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Bill Bailey: The man, the musician, the comic, the troll, the legend

Feature Bill Bailey. No, no, he’s not dead yet – which has been a bit of a theme with some of these articles of late – but he is dead funny. And it’s also 20 years since the “part man, part troll” first started to make waves by winning the Time Out comedy award of 1995. Bill Bailey - Limboland Part musician, part comedian ... part …
Phil Strongman, 26 Sep 2015
Richard Pryor ...Is It Something I Said?

Black and blue: The rise of the riotous Richard Pryor

Feature Readers are advised that a number of the video clips featured in this article contain colourful language of a NSFW nature. It’s 40 years since Richard Pryor’s first seriously promoted album crashed into the US charts. Within months ... Is It Something I Said? went platinum and the next spring saw it win him his second Grammy …
Phil Strongman, 29 Aug 2015
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Happy birthday Alf Garnett, you daft, reactionary old git

Feature It’s 50 years ago this week that writer Johnny Speight leapt to fame with his creation of the bigoted conservative Cockney known as Alf Garnett, the loudmouth star of Speight’s sitcom Till Death Us Do Part. Alf Garnett Always intended to be laughed at, Johnny Speight's confrontational comic creation was controversial from …
Phil Strongman, 26 Jul 2015
Bill Hicks: Agent of Evolution cover photo by Chris Saunders

Bill Hicks: 25 years on from the cult comedian's big break

Feature It’s 25 years since Bill Hicks took the Montreal Just For Laughs comedy festival by storm with a blistering, intelligent comic set that was basically his, then new, debut album Dangerous. Within two years the semi-underground stand-up was a regular on British TV in-between successfully touring across the USA and Australia. And …
Phil Strongman, 19 Jul 2015
Festival of the Spoken Nerd. Image credit: Kitty Walker

Stand-up and be counted²: Nerd is the funny word

Comedy Review Anyone who, like me, is keen to add an educational twist to traditional comedy or circus skills should check out these three geeky Edinburgh previews. With any luck, you'll be able to watch the shows at your local playhouse. As for me, I managed to pull myself away from the latest episode of King of the Nerds to join my fellow …
Lucy Orr, 6 Jun 2015
Groucho Marx in Duck Soup

How Groucho Marx lost his voice and found his funny bone

Feature One hunded years ago this week on May 7 1915, a U-boat of the Imperial German navy torpedoed the vast ocean liner known as the RMS Lusitania – with 1,962 people on board over a thousand civilians drowned, including many from the US, which was then still neutral in World War One. Groucho Marx in Duck Soup Groucho Marx in Duck …
The Tramp: Charlie Chaplin and Edna Purviance

Silence is golden: Charlie Chaplin's The Tramp is 100 today

Feature It’s 100 years to the day since Charlie Chaplin’s film The Tramp was released – the movie that, more than any other, projected silent comedy to new artistic and commercial heights. The Tramp: Charlie Chaplin and Edna Purviance The Tramp: Chaplin's character is momentarily tempted to steal money from the farm girl (Edna …
Phil Strongman, 11 Apr 2015
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And! For! Yahoo!'s next! trick! ... Making! two! new! TV! comedies!

Yahoo! has announced its own line-up of original TV series – starting with two comedy shows from acclaimed directors. The Purple Palace will air the comedies on its website and app, and possibly through Apple TV or Roku next year. Each series is getting eight 30-minute episodes, which Yahoo! will post all at once for easy …
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Roses are #f00, violets are #00f. This witty code is a boffinry breakthrough

What do you call a computer program that uses big data to write jokes? Basic, judging by the list of groan-worthy gags generated by this new wisecracking software. Eggheads at the University of Edinburgh have developed code dedicated to spitting out quips along the lines of: "I like my men like I like my monoxide - odourless" …
Jasper Hamill, 2 Aug 2013
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Yahoo! tries! to! tempt! TV! crowd! with! tiny! dick!

Yahoo! is taking a leaf out of Netflix and Amazon's books and beefing up its media offerings with six original TV shows, including one about a bite-sized private detective. It has also partnered up with pro-wrestling outfit WWE in a bid to lure in internet TV watchers. Just a week after bagging the exclusive rights to stream …
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Carry On producer Peter Rogers dead at 95

The man behind the Carry On franchise died yesterday at the age of 95. Peter Rogers was the producer for every one of the 31 movies, which kept Brits in stitches and foreigners baffled from the 50s through to the 70s. Or even the 90s if you include Carry On Columbus. Rogers died after a short illness at his home in …
Joe Fay, 16 Apr 2009
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The IT Crowd goes west

Cult geek comedy The IT Crowd, has been sold to a US cable channel and the scripts for the third series have been delivered to producers. Series creator Graham Linehan admitted on his blog that he'd cut the deadline a bit fine and so could do with some help in making the series look and feel sufficiently geeky. He said he …
John Oates, 13 Aug 2008

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