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West End Run For Ben Elton

Ben Elton is back. 15 years in the making and two years late (thanks to Covid), the multi-award winning comedy writer and undisputed Godfather of modern stand-up Ben Elton, finally brings his critically acclaimed show to the West End. This long awaited London season is the climax of a massive sold out UK and international tour and also marks Ben’s 40th year in showbusiness.


Classic Interview: Ben Elton

You could say Ben Elton was one of the lucky ones in terms of Covid cancellations. At least the stage version of Upstart Crow, starring David Mitchell as the bard, opened in the West End, even if it had to close early. It must have been frustrating though for everyone concerned becasue it got great reviews.


News: Ben Elton to Front Scope Charity Night

Comedy legend, playwright and author Ben Elton is to host a special evening of stand up comedy for disability equality charity Scope. Ben Elton's Comedy Night for Scope is at The Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Saturday 21 December 2019.

The full line-up is still to be announced. 


News: Ben Elton v Stewart Lee

Comedian Ben Elton has given an intriguing interview to the Guardian in which he talks about his early days in stand-up, his decision to embark on a new tour at the age of sixty and the problem with being accused of selling out.


Video: Stewart Lee On Ben Elton

Here's an old clip of Stewart Lee talking about Ben Elton, who has just announced his first live stand-up tour for a long time. Very harsh but very funny.

Watch Stewart Lee on Ben Elton below.

News: Major Tour for Ben Elton

Ben Elton is to return to stand-up with his first major tour in over a decade.

Elton promises to try and make sense of a world which appears to have gone stark raving mad in the new show.

The veteran comic says: "The last time I toured I was still smarter than my phone. Things have definitely taken a funny turn."

The 53 date tour starts in Dublin on 27 September and currently finishes in Torquay on 30 November. 


News: Ben Elton Defends Mainstream Sitcoms In TV Lecture

In a wide-ranging talk, given at the BBC as the inaugural Ronnie Barker Comedy Lecture, comedian Ben Elton has spoken out in defence of mainstream studio sitcoms such as Mrs Brown’s Boys and talked about his own career at the BBC from the Young Ones and Blackadder through to Upstart Crow via the less well-received The Wright Way.

Ben Elton To Give Inaugural The Ronnie Barker Talk BBC Comedy Lecture

Comedian and writer Ben Elton is to deliver the inaugural The Ronnie Barker Talk on BBC One. 

A passion project of Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning at the BBC, the annual The Ronnie Barker Talk is a lecture on a comedy=related theme, named in honour of the late, legendary comedian, actor and writer Ronnie Barker OBE and has been developed with the approval of his family. 

News: Noel Fielding And Emma Thompson Join Upstart Crow Cast

As revealed earlier this week on Beyond The Joke Noel Fielding is one of the star guests in the second series of the Ben Elton sitcom Upstart Crow. It has also been announced that Emma Thompson will appear in the Christmas Special as Queen Elizabeth I.


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