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Simon Evans: Woke comedy is nothing to laugh at

Cancel culture is being wielded as a weapon by newcomers hungry for fame.

Simon Evans, The Telegraph, 23rd May 2024

Armando Iannucci urges comedians to stop taking "path of least resistance" on political satire

"Comedy is not belittling a subject but if it chooses to look at that subject it is offering a way into it that might offer a surprising or fresh perspective".

Max Goldbart, Deadline, 23rd May 2024

Dan Skinner to take on Three Peak Challenge

This Summer, actor, comedian, and writer Dan Skinner has set himself the mammoth challenge of climbing three mountains in just one day, to raise money for a charity very close to his heart, Harry's Pals.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 23rd May 2024
Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing. Image shows from L to R: Paul Whitehouse, Bob Mortimer. Copyright: Owl Power

Paul Whitehouse: "Some of my best-known characters are inspired by people on fishing trips"

The comedian spills the secrets behind his hit TV show about "two old blokes fishing".

Kate Langrish, Country Living, 23rd May 2024
Trying. Image shows from L to R: Nikki Newman (Esther Smith), Jason Ross (Rafe Spall)

Trying review

Hidden away on Apple TV, the best comedy drama you've never seen.

Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 23rd May 2024
Inside No. 9. Image shows left to right: Val (Vinette Robinson), Damon (Reece Shearsmith), Larry (Adrian Scarborough), Kenny (Steve Pemberton), Sheila (Dorothy Atkinson)

Inside No. 9: Mulberry Close review

In a word: perfection.

Louisa Mellor, Den Of Geek, 22nd May 2024
Inside No. 9. Image shows left to right: Val (Vinette Robinson), Damon (Reece Shearsmith), Larry (Adrian Scarborough), Kenny (Steve Pemberton), Sheila (Dorothy Atkinson)

Inside No. 9: Mulberry Close review

One of the most technically innovative episodes of Inside No. 9 the series has attempted, Mulberry Close is alternately suspenseful and hilarious, with a pitch-perfect final sting.

Nick Bartlett, Critical Popcorn, 22nd May 2024
Inside No. 9. Image shows left to right: Val (Vinette Robinson), Damon (Reece Shearsmith), Larry (Adrian Scarborough), Kenny (Steve Pemberton), Sheila (Dorothy Atkinson)

Inside No. 9: Mulberry Close review

The episode resorts to lazy shock value in an underwhelming final act.

David Craig, Radio Times, 22nd May 2024
Notting Hill

Rewatching Notting Hill, the truly unbelievable part is Hugh Grant's house

The social world that the film depicted has not aged well.

Laura Beers, CNN, 22nd May 2024
Bob Flag

Bob Flag, one of the true originals of British comedy

Kim Wells pays tribute to Bob Flag who died last August, aged 92. Kim compered the Earth Exchange Cabaret in Highgate, North London, from 1980 to 1989, one of the very first alternative comedy venues in London. Bob frequently performed there, both as part of a musical comedy duo and with Kim doing a mind-reading act. Kim also guested at two of Bob's regular venues - the Kings Head in Islington in the 1980s and the Lincoln Lounge in Kings Cross in the late 1990s and the Noughties.

Kim Wells, Chortle, 22nd May 2024
Gavin & Stacey. Image shows from L to R: Mick (Larry Lamb), Pam (Alison Steadman)

PETA urge Gavin & Stacey's Pam to go vegan

Fans rejoiced earlier this month after it was revealed Gavin & Stacey will be returning for its last ever episode on Christmas Day. And as viewers went wild wondering what Smithy's answer will be to Nessa's shock proposal and whether we will finally find out what really happened on that fishing trip, others are wondering about Pam's vegetarianism and whether she will perhaps have turned vegan.

Kirsten Murray, Daily Mail, 21st May 2024
Red Dwarf. Image shows from L to R: Cat (Danny John-Jules), Rimmer (Chris Barrie), Lister (Craig Charles), Kryten (Robert Llewellyn). Copyright: UKTV

Red Dwarf already had the perfect ending in 1993

New Red Dwarf episodes are rumoured to be on their way, but no future finale could beat the one that aired back in the 1990s.

Chris Farnell, Den Of Geek, 21st May 2024

The very specific appeal of Hugh Grant's romantic declarations

To celebrate 25 years of Notting Hill, Yasmin Omar looks back at how its star has delivered heart-soaring amorous speeches over the years, with all the attendant fumbling and eyelash-fluttering.

Yasmin Omar, Curzon, 20th May 2024
The Young Poisoner's Handbook. Graham Young (Hugh O'Connor)

The Young Poisoner's Handbook: The murderer who inspired a black comedy

The majority of movies that derive their inspiration from a real-life murderer tend to be hard-boiled, intense, and unnerving crime thrillers, but co-writer and director Benjamin Ross instead decided that a notorious killer would make the ideal touchstone for a very British black comedy.

Scott Campbell, Far Out, 20th May 2024
Daniel O'Reilly

Dapper Laughs and his wife Shelley welcome a third daughter

The comedian, real name is Dan O'Reilly, said he is a 'bag of emotions' as his little bundle of joy can be seen holding his finger.

Bethan Edwards, Daily Mail, 20th May 2024
Stevie Martin. Credit: Tash Pszenicki

Stevie Martin: I auditioned for Ed Gamble and Nish Kumar in a haze of fear

The comedian on strange encounters with fans, performing to a room full of silence and the state of sketch comedy.

Liam Pape, The Guardian, 20th May 2024
The Outlaws. Greg (Stephen Merchant)

Stephen Merchant on fame, stand-up and the pressures of cancel culture

From The Office sidekick to standup legend and a serial killer, the multitalented Stephen Merchant is impossible to pin down. He talks about cancel culture, why pubs are more interesting than outer space and hanging out with Christopher Walken.

Eva Wiseman, The Observer, 19th May 2024
Hi-De-Hi!. Peggy Ollerenshaw (Su Pollard). Copyright: BBC

Su Pollard - In Conversation

One of the most recognisable and prolific figures in the history of British comedy, actress and entertainer Su Pollard has been delighting audiences for half a century now.

Beyond The Title, 18th May 2024
Episodes. Sean Lincoln (Stephen Mangan)

Stephen Mangan: "We need books about the grief of losing your parents"

The star of Green Wing and The Split talks about his addictive new game show, losing both his parents, and why the arts shouldn't be the preserve of the privileged.

Holly Williams, i Newspaper, 18th May 2024
Dane Baptiste. Copyright: Steve Ullathorne

The appalling slur that lays bare the dark heart of British comedy

Dane Baptiste lashed out at a Jewish comedian, writes Darren Richman - but what's really astounding isn't his lazy, antisemitic stereotyping, but the comedy scene's near-total silence in reaction to it.

Darren Richman, The Independent, 17th May 2024
John Dredge

The Nothing To Do With Anything Show returns

John Dredge's hilarious podcast, The Nothing to Do with Anything Show, returns for its sixth series on May 20th.

James Collingwood, We Are Cult, 17th May 2024
Eddie Izzard

Eddie Izzard interview

The comedian plans to play every character in Hamlet, dismantle the myth of masculinity - and win a seat at the next election.

Claire Allfree, The Telegraph, 17th May 2024

Brad Pitt says Snatch performance was based on Father Ted character

Brad Pitt reportedly based his Snatch performance off a character from 1990s British sitcom Father Ted.

Alex Berry, NME, 17th May 2024
Would I Lie To You?. Image shows from L to R: David Mitchell, Rob Brydon, Lee Mack. Copyright: Zeppotron

Why are there still so few women on comedy panel shows?

Despite efforts to create gender balance, we're still not there - and it's not good enough to blame the unwelcoming atmosphere.

Liz Tucker, Broadcast, 17th May 2024
    Rosie Jones

    Rosie Jones driven off social media after being hounded with 'hurtful comments'

    Rosie Jones appears to have deleted her X account after trolls slammed her in another online attack.

    Kitty Chrisp, Metro, 17th May 2024
    Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing. Image shows from L to R: Paul Whitehouse, Bob Mortimer. Copyright: Owl Power

    East Yorkshire cafe owner surprised as Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer visit

    A cafe owner said he was surprised when two comedy legends walked into his East Yorkshire coffee shop. Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer are thought to be filming their Gone Fishing BBC TV series in the area.

    BBC, 17th May 2024
    Emily Atack

    Emily Atack shows off growing baby bump

    Emily Atack showed off her growing baby bump as she took a stroll in central London ahead of welcoming her first child.

    Lucy Murgatroyd, The Sun, 16th May 2024
    An Evening With Harry Enfield & Paul Whitehouse. Harry Enfield

    Harry Enfield wins battle to go ahead with Grand Designs-style home makeover

    Harry Enfield has won his battle with conservationists for a massive Grand Designs-style makeover of his historic £11million mansion.

    The comedian, 62, sparked uproar over plans for an "enormous, over-bearing" and "very obtrusive" rear dormer window at his 19th Century terraced pad.

    Alex Doyle, The Sun, 16th May 2024
    Joe Pasquale

    Joe Pasquale: 'A Second World War ghost lives in my cottage'

    After the pandemic, the comedian moved to a 16th-century property in Norfolk, which he says is haunted by a German fighter pilot.

    Angela Wintle, The Times, 16th May 2024
    Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason. Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger)

    Renee Zellweger seen filming Bridget Jones

    Renee Zellweger is seen for first time filming scenes in London park with young actors who will play her children by Colin Firth's Mark Darcy in much-anticipated fourth film.

    Laura Fox, Daily Mail, 16th May 2024

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