America is having a second attempt at making its own version of Friday Night Dinner. Creator Robert Popper is adapting his own scripts after the CBS network agreed a 'put pilot' deal, which means a trial episode is most likely to be shot. Popper told Chortle: 'I'm really excited about writing the new pilot, and hope I can make something that Americans laugh at. …
Alan Davies’s talk show As Yet Untitled has been recommissioned for a second series, to air early next year. …
Irish musical comedian Aidan Strangeman has won the annual So You Think You’re Funny? new talent hunt at the Edinburgh Fringe. …
Friday August 22
Line-up: Iain Stirling, Phil Ellis, Alfie Brown, Bec Hill, Erich McElroy, Aidan Goatley, Jess Robinson, The Jest, Oliver Meech, The Trout Bros, Pierre Novellie, Frank Sanazi, MC Ed Gamble 18:40 Pleasance Dome. Tickets.
Kim Noble: You Are Not Alone
The Nualas: Hello Again, We're The Nualas
Tim Renkow: At Least Hell Has Ramps
So You Think You're Funny? Final
Tobias Persson: One Thing Led To A Mother
BJ Novak: One More Thing
Lazy Susan: Extreme Humans
Nick Hall: Helmet
Romesh Ranganathan: Rom Wasn't Built In A Day
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
What music do you come on to and why?
I walk on to silence. I sit down at a piano and play Landslide by Fleetwood Mac. There's a reason it's funny, but I can't tell you why. It's too stupid to explain. Felicity Ward, Underbelly Bristo Square, 21:25
The Big Ask
What would be your fantasy gig?
My dream bill would be: Dave Chappelle, Eddie Murphy (circa Raw), Jerry Seinfeld, Louis CK, and my mum Meriem. She's the funniest person I know. I'd also have Jesus doing a sketch called 'I am telling you for the last time' and Isaac Newton juggling soft balls and singing a song to explain gravitational theory. If the moon isn't available for this gig, the venue would of course be That in the Pleasance Courtyard - the best venue I know!
If you could be one other comic for a night, who would it be?
I'd choose Bill Cosby just because he is the oldest comedian performing today; I would love to have access to his memories. He also has many skills such as his use of silences, and is full of comedy wisdom. His style is totally different from mine, so I'd be curious to feel what this maestro feels.
Which joke or routine do you wish you'd written? Eddie Izzard's Darth Vader Canteen and the sequel with God in Force Majeure.