David Bowie

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Weirdest musical moments in British comedy

A selection of some of the strangest songs and musical moments in British comedy.

Anglonerd, 9th October 2017

Ricky Gervais interview: 'How David Bowie made me laugh

On the eve of David Brent: Life on the Road, Ricky Gervais discusses his friendship with David Bowie - and some of the rock star's best gags.

The Big Issue, 16th August 2016

Ricky Gervais: 'Bowie kept illness from everyone'

Ricky Gervais has revealed he was exchanging emails with David Bowie two weeks before his death but that Bowie kept the state of his health a secret.

Colin Paterson, BBC News, 25th April 2016

The day I played David Bowie's hands in Extras

When Bowie appeared on Ricky Gervais's TV show in 2006, he needed someone to play the piano while he mimed. It would be his last appearance on TV and the song he played, Little Fat Man, would later be echoed in Where Are We Now?, a track on his 2013 album The Next Day.

Clifford Slapper, The Guardian, 24th January 2016

Remembering David Bowie, the first-rate comic

From his Zoolander cameo to his brilliant scene in Extras, David Bowie had great comedic timing and was unafraid of losing his impeccable cool.

Rob LeDonne, The Guardian, 13th January 2016

Jimmy Carr broke Bowie death news to NZ audience

Announcing the death of much-loved musical innovator David Bowie in the middle of a comedy show could have been a downer. But two guests at Jimmy Carr's Auckland stand-up show last night say the UK TV presenter and comedian handled the situation "smoothly".

Chris Schulz, The New Zealand Herald, 12th January 2016

Live Review: Robert Newman, Soho Theatre

Last night's show, however, did seriously hit the buffers during a digression about David Bowie and how the late superstar didn't seem to feel any guilt about his flirtation with far right ideas in the 1970s.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 12th January 2016

Robert Newman: The Brain Show

The Brain Show is not as focussed as you might think, as Robert Newman digresses into his over-empathetic next-door neighbour, the state of bland, generic 'is it me or is everything shit?' stand-up and disparaging comments about David Bowie that deliberately went against the mood of room, and indeed the entire country, causing something of a wobble in the atmosphere.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 12th January 2016

Robert Newman: 'Remember Bowie's Nazi leanings'

Rob Newman has reacted to the wave of posthumous admiration for David Bowie, by criticising the cultural icon's flirtation with Nazism.

Chortle, 11th January 2016

Radio Times review

This show's teams are so quick and on-the-comedy-ball, some guests barely get a look in. In this edition, it's Adil Ray - of Citizen Khan - who takes a back seat as the likes of Bob Mortimer and Lee Mack steer the WILTY charabanc to unlikely places.

Mortimer is on great form, making out that as a teenager he was banished from Castle Douglas for frightening the locals. As he piles on implausible details (a friend called Steve Bytheway, latex masks, and so on) with a straight face, you can't help feeling he's taken his flight of fancy too far. Or is it the old trick of elaborating an anecdote to make it sound ridiculous?

Also peddling tall tales are Kian Egan from Westlife, who may or may not have bid for his own waxwork, and Mel Giedroyc with, suitably enough, a cake-based story. It involves David Bowie.

David Butcher, Radio Times, 26th September 2014

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