From Beyond the Fringe to Nanette: five shows that changed the face of comedy
With the Edinburgh fringe in full flow, here are the five standup sets that catapulted their creators to fameThese days, as BBC comedy controller Shane Allen recently confirmed, “Oxbridge white blokes” are out of comedy fashion. Time was they were the cutting edge, as when Messrs Cook, M... [Read More]
'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]
Jon Richardson: ‘The first series of The League Of Gentlemen blew my mind’
The standup and 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown team captain on what makes him laugh the mostLouis CK. The pressure was on as it was the first date for my future wife and me. We had a lovely time, save for her starting a fight with a man who sneezed on to the back of her head. I stayed out of it bec... [Read More]
Royal Mail stamps feature comedy legends to celebrate April Fool’s Day including Monty Python and Billy Connolly
News from across the pond can now be sent using a first class stamp featuring on the Britain’s finest from the world of comedy. Royal Mail is marking April Fool’s Day by issuing a set of stamps featuring some of the nation’s most popular, and funniest, comedians. Pho... [Read More]
The Laugh Guide: Deadpan Comedy
The ongoing series of exploring different styles of comedy. The Laugh Guide: Issue 5 – Deadpan Comedy By Definition dead·pan (n., adj., v., intr., tr.) A blank, expressionless face, especially a performer, who has or assumes a blank expression, impassively matter-of-fact, as in style, behavior... [Read More]