Our top ten stories of 2013 | These were the most-read comedy stories on Chortle in the last 12 months

Our top ten stories of 2013

These were the most-read comedy stories on Chortle in the last 12 months

1. Is Arrested Development Coming Back? Definitely. We reported on creator Mitch Hurwitz's comments at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival in July.

2. Stephen Fry: I tried to kill myself. The QI host opened up about his depression during an interview for Richard Herring's podcast in June.

3. The Boosh Are Back. Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt got back together for an American festival in October, as we revealed in June.

4. Chortle Award nominees are out. Our award shortlist published in February.

5. Felix Dexter dies. Shock news about the circuit stalwart and star of The Real McCoy and Bellamy’s People, taken by bone marrow cancer in October at the age of 52.

6. Top agent Addison Cresswell dies at 53. Another tragic bolt from the blue as the larger-than-life manager and TV producer died from a heart attack ljust before Christmas.

7. Ryan gets death threats over Mock The Week gag. Katherine Ryan was subject to some vile online hatred in June after a TV joke mentioning Filipinos was interpreted as racist.

8. Russell Brand denied entry to South Africa. Mix-up over his passport meant cancelled gigs in November.

9. Comics who use writers are like drugs cheats. Stewart Lee's comments about auteur comedians compared to those who say the words of others emerged on the internet in July.

10. Frankie Boyle goes on hunger strike. A report on the controversial omedian's protest in July in support of Shaker Aamer, the last Briton being held at Guantanamo Bay.

Published: 31 Dec 2013

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The virtual events that are trying to fill the Edinburgh Fringe void kick up a gear tonight with the first Fringe Friday gala gig, hosted by Suzi Ruffell, Jason Byrne doing a gig from his Irish home town, and the Free Festival co-ordinating a busy on-line line-up

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