'He never touched me in a bad place'

WTF: Weekly Trivia Fle

  • Judd Apatow on Russell Brand: ‘I’d like to go on record that he is a gentleman. He has not touched me in a bad place once.’

  • Jason Byrne has such a reputation for chaos that producers of his new Radio 2 show held off recording an episode on holidays until after he returned from a family break in Florida – convinced that something odd would happen to him that would make the show. Sure enough, disaster ensued, as Byrne said: ‘My children fell ill on the plane, one needed air, the plane got diverted to Miami instead of Orlando, the two kids ended up in hospital with a dose of the measles, we couldn't go outside because it was too hot, the kids stopped eating as they didn't like the food in America and my wife cried for three weeks because she hates fun parks.’

  • Omid Djalili has white hair all over the front of his torso, and dark hair all over the back.

  • After admitting that he had used file-sharing software to illegally download TV episodes, Stephen Fry has been made into the star of a new internet game, in which you have to guide his taxi through the streets collected pirated material without being caught by the cops: Play here.

  • ‘I look like a fat Jodie Foster when I shave.’ American stand-up Zach Galifianakis.

  • ‘I think comedy is only successful for young people,’ says 29-year-old Kevin Bishop. You have to be fearless. It’s like old professional footballers who have been injured once or twice and don’t tackle as hard as they used to. It’s the same for comedians. Look at Horne and Corden. Next time they may not go in as hard as they did after getting burned.’

  • YouTube clip of the week. Fast forward to about 5mins for a brutal way of dealing with a heckler:

  • Overheard outside the Britcom gala at the Montreal comedy festival: 'Danny Bhoy? Is he Russell Peters?'

SOURCES: The Mirror, BBC, The Independent, T-Enterprise, MovieFone, The Independent, YouTube, Chortle

Published: 24 Jul 2009

Today's comedy-on demand picks

NICK HELM: ALL KILLER SOME FILLER

This is the show that celebrated the launch of Nick Helm's album in 2016, and has previously been unseen by anyone who was not in the O2 Forum Kentish Town that night.

With typical hyperbole, the show is described thusly: 'Under-rehearsed, under-prepared and under pressure, Nick and his band somehow managed to pull together the greatest show in the last 27 years of living memory. That show went down as a thing of legend, often spoken about by weary travellers around campfires, but thought to have been lost to the sands of time forever.'

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