Life of Brian script to be auctioned off for charity | Chortle
An original script from Monty Python’s Life of Brian is to be auctioned off. The document from the 1979 film been signed by John Cleese, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin and will be going under the hammer at a £250-a-head charity dinner next month. Palin sad: ‘This is one of the most important working scripts of Life of Brian. It belonged to our heroic, and very funny, first assistant director Jonathan Benson whose job it was to keep cast, crew and John Cleese happy every day of the ... [Read More]
Funny Or Die UK dies | Chortle
Funny Or Die is to close its British website, another high-profile casualty in the market for online comedy clips. The site, which launched 18 months ago with the backing of Matt Lucas and David Walliams, was averaging around 200,000 unique users a month last year, but that proved unviable. [Read More]
'This was comedy's version of punk' - Arthur Smith recalls the early days | Chortle
Arthur Smith recalls the early days of alternative comedy in this chapter from his memoirs, "My Name Is Daphne Fairfax." [Read More]
Comedy Central unveils development plans for 22 shows | Chortle
Comedy Central has unveiled a list of 22 shows in development, including a sitcom from Australian stand-up Jim Jefferies and an animated series about Jesus. [Read More]
My mother-in-law is so litigious... (Sunda Croonquist wins legal fight to joke about family) | Chortle
An American stand-up has won her legal fight to joke about her family – after her mother-in-law sued her over the gags. Sunda Croonquist bases her material on being a half-black, half-Swedish woman who married into a Jewish family – but the in-laws took offence and claimed the gags meant they were subject to public ridicule. US District Judge Mary Coop has now thrown the case out of court, saying the routine is protected under the First Amendment right to free speech. [Read More]
Aussie comic Catherine Deveny sacked for her Tweets | Chortle
An Australian comedian has been sacked as a newspaper comments after Tweeting jokes about Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin’s 11-year-old daughter. Writing about the red-carpet arrivals at the Logie awards for the Australian TV industry, Catherine Deveny wrote: ‘I do so hope Bindi Irwin gets laid.’ The comments attracted 200 complaints online – enough for the editor of Melbourne newspaper The Age to drop her from her weekly column. [Read More]
Steve Carell 'to quit' The Office after next season? | Chortle
In an interview with Richard Bacon on Radio 5 Live, Carell said: ‘I have a contract through next season,’ and when asked if he’d continue, he replied: ‘I don’t think so. I think that’ll probably be my last year.’ Next year’s season will be the seventh of the NBC series. [Read More]
Ricky Gervais on his animated podcasts - 'It's money for old rope' | Chortle
‘This will be the third time we’ve been paid for this shit,’ Ricky Gervais admits. ‘It is money for old rope.’ [Read More]
Previously unheard 1992 Bill Hicks audio interview surfaces | Chortle
A previously unheard interview with Bill Hicks, recorded just over year before his death, has been released online today. The recording features British stand-up Nick Doody – then a 19-year-old student just embarking on his comedy career – interviewing his comedy hero. Doody said: ‘I’ve had this interview on an old C-90 cassette tape since 1992, and, with a few exceptions, have been too excruciated at hearing myself aged 19, talking to what I suppose I’d have thought of then as a “proper comedia... [Read More]