All the latest news about comedy and comedians: stand-up, TV sitcoms and sketch shows, comedy movies, etc…
Tue 31 December 2002
Ali G in gunshot drama
Cohen alerts police to double killing
31/12/2002 … Ali G star Sacha Baron Cohen has escaped injury after he was almost hit by a stray bullet used in a double suicide.
Jasper Carrott, OBE
Comedian in New Year's Honours
31/12/2002 … Jasper Carrott has been awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours.
$10m Jackass lawsuit
Mr Jack Ass says his name is defamed
31/12/2002 … A man named Mr Jack Ass has launched a $10million lawsuit over the MTV stunt show that shares his name.
Mind your bastard language
BBC rapped over swearing
31/12/2002 … The BBC has been criticised for allowing the word 'bastard' to be aired in afternoon comedy programmes.
Comedians voice new kids' show
31/12/2002 … Lenny Henry, Martin Clunes, Mel and Sue and Morwenna Banks have all lent their voices to a new BBC2 children's series, Little Robots.
Mon 30 December 2002
Del brought to book
Novel to chart Trotter's teen years
30/12/2002 … Only Fools and Horses creator John Sullivan is writing a novel based on Del Boy's early years.
Gervais: I won't tour
Ricky shies away from theatre gigs
30/12/2002 … Ricky Gervais has ruled out a national tour - because he doesn't think big theatres suit his style of comedy.
Those we lost in 2002
30/12/2002 … Spike Milligan, possibly the single most influential figure in British comedy of the last century, died of liver failure at the age of 83.