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Stephen Fry praises King Charles for cancer announcement

Stephen Fry has praised King Charles for sharing his cancer diagnosis, calling his openness "marvellous".

Aoife Walsh, BBC, 8th February 2024

Paul Black stand-up special Nostalgia lands on BBC One Scotland

Paul Black's debut stand-up special, Nostalgia, is one of several comedy shows announced for BBC Scotland's Christmas television offerings, airing alongside a special from Susie McCabe and returns for sketch show Queen Of The New Year and panel show Breaking The News.

British Comedy Guide, 28th November 2023

Germany's Henning Wehn revels in King Charles's comedy shout-out

Henning Wehn delighted in a royal shout-out on Thursday as Britain's King Charles III paid tribute to the UK's cultural links with Germany. In a light-hearted segment of his speech to the German parliament, the king saluted Wehn as "Germany's comedy ambassador".

Tim Stickings, The National News, 30th March 2023

Prince Charles may fancy a break with the Duchess of Cornwall for his 70th birthday, but instead he has been gifted a night of comedy and magic to raise money for the Prince's Trust. Armstrong and Miller host proceedings, with the magicians Penn & Teller and Dynamo on the bill. Rowan Atkinson, Sandi Toksvig, Cheryl Tweedy and Kylie also appear.

Hannah Verdier, The Guardian, 13th November 2018

Why can't the BBC do good comedy anymore? Recently we've had truly awful things such as Citizen Khan, Mrs Brown's Boys and, currently showing, the embarrassing Mountain Goats. The last time the BBC managed to provoke a laugh from me was with Murder In Successville on BBC3, a channel soon to be shoved online only.

And there were laughs in the one-off special of Burnistoun, but this was shown in Scotland only. When it comes to the BBC's mainstream, UK-wide comedy, where oh where is the good stuff?

Maybe they feel this terrible dearth of excellent comedy, as they're giving us a reunion show with Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse looking back - yes, looking back - to the good old days.

The programme puts Enfield and Whitehouse on stage together in front of an admiring crowd and parodies the An Audience With... shows, but the nice twist is that when we flash to shots of the audience we see Enfield and Whitehouse in the crowd, dressed up as various famous people, and asking cheeky questions. Jimmy Carr, Harry Hill, Ricky Gervais and Prince Charles are all gloriously ridiculed and in between we have great clips of the comedy pair's old shows.

Julie McDowall, The National (Scotland), 31st August 2015

Stephen Fry considers Prince Charles' drug response

Stephen Fry has spoken again about his admission that he took cocaine whilst inside Buckingham Palace and has admitted, not all too unreasonably, that Prince Charles wouldn't be pleased with the revelation.

Duncan Lindsay, Metro, 22nd June 2015

Prince Charles asked Eric Idle to be his jester

Not long ago, at Billy Connolly's house in Scotland, Prince Charles gave Eric Idle offer he could refuse. "He said, 'Would you be my jester?' " Idle recalled. "I said, 'Why would I want a fucking shit job like that?'"

The New Yorker, 17th December 2014

QI: Which secret society does Prince Charles belong?

A quietly intriguing column from the brains behind QI, the BBC quiz show. This week: magic.

Anne Miller and John Mitchinson, The Telegraph, 29th January 2014

What happened to impressionists? There was a time when it was the blue-chip form of light entertainment, and no weekend or Christmas was complete without a special. But the steam seems to have gone out of it a little these days. The Impressions Show has its moments (Debra Stephenson gets that mad vamp off Dragons' Den to a T and Jon Culshaw nails Paul McCartney and Prince Charles). But all too often if you close your eyes you wouldn't have a clue who was being lampooned. It gives an impression of being entertaining, but not always a convincing one.

Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent, 3rd November 2011

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