Causing a kerfuffle

David Walliams heads the week's trivia

  • ‘The most serious work is comedy; it is the most difficult thing of all. You have got to be really serious to be a good comedian in a film. You mustn’t muck about.’ Leslie Philips at the Hay Festival this week

  • David Walliams lost his cool with the paparazzi this week. As he emerged from taking both Miss Great Britain contestant Nicola T and Page 3 girl Keeley Hazell from seeing Dirty Dancing in the West End, he snarled at the snappers: ‘Fuck off. I hope you drop dead and die you scum.’ It probably won’t catch on as a cathcphrase

  • After their fling, former Big Brother contestant Imogen Thomas called Russell Brand ‘my Heineken lover’ because he ‘reached parts other fellas couldn't reach.’ And, talking of Brand, he wrote to Noel Gallagher on his 40th birthday, calling him: ‘The Poet Laurete of the yob, scribbler of anthems with the eyebrows of a neaderthal but the soul of Neil Young’.

  • A 15-year-old schoolboy has built a shrine to Dad’s Army in his garden shed. See the evidence here:

  • Richard Pryor was so generous to Patti Labelle when they toured together that the singer had to reassure her husband they weren’t having an affair. Pryor bought the Lady Marmalade a car and a home sauna for her, but fearful of what her then-husband Armistead Edwards might think, she called im from the road and said: Look, here's the deal... You know I ain't out here doing no hanky panky. Richard just happens to be in love with my voice - not as a girlfriend. He just loves me. And he wants to buy me a car... If I say no it's gonna hurt his feelings.'

  • Cannon and Ball end the first half of their stand-up show with a straight song about how “learning to love the Lord is the greatest love of all”.

  • Stephen Fry on why he’s reworking Cinderella for the Old Vic panto: ‘It may sound wearyingly like an attempt to be cool, hip and relevant to say that pantomime is interactive, but as something of a computer and gadget geek, I’ve yet to find any gizmo from the digital age that can match pantomime for genuine interactivity. “Look behind you” and “Oh no it isn’t’ still can’t be beat for getting a child involved – not by a wilderness of Wiis and Playstations.”’

SOURCES:Western Mail, The London Paper, News Of The World/London Lite, Daily Mail, The Times,, The Times

Published: 1 Jun 2007

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