July 2008 News
All the latest news about comedy and comedians: stand-up, TV sitcoms and sketch shows, comedy movies, etc…
Thu 31 July 2008
A full and Frank account
Skinner pens new memoirs
31/07/2008 … Frank Skinner has written a follow-up to his bestselling autobiography.
Revealed: The world's oldest joke
...and, yes, it's about farts
31/07/2008 … The world’s oldest recorded joke has been discovered, dating back almost 4,000 years.
BBC3 reaches out for Heroes
Bid to buy Australian comedy
31/07/2008 … BBC Three is in talks to acquire the predecessor to Australian mockumentary Summer Heights High.
Wed 30 July 2008
Beeb fined over Brand phone-in
Fakery costs BBC £400,000
30/07/2008 … Broadcasting watchdogs have fined the BBC £400,000 over phone-in scandals involving Comic Relief, the Russell Brand show and others.
12 months to make it...
C4 follows wannabe stand-up
30/07/2008 … Channel 4 is to follow student Simon Jenkins as he tries to break into the stand-up circuit.
Revealed: Dad's Army titles row
Nazi images 'too offensive'
30/07/2008 … Dad’s Army’s famous opening titles only came about following a row between BBC bosses, newly published archive memos have revealed.
Tue 29 July 2008
A joint venture...
Cheech & Chong reunite for new tour
29/07/2008 … Stoner comedy duo Cheech & Chong are about to announce their first live comedy tour in more than 25 years.
ITV confirms new stand-up show
...but only in the West Country
29/07/2008 … The new ITV stand-up show fronted by Arthur Smith is to air from September 4, the broadcaster has announced.