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AACTA nominate Sarah Kendall for
Best Comedy Performer

Frayed Series 2 has been nominated in the 2021 Australian Academy of  Cinema and Television Arts Awards for Best Narrative Comedy Series.
Available Thursday 4th in the US on HBOMax
No details yet for airing in the UK. Check back for transmission date.

Critically acclaimed trio, Rob Brydon, Lee Mack & David Mitchell will tour the UK for the first time since 2019.  Brydon, Mack & Mitchell: Town To Town will see an evening of chat, comedy, and general messing about as they play selected theatres around the UK, with dates announced in Torquay, Halifax, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Ipswich, Oxford and Woking.

The first show in Torquay will be a charity fundraiser, with all proceeds split between #SaveJenny and Solving Kids’ Cancer.  For a full list of dates, and to purchase tickets, visit: www.brydonmackandmitchell.com

Lionel Blair dies at 92

Blair, a self taught dancer, appeared with many comedians including Bob Hope, Tommy Cooper and Jimmy Tarbuck. He was team captain in 1000 episodes of Give Us A Clue and was in the final episode Ricky Gervais’ Extras.

Miriam and Alan:Lost In Scotland

In this new three-part series Miriam Margolyes, teams up with fellow Scot, Alan Cumming as they return to their Scottish roots in Miriam and Alan: Lost in Scotland
The series follows the pair as they journey through Scotland’s beautiful wild Highlands. With Hollywood actor Alan at the wheel and the inimitable Miriam as the backseat driver, this joyous series is full of laughter, personal reflections and revelations.

SEARCH PARTY returns to HBO Max for its fifth and final season 

Screening on FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, with all ten episodes available to binge. In the new fifth season, Dory (Alia Shawkat) enters a very public business partnership with charismatic tech billionaire Tunnel Quinn (Jeff Goldblum) on the other side of her near-death experience. Dory folds her old friends Portia (Meredith Hagner), Elliott (John Early) and Drew (John Reynolds) into the venture as they embark on an altruistic but terrifying journey. 

James Michael Tyler, Gunther in Friends, has died, aged 59.

He was unable to attend the Friends Reunion due to a prolonged illness with prostate cancer

Nish Kumar quits The Mash Report which recently moved to Dave.

The stand-uo comedian is to concentrate on his 2022 Tour – Your Power, Your Control

Hannah Waddingham has joined the cast of ‘Hocus Pocus 2’

which also stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy.

Comedian Bridget Christie: ‘I see my flasher’s penis all the time. But I can make horrible things amusing’

The comic has come blazing out of lockdown fearless and on full throttle, buying a motorbike for her 50th birthday and turning the menopause – along with an incident in a park – into comedy gold.

Read the full Guardian interview here

Apple TV+ to launch on Sky Glass and Sky Q 

NOW members can sign up for and purchase any NOW Membership on Apple devices using Apple in-app purchase.
Customers in the UK will be able to access Sky Go on Apple TV devices in the first half of 2022.

Dwayne JohnsonRyan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot star in the stylish, globetrotting heist comedy, “Red Notice.” The film stars Johnson as an FBI profiler who reluctantly teams up with Reynolds’ con-man as he attempts to take down the world’s greatest art thief: Gal Gadot’s “The Bishop.”

In cinemas and on Netflix from November 12

When an Interpol-issued Red Notice — the highest level warrant to hunt and capture the world’s most wanted— goes out, the FBI’s top profiler John Hartley is on the case. His global pursuit finds him smack dab in the middle of a daring heist where he’s forced to partner with the world’s greatest art thief Nolan Booth in order to catch the world’s most wanted art thief, “The Bishop.” The high-flying adventure that ensues takes the trio around the world, across the dance floor, trapped in a secluded prison, into the jungle and, worst of all for them, constantly into each other’s company. 

Matthew Perry is to lift the lid on his life and career in an autobiography, reports Deadline

The untitled memoir will be published in autumn next year.

In the book, Perry will take readers behind-the-scenes and onto the soundstage of the sitcom while opening up about his private struggles with addiction. It is set to be a candid and self-aware book told with his trademark humor, with Perry vividly detailing his lifelong battle with the disease and what fueled it despite seemingly having it all.

Megan Lynch of Flatiron Books, who will edit the book, said: “We need humor, we need catharsis, and we need to agree on something–and Matthew’s extraordinary story, told in his inimitable voice, is that thing. Matthew’s book has unrivaled potential to bring people together, which feels especially galvanizing right now, a time of isolation and division.”

Comedian Rosie Jones gets universal support from the comedy community after online abuse

Jones, who has cerebral palsy, appeared on the BBC’s Question Time programme’s panel 
She tweeted: “The sad thing is that I’m not surprised at the ableist abuse I’ve received. It’s indicative of the country we live in right now. I will keep on speaking up, in my wonderful voice, for what I believe in.”

Gold announces a special Christmas episode of The Cockfields(1×60′), following on from the six-part series two due to air next month.

Writers Joe Wilkinson and David Earl said,

Getting to write a Christmas Special is a dream come true for us and we can’t thank Gold enough for being daft enough to let us do it. We can’t wait for you to hang out with the Cockfields again, while we all stuff our faces with sausage rolls and chocolate oranges. Merry Christmas from The Cockfield Family.

The Cockfields Christmas Special stars Wilkinson as Simon and Susannah Fielding as his fiancé Esther, travelling back to the Isle of Wight between Christmas and New Year to visit Simon’s ever-doting mother (Sue Johnston), his controlling yet well-meaning stepfather (Gregor Fisher) and his celebrity-obsessed stepbrother (Ben Rufus Green).

The Cockfields Christmas Special is written by David Earl & Joe Wilkinson. It is commissioned by Pete Thornton, UKTV head of scripted, and ordered by Gerald Casey, Gold channel director. Richard Watsham is UKTV director of commissioning and Steve North is genre general manager, comedy and entertainment. The Cockfields is directed by Simon Hynd, produced by John Rushton for Yellow Door Productions, and exec produced by Lucy Lumsden.

The Cockfields follows a year of high-profile UKTV Original commissions for Gold in 2021 such as series two of The Cockfields, series two of Sandylands, French & Saunders: Funny Women, The Vicar of Dibley: Inside Out and Murder, They Hope.

The Cockfields Christmas special airs in December. Series two of The Cockfields starts next month.

Apple TV+ orders “Shrinking” comedy from star and executive producer Jason Segel

Apple TV+ today announced a series order for “Shrinking,” a 10-episode comedy series that will star Jason Segel, who also serves as writer and executive producer alongside Emmy Award winners Bill Lawrence and Brett Goldstein. The news was announced on the heels of the season two finale of Apple’s Emmy, SAG, Critics Choice and WGA Award-winning global hit phenomenon “Ted Lasso.”

“Shrinking” follows a grieving therapist (played by Segel) who starts to break the rules and tell his clients exactly what he thinks. Ignoring his training and ethics, he finds himself making huge, tumultuous changes to people’s lives … including his own.

The new series will be produced by Warner Bros. Television, where Lawrence is under an overall deal, and Lawrence’s Doozer Productions. Segel, Lawrence and Goldstein all serve as writers and executive producers, Jeff Ingold is an executive producer, and Liza Katzer is a co-executive producer.

“Shrinking” marks the second Apple Original starring Segel, who is next set to star in Apple Original Films’ highly anticipated “The Sky is Everywhere,” based on the best-selling YA Novel of the same name. It also marks the third partnership for Apple, Lawrence and Warner Bros. Television, alongside “Ted Lasso” and the recently announced series order for “Bad Monkey.” Goldstein currently stars and serves as writer and co-executive producer on “Ted Lasso,” which recently broke records as the most-nominated freshman comedy in Emmy history, and landed a total of seven Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Goldstein and Outstanding Comedy Series.

The series will join a growing offering of hit and award-winning comedy series on Apple TV+ including “Schmigadoon!,” “Physical,” “Dickinson,” “Mythic Quest,” “Central Park” and the upcoming limited series, “The Shrink Next Door.”

In today’s Times magazine: Comedian JohnBishop is a TV star and unlikely silver fox. Most of his fans are of a certain age, but he’ll soon have plenty of younger ones thanks to his debut in Doctor Who this month.

“History of the World, Part I” is finally getting a Part II, with Hulu ordering a variety series followup to the classic Mel Brooks comedy film, Variety has learned exclusively.
“History of the World, Part II” is described as a sequel to the 1981 film. The film was made up of segments set during different periods of world history. Among those was the Stone Age, Ancient Rome, and the French Revolution. 

 Like most of Brooks’ work, it also featured musical numbers, including one about the Spanish Inquisition and, of course, “Jews in Space.”

Brooks is a writer and executive producer on the series along with Nick Kroll, Wanda Sykes, Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen and Kevin Salter. There is no word yet on which world events the series will cover. Hulu has ordered eight episodes of the show. The writers room is beginning in October with production slated to begin in Spring 2022. Searchlight Television and 20th Television will produce.

Steve Carell to star in The Patient

 

 

Latest Comedy News: FX, the Disney-owned cable network has handed out a 10-episode order for a half-hour limited comedy series called The Patient, starring The Office alum Carell and written by Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg.
The Patient revolves around a psychotherapist who finds himself held prisoner by a serial killer with an unusual request: curb his homicidal urges.

Latest comedy news: The US version of the BBC hit comedy Ghosts averaged 5.52 million viewers 

on its debut double episode. Young Sheldon (7.12 million viewers, 0.7 in 18-49) and United States of Al (4.84 million, 0.49) were in line with their 2020-21 averages.

Comedian Adam DeVine (Pitch Perfect) married actress Chloe Bridges.


DeVine is set to reprise his role as Bumper Allen and executive produce a new Pitch Perfect television series that is heading to Peacock.

All episodes (bar one) of Golden Girls now available on Disney+

New TV comedy: Golden Girls review in the Guardian

Not a pottymouth between them

Read the excellent review by Lucy Mangan in the Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2021/jul/02/the-golden-girls-review-streaming-disney

New TV comedy: Rufus Hound to star in stage version of The Good Life

Latest Comedy News: A brand new stage adaptation of the sitcom THE GOOD LIFE will tour the UK this Autumn. The new comedy by Jeremy Sams, starring Rufus Hound, is based on the classic television series by John Esmonde and Bob Larbey which was a huge hit in the 1970s starring Richard Briars and Felicity Kendall.

Mel Brooks autobiography All Abot Me available for pr-orderA bona fide comedy legend and one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Showbiz, Mel Brooks has lived an extraordinary life, and in All About Me! he recounts his journey from Depression-era Brooklyn to success and acclaim with numerous TV shows and films like The Producers and Blazing Saddles – all with his customary sparkling wit.

Click on image to pre-order now.

Ajay Saghal photo: Kate Danson

A pilot of a comedy The Son-in-Law has been ordered by ABC, their first this autumn.

The single-camera project comes from Disney’s 20th Television and writer Ajay Saghal (The Carmichael Show). The convoluted storyline follows a salt of the earth man who finds himself seeking the approval of his new fiancée’s sophisticated parents, even as he’s a difficult to impress father-in-law to his daughter’s longtime boyfriend.

Catherine Zeta-JonesCatherine Zeta-Jones to play Morticia Addams in Wednesday the Netflix series directed by Tim Burton will take on the matriarch of the Addams Family, Morticia Addams herself, for Netflix’s Wednesday series. For the Tim Burton directed series, she will join Luis Guzmán who will appear as Gomez Addams and Jenna Ortega, who takes on the titular character.

The coming-of-age comedy, is a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams’ (Ortega) years as a student at Nevermore Academy.

Comedian, and now author, Rosie Jones’ book Eddie Eckhart launched today. Rosie said ” I can’t believe that I’m saying this but HERE I AM HUGGING MY OWN BOOK. I’m so chuffed, I’m never letting it go.”

Recipe for a fun adventure film

Take a large mixing bowl and pour in 10 grams of Indiana Jones, add half a cup of Romancing The Stone , a tablespoon of Baron Bomburst from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and a drop of The Mummy (1999 vintage). Mix thoroughly and bake for two years.
The result is River Cruise. Funny in parts and Jack Whitehall is destined to be Disney’s next Jim Dale. Try a slice with a side order of popcorn and Coke at the cinema or watch on Disney+ (additional fee required).

Now everybody, to the tune of Chitty chitty bang bang sing:
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Now on Netflix



Comedian, TV and radio presenter Rhod Gilbert will present BBC One’s flagship property renovation show, DIY SOS: The Big Build, when it heads to Hull for a BBC Children in Need Special in September

Sitters from the world of comedy in Portrait Artist of the Year 2021

PAOTY, back with much-loved hosts Stephen Mangan and Joan Bakewell, brings with it a brand-new batch of amateur and professional artists as they battle it out to impress expert judges Tai Shan Schierenberg, Kathleen Soriano and Kate Bryan. And Portrait Artist of the Year would not be complete without an impressive and diverse mix of famous and celebrated subjects including Nish Kumar, Ian Hislop, Gyles Brandreth and Daniel Mays.

Portrait Artist of the Year will air on Sky Arts, Freeview Channel 11, and streaming service NOW from Wednesday 13 October 2021.

DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: Writing duo Jordan Reddout and Gus Hickey (Mixed-ish, Grown-ish) are expanding their relationship with ABC Signature. The longtime writing partners have signed a multi-year overall deal with ABC Signature and have sold their first project under the pact — half-hour comedy Significant Others to ABC.

Written and executive produced by Reddout and Hickey, Significant Others is inspired by the pair’s real-life friendship. In Significant Others, two best friends narrate the story of their twenties in Los Angeles and how their friendships evolved into a new type of chosen family. ABC Signature is the studio.
Full article:
https://deadline.com/2021/08/writers-jordan-reddout-set-significant-others-comedy-at-abc-1234816881/

John Cleese, one of the elder statesmen of comedy, is to look at the topic of cancel culture in a Channel 4 programme, John Cleese: Cancel Me.

In the series the Monty Python and Fawlty Towers legend meets people who have lost work or been ostracized because of something they’ve done or said, and explores why a new ‘woke’ generation is trying to rewrite the rules on what can and can’t be said.

SHOWTIME has picked up a second season of its half-hour comedy series FLATBUSH MISDEMEANORS, a raw comedy of city life following Dan Pearlman and Kevin Iso, who play characters struggling to thrive in their new surroundings in Flatbush, Brooklyn.
 

Netflix Renews “Never Have I Ever” for a Third Season

Latest comedy news:
Never Have I Ever is a coming-of-age comedy about the complicated life of a modern-day first-generation Indian American teenage girl. In Season 2, Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) continues to deal with the everyday pressures of high school and drama at home, while also navigating new romantic relationships. 

Betty's skateboard ride has ended: HBO has cancelled the skateboarder comedy after two seasons. The series follows a group of diverse young women navigate the predominantly male-oriented world of skateboarding in New York City.

Great British Menu takes a Gamble

Great British Menu will begin filming for the thirteenth series this autumn when chefs Nisha Katona and Tom Kerridge together with comedian Ed Gamble will join host Andi Oliver to judge heats across the UK. The most talented chefs from across the UK will battle it out for the chance to cook at a banquet that, in the year of the BBC’s centenary, will celebrate British creativity through 100 years of television broadcasting.

Ed Gamble, also hosts food podcast Off Menu, says: “It’s a great honour to be asked to judge on this shining jewel in the BBC’s crown. I’ve been in strict training for the show by eating full meals every hour. Good news: I love food. Bad news: I eat with my mouth open.”

The BBC has acquired the Australian comedy drama Bump

Overachieving Year 11 student Olympia (‘Oly’) Chalmers-Davis (Nathalie Morris), who knows exactly where she is going and has an ambitious 10-year plann, finds her life irrevocably changed when she collapses in agony and is stunned to discover she is in labour and the father is not her boyfriend.

Set in and around an inner-city high school and following the main characters home, Bump explores unplanned motherhood and the sudden onset of adulthood, unwelcome new relatives, and unintended consequences coupled with differing expectations of family obligations and dynamics.

Gaynor & Ray, a brand new Comedy Playhouse starring Ruth Jones and Rob Brydon,  for BBC One 

Created and written by Ruth Jones and David Peet and made by Tidy Productions, Gaynor & Ray (1×35’) features the exciting reunion of two BBC favourites and real-life friends, Ruth Jones and Rob Brydon in the title roles and is the latest Comedy Playhouse to be commissioned for broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

The Conners, ABC’s top comedy series, has stated that the upcoming Season 4 premiere on Sept. 22 will be broadcast live.

The announcement was made during the network’s TCA virtual press tour. The cast of the blue-collar family sitcom will perform live for both the East and West Coast broadcasts,

CBS’ comedy B Positive is making some big changes for its second season.

The Chuck Lorre-produced comedy will overhaul its premise and cast for its second run, focusing on the assisted living facility where Gina (Annaleigh Ashford) works. The show has made Linda Lavin, Gary Anthony Higgins and Darryl Stephens series regulars after they recurred last season. 

No plans for an F&S sitcom

Contrary to media reports Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders are not “developing” a new sitcom. The long time friends and collaborators are, as always, having fun discussing ideas but there are no definite plans as yet.

“I don’t know if we’re talking about it for real or we just talk about it because we enjoy talking about it,” said French.
“I think we want to talk about it, make it in our front room and then no one ever see it,” Saunders replied. “That’s what we want.”

Recently departed

Phil Jerrod 1979 – 2021

Phil Jerrod comedian and writer has died at the age of 41. His agency Off The Kerb confirmed that Jerrod died on Saturday, after being diagnosed with sarcoma, a rare form of cancer.

A statement read: ‘It is with deep sadness we have to announce the death of Phil Jerrod. Phil peacefully passed away at home after a battle with cancer, with his devoted wife Beck by his side.

‘Phil’s critically acclaimed stand up and comedy writing meant he was incredibly respected by his peers, supporting and writing with many of his comedy heroes.

Sarah Harding 1981 – 2021

Tributes pour in for Girls Aloud member Sarah Harding who has sadly died at the age of just 39 from breast cancer. Sarah brushed with comedy in her role as Roxy in St Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold

John Challis, Boycie in Only Fools And Horses, has died aged 79.

His family said in a statement that he died “peacefully in his sleep, after a long battle with cancer”.

 

Willie Garson, probably best known for playing  talent agent Stanford Blatch in Sex And The City, has died at the age of 57.

Friends fans may also recall that he welcomed Ross into his new apartment with a request for a $100 contribution to the maintenance man’s retirement fund. A request that Ross declined but Phoebe didn’t

Actor Robert Fyfe, best known for playing Howard in sitcom Last of the Summer Wine for 25 years, has died at the age of 90.

Fyfe joined the long-running BBC show in 1985 and remained until its final episode in 2010 as Howard Sibshaw Pearl’s henpecked husband who was always trying to hide his passionate affair with Marina.

Ted Lasso doesn't quite sweep the board at the 73rd Emmys

As widely anticipated Jason Sudeikis won best actor in a comedy series for Ted Lasso at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night. Ted Lasso also won Best Comedy series

Hannah Waddingham took home the Emmy Award for supportin g actress in a comedy series.
Brett Goldstein won the Emmy for Supporting Actor in a comedy series

Jean Smart took home the Emmy Award for lead actress in a comedy series during the 2021 Primetime Emmy Awards for her role on Hacks.

List of winners and nominees here

Phoebe Waller-Bridge has exited the straight-to-series adaptation of the Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie 2005 film, Mr and Mrs Smith. Sources say that the Fleabag Emmy winner had a different creative vision for the series than Donald Glover, with whom she was poised to star alongside.

Waller-Bridge is currently in production on Indiana Jones 5 and recently contributed to the script of the upcoming James Bond film, No Time to Die. She also exec produces the upcoming final season of AMC/BBC America’s Killing Eve.

The Man Who Died Twice, one of fastest selling novels of all time.

 
Richard Osman‘s The Man Who Died Twice, the sequel to his blockbuster debut The Thursday Murder Club, has thundered into the UK Official Top 50 number one spot, making a killing with 114,202 copies sold in its first week. Buy Here Now

PHOEBE ROBINSON: SORRY, HARRIET TUBMAN, the Max Original stand-up comedy special, debuts THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14 on HBO Max. After a “truly trash” year, actor, producer, and New York Times bestselling author Phoebe Robinson (HBO’s “2 Dope Queens) is finally out of quarantine and ready to get back onstage.

Catchpoint bounces back to BBC One with an All Star Celebrity Series

Latest comedy news: Catchpoint returns for a brand new celebrity filled run with an All Star series landing on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in 2022.

Hosted by Paddy McGuinness and made by Possessed and 12 Yard, Celebrity Catchpoint (8 x 30′) will see a gaggle of well-known faces having to think fast and react quickly as they tackle the ultimate battle of brains and balls in order to land a cash prize for their favourite charities.



 

BBC and NBCUniversal have joined forces for an innovative partnership

Broadcast report that the BBC and NBCUniversal have joined forces for an innovative partnership designed to uncover the next-generation of unscripted global hits from producers, Broadcast has learned.

The duo will collaborate to find and fund ‘high-impact’ fact-ent and entertainment shows that have the potential to work on both sides of the Atlantic across their linear channels and on-demand services. The ambition is to build on the success of unscripted formats which have aired across both broadcasters including The Wall, Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel (pictured), The Weakest Link and Dragons’ Den.

Season 2 of THE RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES tells the story of a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work. Season 2, which airs later this year, finds the blessed Gemstone family threatened by outsiders from both the past and present who wish to destroy their empire.
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IMDB TV launches

Amazon’s advertising-supported free streaming service has launched in the U.K., the platform’s first territory outside North America. It will be available at first via the Prime Video app and later via a standalone app on Fire TV. No comedy content announced as yet.

Dave Chappelle is returning to Netflix with a new stand-up special, The Closer. Emmy-winning director Stan Lathan, who has directed all six of Chappelle’s Netflix specials, also returns to direct The Closer, which premieres globally on Netflix October 5.