Bridget Christie breaks box office record | A tight 5: January 24

Bridget Christie breaks box office record

A tight 5: January 24

Bridget Christie has become the best-selling comic ever to play London's Soho Theatre. Although the venue will not release figures, they say her Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning show about feminism, A Bic For Her, has outsold the previous record-holder, South African comic Trevor Noah. Christie is coming to the end of a three-week run at the theatre and has added an extra eight days from March 11. By the end of the run, producers estimate she will have sold around 7,500 tickets.

THE funeral of Chris Luby – the comedian known for his impressions of wartime aircraft and Trooping The Colour – is to be held at 1.45pm on February 4 at Honor Oak Crematorium, South London. The wake afterwards is at the Wibbley Wobbley, the floating pub in Greenland Dock, Rotherhithe, he used to co-own with Malcolm Hardee.

ITV's comedy line-up proved a ratings hit last night. At 8.30pm, Birds Of A Feather attracted 6.5 million viewers; and at 9pm, Benidorm scored 5.3million viewers – 1.5million above the average for the slot and inching ahead of the 5.2million who watched Silent Witness on BBC One.

Felix Dexter is to receive a posthumous award. The comic, who died in October at the age of 52, will take the Edric Connor Inspiration gong at the 9th Screen Nation Film & Television Awards in London on February 23.

ALAN DAVIES's post-Winter Olympics show on BBC Two is to be called Apres-ski, makers So Television have confirmed.

Published: 24 Jan 2014

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