So Breaking Bad
isn't the only series having it's final episode this weekend. The IT Crowd hits end of program
with a one off special.
Comedian Stewart Lee gave an hour long talk earlier this year on the place of writing, or not writing, in standup comedy
. Last week, the UK comedy website Chortle took some of his comments mentioning comedians who use writers
, and stirred up a minor controversy. Lee has since released a statement
to clarify the context.
RIP Mel Smith
, British comedian, actor, writer, director and producer. First coming to fame in the ground-breaking Not The Nine O'Clock News
he went on to make Alas Smith And Jones
with Griff Rhys-Jones
. He produced many theatrical productions and directed several films including The Tall Guy
. He also played the albino in The Princess Bride
) [more inside]
Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast
is a series of long live interviews with other comedians, comedy writers and Jonathan Ross - the most recent with his old partner, Stewart Lee. [more inside]
Young Edd Gould
always enjoyed drawing comics of himself and his friends. Growing up in the internet age, his doodles
evolved into Flash animations of increasing complexity, and in time Edd and pals Tom Ridgewell
and Matt Hargreaves teamed up to produce an "Eddsworld"
series of online webtoons and comics
At first crude and halting, the group's "eddisodes"
progressed from surreal shorts
into full-fledged productions that pushed the boundaries of amateur web animation, with expressive characters
, full soundtracks
, complex effects, and a fast-paced, off-kilter sense of humor: MovieMakers
- Rock Bottom
- Hammer & Fail
At its height, the college co-op was producing shorts for Mitchell & Webb
and the UN Climate Change Conference
, fielding offers
from Paramount and Cartoon Network, and racking up millions of hits on YouTube
Work slowed, however, when Gould was diagnosed with leukemia
-- a relatively survivable form, though, and Gould carried on working gamely
through his hospital stays. So it came as a shock last week when Matt and Tom announced that Edd had passed away
, prompting an outpouring
in his short 23 years.
The long running English sitcom Only Fools And Horses
is going to be remade in
the US…. The Guardians showbiz spies reveal the subtle tinkerings
that have been made to the original formula. The funniest
thing ever on television. Allegedly
"You're going nowhere, son. Just you, me ad the walls. So wipe that bloody grin off before it's shot off, and don't slouch. You toe rag. You
bin. Pay attention when I break you. And break you I will, boy. You're in my manor, now."
Buck up! It's Terry Finch's THE REPRISALIZER!
Follow Bob Shuter
, whose mission of reprisal against his brother's killers, their families, associates, progeny and property takes him across the desolate wasteland of 70s Britain, primarily Kent AKA FINCHLAND
. Finch, writer of The Reprisalizer and DRAW!
, the cowboy whose name means death, is soon to be the subject of a major motion picture
from Matthew Holness, creator of Garth Marenghi's Darkplace
Years after its final broadcast, the award-winning, pond-hopping, cult comedy hit Whose Line is it Anyway?
is returning to television! Sort of! Tonight in just a few minutes, Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza
, sample segment
) makes its debut on GSN, reuniting Carey with popular "Whosers" Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops, Brad Sherwood, Wayne Brady, and many more
. Though the show will air every weekday, you don't have to wait around for new episodes to get your improv fix -- in spite of the lack of DVD box sets, there's a veritable treasure trove of past content available free from multiple online sources, including the complete run of the American Whose Line on both YouTube
and fansite WatchWLIIA
along with every episode of the original UK run from Channel4's official YouTube channel
and their streaming video site 4oD
. Too much content? Look inside for selections of the show's most hilarious moments as sampled from the show's burgeoning TVTropes entry
. See also: Fan guide
- American episode guide
) - List of game types [more inside]
of Alan Partridge's brand new series, Mid Morning Matters from North Norfolk Digital (SLYT) (previous
For quite some time, I’d wanted to make a screwball comedy. A fast-talking, wildly acclerating ensemble comedy that gets stupider and stupider. I never imagined it would be about a war, and inspired by a very recent war at that. But Simon, Jesse, Tony and I all felt that the more we found out about the dysfunction in Washington and the naivety in London leading up to the Iraq invasion, the more obvious it was that the only way to deal accurately and fairly with this topic was as a screwball comedy.
- The Oscar nominated script for In The Loop
, with an introduction by writer Armando Iannucci.
Comedian and activist, Mark Thomas
, has been touring the UK over the past year, compiling a set of policies that his audiences want to see implemented in Britain. As part of the publicity for the resulting book, The People's Manifesto
, his publishers are offering to pay one lucky applicant's £500 deposit and campaign expenses to stand for public office at the upcoming general election, on the condition that they will base their campaign on the policies gathered in the book
. [more inside]
Brian Blessed presents Have I Got News For You
. [more inside]
Legendary British comedy producer Geoffrey Perkins died
in a freak accident yesterday. Chances are if you watched some British comedy over the last 20 years, and liked it, Geoffrey Perkins had a hand in it.
The Carry On films
have been a much-loved part of British life for the last 50 years, and they may even be making a new one
. This give a quick feel of what you might of missed
(slightly NSFW) And though it does have its knockers
, one person liked them so much he made a religion
out of them, literally.
For the past 50 years, The British
have made some of the funniest
Comedy TV Shows. Come inside for A Video Chronology of The History of British TV Comedy. [more inside]
, classic British comedy (Youtubed: 1
) [more inside]
In 1967, before "Monty Python"
, before "The Goodies"
, and before "Marty"
, John Cleese
, Graham Chapman
, Tim Brooke-Taylor
and Marty Feldman
teamed up to create a groundbreaking show that influenced (and provided sketch material and dialog for) much of what we know today as British Comedy
. Most of the material was erased when its owner, Rediffusion London
, disappeared in England's 1967 TV franchise reshuffle
. Here is almost all of what survives of "At Last, the 1948 Show"
Ronnie Hazlehurst RIP. Who?
Well if you've seen any of the BBC's sitcoms and light entertainment programmes from the 70s onwards, you would have probably heard his work... [more inside]
For the duration of three profanity-laden LPs in the 1970s, Peter Cook
and Dudley Moore
were two disgusting foul mouthed oafs named Derek
. Listen to them here (real)
; here be transcripts
The recent post that revived the rude ‘Rainbow
’ kids show sketch reminded me of the our (that is, British) obsession with comic double entendre
- the ability to accept the filthiest things as long as there is a parallel innocuous interpretation. I think it is something to do our love for wordplay and subtext, our innate hypocrisy and the belief that sex is, in fact, rather naughty. Perhaps the prime example are the Julian and Sandy
sketches that ran on the BBC Radio show ‘Beyond Our Ken’
from 1964-69. Over Sunday lunch, millions (there was ONLY the BBC in those days) listened to two very camp characters saying outrageous things in Polari
(underground gay slang). A much earlier prime example is the great dirty joke
(it’s the one in blue at the bottom of the page) that got comedian Max Miller (died in 1963) banned from the BBC for 5 years. A more recent case of innuendo is, of course, Mrs. Slocombe’s pussy
. Of course the double entendre
can also be unintentional
The Funniest Brits Since Monty Python, The Fast Show And The League Of Gentlemen
are definitely Ricky Gervais
* and Stephen Merchant
whose giggly, gloriously silly and shockingly juvenile improvised radio antics can be heard every Saturday on xfm
is so often overlooked and underestimated as a vehicle for comedy
that it hurts
. This is probably more so in America
than in the UK
. [Don't know about Canada or Australia, although they produce so many excellent comedians.
] Sooooo... What's your
idea of radio comedy gold?
*Gervais, in case you've never to have heard of him, is the star of the magnificent The Office, recently aired on cable, along with Ali G, and returning to America in a bastardized version; already featured on MetaFilter.
390,000 Jedi in Britain
In a recent census 390,000 U.K. residents declared their faith in the Star Wars religion following an e-mail campaign that claimed 10,000 declared Jedites would make Jedi a 'legal and official religion.' So what happens now? Who will build the first Jedi church? (I reckon this says more about British attitutudes to form filling than attitutudes to religion).
Laughter capital of the world?
"Declining audiences, dull material, complacent comics: a crisis is looming ....London suddenly appears to be in the grip of a recession for the first time since the alternative comedy boom took off at the beginning of the 1980s." From a nation exporting Bill Bailey
(live in NYC this week) ,Eddie Izzard
, Ali G
, can this really be happening? (BTW I always thought Canada
tried to lay a claim to this crown?)
Comedian Rowan Atkinson is understandably nervous about his career
in the light of proposed laws in the UK to outlaw insightment to religious bigotry. Having built his career
from playing comedy vicars and priests you can imagine him wondering if all his old material is suddenly worthless. Downing Street has sought to re-assure
as usual but you can see why he'd be filled with uncertainty. As he points out in a situation were personal opinion is involved, how would one tell if one was breaking the law. For example, some stand up comedy may be fine, but how about movies? Where does 'The Life of Brian' stand? Or 'Dogma' for that matter...
Is American TV funnier than British TV?
Who watches both? I really don't know but describing American comedies as "machine-tooled one-liners" is pretty damn accurate. (via boingboing.net)
Contrary to what you may have heard
, the new Brass Eye
is indeed about paedophiles
. And it's got Phil Collins wearing a "Nonce Sense" t-shirt.
Last night's Brass Eye special was mysteriously pulled from the schedules, seemingly because it concerned "an army of paedophiles". Apparantly, this is not the case
Great news! Channel 4 to re-screen Brass Eye
- with restored footage
Britain's best footballer, David Beckham, and his wife Posh Spice are almost as important as royalty. That they have agreed to be interviewed by spoofist Ali G is a tad surprising...read the transcript here