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TV preview - Comedians: Home Alone

Following E4's Remote Comedy From The Paddock the BBC launches with their own self-shot lockdown rapidfire sketch show. And on the basis of the first episodes - not that this is a competition - the BBC has the edge.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 28th May 2020

Review: Remote Comedy From The Paddock, E4/YouTube

Maybe it's the nature of this kind of show that it won't please everyone but whereas Comedians: Home Alone feels like it has hit the ground running judging by the first outing Remote Comedy has some catching up to do.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 27th May 2020

Free Edinburgh Fringe Festival goes online

The Free Edinburgh Fringe Festival is launching its 2020 summer series of Fringe shows powered by Cisco and streamed live on Twitch. It starts on Saturday 30th May, with its first-ever online show - a Pick of the Fringe gig featuring six top comedians.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 26th May 2020

Bob Mortimer's Train Guy pulls into the BBC

Bob Mortimer's online character Train Guy is coming to the BBC. He is one of the characters in the new lockdown series Comedians: Home Alone, which starts on BBC Two on June 1 at 10.15pm.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 25th May 2020

Isolation Song Contest raises over £38,000

An alternative Eurovision Song Contest, the Isolation Song Contest, has raised £38,452 to help support The Trussell Trust, Crisis and Refuge. The winner has also been revealed.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 24th May 2020

TV review: What's The Matter With Tony Slattery?

Slattery today, in this compelling documentary, seems to be a different person. There are still flashes of wit and moments of that mercurial twinkle, but he is not the same as he was. And, as the title says, this programme sets out to work out what happened to him.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 21st May 2020

Book review: Alternative Comedy

When I saw that Oliver Double's new book about Alternative Comedy was £75 I assumed it was a massive doorstep tome that the post person would never be able to carry. So I was surprised when (than you Bloomsbury Press Office) a relatively thin 200-ish page hardback dropped through my letterbox.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 20th May 2020

Comedy Store Players improvised show to stream online

The Comedy Store Players, the UK's longest-running improvisation team, will be putting a show online for the very first time since they started in 1985.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 18th May 2020