jack whitehall

Opinion: Jack Whitehall And The Big Tour Warm-Up Problem

There has been a bit of a kerfuffle over the announcement that Jack Whitehall is to play a big work-in-progress gig at the Hammersmith Apollo in February in the the run-up to his UK tour. I can't see what all the fuss is about. Tickets will only be £20 whereas when he comes to Wembley Arena in March tickets, including booking fee, will be £32.25.

TV Review: Bad Education Christmas Special, BBC3

It can't be long now before either BBC3 or Channel 4 comes up with a themed Jack Whitehall night. Maybe they are merely waiting until he gets his knighthood for services to our TV schedules. 2013 has pretty much been his year, with two hit series under his belt (three if you include the fun-if-throwaway Backchat) and last week a King of Comedy gong at the British Comedy Awards to crown it all.

Opinion: Comedy Gets Tied Up

I was interested to read recently in David Hepworth's excellent blog that Tie Rack had recently gone into administration. Veteran music journalist Hepworth eloquently noted that these days you are more likely to see a rock star wearing a tie than a CEO. 

Opinion: British Comedy Awards Predictions

Earlier this week I was accused of plagiarising a live review that had appeared on another comedy website. I hadn't, of course. It is just that Steve Bennett of Chortle and I have impeccable judgement. I saw on the Chortle homepage that they have predicted their British Comedy Award winners so I thought I'd better predict mine before I read theirs in too much detail.

News: British Comedy Awards Nominations

The British Comedy Awards 2013 nominations have just been revealed with Adam Hills picking up three nods. The feelgood Australian is in the running for three prizes - Breakthough Artist and Best Entertainment Personality while his topical chat show The Last Leg is up for Best Entertainment Programme.  Hospital comedy Getting On is also linked to three awards, with the programme up for Best Sitcom and Vicki Pepperdine and Jo Brand up against each other for Best Comedy Actress.

Opinion: The Seven Ages of Comedian

The Monty Python reunion has been making me think a bit about old comedians lately and then this morning, around the same time that Cleese & co were making their big announcement that they are going to play the O2 Arena on July 1, I spotted this illustration opposite o

TV Review: Backchat, BBC3

People might criticise Jack Whitehall for all sorts of things, but you can't knock his work ethic. On Monday night he was simultaneously guest-hosting Never Mind The Buzzcocks on BBC2 and putting in a star turn on C4 in Fresh Meat. And tonight he made it three channels in three nights with the first episode of Backchat on BBC3. In fact his stand-up show was on BBC3 at 9pm tonight too, making it something of a Jack Whitehall love-in.

The Week Ahead: Nov 4 - Nov 10

Comedy residencies used to be three or four nights, maybe a week if you were a big attraction. This week, however, two major comedy shows kick off in London and will still be on for quite a bit longer when the Christmas decorations are taken down in January.

TV Review: Bad Education, Series 2, BBC3

Well, let's get the gag in before everybody else. Typical. You wait ages for a sitcom set in a school and then three come along in quick succession. We've just had David Walliams camping it up big style in Big School, we are about to get Greg Davies getting us to call him Sir in C4's Man Down.

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