Comedy news and reviews in the UK & USA
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Rose Matafeo’s Starstruck has been picked up for a second series
Zoeys Extraordinary Playlist has been cancelled after two seasons at NBC. Now looking for a new home.
Barbara Windsor’s Carry on Camping bikini sells for £9,500
HBO Max has renewed the Max Original series HACKS for a second season.
Bo Burnham’s ‘Inside (The Songs)’ Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard Comedy Albums Chart
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has been renewed for five more years by NBC
HIMYM spinoff How I Met Your Father gets green light from Hulu with Hilary Duff starring
Sharon Horgan’s Merman teams up with Paul Feig, Lionsgate to remake BBC comedy ‘Motherland’ in the U.S. (see Reviews)
Filming has completed on the second series of Back To Life, the dark comedy starring Daisy Haggard.
Comedy News Snippets
Friends: The Reunion hits biggest ever audience in Sky One’s history.
Friends fans across the UK have broken viewing records for Sky One with 5.3m watching the long-awaited Friends: The Reunion. The special, available exclusively on Sky and streaming service NOW, drew in the biggest ever audience in the channel’s history.
Second only to the final series of Game of Thrones for the biggest audience ever across Sky’s portfolio of channels.
Kevin Hart laughing all the way to the bank
He tweeted, “I have been the highest grossing comedian in entertainment for years now….I have also been the highest grossing comedian in the box office with over 4 billion ($) in earnings ….”
2021 nominees for Comedy
Home, Series 2 – Jantaculum / Channel X / Channel 4
Feel Good – Objective Fiction & Objective Media Group Scotland / Channel 4 / Netflix
Ghosts, Series 2 – Monumental Television / BBC One
iCarly returns after a decade
Picking up 10 years after the classic Nickelodeon show ended, the new “iCarly” follows original influencer Carly Shay and her friends navigating work, love and family. In the trailer, the characters go on dates, joke around in the revamped loft and restart their popular web series, this time shot on a PearPhone.
Miranda Cosgrove, Jerry Trainor and Nathan Kress reprise their original roles as Carly Shay, Spencer Shay and Freddie Benson,
Don’t recognise the name Shaparak Korsandi?
You soon will.
Just like Prince, the comedian formerly known as Shappi Korsandi will henceforth be known by her birth name Shaparak. She explained in the Independent, “I’m only just now scratching the surface of how often in my life I have internalised bigotry and tried to bend in a direction which would make my foreignness more comfortable for other people. Changing my name was a part of that. My real name (Shaparak, Persian for butterfly) is beautiful and I would like it back.”
Unforgivable is returning for a second series: launched earlier this year to a series average of 816k individuals* and across the premiere eps the series profile averaged 25% 16-34 and 63% ABC1. Each episode sees three celebrities confess their wildest stories, in the show that scratches away at the squeaky clean reputations of some of the nation’s favourite faces.
Claes Bang (Dracula) joins Stephen Merchant’s BBC and Amazon comedy-drama The Offenders as Dean, a mysterious and terrifying London gang boss, who is chasing a debt owed by the offenders.
Bang will star alongside Merchant himself, as well as Christopher Walken, Rhianne Barreto, Gamba Cole, Darren Boyd, Clare Perkins, Eleanor Tomlinson, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, and Julia Davis.
Netflix has brought an early halt to production of ‘God’s Favorite Idiot’ comedy series starring Melissa McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone. It had shot eight episodes. in Australia, instead of the previously-announced sixteen.
Robin Thede will be serving up more laughs with “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” renewed by HBO for a third season.
Last Night of the Proms was a superb end to series 6 of Inside No9. BAFTA award winning creators and writers Pemberton and Shearsmith continually amaze with their one-off dark comedies and last night’s was no exception. No spoilers here, so you’ll have to watch it to laugh at the twists and turns and the ultimate reveal. Another brilliant cast including 86 year old Julian Glover. Series 7 is already in preparation. Can’t wait.
Humour as dark as Whitby Jet and performances as perfect as always, last night’s episode of Inside No9, guest starring the incomparable Derek Jacobi, continued the incredible run from BAFTA award winners Pemberton and Shearsmith. Episodes like this will make it nigh on impossible for anyone to wrest future awards from their hands. Only one more episode to go in this series. Shame
Could it be possible that young Luke’s problem was caused by being sworn at for all of his 13 years? In episode 2 dad, Paul, doesn’t swear at him (or anyone else for that matter). He and Ally are dealing with whatever is troubling their son with parental kindness and compassion not violent outbursts of profanity. And do you know what, the show was all the more enjoyable for it.
Peter Kay's 'Car Share' outtakes Hope he wasn't actually driving!
The long-awaited first autobiography by national treasure Bob Mortimer
Warm, profound, and irrepressibly funny, And Away… is Bob’s full life story (with a few #WILTY style lies thrown in for good measure)
Published mid September. Pre-order a signed copy now