Forget the tennis, it'll only disappoint you, and instead
enjoy this sample of comedy news stories from the week from Chortle.co.uk. As
always, for more – plus listings of thousands of forthcoming
comedy events - check the website.
Sally Phillips and writer Lloyd Woolf on Sky's new sitcom Parents >>
Sean Lock and Jon Richardson are to embark
on a travel series for Channel 4, in which they have to live in the
wilds of America. >>
Peter Serafinowicz’s character Brian Butterfield is to star in a new
children’s TV series. >>
BBC Three has commissioned the hidden camera prank show Impractical
Jokers following its launch as an online pilot. >>
Greg Hemphill has complained that his new sitcom won’t be hitting our
screens because it was kyboshed by internal BBC politics. >>
RIP Eric Sykes, who has died at the age of 89 >>
Sky is looking for a stand-up to front its next big sitcom, in the hope
of replicating the success of hit comedies such as Seinfeld. >>
Meanwhile, Jerry Seinfeld has announced his next show – a remarkably
similar idea to Robert Llewellyn’s Car Pool. >>
Jack Dee has announced his first tour dates in more than six years. >>
An internet company has launched a £10,000 search for ‘the next David
Mitchell’, able to create a series of funny viral videos. >>
Tim Vine is to host a new daytime quiz show for ITV1 called Don't Blow
And Eddie Izzard has become the first English comic to perform a show
to American audience entirely in French. >>
Fast Fringe is back
every day at the Edinburgh Fringe, with 12 acts and a compere squeezed
into every hour. Here are the tickets. >>
A lovely film called A Conversation With My 12 Year Old Self, a spoof
Barclays ad (obviously), Denis Leary singing Kiss My Ass, Matt Kirshen
on the Late Late Show and clips from some of the BBC Three Feed My
Funny pilots that debuted this week.
here to watch all videos.
Win Reggie Watt's new CD >>
- MARK WATSON, DANNY BHOY, TOM BASDEN,
CLAUDIA O’DOHERTY and ARTHUR SMITH MC at Live at the Chapel tomorrow.
Prolific novelist, sports pundit and Chortle Award winner Mark Watson
headlines a spectacular lineup at the stunning Union Chapel this
“The biggest and best comedy club in the capital.” – TIME OUT
Tickets £18/16 from SeeTickets or TicketWeb
Union Chapel, Islington, N1. Doors 6.30pm. Starts at 7.45pm.
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Jason Manford in the West End version of Sweeney Todd >>
The first night of Pleasance Ahoy! The gigs comics arrive at by
narrowboat, en route to Edimburgh >>