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News: Omid Djalili Releases World Cup Anthem

Comedian Omid Djalili has collaborated with producer Rick Blaskey (Three Lions) to release the fans' anthem for the World Cup – England’s Going Out…..(To Do It Again) is available from iTunes from Monday.

Among those guesting in the video are Sir Trevor McDonald, David Baddiel, Michael McIntyre, Jack Dee, Ray Winstone, John Bishop, John Hurt, Michael McIntyre, Harry Hill, Sean Lock, Terry Alderton, Ricky Grover and Bill Bailey. 

TV Review: 24 Hours To Go Broke, Dave

Is it decadent post-imperialist arrogance or dicking about in the name of entertaining telly? That was my first thought when I started watching 24 Hours To Go Broke, Dave’s latest comedy travelogue series in which celebrities – mostly comedians – visit various parts of the world with a suitcase full of bank notes and have to spend them in a day or face a horrible forfeit.

Review: David Baddiel, Menier Chocolate Factory

This was the second time I've seen David Baddiel's Fame: Not The Musical and it is as funny, clever and insightful as it was when I saw the shorter version at the Edinburgh Fringe last summer. It's Baddiel's first stand-up show for 15 years and yet it barely feels as if he's been away. He's as sharp, perceptive and pathologically honest as ever. I'm not quite sure why Baddiel rubs some people up the wrong way.

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OpInion: A Novel Twist To A Stand-Up Career

Children’s writers beware. It seems as if comedians are coming over here taking your bloody jobs. Yesterday it was announced that David Baddiel’s first novel for children, The Parent Agency, is to be published this autumn by Harper Collins. Baddiel got the idea for the fantasy about a boy whose dreams come true after inventing stories for his kids: “The Parent Agency came about after a chat with my nine-year-old son Ezra.” Maybe his son should be on a royalty.

Review: The Life Of Rock With Brian Pern, BBC4

Update 11/2/14: I did wonder what Peter Gabriel would make of The Life Of Rock with Brian Pern. Despite a plethora of gags at his expense it appears that he liked it (if this is genuine). Read his response here.

News: David Baddiel Adds New London Dates

Following his acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe comeback last August, reviewed below, and two runs on the South Bank in London as well as a national tour, David Baddiel has now announced a four-week run of Fame: Not The Musical at the Menier Chocolate Factory from April 29 - May 23. Ticket details here

Preview: The Week Ahead Oct 20 - 26

I was lucky enough to bag a ticket for Ricky Gervais's sold out live debut as David Brent with his band Foregone Conclusion last week at The Bloomsbury Theatre. He is back for another work-in-progress this Wednesday and if you can get hold of a ticket for face value I would snap it up. It was a short show at less than an hour but great, with some very funny gags in it – particularly in the new song Lady Gypsy.

Opinion: The Wrong Show Must Go On...

I heard a story the other night about a critic who had gone to review immersive  multi-media circus/burlesque show Silencio at the London Wonderground and had not quite got what they bargained for. The show involves donning headphones when you enter so that you hear the commentary individually while you enjoy being bombarded by spoof adverts onscreen and real acts onstage.

News: David Baddiel adds dates

David Baddiel's first Edinburgh run since 1998 is proving to be the hit of the Fringe. His show, Fame: Not The Musical, has garnered rave reviews across the board and he has just announced two extra afternoon shows on Aug 10 & 11. Ticket details here.

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