John Cleese to Star in BBC Comedy Series ‘Edith’
John Cleese has signed on to star in his first BBC sitcom since Fawlty Towers. According to Variety, Cleese will star alongside Alison Steadman in a six-episode comedy for the network called Edith. Created by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Charles McKeown (Brazil), the show centers on Steadman’s... [Read More]
Help! We're trapped in an American sitcom – exclusive Comic Relief video
In Flatshare, created by the comedy sketch trio Massive Dad for Comic Relief, two mates walk into the world of a US sitcom, complete with canned laughter. The sketch is part of the Comic Relief Originals series to mark Red Nose Day on 24 March. Flatshare was written by Stevie Martin, Tessa Coates an... [Read More]
Danny Baker live review – geezer with an endless appetite for gossip
City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds The broadcaster’s first standup tour, Cradle to the Stage, is a lucky-dip of nostalgic childhood stories and showbiz anecdotesYou’ve read the autobiography. You’ve seen the sitcom. Now here’s the solo stage show of Danny Baker’s life &nd... [Read More]
Unearthing a Rare 1971 Monty Python Film All About Peas
Let’s say you suddenly found yourself in charge of a major corporation. If you’re good at your job, imagine you’d probably try to steer the ship and make some more money for yourself and your coworkers. But, since it’s never going to happen anyway, what if we just went crazy ... [Read More]
Inside Graham Chapman and Douglas Adams’ Lost Sketch Show ‘Out of the Trees’
In 1974, when Monty Python’s Flying Circus came to a close, without John Cleese, the members of the troupe knew they weren’t quite finished. Holy Grail would come out the following year, and more live appearances, films, and records would follow, and with these ventures into other medium... [Read More]
Digging Up the Roots of News Satire with ‘On the Hour’
There have been many articles I’ve written for this series where I assumed that I was probably introducing a significant portion of my readership to that performer. I have never felt the same kind of pressure as I do now when I write about Chris Morris. The reason is that I really want to make... [Read More]
Amy Poehler, Tami Sagher, and Natasha Lyonne Developing ‘Zero Motivation’ at BBC America
Amy Poehler has taken another TV comedy project under her wing. According to Variety, BBC America has put into development a series produced by Poehler called Zero Motivation. Written by Tami Sagher — who has written for Broad City, Girls, and Inside Amy Schumer and stars in Mike Birbiglia&rsq... [Read More]
Amy Poehler, Tami Sagher, and Natasha Lyonne Developing ‘Zero Motivation’ at BBC America
Amy Poehler has taken another TV comedy project under her wing. According to Variety, BBC America has put into development a series produced by Poehler called Zero Motivation. Written by Tami Sagher — who has written for Broad City, Girls, and Inside Amy Schumer and stars in Mike Birbiglia&rsq... [Read More]
Amy Poehler, Tami Sagher, and Natasha Lyonne Developing ‘Zero Motivation’ at BBC America
Amy Poehler has taken another TV comedy project under her wing. According to Variety, BBC America has put into development a series produced by Poehler called Zero Motivation. Written by Tami Sagher — who has written for Broad City, Girls, and Inside Amy Schumer and stars in Mike Birbiglia&rsq... [Read More]
Amazon Picks Up British Import ‘Fleabag’ Featuring Brett Gelman
Amazon has ordered a sexually explicit feminist comedy-drama from the UK. Currently filming in London, Fleabag will air this fall on Prime Instant Video. The six-episode BBC co-production is based on an acclaimed 2013 Edinburgh Fringe monologue of the same name by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who also take... [Read More]