British Comedy Guide

Paul Merton

BBC announces major Edinburgh festival coverage

Edinburgh Festivals' 70th anniversary year is to be celebrated by the BBC with a dynamic showcase highlighting the cultural standing of this international event.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 24th July 2017

Star comics on camera in their early Fringe days

A stash of film shot in the 1990s chronicles the rise of comedy's big names including Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon and Jo Brand.

Dan Glaister, The Guardian, 16th July 2017

How comedy captured the Edinburgh Fringe: part 3

In the third part of our Fringe history, two long-forgotten venues put comedy before theatre with the help of Austin Powers and a Wonder Dog.

Ben Venables, The Skinny, 11th July 2017

Preview - Have I Got News For You

A General Election campaign is fertile ground for the panel on Have I Got News For You but this one has exceeded expectation in its ludicrosity - with manifesto lies, ministers who can't do basic arithmetic, a prime minister who refuses to debate and caustic interviewers who won't let them get a word in edgeways.

Gareth Hargreaves, On The Box, 2nd June 2017

Paul Merton on becoming the Beatles for a day

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper, the comedian imagines what it would have been like if the band had reunited...

Radio Times, 29th May 2017

Preview - Have I Got News for You

One of the big questions in the comedy world at the moment is whether we are experiencing a new satire boom?

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 21st April 2017

TV humour is lewd, lavatorial & lacking any form of wit

The problem, however, is bigger than just one show. For the abject and high-profile failure of The Nightly Show raises a disturbing question. What has happened to British comedy? The sheer unfunniness of much of it is beyond depressing.

Christopher Hart, Daily Mail, 18th March 2017

Bath Comedy Festival gets new sexy sponsor

Bath Comedy Festival and VisitBath have announced a sponsorship collaboration with Lovehoney, the UK's largest online sex toy retailer.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 9th March 2017

Paul Merton: 'Alan was my comic hero'

Alan Simpson, of writing duo Galton and Simpson, has died at the age of 87.

The pair created sitcoms including Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe And Son.

Comedian Paul Merton became friends with the pair after working with them. He explained to Radio 4's PM how they worked "writing everything together face to face". He added not only "did they make each other laugh, but they had the eye to know what would make the audience laugh as well".

BBC News, 8th February 2017

10 facts about the Leicester Comedy Festival

10 facts from its founder Geoff Rowe....

Geoff Rowe, Chortle, 26th January 2017

Have I Got News For You uses handbag to replace MP Nicky Morgan

Have I Got News For You has replaced absent guest Nicky Morgan MP with a handbag.

British Comedy Guide, 16th December 2016

Radio 4 reveals Christmas comedy highlights

Radio 4 has revealed its Christmas comedy highlights for 2016. Listeners can look forward to specials starring Nicholas Parsons, Tim Vine, Lenny Henry, John Finnemore and more.

British Comedy Guide, 22nd November 2016

Tribute to be organised for Arnold Brown

A star-studded line-up of comedy stars are to celebrate alternative stand-up legend's Arnold Brown's 80th birthday next month.

Chortle, 14th October 2016

Arriving for a 52nd series, HIGNFY has rarely been more welcome. Over the next 11 weeks, Ian Hislop and Paul Merton will, as ever, captain the teams skewering the increasing ludicrousness of world affairs. They'll be running over the US presidential election, too, which is likely to provide ample quarry for some terrifying hilarity. Nick Clegg has a go in the host's chair, while Kevin Bridges is one of the week's guest panellists.

Ben Arnold, The Guardian, 7th October 2016

Comedians recall their first gigs

Shappi Khorsandi felt as if she'd walked on the moon. Isy Suttie watched a man change a dressing on a wound as she spoke. Omid Djalili fell off the stage. So how did the first gigs of Paul Merton, Susan Calman and other top comics go?

Chris Wiegand and Anna Menin, The Guardian, 1st August 2016

BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals 2016

An all-star line-up of top comedy, arts, writing and music - as well showcases for new fresh talent - will be at the heart of the BBC's Edinburgh Festivals coverage across TV, radio and online.

BBC, 27th July 2016

Latitude review: Paul Merton's Imro Chums

Paul Merton, whose popularity is clear by the length of the queue for The Theatre Tent (and the looks of horror from those arriving to join the back) joins Latitude for a rather early slot on the bill, joined by some Impro Chums, ready to lighten the moods of an increasingly-tired crowd.

Nicole Evans, The Reviews Hub, 16th July 2016

BBC comedy classics go on display

Much-loved British comedians and sitcom stars are being celebrated in a new exhibition. Comedy faces from Frankie Howerd to Ricky Gervais are on display at the Compton Verney art gallery in Warwickshire from 9 July. BBC Faces of Comedy is showing 100 pictures ranging from the 1950s to the present day. Leading comics have curated the exhibition - including Have I Got News For You panellist Paul Merton and the star of Citizen Khan, Adil Ray. Here they talk about some of their favourite comedy moments.

Paul Merton and Adil Ray, BBC News, 10th July 2016

New exhibit shows archive pictures of BBC comedians

Compton Verney exhibition charts 60 years of comedy, from Hancock's Half Hour to Miranda Hart.

Mark Brown, The Guardian, 26th June 2016

Paul Merton interview

Paul Merton discusses the death of his wife, the "ecstasy" of his first stand-up gig - and what happened when he auditioned for Rada.

The Big Issue, 21st March 2016