Tony Livesey

Audio: Man behind Nick Clegg spoof video reveals all

The man behind an 'auto-tuned' version of Nick Clegg's apology over university tuition fees has spoken to Tony Livesey.

The BBC Radio 5 live presenter was given his own audio makeover courtesy of Alex Ross, with his own number: A Very Stiff Back.

Mr Ross was commissioned by The Poke to create the Clegg tune, which has become a viral hit.

Tony Livesey, BBC News, 21st September 2012

Audio: Bernard Cribbins pays tribute to Eric Sykes

Comedian Bernard Cribbins has paid tribute to Eric Sykes who died on Wednesday.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live's Tony Livesey about his first encounter with Mr Sykes in 1949 and recalled some of his best sketches.

Mr Sykes, 89, died of a short illness.

Tony Livesey, BBC News, 5th July 2012

Audio: Dom Joly stars in his first solo show

Dom Joly is taking part in his first ever one-man show.

The comedian broke onto the comedy scene ten years ago with Trigger Happy TV. Since then he has camped in a jungle with Gillian McKeith, drunk his way around the world and visited countries like North Korea and Iran but he has never done a show like this before.

He tells BBC Radio 5 live's Tony Livesey his reasons for doing one now.

Tony Livesey, BBC News, 14th April 2011

When this comedy series began it went out late. It still fooled gullible souls like me into thinking it really was a phone-in and not an exquisite parody of one. Host Gary Bellamy is played by Rhys Thomas, the voices of all those nutters, fanatics, drunks and po-faced poshies come from Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Amelia Bullmore, Simon Day, Lucy Montgomery and Felix Dexter. And very funny they are, probably because they are not a million miles away from the real people who call Radio 5 Live's real-life late-night hosts Tony Livesey and Stephen Nolan.

Gillian Reynolds, The Telegraph, 14th March 2011

Sometimes it can seem as if standup comedians are everywhere. Clustered on panel shows, chat shows, sitcoms; hosting clips programmes, commenting on the news, making you chicken pie when you get home at night...

That's just me (I'm married to a standup), and that's a bad joke. Not quite as bad as some we heard on Stand Up For Comic Relief, but close.

Last week, Radio 4 took us through the now familiar process of established comedians mentoring novices for charidee (you phone in to vote for the best, and the money goes to Comic Relief). Thus, Dev from Radio 1 was tutored by Chris Ramsey, Radio 2's Tony Blackburn got Julian Clary, Tom Service (Radio 3) by Sandi Toksvig, Jenni Murray (Radio 4) by Mark Steel, Tony Livesey (5Live) worked with Justin Moorhouse and Shaun Keaveny from 6Music was paired with Miles Jupp. (If there was ever a sign that the BBC are now fully supportive of 6Music, Shaun doing Comic Relief is it.)

Before we heard the routines, in the "funny" 6.30pm slot on Wednesday, Radio 4 offered us two half-hour puff pieces on Monday and Tuesday, where the newbies expressed their fear and competitiveness and their mentors cracked funnies. Tony Blackburn was the coolest, his shtick so tough that Clary's advice could only slide off it like an egg chucked at a tank. Blackburn refused to meet Clary more than once, and was as corny as can be, his light-ent persona carrying him through hoary gags such as getting the whole audience to look under their seats for a nonexistent prize. Tony Livesey was cheesy too, in ye old working men's club manner: terrible jokes, delivered with a wink and some panache. Shaun Keaveny was likable, as were Jenni Murray and Tom Service. But best by far was Dev, who told a truthful, funny, well-constructed story about asking a girl out complete with call-backs to earlier jokes. He should win.

As an aside, much as Comic Relief is an admirable institution, it should be held at least partly responsible for all these standups and their hijacking of mainstream culture. Funny is God, these days. (And God, though good with a one-liner, wasn't actually much of a giggle.) Oh, I'm so sick of listening to people say stuff that sounds as though it's a punch-line, but isn't actually, you know, funny. Hey ho. Adam and Joe will be back on 6Music next month. They really do make me laugh.

Miranda Sawyer, The Observer, 13th March 2011