Why I love… comedian and actor Mo’Nique
Her jokes can be uncomfortable, but then they come from uncomfortable situations Do you remember that TV channel, Trouble? In the late 90s/early 00s, it was a colourful graveyard for American teen and young adult shows of the recent past, repackaged for young British eyes. It brought me TV show... [Read More]
Dead funny: what comedy brings to the experience of grief
In her podcast, Cariad Lloyd talks to other comics about death, a subject that standups rarely deal with directly on stageUntil this year’s Edinburgh fringe, where comedians grappled on stage with personal trauma as never before, scepticism was rife about the so-called “dead dad” s... [Read More]
Jim Davidson: ‘I’d have been happily married for ever if I hadn’t been famous’
The comedian discusses his marriages, his parents’ estrangement from each other and his pride in enabling them to buy their council houseI grew up in a nice little working-class council house in Blackheath, south-east London. Dad was a wiry little Protestant Glaswegian and Mum was an Irish Cat... [Read More]
Bill Bailey: ‘The worst thing anyone’s said to me? “You’re that bloke off the Hairy Bikers”’
The comedian on mistaken identity, his love of birds and his disappointment at being overlooked for the role of 007Born in Bath, Bill Bailey, 52, was nominated for a Perrier award at the 1996 Edinburgh fringe, and went on to star in the TV sitcom Black Books. He has appeared regularly on Never Mind ... [Read More]
Bill Bailey: ‘The worst thing anyone’s said to me? “You’re that bloke off the Hairy Bikers”’
The comedian on mistaken identity, his love of birds and his disappointment at being overlooked for the role of 007Born in Bath, Bill Bailey, 52, was nominated for a Perrier award at the 1996 Edinburgh fringe, and went on to star in the TV sitcom Black Books. He has appeared regularly on Never Mind ... [Read More]
Beth Vyse: A breast cancer appointment is like Deal or No Deal – video
What happens when you’re faced with a breast cancer diagnosis at 28? Beth Vyse was whisked off to Alicante and offered a selection box full of fake nipplesBreast Cancer AwarenessBeth Vyse at the Edinburgh festival fringeContinue reading...... [Read More]
Beth Vyse: A breast cancer appointment is like Deal or No Deal – video
What happens when you’re faced with a breast cancer diagnosis at 28? Beth Vyse was whisked off to Alicante and offered a selection box full of fake nipplesBreast Cancer AwarenessBeth Vyse at the Edinburgh festival fringeContinue reading...... [Read More]
Angus Deayton: ‘When did I last cry? England 1 Iceland 2’
The actor and presenter on footballing heroes – and villains – Scottish legs and being a metrosexualBorn in Surrey, Angus Deayton, 60, studied at Oxford University, where he co-created the sketch show Radio Active, which was then adapted for BBC Radio 4. He went on to present Have I Got ... [Read More]
Angus Deayton: ‘When did I last cry? England 1 Iceland 2’
The actor and presenter on footballing heroes – and villains – Scottish legs and being a metrosexualBorn in Surrey, Angus Deayton, 60, studied at Oxford University, where he co-created the sketch show Radio Active, which was then adapted for BBC Radio 4. He went on to present Have I Got ... [Read More]
Isy Suttie's six tips for meeting The Actual One – video
How should you act when you come face-to-face with a potential partner? Don’t be scared of silence, don’t be too keen – and make sure you’re brutally, brutally honest about them. Isy Suttie and Stephen Wight demonstrate six ways to check your compatibilityIsy Suttie is at Soh... [Read More]