Here is a collection of the latest previews, reviews and articles related to British comedy which have been published by newspapers and blogs from around the world. Don't forget to look at our news section for the significant stories - these won't be repeated here.
Roy 'Chubby' Brown and Journey South have teamed up with songwriter and England fan Robin Ward to release the World Cup song Hopes of a Thousand Men.
Written by Dave Robson. Teeside Evening Gazette, 12th March 2014
Draw the curtains, turn off the light. It's the last Inside No. 9, sob, and it's a genuine fright fest.
Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 12th March 2014
Written by Molly Oldfield and John Mitchinson. The Daily Telegraph, 12th March 2014
I arrive late to Nurse, Radio 4's series of short snappy comedies. It's in six parts and by the time I'd caught up with the good reviews, it was already halfway through.
Written by Paul Whitehouse and David Cummings, it features a community mental health nurse (Esther Coles, who contributes additional material). She sounds as patient, good-humoured and capable as you'd want a community mental health nurse to be. She visits a host of people in their own homes, almost all of them Paul Whitehouse.
In episode four (my episode one) there's a chat about the value of gardening, with Billy "finding God at the end of a spade". Ray has some brilliantly funny lines (I cannot repeat here the one involving the Isle of Man), but his bravado can't mask the hints at his troubled life. Herbert believes in the art of letter-writing. He's written to Kingsley Amis and won't countenance the suggestion that he's dead: "No... he's just having a break."
Tommy challenges Nurse: "You think I'm away with the fairies." And Lorrie, one of the few characters not played by Whitehouse, explains why she won't take her medication, even though her daughter has been taken away from her: "When I take my pills, me no hear Jesus."
Luckily the Radioplayer is our friend. Catch up with Nurse while you can.
The last and nastiest visit to the ninth house on the left, which this episode is a looming, draughty pile out of place on a suburban street. Aimeť-Ffion Edwards, as excellent here as she was in Skin and Walking and Talking, is a schoolgirl babysitter who's been promised a bumper payday but immediately finds that the job, set by icy householder Helen McCrory, is too creepy to be worth the cash.
To say more would spoil, but as the creaking terror takes hold you'll marvel at how Steve Pemberton (absent) and Reece Shearsmith (in full Hammer horror mode) can pepper the elegant script with gags without breaking the spell.
Stella fans may be welcoming the news that the comedy drama is returning for a fourth series - but one family who live where it's filmed say "enough is enough".
Written by Carrie Evans. Wales Online, 12th March 2014
Written by James Rampton. The Independent, 12th March 2014
Helen McCrory and Reece Shearsmith star as Tabitha and Hector, sibling proprietors of the final episode in this blackly comic series. We're in a gothic mansion with a sinister secret at the top and schoolgirl Katy (Aimee-Ffion Edwards) may have bitten off more than she can chew when she agrees to housesit. It's a trip flickering with demonic humour but by the time we reach the closing scene we've gone over to the dark side completely. Sleep well.
After a never less than captivating series that has added a comic sheen to Tales Of The Unexpected, this harrowing series finale has more than a hint of Hammer House Of Horror about it. Siblings Hector and Tabitha reside in a gothic mansion where the temperature is religiously maintained just below freezing point. Precisely the kind of location that would make the prospect of minding Hector and Tabitha's bedridden brother Andras a chilling task on several spinewringingly unsettling levels, as babysitter Katy soon discovers.
I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking that The Michael McIntyre Chat Show needs some work. It appears at the minute that the host is stuck between two worlds: Chat and Observation.
Written by Matthew McLane. UK TV Reviewer, 11th March 2014
Lenny Abrahamson's take on papier-mache headed comedy oddbody Frank Sidebottom captures the awkward inconstancy of the truly talented.
Written by Henry Barnes. The Guardian, 11th March 2014
To celebrate the sequel's confirmed release date we thought we'd test you on your knowledge of the lads.
The Mirror, 11th March 2014
With his dry wit and distinctive look Andy Parsons has become one of the most recognisable faces on Mock The Week - but admits it's 'criminal' there aren't more women alongside him.
Written by Simon Boyle. The Mirror, 11th March 2014
This show was trailed by a BBC announcer saying, "Stepping into the shoes of the chat-show greats..." but on the evidence of this first outing Michael McIntyre is good at being chirpy and making slurping noises, but not much else.
Written by Veronica Lee. The Arts Desk, 11th March 2014
The fact that we had nearly 15 minutes of McIntyre's solo warm-up made it quite clear that the guests were of strictly secondary importance, and their carefully rationed slots ensured that their 'chat' consisted of little more than agreeing with the host that they were indeed marvellous.
Written by Adam Sweeting. The Spectator, 11th March 2014
If you were making a generic chat show spoof, you'd probably come up with The Michael McIntyre Chat Show. Bland, slick and more about the host than gaining insights into the guests.
Written by Alex Fletcher and Tom Mansell. Digital Spy, 11th March 2014
Michael McIntyre, like Alan Carr, comes from the world of stand-up comedy, but his style couldn't be more different. He isn't edgy or acerbic. He's jolly, charming and very middle-class, which has proven to be a winning combination for his comedy tours. However, I'm less sure those strengths equals a brilliant chat show host.
Written by Dan Owen. MSN, 11th March 2014
Michael McIntyre made his chatshow debut on BBC One last night, scampering around and breaking the fourth wall - but he still respected the golden rules of presenting. So what makes a truly great host?
Written by Julia Raeside. The Guardian, 11th March 2014
The Michael McIntyre Chat Show launched with over 2 million viewers on Monday night, according to overnight data.
Written by Tom Eames. Digital Spy, 11th March 2014
In some ways this may be the simplest review I've ever written. If you like Michael McIntyre you'll like TMMCS. If you don't you won't.
Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 11th March 2014
Doll & Em is getting better and more uncomfortable by the week, as the tension between the best friends slowly builds. Now that Doll's on crutches, Em has slipped into the role of her assistant, with the Hollywood star even having to get her own coffee. As Em struggles with her insecurity, her injured mate's a hit on set, with ChloŽ Sevigny taking a shine to her. The sight of Doll hobbling over to interrupt Em's crucial scene is packed with subtle joy, as is the news that they're both off to the same audition.
Can Moone Boy get any better? This week we were treated to a spot of obscure Irish sporting history as Martin's dad Liam (Peter McDonald) relived his greatest moment of sporting triumph with a grudge golf match against the devious bank manager who'd done him down in the prime of youth. This centred on a handball match, which had nothing to do with the sport that had us transfixed in London 2012 and all to do with a kind of squash played without rackets. It was an excuse to give some of Moone Boy's excellent support cast a turn in the spotlight and they swung it with aplomb.
I do feel I might be a little harsh on My Mad Fat Diary and that's primarily due to the fact that I judge it by a higher standard than I do other programmes.
Primetime Unreality, 11th March 2014
BBC News, 11th March 2014
Inside No. 9, BBC2's dark comedy thriller series from half a League of Gents, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, who were also behind Psychoville, has been a critical hit but has not excelled in the ratings. Episodes have attracted a not-so-thrilling average of 800,000 viewers, but fans of the tales with a twist will be relieved to hear that a sequel has been commissioned. The decision was taken before the series was broadcast - if the number-crunchers had seen the figures maybe they would have had second thoughts. Catch the final edition, The Harrowing, with Helen McCrory guesting, on Wednesday.
Michael McIntyre reckons he passes for Bond star Pierce Brosnan "with a mouth full of sweets" - but Pierce isn't his only famous lookalike... apparently.
Written by Rob Leigh. The Mirror, 10th March 2014
With its Ronseal title, the format of The Michael McIntyre Chat Show doesn't need much explaining. It might, however, need some tweaking because this debut edition didn't quite get the balance right.
Written by Michael Hogan. The Telegraph, 10th March 2014
Hugh Bonneville reveals that life imitated art recently when a doorman refused him entry to BBC Broadcasting House while he was filming upcoming satire W1A.
Written by Ben Dowell. The Radio Times, 10th March 2014
David Walliams. novels could be dominating the next four Christmases, with plans for Ratburger, Demon Dentist and Billionaire Boy TV adaptations
Written by Alice Vincent. The Daily Telegraph, 10th March 2014
McIntyre is the latest stand-up comedian to host a chat show - does he know what he's letting himself in for...
Written by Stephen Armstrong. The Radio Times, 10th March 2014