More Burgundy? Will Ferrell says Anchorman sequel may be on the cards | Chortle
"We have talked about setting it in the Eighties. Do you try to change it up and try a different era, or is it better seeing these guys stuck in the Seventies? I don't know yet." [Read More]
Richard Herring to sue The Guardian for suggesting his act is racist? | Chortle
Richard Herring is considering taking legal action against the Guardian after an article suggested his act was racist. A pre-Edinburgh piece by comedy reviewer Brian Logan entitled The New Offenders Of Stand-Up Comedy mentioned a podcast and stand-up routine in which Herring expressed a ‘purported hatred of Pakistanis' and another routine in which he ‘claims to support the BNP's policy to deport all black people from the UK'. Elsewhere it said: ‘This year, veteran comic Richard Herring is ... [Read More]
Jonah Hill: 'I could never be a stand-up' | Chortle
Movie comedian Jonah Hill has given up hopes of a career in stand-up - because he was terrible at it. He spent six months performing at American comedy clubs for his role in the new movie Funny People, along with his co-star Seth Rogen. But Hill admits that he got heckled a lot and that Rogen - who started his career as a stand-up - far outclassed him on stage. [Read More]
Review of Latitude 2009 Festival | Chortle
Latitude is the festival you get when you do everything right. It's a manageable size, in a glorious wooded location around a picturesque lake, and everything from the good cheer of the security staff to the zeal to recycle everything - leading to a near litter-free site - makes the whole experience a joy, A better class of festival attracts a better class of punter, too; there may be a touch of Guardianista smugness to it all, but that's a small price to pray for the very low drunken twat index... [Read More]
A Monty Python reunion.. of sorts | Chortle
Monty Python stars Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam are to appear in a one-off London concert to celebrate the show's 40th anniversary. But John Cleese will not be appear at the European premiere of Idle's musical Not The Messiah (He's A Very Naughty Boy) at the Royal Albert Hall on October 23. He said he had prior engagements. [Read More]
Pauly Shore threatens lawsuit over 'Bruno' | Chortle
Jokes about adopting African children have been going around ever since Angelina Jolie and Madonna began the celebrity trend. The latest comes from Sacha Baron Cohen, whose Bruno character adopts a Third World child in his upcoming movie - but now American comedian Pauly Shore is threatening to sue - claiming Baron Cohen stole the idea from him. In his new movie, fame-hungry Bruno adopts a black child, picking him up from the luggage carousel at the airport and parading him on talk shows, joking... [Read More]
Dave Spikey "He Took My Kidney, Then Broke My Heart" | Chortle
Dave Spikey is to release his first book: a collection of strange local newspaper headlines. The comic uses such cuttings in his stage act, and will now release some of the best in a 192-page compendium due out in time for the lucrative Christmas market. The book, published by Michael O'Mara, is named after one such headline: He Took My Kidney, Then Broke My Heart. [Read More]
Edinburgh Awards boss acts over comic Lewis Schaffer's spoof | Chortle
Edinburgh Comedy Awards boss Nica Burns has threatened legal action against an American comic who falsely claimed to be sponsoring this year's prizes. Lewis Schaffer distributed a press release claiming to be from ‘Nika Burns', claiming that he was backing the awards - formerly the Perriers - in a deal worth just £99 a year. However, Burns, who is financing the prizes from her own pocket this year after failing to secure a suitable sponsor, did not see the funny side and fired off a solicitor'... [Read More]
Sacha Baron Cohen 'crippled me' lawsuit | Chortle
Sacha Baron Cohen is being sued by a woman who claims to have been left crippled when a Bruno stunt wet wrong. The comic is no stranger to lawsuits over hurt feelings, but Richelle Olson alleges she was left in a wheelchair after Cohen turned up as a celebrity bingo caller two years ago. [Read More]