May 2012 News
All the latest news about comedy and comedians: stand-up, TV sitcoms and sketch shows, comedy movies, etc…
Thu 31 May 2012
BBC's Fringe comedy marathon
Overnight show broadcast live
31/05/2012 … The BBC is to screen a live eight-hour overnight comedy marathon from the Edinburgh Fringe.
Fringe grows – despite Olympics
Now 2,695 shows, up 6% on 2012
31/05/2012 … This year’s Edinburgh Fringe will be bigger the ever – disproving fears that performers might stay away from the world’s biggest arts festival as it partly clashes with the OlympicsThere are six per cent more shows in this year’s programme, which is launched today, compared to 2011 – making a grand total of 2,695.
Sky seeks new character comics
Series of short films commissioned
31/05/2012 … Sky has commissioned a series of ten short films to showcase characters from up-and-coming comedy talent.
500 hours of comedy footage
31/05/2012 … Veteran comedian Bernie Clifton will today open a valuable comedy archive, featuring around 500 hours of audio footage.
Wed 30 May 2012
Seinfeld offered $100m to return to sitcom
...but he turned it down
30/05/2012 … Jerry Seinfeld was offered $100 million deal to make one more season of his hit sitcom – but walked away from the massive offer because he wanted to start a family.
Revealed: Line-up of experts at Chortle's event for comics
30/05/2012 … The full timetable has now been announced for Chortle's Comedy Conference.
BBC blocks Queen mash-up
Cassetteboy foiled by copyright
30/05/2012 … A comedy internet mash-up of Andrew Marr’s fawning portrait of the Queen has been removed from YouTube following a complaint by the BBC.
What's in tomorrow's Edinburgh Fringe programme?
Sneak peek at 700 shows
30/05/2012 … The Edinburgh Fringe launches its full programme tomorrow - but Chortle today publishes details of more than 700 comedy shows heading to Edinburgh this August.