'Fame proved toxic for the relationship': when comedy double acts split
David Baddiel, Andy Zaltzman, Richard Herring and other comics on fame, failure and friendshipIn 1978, the year before the film 10 made a Hollywood star of Dudley Moore, the comedian appeared alongside his long-standing double-act partner, Peter Cook, on the Saturday-night chatshow Parkinson.“... [Read More]
Frank Skinner's impro odyssey: should we expect more for a fiver?
The master comedian’s off-the-cuff routine gets more laughs than most scripted standup. But he’s hardly breaking sweat. Will Skinner ever pull out all the stops?Is Frank Skinner a restless standup comedian, or a lazy one? Since he returned to live shows a decade ago, he’s tried on ... [Read More]
Frank Skinner's impro odyssey: should we expect more for a fiver?
The master comedian’s off-the-cuff routine gets more laughs than most scripted standup. But he’s hardly breaking sweat. Will Skinner ever pull out all the stops?Is Frank Skinner a restless standup comedian, or a lazy one? Since he returned to live shows a decade ago, he’s tried on ... [Read More]
Move over Mrs Brown: comedians prefer Alan Partridge and Fawlty Towers
Gold TV has polled the professionals about their favourite comedy. But even the funniest of the funny can’t easily be reduced to scenes and one-linersSurveys of Britain’s favourite comedy – and indeed, Britain’s favourite anything – are 10 a penny; the more so in our cl... [Read More]
Canon and Ball: should Christianity hold communion with comedy?
Veteran comic Bobby Ball has a new job teaching vicars how to be funny – but humour and religion don’t always coexist comfortablyIf you want a crash course in how to be funny in front of a roomful of strangers, who you gonna call? Well, it’s Bobby Ball, isn’t it? Formerly one... [Read More]
Frank Skinner wins Loaded Laftas legend award | Chortle
Frank Skinner has won the annual ‘comedy legend' award handed out by lads' mag Loaded. He follows in the footsteps of Bruce Forsyth, Leslie Phillips and Harry Enfield in being crowned the Loaded Laftas legend. [Read More]