Billy Connolly at 75: Eddie Izzard, Armando Iannucci and more salute 'Beatles of comedy'
Izzard was inspired by his incontinence knickers routine. Iannucci had to listen to his albums in secret. Al Murray was in awe of his rampant charisma. And he made Susan Calman hurt with laughter. Top comedians salute the Big Yin Continue reading...... [Read More]
Al Murray, Pub Landlord review – pulling punches as well as pints
Royal Albert Hall, LondonBrexit gifts the Little Englander a barrel-load of acidic spoofs, but this act seems content to serve up just the mildFor most of Al Murray’s career as The Pub Landlord the joke – knuckle-headed Little Englander flailing to shore up the values of a vanishing past... [Read More]
Al Murray: 'Dame Edna wrote Prince Philip a poem. It was the rudest thing ever'
From Michael Palin to Father Ted, the comedian reveals the things that make him chuckle the mostI saw Dame Edna four years ago and she was so funny you almost couldn’t bear to look. It was at, of all things, a Variety Club lunch for Prince Philip’s 90th birthday. Dame Edna had prepared a... [Read More]
'Booed off in 17 seconds' – comedians recall their first gigs
Shappi Khorsandi felt as if she’d walked on the moon. Isy Suttie watched a man change a dressing on a wound as she spoke. Omid Djalili fell off the stage. So how did the first gigs of Paul Merton, Susan Calman and other top comics go?I was on at midnight and did a show about a policeman giving... [Read More]
Al Murray to host Chortle Awards
The awards, celebrating its tenth year in 2011, have become one of the biggest events in the comedy calendar. Previous guests have included everyone from Eddie Izzard and Michael McIntyre to Nicholas Parsons and Tim Brooke-Taylor. Murray will be handing out more than a dozen prizes to winners, who will be chosen by the thousands of comedy fans who visit the Chortle comedy website in January. [Read More]