BBC Three is to make a full series of Josh Widdicombe’s flatshare sitcom following the success of an iPlayer pilot. It is one of a number of commissions the channel has announced today, including a series from another Comedy Feed, Fried; a romantic comedy written by and starring Jonny Sweet; and the Naked Gun-style show Top Coppers. Six half-hour episodes of Josh have been commissioned based on a 15-minute online pilot. …
The nominees for this year’s Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards have been announced. …
Channel 4 is to make a second pilot of a comedy science show fronted by Adam Hills. …
Thursday August 21
Line-up: Carl Donnelly, Tommy Cooper, John Robertson, Joey Page, Eric & Little Ern, Rich Wilson, Fin Taylor, Kwame Asante, Gordon Southern, Alex Smith, Adam Belbin and more, MC Justin Moorhouse 18:40 Pleasance Dome. Tickets.
Joe Wells: Night Of The Living Tories
Harvey, Garvey and The Kane
Markus Birdman: 2B Or Not To Be
Holly Walsh: Never Had It
Paul Currie: Release The Baboons
Sooz Kempner: Defying Gravity
Neel Kolhatkar: GENeration ComedY
One Man Breaking Bad
Jonny Lennard: Tale Blazer
Matthew Highton: Good Luck Sleeping Jerks
A Split Decision
Conor O'Toole's Manhood
Jenny Collier: Love In The Time Of Collier
The Christmas And The Hobbit
Funz And Gamez
Scott Capurro: Islamohomophobia Reloaded
Sean Nolan: The Joke Manifesto
Franceso De Carlo: Italians Do It Later
Chortle Student Comedy Award Final
Julian McCullough: Dream Girls
What music do you come on to and why?
Kanye West: Power. Old big head would be proud to know that he's involved with the dopest show at the fringe. Marlon Davis, Assembly George Square, 19:50
The Big Ask
What's the secret of a happy work-life balance?
I remind myself that none of this matters, because we're all going to die, so stop worrying about reviews, awards, etc, and just enjoy the fact that you are surviving financially doing one of the most amazing jobs ever.
Describe why you can't stand a particular comic, without identifying them.
Doing Comedians' Cinema Club, where I get two comedians dropping out a day, has taught me that all comics are bastards. I hate all of them. Myself included.
What will the Fringe look like in ten years?
Hopefully somewhere warmer. Or much shorter; like a week long! Or cancelled. Just cancel it. It's too expensive. Too many hills. Always f***ing rains! So many of us agree it's too long. Who do we talk to so it can be at shorter? (Seriously)
Eric Lampaert is staging a special Robin Williams Comedians' Cinema Club at 2.15pm on Saturday at Just The Tonic Community Project. Proceeds to mental health charity Mind.