Telling the most offensive jokes is way the powerful exert their dominance - and should be banned. That's the view of literature professor Anshuman Mondal, who was speaking at the Leicester Comedy Festival today.Chortle, 19th February 2017
If you ever wondered what Scotland's favourite comedic duo were like as kids, you might not have to wait much longer.Nina Glencross, The Daily Record, 19th February 2017
The Benidorm cast let their hair down with boozy karaoke nights while filming the hit comedy.Daily Star, 19th February 2017
As I flip on the TV and am immediately reminded of just how brilliant Graham Norton is.Bill Young, Tellyspotting, 19th February 2017
The bizarre duo were comedy gold they struggled to understand each other in painful chat on the ITV show.The Sun, 19th February 2017
Pls Like is a wonderful find. No matter that vloggers, with their kickably infuriating perfect lives and immaculate optimism and terribly healthy sponsorship deals, are overripe for ridicule: the real discovery is Liam Williams. The young comedian, who describes himself winningly as "a 51-year-old grumpy technophobe in the body of a 28-year-old grumpy technophobe", likes to mock all matters relating to video-logging and its absurdly perky proponents, until he gets the chance to win £10,000 by successfully passing vlogging "challenges" - the beauty tips, the fitness, the "pranks" - oh God, the pranks. Cue much ill-willed raising of Liam's eyebrow as he must undergo mentoring in the art of solipsistic indulgence by soft minds with hard bodies and too many followers. My favourite exchange, in the "health and beauty" episode:
Peppy vlogger Millipede and bestie Chloe: "Can you take a selfie of us?"
(Liam tries awkwardly to get into shot)
"No, can you? Take a selfie? Of us?"
Liam, after tired pause: "You mean... a photo."
But in truth, every passage fizzes with real wit. Over the series minds are changed, and not just those of the characters. It's subtle, bright and hilarious, which makes it all the more astonishing it's being hidden, although This Country[/x], their mockumentary anthem to doomed Cotswold youth also showcases the digital channel's new gift for brilliance.Euan Ferguson, The Observer, 19th February 2017
Extracts from Adrian Besley's new book Monty Python's Flying Circus: Hidden Secrets.Adrian Besley, The Daily Mail, 18th February 2017
The show balances a subtle undoing of the phenomenon with unabashed digs in the narration and cuts to acerbic 'facts' about vlogging. In asking some important questions as we enter a new dawn of television-slash-content consumption, Pls Like is a pretty good starting point.Lily Dessau, Beyond the Joke, 18th February 2017
The actor, who played café owner Rene Francois Artois in the show, died aged 75 on January 23.
His funeral was held in his hometown at Huddersfield Parish Church on Friday.BBC News, 17th February 2017
Ricky Gervais has announced worldwide dates for his new stand-up tour, Humanity. He will also play many more dates in the UK due to the initial shows selling out.British Comedy Guide, 17th February 2017
The Graham Norton Show
It's a sturdy lineup for Mr Norton, who currently appears to have no competition whatsoever in the talkshow stakes. Tonight sees Tom Hiddleston chatting about new movie Kong: Skull Island; Ruth Wilson talking about Hedda Gabler at the National Theatre; Ricky Gervais on his new standup tour; and Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire on appearing in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead at London's Old Vic. Oh, and Tinie Tempah playing live.Ben Arnold, The Guardian, 17th February 2017
The Last Leg
Events in the world have rather overtaken The Last Leg. Such is the madness of unfolding news in the United States and in our own parliament, there seems to be no shortage of quality special guests - David Tennant or Russell Brand, say - turning up to voice an opinion on the carnage. This week's guest is still under wraps, but host Adam Hills, assisted by Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe, will be passing comment on the latest news events.John Robinson, The Guardian, 17th February 2017
Tracey Ullman's Show
The scattershot sketch show with the odd musical number continues, and while Ullman's portrayal of Judi Dench as a compulsive hellraiser insulated by her national treasure status is a solid, repeatable gag, it almost overshadows her impeccable impersonation of Maggie Smith (here reimagined as an eager-to-please YouTube vlogger). Elsewhere, Nicola Sturgeon goes to great lengths to get the Angela Merkel look.Graeme Virtue, The Guardian, 17th February 2017
TV comedy star Matt Lucas has been awarded an honorary degree by his former university.BBC News, 16th February 2017
It has been confirmed that Miranda Hart will star in the new West End version of Annie, playing the tyrannical Miss Hannigan.British Comedy Guide, 16th February 2017
If you haven't seen This Country yet have a look. It might have well-used stylistic elements of both The Office and People Just Do Nothing about it, but it is sharply-written (by its stars Charlie Cooper and Daisy May Cooper) and deftly performed.Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 16th February 2017
Here's what Steve and Reece had to say about the new series when I caught up with them earlier this week.Elliot Gonzalez, I Talk Telly, 16th February 2017
BBC Store is today releasing 15 episodes of The Goodies to buy to download, including 6 never previously commercially available.British Comedy Guide, 16th February 2017
Charity the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund has announced details of a fund-raising comedy night in March.British Comedy Guide, 15th February 2017
The second series of Paul Abbott's blackly comic, bracingly in-your-face cop drama kicked off with a fateful explosion at a Manchester gangland funeral, and tonight's finale threatens to end with an even bigger bang. The indomitable DI Deering seems to be closing in on calculating racketeer Nora Attah but, in reality, her unit is falling apart. Can coppers Dinah and Joy rub along with their steamrollering boss long enough for them all to make the ultimate collar?Graeme Virtue, The Guardian, 15th February 2017