'You look like a bloody Indian'

The week's comedy trivia

Here's the regular Friday round-up of comedy trivia from the past seven days:
  • As a youngster, stand-up Danny Bhoy was named a Scottish Young Achiever and get to meet the Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip told him: 'You're very funny, but you're weird, though: you speak Scottish but you look like a bloody Indian.'

  • Chris Rock is denying tabloid reports his ten-year marriage is on the rocks. Incidentally, his new comedy is entitled I Think I Love My Wife.

  • BBC One controller Peter Fincham once had a meeting with Father Ted creators Arthur Mathews and Graham Linehan, before their big hit. He reported back at the time: ‘I've had a couple of ideas from them. I passed on one, I think the best one is the one we've got.’ No prizes for guessing what he passed on… Feck.

  • Russell Brand and Noel Fielding have both spent evenings with Courtney Love – but nothing untoward happened either time, reports gossip website HolyMoly, who make it their business to know these things.

  • It is the prestigious organisation for the finest journalists covering radio, TV and the media. So you would have thought the Broadcasting Press Guild might have been able to spell Sandi Toksvig’s name right in their list of award nominees. It’s not Sandy, chaps…

  • Millionaire Philip Walker, who paid £44,227 to add Del Boy’s 35-year-old Reliant Regal to his fleet of 25 cars, says: ‘I'm going to embarrass the kids by picking them up from school in it.’

  • Alistair McGowan says he wishes his Big Impression show was still on TV – because he’d like to impersonate Russell Brand.

SOURCES: The Age, Melbourne; New York Daily News; Media Guardian; Holy Moly; Broadcasting Press Guild; Daily Mirror; Metro

Published: 2 Mar 2007

Today's comedy-on demand picks

FRINGE ON FRIDAY

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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... including a new YouTube sketch series from comedy ventriloquist Paul Zerdin and Graeme Garden in conversation.

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