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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

'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

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... | Harry honoured

Worth a plaque...

Harry honoured

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?

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

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
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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'

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

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.