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News: John Cleese Book Tour

John Cleese is supporting publication of his memoir, So, Anyway… with a nationwide book and theatre tour this autumn.

Book Review: Travelling to Work by Michael Palin

I haven’t seen many reviews of Michael Palin’s latest volume of diaries, which covers the globetrotting years from 1988 - 1998. This might be because reviewers are still wading through the 500-plus pages. This is not a difficult book to read at all, but boy, is it long.


Week Ahead: June 30 - July 6

There is only one gig in town that everyone is talking about this week. Yes, that’s right, Simon Munnery Sings Soren Kierkegaard at the Museum of Comedy on Tuesday.

Opinion: The Missing Monty Python Link

I have to say I thought everything by the soon-to-return Monty Python was on the internet by now, but I was reminded of something this morning and went to check and it doesn't seem to be online. Back in the 1970s Eric Idle and Terry Jones starred in the brilliant "nudge nudge" sketch in which Idle played an interfering busy-body who wouldn't leave Jones' upright, bowler-hatted Englishman alone in the pub.


Opinion: Why I Hate Sketch Comedy

Well, of course I don't hate sketch comedy. But, heck, it’s a crowded market out there, I’ve got to get you to click on the link somehow. So now I’ve got your attention I’ll explain and expand. Sketch comedy is probably my least favourite form of comedy. When I go to gigs I prefer stand-up. When I’m watching TV I prefer a sitcom. I’ll frequently watch sketches on YouTube, but the quality is so inconsistent my laptop is invariably in danger of being lobbed out of the window before you can say "buffering".

News: Michael Palin Solo Tour

Monty Python's Michael Palin is to set out on a solo tour this autumn. The tour will start in Crawley in September and end in his hometown of Sheffield in October and will be called Travelling To Work – the same title as his third volume of diaries to be published at the same time, covering his post-Python career when he became famous for his globetrotting documentaries.


News: 2014 - The Year of the Comedy Comeback

2014 is definitely shaping up to be the year of the comedy comeback. The Monty Python O2 Arena gigs might be the biggest story, but Cleese and Co may not turn out to be the only veterans who get back on the comedy horse in the next twelve months. There have already been rumours of The Fast Show ensemble getting back together.

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: Frost on Sketch Shows, BBC4/David Frost Obituary

Sunday Sept 1, 2013. I just heard on the radio that Sir David Frost had died so googled myself to see if I'd ever interviewed him – it's easier than using one's memory these days. I hadn't but I had written about him recently when he presented this TV documentary reviewed below on the history of the sketch show.


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