Seth McFarlane: "We're not the best fricking show on TV" | Chortle
"American Dad emerged from our anger towards the Bush administration during the previous election. Family Guy was dead at the time, so I got together with the other writers and we were all so pissed off that it looked like he was going to win again, so we thought, ‘Let's channel all this rage into something creative', and American Dad came out of that. Stan very much epitomises that extreme post 9/11 conservative Republicanism, who just sees enemies wherever he looks." [Read More]
Laugh yourself healthy | Chortle
Researchers split 20 high-risk diabetic patients —all with high blood pressure and high cholesterol — into two groups. Both groups were given standard diabetes medication, but over a year one watched comedy shows which they chose, while the other did not. At the end of 12 months, levels of good HDL cholesterol had risen 26 per cent in the group that watched comedy but only 3 per cent in the control group. Another measure of inflammation and cardiovascular disease, decreased 66 per cent in t... [Read More]
Bafta honour for French & Saunders | Chortle
Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders are to be awarded with the highest Bafta honour, a Bafta Fellowship award. At next Sunday's ceremony, they will become only the second comedy double act - after Morecambe and Wise - to scoop the prestigous accolade. [Read More]
Bruno wins "lower certificate" (R-rating) | Chortle
Sacha Baron Cohen's film Bruno has avoided America's NC-17 certificate, largely viewed as box office poison, after some of the more offensive scenes were re-edited. [Read More]
BBC to relaunch comedy website with original content
The BBC has announced a relaunch of its comedy website with a promise to commission web-only programming. The corporation says Comedy Extra will support up-and-coming comedians as well as featuring material from archive shows when it launches later this month. [Read More]
Comics will be 'Winging It" on the BBC
A host of circuit comedians are taking part in a new BBC comedy programme for teenagers. In Winging It, young comedians are thrust into unfamiliar real-life scenarios and forced to improvise their way out of them. [Read More]
"The Office" opens Israeli branch
The Office is to be remade for an Israeli audience in what will be the sixth foreign version of the show. BBC Worldwide has licensed the show to an Israeli company, July August Productions, which will make 15 episodes to air on satellite channel Yes from April 2010. Ricky Gervais said: ‘I am thrilled and amazed that Israel are making The Office with local writers, directors and actors. I mean, whoever heard of Jewish entertainers?' [Read More]
Monty Python members reunite for new documentary
The surviving members of Monty Python are reuniting for another major documentary series, telling their story. John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin are all contributing to the six-part programme Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut) [Read More]
BBC opens its comedy college again
The BBC has announced that it will run its College of Comedy for up-and-coming writers for a second year. Under the scheme, a handful of promising writers attend a workshop, receive mentoring from established writers then spend time working on an existing BBC comedy. [Read More]
Why good jokes are hard to remember
Robert Provine, professor of psychology at Maryland University (pictured) said: 'What makes a joke successful is also what makes it difficult to remember. The punchline involves an unexpected turn. [Read More]