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Cracking jokes and the Candy Dance: have you been watching The Javone Prince Show?

23 July 2015 7:43 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

This new comedy sketch show offers parodies, cringe-inducing moments about matters of race in middle England – and the opportunity to dance to Cameo

Amid the dearth of minority-led entertainment in the UK, this new sketch show on BBC2 starring Javone Prince (Aka Jerwayne from cult E4 comedy Phoneshop, and also an alumnus of Little Miss Jocelyn, the black-led sketch show which ended in 2008) is an exciting proposition. With energy and just the right amount of chutzpah, he enthrals a crowd at London’s Rivoli Ballroom with anecdotes and guests, segueing into slick, pre-filmed sketches.

It’s a platform not only for Prince, but for the show’s other regular black cast members, Samson Kayo, Jason Barnett, Akemnji Ndifornyen and Ann Akin. As well as a diverse cast, black voices were a crucial part of the writers’ room: the show’s creator, Phil Bowker (who also masterminded Phoneshop) enlisted Prince, Kayo, »

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Javone Prince: ‘It’s lovely to make people belly laugh’

19 July 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The PhoneShop star hopes to shake up primetime with a new BBC 2 sketch show about young black Britain

When we were writing this show, we were sitting around talking about experiences we had as young black men growing up,” Javone Prince tells the audience in one of the studio segments of his new BBC2 sketch show. “And believe me when I tell you: everyone in the room had the next thing happen to them.” The sketch that follows sees a preternaturally cringeworthy white man and woman approach a pair of black friends at a house party to ask them – on the basis of nothing at all, apart from the colour of their skin – if they can supply them with drugs. “Hands up if that’s ever happened to you,” says Javone afterwards, back in the studio. “Almost all the men in the room,” he observes.

Related: Have you been watching … PhoneShop? »

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E4's PhoneShop could still return for a special: "Never say never"

19 July 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

If you were a fan of E4's PhoneShop, the good news is that the show might not be done quite yet.

Launching with a pilot episode on Channel 4 in 2009, three series of the sitcom aired on E4 between 2010 and 2013.

Series creator Phil Bowker described the experience of working on PhoneShop as "fantastic" and refused to rule out a possible return.

"It would take me six months to write it, and then it would take six months to make it - so it leaves very little time for anything else," he told Digital Spy.

"But we'd never say never because it was such great fun. We might revisit PhoneShop and see what became of the characters."

Bowker has re-teamed with one of the show's stars, Javone Prince, for new BBC Two sketch comedy series The Javone Prince Show.

"Maybe we'll do a PhoneShop special - who knows?" Prince said. »

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Javone Prince: The sketch show is not dead

19 July 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Javone Prince is looking to bring back the sketch show with a vengeance, with his new BBC Two vehicle The Javone Prince Show.

PhoneShop star Prince has re-teamed with that show's creator - writer Phil Bowker - for his new series, which blends sketches with stand-up and musical performances.

"There's been a lot of talk over the last few years about the sketch show being dead," Bowker says. "I don't think it's dead at all.

"I think we got to a point where sketch shows got a little bit cool and ironic, and almost forgot to be funny - and so this was a deliberate attempt to roll back to those days when Javone and I used to watch Morecambe and Wise and Dave Allen.

"With all of those things, what was at the heart of those shows was the personality of the host."

Prince agrees: "You know, when you see Morecambe and Wise, »

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Cannes: Shoreline to sell 'AmStarDam'

8 May 2015 4:32 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Stoner comedy marks the debut feature of the Lennox Brothers with a cast including Alice Lowe and Billy Boyd.

La-based Shoreline Entertainment has acquired world sales rights to UK comedy AmStarDam and will begin sales at the Cannes Marché next week.

The film, in post-production, marks the feature debut of the writer/directors the Lennox Brothers and was shot at London’s 3 Mills studios and Amsterdam.

Combining classic fairytales with the wild side of Amsterdam,the fantasy-comedy is billed as a coming-of-age adventure with a twist.

Jonathan Readwin stars as a young man who arrives the Netherlands capital in search of his father, played by Sean Power. Through a momentary magical encounter he discovers the secret weapon that could turn around their ailing marijuana coffee shop.

Producer Zorana Piggott said Shoreline shared its “passion and excitement for this wonderfully crazy film”.

The cast also includes Lord of the Rings’ Billy Boyd, Sightseers’ [link »

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