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Everything London Comedians Need to Know for February 2018

Roses are red, violets are blue, If you think you’re funny...ok, forget poetry. Comedy is where it’s at with our month-long guide to getting on stage and making people laugh. Open Mic NIGHTSMonday nights are for open mic at Streetbeat Comedy held at The Old Crown, 33 Oxford Street. Call Alistair (07939 012231) for details. Every second Thursday of the month, spots are available for 5-10 minute sets at The Flying Dutchman Dutchie night in Camberwell. Call 07521 066512 for details. At The Constitution pub in Camden, every Thursday is Funny Feckers. Organisers promise a ‘friendly, supportive atmosphere’. For bookings email, bookings@funnyfeckers.co.uk. Gigs + Events Running from Feb. 7-25 is the Leicester Comedy Festival, one of the UK’s biggest and best festivals. With 830 shows in 69 venues across the city, it’ll feature top acts like Harry Hill, Sara Pascoe, Katherine Ryan, and Dr. John Cooper Clarke. (Ticket prices vary) Love them or hate them,
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Celebrities Rally Against The Cruel Fur Trade

Ahead of the international day of action ‘Fur Free Friday’ on November 24th (Black Friday), comedian Sara Pascoe and actor Peter Egan have joined ranks with a growing number of celebrities backing a campaign by Animal Defenders International (Adi) to end the cruel fur trade.

Peter Egan said: “Don’t be fooled, fur is far from humane. Trapped in tiny cages, the animals endure a terrible life, and death. Please, never support this cruel industry. Join Adi and make a difference.”

Sara Pascoe said: “With so many alternatives to fur available, no animal need suffer. Using the real thing is cruel and unnecessary. Please join me and Adi in supporting the designers whose fabrics, but not principles, are fake.”

Since the launch of Adi’s shocking films ‘A Lifetime’ about the brutal short lives of two foxes, brothers Borys and Eryk, and ‘Never Humane’ exposing inhumane killing on a Polish fur farm,
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Friday’s best TV: Bear’s Mission with Anthony Joshua; Travel Man: 48 Hours in Valencia

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The wilderness man tests the boxer’s survival skills; plus Richard Ayoade heads to Spain with Sara Pascoe

Prime time has lacked a vibrant music show since the demise of Top of the Pops. Can Sounds Like Friday Night fill that void? It’s probably unfair to compare it to Totp – the format is different, the charts feel less central now and no show can really hope to take the pop-cultural temperature with comparable precision. Instead, Greg James and Dotty are joined by Jason Derulo, Charlie Puth and Jessie Ware for context-free light entertainment. Phil Harrison

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Dawn of the Driverless Car review – ironically, a human presenter might have been better

This excellent documentary covers every angle – so why did my mind wander? Plus: people and their bits in Naked Attraction

I have a child who has expressed an interest in becoming a bus driver. I’m not going to encourage it. Not because I have anything against driving buses as a profession (though I’m not crazy about his chosen route, the 226 between Golders Green and Ealing Broadway – would one that passes through central London not be more glamorous, as well as being more double-decker?) No, my problem with it is that by the time he reaches bus-driving age, it probably won’t be a profession any more. He’s only three you see. It’s an issue that arises in Horizon: Dawn of the Driverless Car (BBC2) – the impact autonomous vehicles are going to have on employment. The future may be safer, and greener, but there will also be fewer jobs.
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Thursday’s best TV: Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule; Prime Suspect 1973

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The madcap comic asks guests to prove how funny humans can be, while Jane Tennison get a 70s prequel. Plus: the timely documentary Extremely British Muslims begins

In a new series billed as “madcap”, Harry Hill watches over two teams who have to prove how funny humans are. Yes, really. Kelvin Fletcher, Sara Pascoe, Patrick Robinson and Josh Widdicombe must choose clips to go into a capsule that can be unleashed in the event of an alien invasion. By Hill’s own admission it is “an idea that’s thinner than Kim Kardashian’s nightie”, but he holds things together with aplomb. Hannah Verdier

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Taskmaster: one of TV's funniest, most unexpected comedies

Wesley Mead Apr 25, 2017

As series 4 of Taskmaster arrives on Dave, we salute one of the most enjoyable shows on TV...

In a media environment where every outlet is battling for attention more intensely than ever before, TV channel Dave has carved out quite a handy niche for itself. Many years since its erstwhile days as UKTVG2 - the ghettoised cousin of dusty sitcom purveyors UK Gold - a prominent Freeview Epg position and a remarkably successful rebranding has allowed the channel to build its own fanbase and identity. It’s now “the home of witty banter”, its schedule jam-packed with panel shows, satirical comedy, and male-skewing reality.

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In recent years, the heightened awareness
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Orange is the New Black: season four will take over your life, without parole

With this season starting where the last left off, Netflix is creating a seamless, epic show. This tranche is full of faces familiar and new, and just as many surprises

Spoiler alert: this blog contains spoilers about season four and previous seasons of Orange is the New Black

Related: Orange Is the New Black makes me fantasise about getting locked up | Sara Pascoe

On Netflix, which is always thumbing its nose at linear television, the conventional arc doesn’t matter any more

Related: Orange is the New Black's Jenji Kohan: 'Women tend to be forgotten when they get locked up'

Viewers might think they’ve seen a lot of atrocities, but wait until there is a maxi pad shortage because of budget cuts

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The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret

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Network: IFC

Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour)

Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: October 1, 2010 — present

Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: David Cross, Sharon Horgan, Blake Harrison, Will Arnett, Spike Jonze, Amber Tamblyn, Russ Tamblyn, Steve Davis, Colin Salmon, Jon Hamm, Sara Pascoe, and Jack McBrayer.

TV show description:

This farcical black comedy follows perpetual loser Todd Margaret (David Cross). He lies quicker than he tells the truth.

It opens with Todd on trial in UK for a laundry list of despicable crimes. The first two seasons then tell the story of the choices that landed him in such dire straits.Read More…
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Drunk History: Season 2 Renewal for Comedy Central UK Series

Comedy Central UK (or Ccuk) has renewed the UK adaptation of the Us Comedy Central series, Drunk History, for a second season, consisting of eight episodes.

Returning as narrator is Jimmy Carr. Per TV Wise, Ccuk has quite the list of performers lined up for season two, including: Emma Bunton, Jack Whitehall, Olivia Colman, Michelle Keegan, Hugh Dennis, Phil Jupitus, Tom Rosenthal, Vicky Pattison, Josie Long, Joe Lycett, Mathew Baynton, Nick Helm, Sara Pascoe, Jessica Knappett and Nish Kumar Read More…
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Comedy: the best standup gigs and tours in autumn 2015

Get ready for comedy on a grand scale: Kevin Bridges is doing a mammoth Glasgow run, two huge double acts (Harry and Paul, Vic and Bob) return, and Sara Pascoe is reinventing Christmas

Ninety-nine dates, 450,000 tickets sold, 14 nights at the 10,000-capacity Sse Hydro in Glasgow: Kevin Bridges is, by any measure, a big deal. He’s also, on form, one of the sharpest, least complacent acts in arena comedy, and this autumn sees the culmination of his biggest tour yet.

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Sunday Night at the Palladium: ITV, 8pm

In the last Sunday Night at the Palladium of the series, Jack Whitehall presents as a whole host of talented stars take to the stage.

There's music from Leona Lewis, Jess Glynne and Simply Red as well as comedy from Sara Pascoe and Britain's Got Talents' Jack Carroll.

Julie Walters in Conversation with Richard E Grant: BBC Four, 8pm

Award-winning actress Julie Walters talks about her successful career, from her movie debut in Educating Rita to more recent works.

Presented by Richard E Grant, this is the first in a series of BBC Four shows celebrating leading figures in the British film industry.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: BBC One, 9pm

Tonight's episode sees tensions between the pair when Strange becomes obsessed with the Raven King's magic and Norrell doesn't approve.

Strange tries to cure mad King George III, but soon realises that
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Mock the Week to celebrate 10th birthday with 14th series

Mock the Week will celebrate its 10th birthday when it returns next month.

The BBC Two topical series will come back for six weeks in June and July for its 14th series, before returning again in September and October.

Dara O'Briain will serve once again as host, along with regular panellists Hugh Dennis and Andy Parsons.

Other comics that are set to appear include Ed Byrne, Milton Jones, Zoe Lyons, Katherine Ryan, Josh Widdicombe, Rob Beckett, Sara Pascoe, Romesh Ranganathan, James Acaster, Matt Forde and Ellie Taylor.

Topics will include the election aftermath, the royal baby, American presidential candidates and a summer of sport.

Mock the Week first debuted on BBC Two on June 5, 2005. Other regular panellists over the years have included Frankie Boyle, Rory Bremner, Russell Howard and Chris Addison.

Fellow BBC Two comedy panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks was recently axed after 18 years.
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Frankie Boyle’s Election Autopsy is too hot for TV – so much the better

Comedy that takes a stand with a coherent set of convictions is more compelling than satire that ridicules everybody equally

There was doom and gloom among comedy lovers when it was announced that BBC3 would in future be online only. But on the basis of Frankie Boyle’s Election Autopsy, that no longer looks quite such a grisly fate. Boyle is seemingly too hot for the telly to handle these days, and has been ghettoised – first with his Referendum Autopsy last autumn, now with this review of the general election – to iPlayer purgatory. Or should that be paradise? Election Autopsy is a good show, in ways that might have been harder to achieve had Boyle not been cyber-sidelined.

By that, I mean that Boyle, a comedian, is actually – whisper it – expressing a political preference on a BBC comedy show. And he’s not doing so under his breath: the whole
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Peter Kay's Car Share, Inside No. 9

Inspector George Gently: BBC One, 8pm

Martin Shaw returns as Alan Hunter's inspector in a new four-part series - the show's seventh.

In 'Gently with the Women', our man, Bacchus (Lee Ingleby) and Coles (Lisa McGrillis) investigate the rape of a prostitute, a case that stirs up animosity from their colleagues.

Peter Kay's Car Share: BBC One, 9.30pm

Car Share is Peter Kay's first sitcom for over 10 years and is co-written with his series co-star Sian Gibson.

The show - about two colleagues who take part in a company car-share scheme - launched on iPlayer ahead of its broadcast premiere and has already won over many with its good-natured humour.

Inside No. 9: BBC Two, 10pm

Series two of this weird and wonderful anthology series from the brilliant minds of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton draws to a close tonight.

In 'Séance Time', Tina -
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Russell Howard gives us a taster of his new Stand Up Central show

Russell Howard returns to screens this evening (April 29) for a new stand-up show on Comedy Central.

The 35-year-old will perform new material while also answering questions from Twitter with the help of two hand-picked comedians every week.

"It's me and a bunch of brilliant stand-ups from the circuit telling jokes in a tiny club," the comedian said frankly.

"They're people on the circuit who I think are great. John Robins, Andrew Maxwell, Sara Pascoe, Nish Kumar."

When asked whether TV adds some pressure to his performance, he added: "I guess so 'cos you go through the myriad of what you can and can't say but to be honest, once you get going it's just a laugh, isn't it?"

Howard - who got into comedy at the age of 15 after watching VHS tapes of Lee Evans - also revealed that his greatest comedy TV show is Gavin & Stacey.

"The writing is so deft,
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8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown is coming back in May

8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown will return for a new series in May and, yep, Joey Essex will be back.

Host Jimmy Carr will be back on the show alongside team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson and Countdown stars Rachel Riley and Susie Dent.

Once again, Dent will be joined in Dictionary Corner by a host of celebrities including Johnny Vegas, Joe Lycett and Nina Conti. And then there's Joey Essex - who won't be in Dictionary Corner this time, but will be helping out Riley with the letters and numbers. So that's going to go well.

The former Towie star previously appeared on the show in September, when he vowed that he could handle the Countdown clock because he's "a good counter" and strangely got confused about whether or not he was on Countdown.

Meanwhile, Lee Mack, Kathy Burke, Rhod Gilbert, Sara Pascoe and Kevin Bridges are among
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Russell Howard to host stand-up TV show for Comedy Central

Russell Howard will host his first ever stand-up TV series on Comedy Central.

Russell Howard's Stand Up Central will feature 10 episodes and will launch on the channel in April.

The show will be written and presented by the comedian and filmed in front of a live audience, with each episode featuring performances from Howard and two stand-up guests.

Stand Up Central will also take questions from viewers on social media as well as interacting with members of the audience.

Comedians taking part include Rob Delaney, Doc Brown, Roisin Conaty and Katherine Ryan.

Carl Donnelly, Nick Helm, Alex Horne, Andrew Maxwell, Sara Pascoe and Joe Wilkinson will also appear.

Howard said: "I'm really looking forward to hosting the show. We've got loads of great new comics on and... it's also quite close to my house."

Russell Howard's Stand Up Central will premiere on Wednesday, April 29 at 9pm.
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Jonathan Ross, Alan Carr, Jack Dee for Channel 4 Comedy Gala 2015

The first stars have been announced for Channel 4's Comedy Gala Live 2015.

Jonathan Ross, Alan Carr and Jack Dee are among the comedians who will appear at the charity event, which returns to London's O2 arena for a sixth year on Friday, May 15.

Aisling Bea, Jason Byrne, Jon Richardson, Josh Widdicombe, Katherine Ryan, Kevin Bridges and Michael McIntyre have also been confirmed for this year's show.

Paul Chowdhry, Rich Hall, Rob Beckett, Romesh Ranganathan, Sara Pascoe, Sean Lock , Seann Walsh, Shappi Khorsandi and Warwick Davis complete the first line-up announcement, with more acts to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

The Comedy Gala will be recorded and aired as a two-hour special on Channel 4 later this year. This year's show is dedicated to the event's founder, talent agent Addison Cresswell, who passed away in December 2013.

The annual event is held to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Tim Johnson,
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Bill Bailey, Abbey Clancy and Tinie Tempah for BBC iPlayer exclusives

Bill Bailey, Abbey Clancy and Tinie Tempah will front new exclusive programming on BBC iPlayer.

Victoria Jaye, Head of TV Content for the service, has announced 16 new titles for 2015, including nine original comedy shorts to coincide with Valentine's Day.

The Funny Valentine series will see Bailey and other comedians create a short film offering their unique take on Valentine's Day. Matt Berry, Romesh Ranganathan, Sara Pascoe, Limmy, Nick Helm, Modern Toss, Russ Abbott and Katy Wix will also feature.

Meanwhile, Tinie Tempah will offer an insight into Alexander McQueen's forthcoming V&A exhibition, Savage Beauty, in Private View.

Abbey Clancy will return to front iPlayer's coverage of London Fashion Week later this year, which is being produced in collaboration with the British Fashion Council.

Speaking about the commissions, Jaye said: "BBC iPlayer presents a huge creative opportunity to push the boundaries of storytelling and engage audiences in new ways.
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Arthur Darvill To Make Live Appearance In “This Comedian”

Rebecca Crockett is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

Arthur Darvill is a…stand up comedian? Ok, not quite. But he is taking part in a night all about what it is to be a comedian. Next Monday, 26th January 2015, Arthur Darvill, along with Sara Pascoe, James Acaster, Katherine Ryan and Romesh Ranganathan (Newsjack), will be part of “This Comedian” a night about what it’s really like...

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