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Richard Osman's head is stuffed full of Pointless knowledge, as any fan of BBC One's excellent early evening quiz will know. This should mean the presenter will wipe the floor with the opposition as he joins Victoria Wood, Jason Manford and Alan Davies to field Fry's questions.
Still, there are no guarantees in the QI world, which not so long ago revealed the quite interesting fact that many of its former facts are now considered to be fiction. Sometimes you just can't win.
If there's a more excruciating half hour of comedy on offer this year than last night's Him & Her: The Wedding, then please don't make me watch it. I don't think my nerves would stand it.
Writer Stefan Golaszewski unerringly distilled every cringe-making wedding speech you've ever heard as the top table at Laura and Paul's ill-fated nuptials heaved under the weight of seething resentments, frustrated passions and desperate doubles entendres. It was a car crash you had to watch through your fingers - all the while suppressing a snigger.
Because, though the humour is black as treacle, there are laughs to be mined from this delicious dissection of love turned sour. There was best man Steve, dying a thousand deaths as the room turned against him, bridegroom Paul, fondly recalling how his forbidden lover knew every contour of his body, and bride Laura, a woman intent on carnal revenge with anyone.
Till death do they part might come sooner than we think.
Maybe I'm just nosey but it would be great if a publisher could now lob enough wads of cash in his direction to persuade him to write a conventional autobiography. In the meantime though, Watching War Films With My Dad will more than suffice.
Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 12th December 2013
Billy Connolly has said that he plans to keep performing despite his recent memory issues.
Written by Tom Eames. Digital Spy, 12th December 2013
You could make a case that TV comedy is having a bit of a moment right now. Go back a few years and there was a dearth of fresh sitcoms and most panel games felt tired. Now we have fizzingly funny scripted shows from Fresh Meat to Man Down. Meanwhile, Would I Lie to You? has evolved into the perfect panel game (though A League of Their Own runs it a raucous second). Graham Norton and Alan Carr cross wits for the chatshow crown. And RT's own Sarah Millican has devised a blend of stand-up and chat that works like a dream.
This and much more is likely to be up for celebration by Jonathan Ross and the assembled, well-refreshed comedy gods. Nominations were under wraps as we went to press, so we can only hope BBC2's Count Arthur Strong gets the recognition from his peers he didn't get in the ratings and that other minority tastes like Peep Show and Getting On have their moments in the sun. But whoever wins the prizes, any ceremony populated by drunken comics is bound to be a blast.
David Butcher, Radio Times, 12th December 2013
This finale was good, not great, but maybe that's all we could have asked for.
Written by Caroline Preece. Den of Geek, 12th December 2013
Written by Caroline Westbrook. Misfits, 12th December 2013
Who makes you laugh? You may find yourself asking that more than once tonight as the annual Comedy Awards are dished out. Humour is a subjective business and what makes one person chortle can leave another totally nonplussed. Jonathan Ross will be trying to keep best order for tonight's gag fest and it's good to see fresh-ish names such as Steve Delaney, Jonny Sweet and Tom Basden cropping up among a clutch of usual suspects. The night climaxes with the crowning of the King or Queen of Comedy - can Jack Whitehall hang on to his title? Given he's up against exactly the same opposition as last year - a bit unimaginative, that - then why not?
Poor old Steve. As he battles on through his best man's speech, you can almost touch the tumbleweed. He's been hung out to dry by bridegroom Paul's indiscretions and Becky's ex Lee (Nick Blood, so creepily smooth if makes your flesh crawl) undermining him at every turn. He wants the ground to open up and swallow him - and he's not the only one. Russell Tovey stars in the terrific comedy that's an unholy marriage of Carry On and Beckett.
The ceremony's over and now it's speeches o'clock, which is where the real-time glory of Laura and Paul's wedding truly comes into its own. Laura's dad waxes lyrical about her exes of "all shapes and sizes, all colours of the rainbow", and Paul's delivery of his speech about love is particularly uncomfortable when he catches the eye of the real object of his affection. But it's best man Steve who digs the deepest hole with his inappropriate jokes about the stag night. Lo-fi hilarity all round.
Or rather the British TV Comedy Awards, where sitcoms and panel shows are championed rather than pure standups - fair enough, as this talent tends to lose out at the Baftas and elsewhere. With its unsentimental yet uncynical take on the news review, The Last Leg could well edge out Alan Carr and Graham Norton's efforts in the entertainment programme category; hospital sitcom Getting On has also done well with three noms, while many will be rooting for kids' hit Horrible Histories to be named best sketch show. Jonathan Ross hosts.
Few comics dare mention it today but Margaret Thatcher's policies created an environment in which making a living from comedy became achievable and even acceptable, says Dominic Cavendish.
Written by Dominic Cavendish. The Daily Telegraph, 12th December 2013
After five series, Misfits has done well to keep regenerating itself with so many cast changes. But the originality that made it so attention-grabbing back in its early, BAFTA-winning days eventually became a bit of a rod for its own back. When having superpowers is the norm instead of the exception, what are you supposed to do to surprise people?
The last ever episode airs tonight, with creator Howard Overman back on scripting duties, but it's a respectable rather than a totally amazing finale.
Last week, Jess and Rudy's relationship hit a setback that has absolutely nothing to do with superpowers and everything to do with Rudy's lack of enthusiasm about fatherhood.
But when Jess angrily accepts a drink from a stranger in a bar tonight, she gets a vision of the future that changes everything.
Meanwhile, Rudy Two's determination to make the prophecy of the jumper come true by assembling a band of superhero vigilantes seems like a good way to knit the series together.
It's a shame the budget doesn't stretch to making that flying guy look even half-way impressive, but that's probably the least of the Jumper Posse's problems.
In its final hour Misfits manages to tick almost off almost everything by reciting its greatest hits - time travel, violence, moving deaths, and enough crudity to fill a septic tank.
Written by Rob Smedley. Cult Box, 11th December 2013
The Independent, 11th December 2013
Charities may have ethics at their core but Panorama's investigation into Comic Relief suggests not all are thinking ethically when it comes to investment.
Written by Oliver Balch. The Guardian, 11th December 2013
From the brains behind the quiz show. This week: QI waits out Advent.
Written by Molly Oldfield and John Mitchinson. The Daily Telegraph, 11th December 2013
Only Fools and Horses star David Jason and schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai have both won prizes at the Specsavers National Book Awards.
BBC News, 11th December 2013
There may be some hope for Monty Python fans who missed out on reunion tickets - Michael Palin has hinted that the group may perform a smaller warm-up show.
BBC News, 11th December 2013
Simon Pegg has joined the cast of Absolutely Anything, the film in which Monty Python's Terry Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam provide the voices of alien creatures.
Written by Tom Eames. Digital Spy, 11th December 2013
Who knows best, critics or the public? This is a question that usually comes up with big stars.
Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 11th December 2013
Last Tango in Halifax bounced back to top the ratings on Tuesday (December 10), overnight data reveals.
Written by Tom Eames. Digital Spy, 11th December 2013
Having started with a literal bang, Misfits doesn't, we're relieved to report, go out with a whimper. The return of series creator Howard Overman for tonight's last-ever episode - 'grand finale' doesn't feel appropriate for a show that so knowingly and consistently undercuts any delusions of grandeur - helps, although any hope of former cast members also coming back is forlorn. Still, a line-up boasting the likes of Joseph Gilgun, Sean Dooley and Karla Crome is always worth watching, as it's probably the performances rather than the tired concept that have kept Misfits going into its twilight years.
Tonight sees the gang relieved of their community service and contemplating life after the orange jumpsuits. Rudy (Gilgun) is happily at the centre of things, sending Jess (Crome) into the arms of a nutter with a taste for parallel futures and learning some uncomfortable truths about Helen, Karen and Sam. At its height it was nigh-on essential (and, lest we forget, Bafta-winning); this is merely decent, but E4 will still be the poorer for its passing.
The comedian has hit out after BBC's Panorama claimed that some funds were invested in firms that made booze, tobacco and weapons.
Written by Tom Bryant. The Daily Mirror, 11th December 2013
The writer of the cult English sitcom The Inbetweeners reminisces about his time spent playing school cricket and being immortalised in a scorebook for all the wrong reasons...
Written by Tony Jameson-Allen. Sabotage Times, 11th December 2013
The sight of nice Rudy lactating is just one of the oddball pleasures to be savoured as the curtain comes down on the orange-boiler-suited community service superpower drama after five inventive and largely joyous seasons. Robert Sheehan, Iwan Rheon, Antonia Thomas and Karla Crome are just four of the young actors to benefit from a career leg-up in this show - and here's hoping it's not long before the comedically gifted current star Joe Gilgun lights up the screen again.
The superb acting skills of Derek Jacobi lifted the latest episode of Last Tango in Halifax, says Michael Hogan.
Written by Michael Hogan. The Daily Telegraph, 11th December 2013
With its best-known faces long departed and plots turning increasingly weirder, arguably only the most loyal Misfits fans are likely to tune in as the delinquents don their orange jumpsuits for the final time. Still, for the devoted there are revelations aplenty, as Jess discovers Luke's secret power and Rudy Two finds out the truth about Helen, Karen and Sam, the superheroes from the all-knowing jumper. The once-feted franchise might yet regain its glory: its creators have hinted at a big-screen outing with the original cast.
As the sequel to the hugely successful first film starts shooting on Australia's Gold Coast, here's a reminder of the sex-crazed characters' funniest ever scenes.
The Guardian, 11th December 2013