August 2012 News
All the latest news about comedy and comedians: stand-up, TV sitcoms and sketch shows, comedy movies, etc…
Fri 31 August 2012
End of the (Direct) Line
Firm ends its Chris Addison adverts
31/08/2012 … Direct Line is dropping its comedy adverts featuring Chris Addison and Alexander Armstrong.
How a gig turned into a strip lapdance
WTF: Weekly Trivia File
31/08/2012 … ‘If you stay in the game long enough people have to stop saying “you’re shit” and instead say, “She’s definitely doing something whether I like it or not”.
Off the Boyle
C4 'to drop' Frankie over his Paralympic jokes
31/08/2012 … Channel 4 are said to be severing their ties with Frankie Boyle after he made jokes about Paralympic athletes.
Thu 30 August 2012
Graham Norton sells his TV company
Deal with ITV worth up to £17m
30/08/2012 … Graham Norton is set for a huge windfall after his production company, So Television, was bought by ITV for more than £10million.
Sarah Millican announces tour
...Until May 2014
30/08/2012 … Sarah Millican has announced a mammoth 86-date tour – stretching as far as May 2014.
Wed 29 August 2012
Khan't you take a joke?
185 complain over 'offensive' sitcom
29/08/2012 … The BBC has received 185 complaints over its new sitcom Citizen Khan, with some saying it was a ‘tasteless depiction of Islam’.
Opening Gates to America
Sky series gets US makeover
29/08/2012 … Gates, the new Sky Living sitcom starring Joanna Page, could be the next British comedy to get an American remake.
Peter Cook's legendary club returns
Antidisestablishmentarianism in action
29/08/2012 … Peter Cook’s legendary comedy club The Establishment is set to make a return to London.