Mock The Week - In The Press

Does anyone actually find Mock the Week amusing? It's about as funny as mass genocide and is everything that comedy shouldn't be...

Written by Craig Campbell (not the comedian). Sabotage Times, 2nd January 2014

Stewart Francis says he has quit Mock The Week - and that he will bow out of stand-up with a tour in 2015.

Chortle, 29th November 2013

Jimmy Carr has defended Mock the Week after it was recently criticised by Ross Noble.

Digital Spy, 27th November 2013

Comedian Ross Noble has revealed why he has never appeared on BBC Two current affairs comedy Mock the Week - because he thinks the spontaneity is faked.

Written by Ben Dowell. The Radio Times, 28th October 2013

Stand-up Katherine Ryan has received vile death threats after a joke mentioning Filipinos on Mock The Week was interpreted as racist.

Chortle, 18th June 2013

At last fans of the topical comedy meltdown can turn aside from repeats on Dave and enjoy fresh comic meat in this new series. The rounds will be familiar - spinning the news, "Scenes we'd like to see" and so on - but the real laughs come from what are basically stand-up routines broken down into bite-sized chunks and delivered by masters of the art. Jostling for prominence with the regulars this week are Milton Jones, Josh Widdicombe and Katherine Ryan.

David Butcher, Radio Times, 13th June 2013

Rory Bremner, the comedian, has attacked BBC news quiz Mock the Week for being too aggressive and treating some guests with disrespect.

Written by James Hall. The Daily Telegraph, 1st January 2013

London 2012 star Rebecca Adlington has opened up to Digital Spy about Frankie Boyle's comments on her appearance, arguing that female celebrities "are criticised more than men".

Digital Spy, 13th November 2012

Susan Calman's new show is her most personal, political and passionate yet.

Written by Ben Williams. Time Out, 12th November 2012

The Frankie Boyle libel lawsuit saw three key witnesses take to the stand yesterday as the Boyle team made their closing case against the Mirror Group Newspaper.

Written by Tim Clark. Such Small Portions, 19th October 2012

Suzanne Gilfillan has told the high court that the joke Frankie Boyle made about Rebecca Adlington on Mock the Week was included after a discussion with producers.

Written by Josh Halliday and Ellis Schindler. The Guardian, 18th October 2012

Mock The Week star Dara O'Briain has revealed that BBC big wigs won't allow him to make jokes about Jimmy Savile on the show, after the late TV presenter was accused of sexually abusing children.

Metro, 13th October 2012

The topical comedy panel quiz returns after its summer break. Joining host Dara O Briain and regulars Hugh Dennis, Andy Parsons and Chris Addison are guests Greg Davies, Andi Osho and Stewart Francis - the laconic Canadian one-liner specialist who won the award for best joke at this year'' Edinburgh Fringe Festival with his gag about Posh and Becks giving children a bad name.

Michael Hogan, The Daily Telegraph, 5th September 2012

Just two days after the agony of his Wimbledon final defeat, Andy Murray took his girlfriend for a night out - to be part of the studio audience for Mock the Week. Most stars in the Scot's position probably wouldn't have chosen to make an appearance at a biting satire on the week's affairs. But Andy had a ball - even when the jokes were at his expense.

Written by Stuart MacDonald. The Daily Record, 12th July 2012

The Mock the Week host reveals Viggo Mortensen's secret Malteser habit and why CBeebies won't hire him...

Written by Jack Seale. The Radio Times, 5th July 2012

As the panel show approaches 100 episodes, the host says it's "more fun" now it's less aggressive.

Written by Jack Seale. The Radio Times, 21st June 2012

BBC Two's veteran panel show Mock the Week returned with a decent audience last night (Thursday, June 14), overnight data shows.

Written by Paul Millar. Digital Spy, 15th June 2012

Now one of TV's more enduring topical comedy shows - thanks to its high turnover of original comedy voices and a keen eye for spotting upcoming talent - the satirical news quiz returns for an eleventh season. As always, Dara O'Briain keeps a loose grip on the organised chaos as, tonight, team captains Hugh Dennis and Andy Parsons are joined by Nathan Caton, Chris Addison, Micky Flanagan and Greg Davies.

Gerard O'Donovan, The Daily Telegraph, 13th June 2012

Flagship BBC comedy show Mock the Week has come under fire from Tory MP Nadine Dorries for featuring few female guests.

Written by Garry Lee. The Huffington Post, 6th February 2012

MP Nadine Dorries last night complained about Mock the Week being part of a 'sexist' BBC agenda. Could she be right?

The Custard TV, 31st January 2012

Chris Addison has suggested that Mock The Week is no longer a "bearpit".

Written by Catriona Wightman and Tom Mansell. Digital Spy, 11th November 2011

Andy Parsons has admitted that some comedians are unhappy with the editing on Mock The Week.

Written by Mayer Nissim. Digital Spy, 8th November 2011

Frankie Boyle may have shuffled off to more controversial waters on Channel 4, but the Mock the Week ship sails on. Helmed by Dara O'Briain, it still features Spitting Image veteran Andy Parsons as a key member of the crew.

Written by Mayer Nissim. Digital Spy, 7th November 2011

The contracts are coming at Chris Addison thick and fast these days: Skins; those ubiquitous Direct Line ads; then later this month he's presenting Show & Tell, a new E4 stand-up show in which up-and-coming comics do a short routine on a random object. In addition, to all that comes this six-week stint on Mock The Week - a show he is no stranger to, and which has badly needed a new permanent member since Frankie Boyle and Russell Howard left for pastures new.

Sharon Lougher, Metro, 8th September 2011

This topical panel show can always be guaranteed to provide a few belly laughs.

And unlike Have I Got News for You, it doesn't matter if you've been hiding under a rock for the past week and haven't got a clue what's been going on in the world.

The topical bit is used loosely. Instead it's more an excuse for stand-up comedians to show their wares, with Dara O Briain at the helm.

Joining show regulars Hugh Dennis, Andy Parsons and Chris Addison is my own personal favourite stand-up, Micky Flanagan, up-and-coming comic Nathan Caton and Canada's king of the one-liners Stewart Francis (if you love your comedy, you'll recognise him from an episode of Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow - he was the guy who opened with: "Don't worry, I haven't heard of you either").

Considering the show's format, which is just made for killer one-liners, tonight's episode promises to be even funnier than normal.

Jane Simon, The Daily Mirror, 8th September 2011

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