July 2010 News
All the latest news about comedy and comedians: stand-up, TV sitcoms and sketch shows, comedy movies, etc…
Fri 16 July 2010
'I nearly died with Neil Armstrong'
WTF: Weekly Trivia File
16/07/2010 … At the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, comic Lewis Black said he once had a TV executive reject a comedy show he was working on because it was ‘too funny’How would a hard-pressed newspaper picture editor illustrate a story that suggests people with big heads cope better with Alzheimer’s? Why, with a picture of Dara O Briain, of course, whose massive cranium may yet prove a blessing… To add insult to injury, the advert next to the story on the Irish Herald’s website is for Anusol, the pile relief cream.
Bread's Aveline is dead
Suspected heart attack at 50
16/07/2010 … Gilly Coman, who played Aveline in the Eighties sitcom Bread, has died from a suspected heart attack at the age of 50.
Thu 15 July 2010
Worth a plaque...
15/07/2010 … Sixties comedy star Harry Worth is to be honoured by a blue plaque on the house where he was born.
Wed 14 July 2010
O'Neal barred from Canada
Was 24-year-old conviction the reason?
14/07/2010 … Canadian border guards have stopped American comedian Patrice O’Neal from performing at the Montreal comedy festival – apparently because of a statutory rape conviction 24 years ago.
Jack Whitehall's 'one to watch'
Only Brit on Hollywood hot list
14/07/2010 … Jack Whitehall has been named as one of the ten hottest ‘comics to watch’ by Hollywood trade bible Variety.
Solid comedy ratings for BBC Two
Decent audiences for returning shows
14/07/2010 … BBC Two’s new Tuesday night comedy line-up got off to a decent start in the ratings last night.
Charlie Brooker's new BBC show
TV vs life's 'grim realities'
14/07/2010 … Charlie Brooker is to host a new BBC Two show about how TV fails to reflect real life.
Coogan to star in Cruise Of The Gods remake
...but in a different role
14/07/2010 … Steve Coogan’s one-off comedy Cruise Of The Gods is to be remade as a movie – again starring the Alan Partridge creator.