For he's a jolly good fellow...
A tight 5: September 8
ROBIN INCE has picked up an honorary fellowship from University College London – and is about to get another from the British Science Association. Imran Khan, chief executive of the BSA, said Ince had 'made a significant contribution to science in society and [to] promoting science as engaging, inspiring and inclusive - and of course, funny.' The Infinite Monkey Cage host is currently touring with his comedy shows In And Out Of His Mind, about psychiatry and psychology, and Blooming Buzzing Confusion.
COMEDY duo Steve McNeil and Sam Pamphilon are to host their own stage at the UK's biggest games show, EGX London. The pair will feature live gaming battles between comedians and the audience, discussions with new games developers – and a full version of their games-based show Go 8-Bit, which includes an interactive section which the entire audience can play along with on their smartphones. More than 80,000 gamers are expected to attend the four-day event at Earls Court from September 25.
STEVE COOGAN is to to play James Boswell in a film adaptation of the 1989 West End play Boswell for the Defence. The tragicomic plot – originally a one-man play by former Australian stand-up Patrick Edgeworth – involves the 18th Century lawyer taking on an unpopular case, trying to save the life of convict Mary Bryant from the gallows. Production is set for next year.
THE cinema broadcast of Monty Python Live (Mostly) on July 20 took £4million at the worldwide box office, according to distributors Picturehouse. The O2 gig was broadcast across 3,000 screens in 52 countries – and reached a total of 330,000 viewers.
STAND-UP Andre Vincent is launching new night about vintage comedians, based on his series of Chortle articles, Vinny’s Mislaid Comedy Heroes. The events will take place at London's Museum of Comedy, with the first – about Marty Feldman – taking place on October 6. Tickets will be on sale soon.
Posted: 8 Sep 2014