn’t speak at all. The story is told through flashbacks recreating Wix’s memories as she recalls them and writes them down.

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Review: The Play That Goes Wrong, Duchess Theatre

The Play That Goes Wrong is the kind of theatrical fairy story that producers dream about. What started off as a modest fringe production in a pub has grown and grown and is now a bona fide West End hit in a proper theatre. This farcical tale of onstage calamity during a production of a provincial murder mystery transferred to the Duchess last autumn and is still booking well ahead so I thought I’d better play catch-up.

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