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Bo Burnham Drops Hour-Plus of Unreleased ‘Inside’ Netflix Footage on YouTube

‘Our Flag Means Death’ Renewed for Season 2 at HBO Max

‘Schmigadoon!’ Renewed for Season 2 at Apple TV+

‘What We Do In The Shadows’ Renewed For Fifth & Sixth Season By FX

Season 3 of the critically-acclaimed Never Have I Ever.. will return to Netflix on August 12.

Killing It the Peacock (NBC) comedy has been renewed for a second season

I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson has been renewed for Season 3 on Netflix

‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ Renewed for Season 4 on HBO

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Single Drunk Female renewed for second series by Disney’s Freeform

‘And Just Like That’ Renewed for Second Season at HBO Max

Apple’s global hit murder-mystery comedy “The Afterparty” renewed for season two

Breeders season 3 drops on Sky Comedy & NOW on 13th July

HBO Max renews original comedy series MINX for a second season

Hacks renewed for season 3 at HBO Max

Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards are back

After a two-year worldwide hiatus, the renowned Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards are back celebrating 40 years of awarding comedy excellence, reflecting the rich heritage of comedy talent recognised and its status as a springboard for comedians who have gone on to become household names at home and abroad. UKTV’s award winning entertainment channel Dave also returns as sponsor of the Awards this August

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Filming is underway for the new series of Murder They Hope

With star studded cast 

Nominees Are Announced For This Summer’s
South Bank Sky Arts Awards

The South Bank Sky Arts Awards – the first and only awards ceremony to celebrate every genre of the arts, including Dance, Theatre, Pop, TV Drama, Film, Classical Music, Literature, Opera, Comedy and Visual Art – returns on Sunday 10 July. The ceremony, presented by Melvyn Bragg, will take place at The Savoy Hotel and will air on Wednesday 13 July at 10pm on Sky Arts, the UK’s only free-to-air TV channel dedicated to arts, music and culture.

Nominations in comedy are:

Actress and Comdedian Liz Kingsman

Channel 4’s We Are Lady Parts – created, written, and directed by Nida Manzoor, alongside two BBC shows: Rose Matafeo’s Starstruck and Sophie Willan’s Alma’s Not Normal.

In the The Times Breakthrough Award the nomination in comedy is 
Liz Kingsman

 

Disney+ Original movie “Hocus Pocus 2,” reuniting Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy The live-action, long awaited sequel to the perennial Halloween classic, which brings back the delightfully wicked Sanderson sisters for more comedic mayhem, will debut on Disney+ on 30th September.

Read more here                                Latest Comedy News

Duncanville: the animated comedy has been cancelled after three series.

A Fox Network spokesperson said: we can confirm that this season will be its last on Fox. Amy Poehler, Mike Scully and Julie Thacker Scully delivered a unique animated family comedy with a distinct voice and point of view that we are proud of.

Adding, “We look forward to the opportunity to work with Amy, Mike and Julie in the future.”

Not before time…..

Celebrity Juice axed after 26 seasons

The ITV2 comedy panel show is coming to an end with two special episodes later in 2022.

Leigh Francis – who fronts the show as his outrageous, licentious character Keith Lemon – tweeted: ‘After 14 years, 26 series, 300 eps @CelebJuice is concluding later this year with two farewell specials. I remember doing the first episode thinking wow that was fun! In the V/O in opening titles I said it was the best telly show on telly.’

‘Whatever you thought of it, it was definitely the best fun making it. An amazing team, and amazing guests, but all good things must come to an end.’

Take a look at this episode of The Upper Hand – recognise Tom’s daughter?

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The Upper Hand was based on US sitcom ‘Whose The Boss?’

The 90s Central TV series The Upper Hand starring Joe McGann, Diana Weston, and Honor Blackman was based on the American series Whose The Boss?, which starred Judith Light and Tony Danza, now a sequel to the 1980s US sitcom from Sony Pictures Television has been picked up Amazon’s Freevee streaming channel.

Starring Danza and Alyssa Milano who played his daughter in the original US series the first two series of which are available now on Amazon Freevee.

Frank Williams, best known for his role as Timothy Farthing, the Walmington-on-Sea vicar, in the BBC series Dad’s Army has died at the age of 90. 

The third season of the critically-acclaimed Max Original adult-animated comedy series HARLEY QUINN (voiced by Kaley Cuoco) debuts with three episodes THURSDAY, JULY 28 on HBO Max, followed by one episode weekly through September 15.

Channel 4 has appointed Charlie Perkins as Head of Comedy. Charlie joins the multi-award-winning Channel 4 comedy department from Blink Industries where she was Head of Comedy.

Latest Comedy News 26th June 2022

The actress, comedian Meg Salter (Hacks) will star in Church Girls, a comedy pilot inspired by her true-life experiences. Salter, who created and is co-writing the series, will star as Beth Parker, a 20-year-old Christian and lesbian who wrestles with her sexuality and faith in God while entering adulthood in suburban Ohio. 
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Bill Burr: Live at Red Rocks will premiere globally on Netflix July 12, 2022.
Bill Burr: Live At Red Rocks. In his continuing quest to be a better person, Bill shares an “inspirational” talk for women, how doing mushrooms has changed him, finding common ground with lesbians and how his 4-year-old is helping his anger management.

Apple TV+ release the trailer for the third season of the heartwarming comedy series “Trying,” which is set to premiere globally Friday, July 22, 2022 on Apple TV+. The eight-episode third season of “Trying” will make its debut with the first two episodes, followed by new episodes weekly every Friday through September 2, 2022.
The third season picks up with Nikki ( Esther Smith) and Jason (Rafe Spall) waking up as new parents to two children they are still getting to know. Now they just have to keep hold of them, which proves to be trickier than they initially thought. 

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The 5 new contestants for series 14 are are: stand-up comedian and television presenter Dara Ó Briain (Mock The Week, BBC Two), stand-up comedian Fern Brady (Live At The Apollo, BBC One), stand-up, writer, and actor John Kearns (the only comedian to have won both the Edinburgh Comedy Awards for Best Show and best Newcomer), comedian, broadcaster and leading digital creator Munya Chawawa (BAFTA Nominated Race Around Britain, YouTube Originals), and award-winning stand-up comedian and writer Sarah Millican.

New Comedy 43 Years In The Making

Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody COURTESY OF DANIEL ARNOLD/THE NEW YORK TIMES/REDUX

Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody’s lives and relationship have inspired a  scripted comedy.

The Paramount Global-backed premium cable network, Showtime, has ordered a pilot for half-hour comedy Seasoned, starring the married real life married couple. Gideon Grody-Patinkin, and Ewen Wright co-created the series and co-write the pilot.

THR reports: Seasoned follows the “delightfully tumultuous relationship and life of a successful, gregarious, deeply committed, slightly insane married couple played by Patinkin and Grody — roles they’ve been rehearsing for the last 43 years. The source of their unending magic is the same as their unending woe: that they’ve stayed together all this time.”

Strawberry Blond TV has been commissioned to make
Huge Homes with Hugh Dennis
sees the actor and comedian unlock the doors to some of the largest domestic dwellings across the UK. 

Lightning Only Strikes Twice

Zoe Lyons tweeted “Sadly all good quizzes must come to an end but I can’t tell you what a joy it was to work on Lightning Quiz for @bbc2. We made 2 cracking series and I loved every second of working with my pals at BBC Belfast. Every contestant was a and you can still catch up on BBC iPlayer “

A successful marriage – BBC commits to The Chris And Rosie Ramsey Show

After a successful first series, and in advance of the final episode premiering on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer tonight, The Chris And Rosie Ramsey Show will return to the BBC with a new 6×45-minute series in 2023. Full story here

Crazy Rich… Ghanaians

Think playground for Idris Elba, Naomi Campbell, Ed Sheeran and Liam Payne and you might think Monaco, St Barts or maybe even Hvar, but you probably don’t think Accra. After Crazy Rich… Ghanaians (w/t), you just might. That’s because there’s a little seen side of the West African nation.

Fast-rising comedy star Eddie Kadi is joined  for the ride by another, as yet unnamed, comedian mate who’s a first-time visitor to Ghana. Eddie’s taking them and us behind-the-scenes of this high-end, mega-rich, uber-luxe side of Ghana, whilst also digging deep into the beauty of the country’s culture and history.

Latest Comedy News: UKTV today announced that David Mitchell will challenge a brand new set of comedians to prove they can fend for themselves and demonstrate they have the skills to set up a new society in the wild with series two of Outsiders (6×60′). Outsiders was Dave’s third biggest UKTV Original of 2021, with 776k viewers for episode one.

The comedians taking part in series two of Outsiders are Maisie Adam, Fatiha El-Ghorri, Darren Harriott, Jessica Hynes, Phil Wang and Joe Wilkinson.

David Mitchell said

I’m so glad that Outsiders is coming back and I can’t wait to really get stuck in to the routine of going home to a comfortable bed every evening, leaving a bunch of comedians to fend for themselves in the mud and scratch some sort of civilisation out of the dust.

Frank Skinner to talk about his life and career on The South Bank Show, returning for 3 part series in July

The South Bank Show, one of the UK’s  longest standing arts and culture programmes, returns on Wednesday 20th July on Sky Arts, Freeview channel 11, and NOW with three brand new episodes, edited and presented by Melvyn Bragg.

Among the guests is comedian and writer Frank Skinner who has become one of Britain’s best-loved and most successful comedians since his debut on the comedy circuit in 1987. Frank talks to Melvyn about his working-class upbringing, his decision to embark on a career as a comedian at the relatively late age of 30, and the success of his TV presenting career including Fantasy Football League and The Frank Skinner Show.

Latest Comedy News 16th June 2022

Jean Smart and Martin Short Interview

The stars of Hacks and Only Murders In The Building get together to talk about their respective shows in this video published in Variety.

Jerry Seinfeld’s First Feature Film, for Netflix, ‘Unfrosted: The Pop-Tart Story,’ Taps All Star Comedy Ensemble

Set in Michigan, 1963. Kellogg’s and Post, sworn cereal rivals, race to create a pastry that will change the face of breakfast forever. A tale of ambition, betrayal, sugar, and menacing milkmen, Unfrosted stars writer/director Jerry Seinfeld.

Cast includes:

  • Melissa McCarthy (God’s Favorite Idiot), Jim Gaffigan(Linoleum), Amy Schumer (Life and Beth),Hugh Grant (The Undoing), James Marsden (Sonic 2), Jack McBrayer (Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show), Tom Lennon (Reno 911!), Adrian Martinez (iGilbert), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live), Max Greenfield (The Neighborhood), Christian Slater (Dr. Death),  Sarah Cooper (Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine) have joined the cast of the Netflix comedy feature Unfrosted: The Pop-Tart Story from Jerry Seinfeld. 
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RAP SH!T follows two estranged high school friends from Miami, Shawna (Aida Osman) and Mia (KaMillion), who reunite to form a rap group.

Max Original Comedy Series RAP SH!T Debuts July 21

That’s the heading on the press release from HBO.
Seriously question the description of this new show as comedy.   
Seems to be now that any new production with a hint of humour is called a comedy. Rap Sh!t is one such show along with a plethora of ‘dark comedies’ that really should be termed dramas.That does a great disservice to well scripted funny comedy shows as well as comedians across the globe.

Rap Sh!t may be an excellent production in its own right but comedy it ain’t.

TV’s favourite back-stabbing big money game show is back once again as the quick-fire general knowledge quiz The Weakest Link returns to BBC One and BBC iPlayer for a brand new series.

Romesh Ranganathan says: “I’m delighted to be doing another series, partly because it’s a fun show and the response has been amazing, but mainly to avoid ‘Turns out Romesh was The Weakest Link’ headlines.”

Contestants and transmission dates to be eevealed in due course.

A new campaign launched by @We_OwnIt 

A campaign to stop the politically motivated privatisation of Channel 4 is being launched with support across the film and television industry.

Only Murders in the Building season two 

Season one finished off with Mabel (Selena Gomez) leaning over the dead body of the Arconia Apartments board president, Bunny Folger (Jayne Houdyshell).

The trailer for season 2 sets up a persons of interest mystery, with Mabel, Charles (Steve Martin) and Oliver (Martin Short) as the prime suspects in Bunny’s murder.

Rowan Atkinson vs Rimsky-Korsakov’s flighty subject

Rowan Atkinson talks about his latest character, Trevor, the protagonist in forthcoming nine-part, not quite silent series Man Vs Bee, filmed in Hertfordshire, which premieres on Netflix on June 24.

Trevor is a divorced father whose scramble to fund a holiday with his daughter leads to him taking on house-sitting duties. His responsibility to protect the modernist mansion belonging to an absent rich couple are threatened by his increasing struggles with a tireless bee.

 “Trevor is different from Mr Bean”, says Atkinson. “He is a much nicer and much sweeter and more normal person, I hope — and that was certainly our aim…he seems like a sweet, well-intentioned, perfectly intelligent man, but, of course, he’s got fault lines, his weak spots, and his weak spot is his obsessiveness.”

Atkinson told The Times that, however funny Man vs Bee may be, he won’t be laughing. “I rarely laugh, physically, out loud at anything. I can just see when it works.

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Maya Rudolph is rich, divorced and saving the world in the first trailer for her Apple TV+ series Loot.

The workplace comedy, from Emmy Award-winning creators Alan Yang (Little America, Master of None) and Matt Hubbard, also stars Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Ron Funches, Nat Faxon and Joel Kim Booster.

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“Bonkers” show Live at The Moth Club Dave

A brand new UKTV Original series set at the iconic Moth Club in Hackney, London and will be ‘crammed full’ of cinematic sketches and live performances from the Moth Club’s comedy collective. The five hour long shows will be screened on Dave.
Put together by the long-running Moth Club cast of character comedians, Live At The Moth Club will celebrate comedy from some of the UK’s most established comedians and emerging talent, all as you’ve never seen them before.



The cast includes: Jamie Demetriou (Stath Lets Flats), Natasia Demetriou (What We Do In The Shadows), Ellie White (Stath Lets Flats) and Cardinal Burns (C4’s Cardinal Burns), Arnab Chanda (Pls Like), Ben Ashenden (The Bubble), and Alexander Owen (Dreaming Whilst Black).

Mark Iddon, executive producer for UKTV said,

Quite simply, the line-up of talent for this show is incredible. Capturing the unpredictable experience of a night out at The Moth Club whilst weaving a narrative around the venue and the people in it, is going to be something quite special. Admittedly it will also be completely bonkers… but special. A special kind of bonkers. 

Gordita Chronicles Premieres 23rd June on HBO Max

The year is 1985 and Cucu “Gordita” Castelli (Olivia Goncalves) has just said goodbye to all of her friends and family in Santo Domingo and moved to Miami with her marketing executive father Víctor (Juan Javier Cardenas), bold and vivacious mother Adela (Diana Maria Riva), and suddenly status-obsessed older sister Emilia (Savannah Nicole Ruiz). While life in America is far from what they imagined, the Castellis are determined to take charge of their strange new world. A uniquely funny coming-of-age series, GORDITA CHRONICLES is about family, opportunity, love, resilience, and boldly defying the status quo in pursuit of the “American Dream.”

‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Star Alex Borstein on the Job of a Lifetime, Susie’s Sexuality and the Looming End

Interview in Variety >

Taskmaster Champion of Champions

The uncompromising Taskmaster Greg Davies is set to uphold tradition and invite the winners of series six to ten to a brand-new Champion of Champions tournament, adjudicated by the PA of PAs, Little Alex Horne. Hot on the heels of a heroically fought 13th series of the BAFTA and National Comedy Award winning show, five task titans will compete in the ultimate quest for victory at 9pm on Thursday 23rd June on Channel 4.

Returning to the scene of the greatest triumph of their lives to try and become the next Champion of Champions, Greg’s expectations will be sky high as he watches previous Taskmaster Champions Ed Gamble destroy a bath toy, Kerry Godliman rolling a bobbin, Liza Tarbuck avoiding low-flying bananas, Lou Sanders painting on skates and Richard Herring revealing his bare feet. Who will emerge as the ultimate victor and bask in the glory of the greatest triumph in television?

The last Ted Lasso?

Variety reports that Brett Goldstein, who serves as a writer on “Ted Lasso” and stars as Roy Kent, has said that the show’s third season is being written as its last.
“We are writing it like that,” he told Sunday Times when asked if Season 3 would be the end. “It was planned as three. Spoiler alert — everyone dies.”

“The story that I know is the one that I wanted to tell, and so that’s the one we’re telling with the help of numerous people in front of and behind the camera, so it’s by no means me typing every key stroke and saying every word,” he said. “It’s nowhere near like that. But the story that’s being told – that three-season arc – is one that I see, know, and understood. I’m glad that they are willing to pay for those three seasons. As far as what happens after that, who knows? I don’t know.”

Breeders season 3 premieres 13 July on Sky Comedy & NOW

Sky Original Breeders, the comedy series that explores the challenges of modern day parenting, starring Martin Freeman recently seen in The Responder, and Daisy Haggard   returns to Sky Comedy  and NOW for its third season on Wednesday 13 July. Sally Phillips (Bridget Jones, Miranda) also joins the cast as a guest-star throughout the series.

Breeders continues its bittersweet look at the struggles of modern parenthood. Season 3 starts days after Season 2 ended, as the Worsley family reels from teenaged Luke (Alex Eastwood) punching his dad, Paul (Martin Freeman). Paul’s moved out and is staying at his mother-in-law Leah’s (Stella Gonet) house. He should be lonely but actually the simpler life has its appeal. Eventually, though, amends with Luke must be made. Meanwhile Ally (Daisy Haggard) has her own problems – with work, with her early menopause and with her increasingly strained relationship with her newly adolescent daughter, Ava (Eve Prenelle). Gallows humour and large glasses of wine only go so far in quelling the angst.

Netflix is opening a writers room for Dumped, a single-camera comedy from writer Heather Flanders, director Liz Friedlander, manager-producer Robyn Meisinger and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, sources tell Deadline , exclusively  Netflix does not do pilots so Dumped remains in development with an eye toward a potential straight-to-series order. 
Dumped (A Love Story) is a half-hour comedy about a hopeless romantic and her best friends who become amateur detectives when they investigate her recent ex, only to fall down a rabbit hole of lies, deceit and danger,

Comedian Axel Blake took home the top prize during the final of Britain’s Got Talent 2022. The funnyman beat teen ventriloquist Jamie Leahy, who came second, and singer Tom Ball, who came in third place, to win the opportunity to perform at the Royal Variety Performance.

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Blake is the third comedian to win the ITV talent show in recent years.

However his win has caused some controversy with viewers claiming that he is a professional having already made comedy videos and in 2016 he played the O2 and released the show as a special entitled I’m Not Gonna Lie on Amazon’s Prime Video.

Her Majesty The Queen and Paddington Bear surprise 11.2 million UK viewers

Sharing a warm and hilarious cream tea at Buckingham Palace as tens of thousands of people watched outside the Royal household on big screens with millions more worldwide.

Full story here>

 

Pauline Quirke has been made an MBE in the Queen’s Jubilee Honours

The actress, best known for her role as Sharon Theodopolopodous in the sitcom Birds of a Feather, which ran for 127 episodes from 1986 to 2016, now runs a network of PQA stage schools, as well as the PQA Trust, a charity to support underprivileged children wanting to train in performing arts.
Latest Comedy News 1st June 2022

“It’s going to take a lot of thought to make sure if we go back that it’s better than the last two, which is very hard to do,” she told People.com, noting there are no current plans for a third season of the HBO Max dramedy. “There’s definitely interest in doing a third season. I think for me, at this moment, the plane has landed.”

Cuoco said the best thing about the Season 2 finale, which aired Thursday, is that the series “could definitely be done or it’s definitely open to continuing.”

“I think the writers and the team did a really beautiful job in tying it up in a pretty bow,” she said. “But if you had to open the bow, it would be okay”.  Latest Comedy News

 Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable, hosted by Mel Giedroyc and her sinful sidekick Lou Sanders, will return for a third series.

The series is produced by Expectation, and sees stars from comedy, sport and entertainment battle it out to see who is the absolute worst human of all time.

Mel Giedroyc said,

I can’t believe we get to misbehave for another series of Unforgivable on Dave, and that we have guests agreeing to come on. It’s become the go to place for confessions and I love it.

Lou Sanders added,

Very happy to report to my cutie for extra duties. Yes. Delighted to be back in my baby’s arms to celebrate the disgusting crimes of the nation.

Avoidance new comedy, Cast give interviews: Romesh Ranganathan, Jessica Knappet, Mandeep Dhillon and Lis McGillisAvoidance: Meet the cast of Romesh Ranganathan’s new comedy Click Here

Romesh Ranganathan and the cast of Avoidance tease his new comedy about a man with severe conflict avoidance issues who is forced to change for the sake of his son.

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Ted allows Bob and Paul to go fishing again.

New series now in production for the Autumn

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Left The World of Comedy

Patricia Brake,  character actress probably best remembered for her role as Ingrid Fletcher, the daughter of Norman Stanley Fletcher, in BBC’s sitcoms Porridge and Going Straight. She was 79.

George Shapiro, manager and producer who guided the careers of major US comedy talent, George was a founding Advisory Board member of the National Comedy Center. He was 91

Ed Gamble to Co-host Pointless

Other co-hosts to present the show with Alexander Armstrong include Sally Lindsay, Alex Brooker, Lauren Laverne, Stephen Mangan and Konnie Huq.

Ed Gamble, said: “I’m presuming someone else has made the joke about having big shoes to fill but I want everyone to know I thought of it as well. I’m over the moon to have a go at co-hosting one of my favourite TV shows ever and I can’t wait to show everyone my impeccable general knowledge (providing I have full access to the internet at all times).”

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Backlash over Ricky Gervais Netflix special ‘Supernature

The comedians Netflix special has come under fire from many other stand-up performers, causing a Twitter storm and some viewers claiming to have cancelled their subscription to the streamer

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Cassie Bowden is still the architect of all that befalls her.

Latest Comedy News: Esther Smith and Rafe Spall star in the third season of “Trying," premiering globally Friday, July 22, 2022 on Apple TV+.
HBO has renewed Barry for a fourth season. Production will begin in Los Angeles in June, with series star Bill Hader directing all eight episodes.

Avoidance To Premiere Next Month

Romesh Ranganathan stars in this warm-hearted comedy about a man with severe conflict avoidance issues who is forced to change for the sake
of his son. Also stars Jessica Knappett, Mandeep Dhillon and Lisa McGrillis – BBC One 9.30pm on June 10.

Daisy May Cooper Splits With Her Boyfriend

This Country co-creator and star, Daisy May Cooper, has parted ways with her boyfriend of 4 months and learns the hard way that boyfriends may come and go but tattoos are for life.
Daisy posted a picture of boyfriend Ryan’s name tattooed on her wedding ring finger just weeks after their relationship started.
Reports suggest that the actress started dating chef, Ryan Weymouth,  just two months after the breakdown of her marriage to Will Weston whom she married in 2019. She blamed the breakdown on lockdown.
She most recently starred in The Witchfinder alongside Tim Key and Never Mind The Buzzcocks and was an an absolute hoot as a contestant on Taskmaster while she was heavily pregnant with her second child.

E4 to say Goodbye Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Set to air on E4 and All 4 before the final episodes on 8th June, this 1×60’ special (produced by Wise Owl Films) will rejoice in the show’s very best moments and explore what turned it into a much-loved staple on our screens. 

Across the hour, we’ll hear from the show’s key cast including, Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Stephanie Beatriz and Joe Lo Truglio alongside with Dan Goor (co-creator/executive producer), Dan Marocco (composer of the show’s comedic-action score) and Craig Robinson, who plays recurring character Doug Judy. 

But that’s not all – famous UK superfans, including Nish Kumar and Catherine Bohart, will be sharing their thoughts on their favourite moments from across the series. 

The Real Derry: Jamie-Lee O’Donnell.

This timely documentary will follow Jamie-Lee O’Donnell, one of the stars of Channel 4’s award-winning comedy series Derry Girls, as she explores how things have changed since she grew up in Derry.

Commissioned by Alf Lawrie’s Factual Entertainment department, the film will also look at what the future may bring for Derry, in particular for the younger generation who still live with the impact of the Troubles.

With her trademark wit and warmth, Jamie-Lee documents the city’s complex past while also offering her own personal insight into her upbringing in a Catholic community.

Viewers will hear from real Derry girls, students at Jamie-Lee’s old school, about the regeneration of the city and why, despite this, many young people feel that they need to leave Derry to gain new skills and experiences.

Sacha Baron Cohen has teamed up with Greg Daniels (King of the Hill) and Mike Judge (King of the Hill) of the newly formed Bandera Entertainment, as well as Michael Koman (SNL, Co-Creator of Nathan for You, and Executive Producer of HBO’s How To with John Wilson) to bring their fresh wit to new, younger audiences with the family-oriented animated special, Chelm: The Smartest Place on Earth.

Set in the mythical “Town of Fools” and originally told in Yiddish, Chelm: The Smartest Place on Earth shares the absurdist humor and interpretive questioning that is a nod to Jewish intellectual traditions. Narrated by Sacha Baron Cohen, the special will present a fresh take on the silly antics and exaggerated conflicts of the town, while also preserving the essence and heart of the classic folktales.

“This pitch was so hilarious; we just knew the HBO Max audience needed to get a dose of this original brand of storytelling. Chelm: The Smartest Place on Earth is a perfect pairing of comedy and satire, and no one does that combination better than Sacha, Greg, Mike, and Michael,” said Amy Friedman, head of kids & family programming, Warner Bros. “This unique project will breathe new, hysterical life into the nonsensical Chelmic wisdom that originated from this imaginary city of folks who aren’t quite the sharpest tools in the shed.”
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Last Woman On Earth With Sara Pascoe is returning for a second series.

Rachel Parris to Host Late Night Mash

‘What’s For You Won’t Pass You’ is the final chapter of Rachel Parris’s book ‘Advice From Strangers’, so taking over from Nish Kumar as the host of Late Night Mash is definitely for her and hasn’t passed her by.

Having been a regular on the show since it started on BBC Two  in 2017 as The Mash Report, Parris will be joined by a different guest host for each episode when the Zeppotron produced series  returns to Dave for an 8 week run this autumn according to Broadcast.

The comedian told Broadcast: ‘Mash, like a proverbial rash, keeps coming back just when you think we’re gone, and I’m proud to represent that irritation.” In typical Parris style she added, “I’ll really miss working with my good friend Nish and giving him words of encouragement. I think he did really well and it will stand him in good stead to start his comedy career.’

The show moved to Dave after being cancelled by the BBC, amidst claims that director-general Tim Davie was appeasing right-wing critics angry at the show’s perceived left-wing bias.

If you are unfamiliar with Parris’s inimitable style of satirical comedy you can find clips from the original BBC series on YouTube.                 Latest Comedy News

Another Death but it’s 
“Only Murders in the Building” Season 2. Premieres June 28

Following the shocking death of Arconia Board President Bunny Folger, Charles, Oliver & Mabel race to unmask her killer. However, three (unfortunate) complications ensue – the trio is publicly implicated in Bunny’s homicide, they are now the subjects of a competing podcast, and they have a bunch of New York neighbours who think they committed murder.

Amanda and Alan: The Italian Job

Amanda Holden and Alan Carr are rolling up their sleeves to restore a crumbling property in Sicily in yet another restoration reality programme although this will combine with an element of travelogue. More here

What comedians talk about backstage

Uncensored and unscripted, you do not want to miss this!

Join Katherine and some of the best UK comedians for a stand-up show with a twist; backstage footage, totally unscripted and incredibly funny. Watch Backstage With Katherine Ryan on the
9th of June on Prime Video.
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Christmas Carole – a Sky Original comedy

A yuletide story of our times, with apologies to Charles Dickens. BAFTA Award-winning Suranne Jones stars in this seasonal new Sky Original. Carole Mackay (Jones) is an unashamedly outspoken and wealthy entrepreneur. Her online business selling all things festive has earned her a fortune, as well as the nickname ‘Christmas Carole’.

But her success hasn’t made her a better human being. In fact, it’s made her worse. The truth is that Carole is a monumentally mean person. Positively Scrooge-like. And, just like Ebeneezer, she doesn’t love Christmas at all. But this Christmas Eve, Carole’s past, present and future are about to collide. Will some rather familiar Christmas spirits help her discover the true spirit of Christmas?
No release date yet but sneaking feeling it might be around Christmas time 🙂

Rosie Molloy Gives Up Everything – a Sky Original comedy

Rosie Molloy (Sheridan Smith) is addicted to everything. Smoking, alcohol, Terry’s Chocolate Oranges, Xanax, Adderall, caffeine… the list goes on. After an embarrassing incident at her brother Joey’s wedding, she wakes up in hospital and decides to change her life by ‘giving up everything’.

But as Rosie juggles her father’s ill health and the possibility of losing her job, she has the dawning realisation that her addictions are destroying everything – her friendships, her family and her work life. Harder still is the realisation that perhaps it isn’t the addictions that are the problem. If Rosie really does give up everything, will she still be Rosie?
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  • The second season of the Max Original comedy sketch show THAT DAMN MICHAEL CHE will debut on THURSDAY, MAY 26 with all six episodes.
     From Emmy®-nominated comedian Michael Che’s distinct perspective, comes a groundbreaking sketch comedy series that illustrates what it feels like to experience various everyday situations. With Che interweaving candid reflections throughout, each episode features comedy legends and rising stars alike in sharp, original vignettes that center around a particular theme or incident. Tackling the uncomfortable truths behind provocative and timely topics such as race, cancel culture, and reproductive rights, THAT DAMN MICHAEL CHE is as thought-provoking as it is laugh-out-loud funny.

Romantic Getaway – a Sky Original comedy

Allison (Katherine Ryan) and Deacon (Romesh Ranganathan) are desperate for a baby, but they’ve run out of money to fund any more IVF treatment. So they decide to ‘borrow’ the £50k they need from their filthy rich boss Alfie, who they discover is illegally creaming off money from the company. And it works! Except that, on a whim, Deacon secretly adds an extra nought to the transfer, and actually steals half a million quid. Also, Allison is secretly starting to doubt whether she wants a baby after all. Their web of lies kicks off a downward spiral into the criminal underworld of suburban Britain, and pushes them, and their plans for their future together, to the limit.

Romantic Getaway is a six-part, modern Bonnie and Clyde story mixing classic romantic comedy moments with high octane, thrilling set-pieces and stars two of Britain’s most loved comedy talents, Romesh Ranganathan and Katherine Ryan.

Produced by Ranga Bee and Sky Studios. Written by Romesh Ranganathan and Ben Green, directed by Shaun Wilson and produced by Caroline Norris. The executive producers are Ben Green and Michelle Farr-Scott for Ranga Bee and Anil Gupta and Jon Mountague for Sky Studios. No release date yrt.

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Fox is finalizing a straight-to-series order to a black comedy about a meteorologist whose life unspools after a freak injury at work. Cindy Snow, from The Flight Attendant creator Steve Yockey and Warner Bros TV

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PRU launches on Thursday 26th May on BBC Three at 10pm, with all episodes available from 6am as a boxset release on BBC iPlayer.

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PRU is a comedy about a group of teens struggling to navigate adolescence in a pupil referral unit, a school for excluded kids. Written by Alex Tenenbaum and Nathaniel Stevens and told through the eyes of four charismatic but complex young people, for whom sometimes even the smallest of obstacles can feel like the end of the world.

More details and interview >here

Edie Falco joins Bubkis

Edie Falco, the Emmy-winning actress has been cast to star opposite Pete Davidson in the Peacock comedy series  Bupkis.

The half-hour, live-action comedy was picked up straight to series following a bidding war in April and is described as a heightened, fictionalized version of Davidson’s real life. The series, in which Davidson stars, will combine grounded storytelling with absurd elements from Davidson’s unfiltered worldview.

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Pivoting was surprisingly cancelled at Fox after it emerged that the highly acclaimed comedy would not return for a second series. Pivoting had a rare 100% on Rotten Tomatoes as one of the best-reviewed new broadcast series. 

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Michael Thorn, President of Entertainment at Fox, said that cancelling the show, which stars Eliza Coupe, Ginnifer Goodwin and Maggie Q, was a “hard call”.

“Liz Astrof and Aaron Kaplan are great partners and we have to make tough decisions. We had to look at it holistically, not just as a show, but as a business and in this case we were sorry not to renew it,” he said.

With the increasingly competitive nature of streaming services we can expect to see many more shows being cut. News to follow.

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 Welcome (back) To Flatch

Welcome to Flatch has been renewed for a second Season at Fox,  Based on Daisy May Cooper and Charlie Cooper’s BBC Studios’ BAFTA-winning BBC format This Country.

Welcome to Flatch is told through the eyes of a documentary crew exploring the lives of inhabitants of the midwestern town of Flatch. The crew finds worthy subjects in young-adult cousins and best friends Kelly Mallet (Holmes) and Lloyd Mallet (Sam Straley) who let the production crew in on their everyday lives and local events.
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Netflix has commissioned a new quiz show Cheat, co-hosted by the delectable Ellie Taylor and Danny Dyer, from Never Mind The Buzzcocks producer Talkback.

Cheat will be filmed in front of a studio audience and promises a ‘ground-breaking, high-stakes’ quiz show in which four contestants are tested across three rounds as they attempt to avoid elimination and compile a jackpot worth up to £50,000. Called Cheat because it involves a twist in which contestants are able to cheat their way to victory if they don’t know the answer.

The show is based on an original idea by Giles Boden, whose credits include Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow, Paul O’Grady’s Saturday Night Line-Up and A League of Their Own.

Ellie Taylor said: “Cheat has all the elements I want in a quiz show; great questions, unashamed cheating and Danny Dyer calling me ‘Treacle’ at least once per episode.”

Danny Dyer said: “This is a great new series and there’s no quiz show better suited for me; expect enormous wins, loads of slippery people cheating and banter with the one and only, Ellie Taylor.”the

Magic Light Pictures, the multi-Oscar nominated production company, is bringing Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s story of a love which overcomes divisions, The Smeds And The Smoos, to BBC One and BBC iPlayer for Christmas 2022.

Bill Bailey joins the all-star cast which will see double Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (The Shape Of Water) as Narrator, joined by Adjoa Andoh (Bridgerton) as Grandmother Smoo, Meera Syal (Roar) as Aunt Smed and Rob Brydon (Gavin And Stacey) as Uncle Smoo, Ashna Rabberu (Sex Education) as Janet and Daniel Ezra (All American) as Bill.

Where are the new classic sitcoms?

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When The One Show recently ran a poll to find the best-loved BBC shows ever, half of the top programmes were sitcoms – but none was launched within the last 15 years. So where are the future classics?

Mange tout, mange tout, no prizes fro guessing which comedy came out top in the poll

 

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RED NOSE DAY USA


Red Nose Day, for Comic Relief returns to NBC on Thursday, May 26 at 8-9p.m. ET/PT with a special encore broadcast of the hilarious star-studded adventure ‘Celebrity Escape Room’. Starring: Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow and Adam Scott

Fresh Murder, They Hope

Comedy channel Gold has ordered a second series of Murder, They Hope written by comic Jason Cook and starring Johnny Vegas and Sian Gibson.

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Meet The Richardsons

Meet The Richardsons has been renewed for two new series – that’s 20 more episodes about the fictionalised married life of comedians Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont.

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Jack Rooke’s Big Boys comes to C4 Thurs May 26th

Jack Rooke’s endearing comedy about two boys from very different ends of the ‘spectrum of masculinity’ who become best mates at Brent Uni freshers’ week 2013.  Dylan Llewellyn (Derry Girls) plays is  dweeby, sheltered, closeted nineteen-year-old Jack from Watford, trying to overcome his grief after his dad’s passing and figure out what he wants in life.

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Answer: The young actress who played Tom’s daughter is of course Kellie Bright best known for her role as Linda Carter in BBC’s Eastenders.