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Last Minute Shopping for the Comedy Lover

16 December 2010 5:00 PM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

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Ask any American what they know about British pop culture and chances are they will tell that they love The Office and Extras with that guy who does the embarrassing comedy stuff. Beyond that they probably know of nothing since Monty Python. British television, especially comedy, extends so much further than some fat bloke from Reading that we feel it is our duty to introduce you to some of the finest imports the 51st state has to offer. So if you need a last item here or there for a lover of comedy, all are top quality stocking stuffers, most are available easily, and none of them have anything to do with Ricky Gervais.

The League of Gentlemen: The Collection

DVD - $55.99

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A horror themed sitcom that is as funny as it is strange. Set in »

- JPP Staff

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Book Review: The Black Book of Horror

26 October 2010 2:31 AM, PDT | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

This compendium of chills aims to satisfy the twisted desires of those who like their horror in short, scary bursts. Harking back to the glory years for short horror stories, when the Pan Books proved demand was high for both the genre and the format, the Black Books of Horror are now up to number seven in the series – though having never read one before, it made sense to start where all good stories start – at the beginning. Seeing the book for the first time gave me a pleasant tingle of anticipation, the cover art being creepily reminiscent of the iconic Pan artwork – and refreshingly free of all the usual logos and credits. And so, safe in the knowledge that if a story wasn’t to my liking, there would be another along in a minute, I began my journey. Here’s what you can look forward to: Crows [...] »

- Phil Hickes

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Win! Modern Family season one DVDs!

7 October 2010 8:22 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

One of the finest new sitcoms of recent times has now arrived on DVD – and you can win yourself a copy…

Just take a look at the opening episode of Modern Family, if you get a chance. When was the last sitcom that started in such confident style? Black Books, perhaps?

Modern Family is easily one of the most promising new comedies to come out of the States in some time, and to celebrate the arrival of its first season on DVD in the UK, we've got five full season boxsets to give away. Five! Count ‘em!

To be in with a chance of winning, just answer the following question, and get the answer to us by 4pm BST on Thursday 14th October 2010. And the very best of luck to you...

Which duo created Modern Family?

A      Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan

B      Waldorf and Statler

C      Hale and Pace »

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Interview: Graham Linehan Revisits Craggy Island

1 September 2010 7:48 AM, PDT | IFTN | See recent IFTN news »

In a time when gross-out comedies are the safe option for most writers Graham Linehan insists on creating what he calls 'Inclusive Comedy'. Iftn spoke with the man who has brought us the three best known members of the Irish parochial community to see what audiences can expect from the upcoming 'Father Ted' documentary, his various ways of writing sitcoms and what his favourite 'Father Ted' episode is. Graham has worked as a writer and director on series such as 'The It Crowd', 'Black Books' and 'Father Ted'. He has furthermore written and directed for sketch shows like 'Big Train', 'Little Britain', 'Jam' and 'The Fast Show'. The Ifta and BAFTA winner has come from his London base across the Irish Sea to take part in a Hat Trick documentary that will be shown on Channel 4 as part »

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Graham Linehan 'In Conversation with…' Ifta

13 August 2010 2:38 AM, PDT | IFTN | See recent IFTN news »

The Irish Film & Television Academy (Ifta) is to host an In Conversation With… event on Thursday, August 26th which will centre around the work of Irish writer, director and actor Graham Linehan. Graham has written or co-written a number of modern televisions most popular comedies and is best known for his work on 'Father Ted', 'Black Books' and 'The It Crowd'. In his early years, he worked in collaboration with Arthur Matthews on a number of high profile sketch shows including 'Alas Smith and Jones', 'Harry Enfield and Chums', 'The All New Alexei Sayle Show' and the Ted and Ralph characters in 'The Fast Show'. »

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Six to Watch: True bromances

6 August 2010 5:03 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson are sharing TV's finest bromance. Here we celebrate other great double acts

Two weeks ago, Benedict Cumberbatch bounded on to the screen for the first instalment of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss's modern-day reimagining of Conan Doyle's mysteries, drawing a huge audience and widespread acclaim. On Sunday, audiences will be treated to the consulting detective's third and final outing this summer, as Sherlock sets out on another adventure with trusty sidekick Dr John Watson (Martin Freeman) – a pairing that has delighted viewers as much as the show's tangled plots and surprise twists.

Holmes and Watson are the latest (although perhaps also earliest) example of the TV bromance – the drama and sitcom staple where two male best friends work and/or live together while bickering like a married couple. They may have girlfriends – but their most important relationship is always each other.

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- Mathilda Gregory

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Olivia Colman in Rev | Interview

21 June 2010 6:50 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Peep Show's Olivia Colman talks about her next TV role as a vicar's irreverent wife

The actress Olivia Colman drinks coffee ("One-shot starter latte, please") in a caff in Soho, central London, and contemplates her career. It's been trotting along marvellously in the seven years since she gained attention as Peep Show's Sophie Chapman, the self-serving and not-all-that-romantic foil to David Mitchell's Mark Corrigan. The 36-year-old subsequently featured in 40-odd TV shows, films and one-off comedy specials. Simon Pegg's Hot Fuzz, Dylan Moran's Black Books, BBC2's Tomorrow's World spoof Look Around You, Channel 4's excellent Green Wing… In April, Colman turned in a freakishly unnerving cameo as a shape-changing alien in the first episode of the new Doctor Who.

Do you work constantly?

"I think it looks like that," Colman says, in a vague attempt at humility, "because you make things, and they're delayed for ages… »

- Polly Vernon

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Channel Surfing: Tamsin Greig Lands Episodes, Steve Carell Looks to Leave The Office, History Casts The Kennedys, and More

29 April 2010 7:46 AM, PDT | Televisionary | See recent Televisionary news »

Welcome to your Thursday morning television briefing. Cast changes are afoot at Showtime's upcoming Matt LeBlanc-led comedy Episodes, with Thomas Haden Church pulling out of the project due to a scheduling conflict with a film and Claire Forlani being recast after the recent table read earlier this week. But with Forlani out, Showtime has had the luck of landing British actress Tamsin Greig (Black Books, Green Wing, Love Soup) to replace her. [Editor: I think Greig is a much better fit and is a comedy genius. Showtime is beyond lucky to have nabbed her. Grieg's Black Books character, Fran Katzenjammer, remains a perennial favorite.] Greig will step into Forlani's role, as the female half of a husband-and-wife writing team whose British series is adapted for American television... and ruined in the process. Showtime has ordered seven episodes of the series, which is created by David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, who executive produce alongside Jimmy Mulville. (Variety) Steve Carell has announced his intention to leave The Office after one more season. Speaking to BBC Radio 2's Steve Wright, Carell said that his »

- Jace

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Exclusive Interview with 'Tony' Director, Gerard Johnson

5 April 2010 10:03 AM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

I met Gerard at the Filmhouse Cafe for a chat about his psychological, thriller, horror film, 'Tony', which debuted at this years Eiff. Our table got quite a lot of action as we'd sat next to a shelf of free books, you'll see. Check out Tony as soon as you can, it's a very weird and creepy film. You can read my review, which gave it 8/10, here on quietearth.

Simon: One of the first things I want to ask you is, how you would describe 'Tony' in your own words? It's written in the Eiff catalogue as being a horror comedy, but how'd you describe it?

Gerard Johnson: Yeah, I'd describe it more as a character study, but it's kind of about a lonely lost character. I'd describe it as a social-realist horror comedy, or I should say, a social-realist black horror comedy. It's hard to categorize really, which is a strong point. »

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Laugh Lines: from Dad's Army to Hippies

19 March 2010 6:11 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Bruce Dessau's guide to TV comedy: Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews' underrated sitcom Hippies, starring Simon Pegg, could have been fathered by Dad's Army

• Laugh lines: from Garry Shandling to Miranda

In music there is the notorious Second Album Syndrome. In television there is the equally tricky Second Sitcom Syndrome – and in 1999 Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews' brutally underrated Hippies, which came after the pair's smash hit Father Ted, fell foul of it. (Strictly speaking of course, Hippies, set in 1969 and starring Simon Pegg, was in fact Linehan and Mathews' third sitcom. Before Father Ted they had written Paris, but the pair's first sitcom seens to have been almost written out of history.

Hippies wasn't quite the usual team effort. Although created by Linehan and Mathews, the latter had the main writing credit. When asked why they had chosen a sitcom set 30 years earlier, an interesting comparison was made: Dad's Army, »

- Bruce Dessau

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A Fish Called Wanda Musical Hooks Bill Bailey

2 March 2010 12:30 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Spamalot was a huge success and a textbook example of taking a very silly film and spinning it into crowd pleasing musical – helped in no small part by the Pythons themselves.

Now John Cleese and his daughter Camilla have adapted the 1988 seafood revenge comedy A Fish Called Wanda into a musical and drafted in the services of Bill Bailey to write the songs.

This is a brilliant move by Cleese, as Bailey may be known to many for his roles in Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz and the comedy series Black Books, he is also an accomplished musician, basing many of his stand up tours around musical themes.

Speaking to Chortle Cleese had this to say on the project,

We’ve just completed the book for the musical of A Fish Called Wanda and I’m pleased that Camilla hasn’t completely stolen all of my dignity in writing so brilliantly. »

- Jon Lyus

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A Fish Called Wanda: The Musical! C-c-coming Soon to a Stage Near You

1 March 2010 1:58 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

It’s been more than two decades since A Fish Called Wanda, the heist farce co-written by Monty Python’s John Cleese, was released to critical acclaim (including an Oscar for Kevin Kline) as well as surprise success at the box office. Now British comedy site Chortle (via Empire) informs us that the musical adaptation that Cleese discussed over a year ago with Steve at Sundance 2009 is inching closer to fruition.  In an e-mail to fans, Cleese announced that comedian Bill Bailey would join himself and daughter Camilla to work on songs for the Wanda musical, which they hope to debut in San Diego before hitting Broadway and London’s West End.  From what I have seen of Bill Bailey on the otherwise delightful sitcom Black Books and various panel game shows (Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Qi, etc.), I have unfortunately never found him funny.  But his ubiquity on British »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Us Trailer For Irish Black Comedy A Film With Me In It

27 February 2010 7:27 PM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Ian Fitzgibbon's A Film With Me In It is a personal favorite of mine, a biting dark comedy that features a stellar performance from Dylan Moran (Shaun of the Dead, Black Books) as one of the leads.  IFC sat on this one in the Us for a good long time but it's finally available and they've finally cut a new Us trailer for it. The good news about the trailer: It's bloody hilarious. The bad news? It's pretty much entirely made of footage from the back half of the film, which means the way it presents the film is not exactly how the film actually plays out. But, you know, daddy's got to eat and this'll sell tickets.

Mark (Mark Doherty) is having a bad day. A struggling actor, he's just been through the ordeal of yet another fruitless audition for a bit part in a movie. With his »

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See Pegg and Serkis as Burke and Hare

24 February 2010 5:23 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The first image of Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis as the very infamous duo to be seen in John Landis' upcoming flick Burk and Hare surfaced today, and of course we have a look at it for you!

Burke and Hare stars Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Star Trek, "Spaced") as William Burke and Andy Serkis (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Lord of the Rings, King Kong) as William Hare.

Other casting includes Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers, Confessions of a Shopaholic) as Ginny, an ambitious young actress and Burke’s love interest, and Jessica Hynes neé Stevenson ("Spaced", Son of Rambow, Shaun of the Dead) as Hare’s haggard and suffering wife, Lucky.

The remaining supporting cast consists of Oscar-nominee Tom Wilkinson (The Full Monty, Michael Clayton), Tim Curry (Rocky Horror Picture Show), Ronnie Corbett ("Extras"), Reece Shearsmith (League of Gentlemen), David Schofield (Pirates of the Caribbean »

- Uncle Creepy

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Burke and Hare Transform Edinburgh

23 February 2010 12:57 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Ah, the magic of movie making! With John Landis' Burke and Hare filming as we speak, the lovely streets of Edinburgh have been transformed to their former, darker selves!

Over on The Moving Image website some behind-the-scenes images of one of the film's sets have gone live. Dig on just one below and hit up the link for more!

Burke and Hare stars Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Star Trek, "Spaced") as William Burke and Andy Serkis (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Lord of the Rings, King Kong) as William Hare.

Other casting includes Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers, Confessions of a Shopaholic) as Ginny, an ambitious young actress and Burke’s love interest, and Jessica Hynes neé Stevenson ("Spaced", Son of Rambow, Shaun of the Dead) as Hare’s haggard and suffering wife, Lucky.

The remaining supporting cast consists of Oscar-nominee Tom Wilkinson (The Full Monty, Michael Clayton »

- Uncle Creepy

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Burke and Hare Cameras Rolling! Tim Curry on Board!

4 February 2010 11:38 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

It's official! John Landis is back behind the camera for Burke and Hare, and filming has commenced. We all know that this is gonna be good, but things have actually just gotten a bit better with the addition of the great Tim Curry to the cast! Excited yet?

Principal photography commenced on January 31st around London, Edinburgh, and Ealing Studios with Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Star Trek, "Spaced") as William Burke and recent addition Andy Serkis (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Lord of the Rings, King Kong) as William Hare.

Other casting includes Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers, Confessions of a Shopaholic) as Ginny, an ambitious young actress and Burke’s love interest, and Jessica Hynes neé Stevenson ("Spaced", Son of Rambow, Shaun of the Dead) as Hare’s haggard and suffering wife, Lucky.

The remaining supporting cast consists of Oscar-nominee Tom Wilkinson (The Full Monty, Michael Clayton »

- Uncle Creepy

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Perfect comedy timings

22 January 2010 7:54 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

BBC2's Thursday night comedy line-up seemed rather short on punchlines. So what would your dream 90-minute comedy schedule look like?

Ooh. Three new comedy series on a Thursday night – an hour and a half of pre-bedtime laughs to jolly you on your way towards Friday and the weekend. It seemed such a good idea: but last night's BBC2 comedy schedule hardly had me in stitches.

I'm not saying I'd have preferred to watch an hour-and-a-half of non-stop Michael McIntyre (that's on offer somewhere every other night, isn't it?). But seven men desperately trying to topically outfunny each other in Mock The Week, followed by Rab C Nesbitt, brought back for no reason I could discern after 10 years off air, didn't exactly make the first hour go with a swing. On the upside, Frankie Boyle wasn't raging madly about anything; even better, Bellamy's People in the 10pm slot was far »

- Vicky Frost

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