Wednesday 26th February 2020
Not Going Out creator and star Lee Mack will be attending the Big Comedy Conference in London on April 25th to discuss studio audience sitcom, whilst Sandi Toksvig, who is president of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain, will deliver a keynote speech.
Thursday 2nd May 2019
Brighton's Komedia venue - which has hosted many a comedy show over the years - is celebrating its 25th birthday. Here's some vintage brochure entries featuring comedians.
Less a comedy, more an extended panic attack, Lee Mack's new sitcom doesn't make for relaxing viewing. This week, a journalist is following Kate around in order to write a lifestyle piece. But what could go wrong when the hack runs into her ex across the road? Not unpredictably, everything.Phil Harrison, The Guardian, 3rd September 2020
Hallucinatory hummus! Hostages! Hyperventilation! Lee Mack's latest series is a masterclass in chaotic comedy, with a multitude of disasters unfolding in real time.Stuart Heritage, The Guardian, 18th August 2020
BBC2's comedy evening is a hit-and-miss affair, but it's good that the Beeb is now producing enough new sitcoms and sketch shows - after a long barren patch - to stage a cavalcade like this.
Diane Morgan's slack-faced creation Mandy kicked it off with a couple of daft stories - one about a job at a banana factory, and one that pitted her in a line-dancing marathon contest against arch-enemy Maxine Peake.
Call me easily pleased, but I was weeping with laughter at the sight of a woman with a beehive and a fag in her mouth, splatting tarantulas on a conveyor belt of imported fruit.
I'm laughing less at Semi-Detached. It started well but I'm beginning to worry that Lee Mack - shorn of his one-liners - is a painfully depleted sight. He needs to be much more than just a character that things happen to.Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 14th August 2020
The gimmick of this Lee Mack sitcom is that events unfold in real time, which in practice means each episode sees his stressed wedding DJ Stuart absolutely dog-piled by humiliations. Tonight, all Stu wants to do is reclaim his iPad, triggering a blackly comic and often profane cascade of disaster.Graeme Virtue, The Guardian, 13th August 2020
Lee Mack as a wedding DJ having a midlife crisis? It sounds naff, but it's like Birdman - if Birdman were set in a cream sitting room.Joel Golby, The Guardian, 8th August 2020
Promising concept and cast let down by shortage of laughs.Patrick Cremona, Radio Times, 6th August 2020
Lee Mack's suburban sadsack makes for solid sitcom fare.Anita Singh, The Telegraph, 6th August 2020
In some respects, this BBC sitcom channels elements of the sadcom - but the moments aren't frequent or long enough to actually make us care.Annabel Nugent, The Independent, 6th August 2020