Noel Fielding Added To Comedy Gala

22 Apr

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Noel Fielding has been confirmed as a new addition to the line up for 2014′s Channel 4 Comedy Gala.

The event at The o2, Greenwich, features a star-studded bill that also includes our very own Aisling Bea, along with the likes of Adam Hills, Alan Carr, Jack Dee, Jason Byrne, Jason Manford, Jo Brand, John Bishop, Jon Richardson, Jonathan Ross, Josh Widdicombe, Kevin Bridges, Lee Evans, Michael McIntyre, Paul Chowdhry, Sean Lock and Seann Walsh.

A few tickets for the show on May 16th are still available, priced from £40 up to £100, and are available here. So get in there, Fieldmice! The evening aims to raise money for a new operating theatre at Great Ormond Street Hospital, so it’s comedy for a worthy cause too.

New Sitcom for Parkinson

20 Apr

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Katherine Parkinson is set to star in a new sitcom about a group of 30- and 40-something housemates called Semi Detached.

The show will also feature Stephen Tompkinson and Ralf Little and the pilot episode will be filmed in May.

Semi Detached follows the story of Ellie (Parkinson) and the sitting tenants of a house she inherits. They are all single, divorced and separated, and have ended up living together despite having nothing in common.

The sitcom is written by Oriane Messina and Fay Rusling, who have also written Green Wing, Campus, and Me And Mrs Jones.

If the show gets commissioned for a full series, it’s set to feature as part of ITV’s prime time scheduling.

Smiley Rides Home

20 Apr
© bbc.co.uk

© bbc.co.uk

Viewers in Northern Ireland can see Michael Smiley in Something to Ride Home About, tomorrow at 10.20pm on BBC Northern Ireland, those in other areas with cable or satellite TV should be able to tune in also.

The three-part series see him pedal his bicycle around Northern Ireland recalling funny stories from the past and meeting other cycling enthusiasts and characters.

More information and clips can be found here, and the show will be available to all on BBC iPlayer after broadcast.

Eldon in Hancock Remake

18 Apr

Kevin Eldon is one of the artists set to feature in a remake of Hancock’s Half Hour, the iconic radio show from the 1950s.

© BBC

BBC Radio 4 will be recreating lost episodes of the show, with a new cast which includes Pirates of the Caribbean actor Kevin McNally in the title role originally played by Tony Hancock. ‘The Missing Hancocks’ will also include actors Simon Greenall and Robin Sebastian, alongside Eldon.

The new recordings will consist of five of the 20 episodes missing from the BBC archives. They will be broadcast in November to mark the 60th anniversary of the show’s first transmission.

Hancock’s Half Hour was based on a fictionalised version of Tony Hancock’s life as a struggling comic and actor, and was originally broadcast on the BBC Home Service between 1954 and 1959. It was followed up by a TV version which ran for five years.

Series co-producer Neil Pearson has said of the series: “We will be re-creating as closely as possible the experience you would have had listening to your radio all those years ago. The scripts are perfect and timeless.”

In an accurate reflection of the original series, the new shows will be recorded in front of a live audience at BBC Radio Theatre and the BBC Concert Orchestra will be re-recording the theme tune.

However, Kevin Eldon fans don’t need to wait until November’s radio broadcast to see him in action! You should be able to catch him gigging from time to time between now and then. He’s next on stage on Saturday 26th April as part of the line up at the Duchess Theatre, alongside Josie Long and Bridget Christie. Tickets are £18/20 and further information about the night is available here.

Berry Tour Tees For Sale

18 Apr

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The Kill The Wolf tshirts which were exclusively available on Matt Berry‘s Spring tour are now for sale through the Acid Jazz Shop. You’ll have to be quick, however, because these are the last few remaining, and there’s limited availability of certain sizes.

The 100% cotton tshirts, which feature Matt’s face in a mountainous pose, are available in red and olive green and cost £10 each.

To procure yours, visit Acid Jazz’s shop here.

Ralfe Band @ Record Store Day

18 Apr

© Ralfe Band

A while ago we told you that Matt Berry is releasing a limited edition vinyl record for record store day, which is tomorrow (19th April).

Ralfe Band are releasing a special limited edition linocut print, handmade and hand-printed by Oly Ralfe! The prints come with a download code for Cold Chicago Morning and a Field Music remix of Oh My Father. There are only 250 prints available in the UK and Europe tomorrow, and they are all signed and numbered.

To celebrate the event, Oly Ralfe and Mike Monaghan will be playing two free in-store shows:

11am at Sound Knowledge, Marlborough, Wiltshire
3pm at Rapture Witney, Oxfordshire

For more info go to their Facebook page.

New Julia Davis & Dan Clark Project

18 Apr

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Following hot on the heels of the award-winning Hunderby, Julia Davis has been working on a new pilot for Channel 4.

Morning Has Broken follows the story of Gail Sinclair, the star of daily television programme, Good Morning… with Gail Sinclair. After eight years of high ratings and awards, the show featuring ‘The Queen of Daytime’ starts to lose viewers and tensions build within the production team.

Morning Has Broken has been written by and will star Davis, and the 45-minute pilot episode (which will be filmed in London next month) will be directed by none other than Dan Clark!

Producers of the show have said: “It’s a show less about the making of television and more about the relationships between a group of co-workers who, everyday, are under the immense pressure to deliver topical, meaningful content in the world of current affairs, lifestyle, medical issues and showbiz.”

If the pilot episode proves popular with the big cheeses at Channel 4, a full series should go into production later this year.

We’re seriously looking forwards to this one!

Me, My Selfie & I

17 Apr

Perennial TVO favourite Dan Clark has been warming up for his forthcoming Soho gigs. Velveteer Paulyne was able to sneek a peek at his new material; here’s her report:

After a long day, one thing that very much hits the spot is a large pizza in a pub and some comedy. I made my way to Aces & Spades in London (regular venue for Harry Deansway’s Shambles nights) to see TVO regular, Dan Clark – the first time in a while, in preparation for his upcoming run at Soho Theatre.

His show will be titled Me, My Selfie & I and with our tickets being just £3, that tends to be a telltale that we were in notes-in-hand and ‘let’s just see what happens’ territory, and we were. And it was great.

Soho Theatre

The one thing I love about warm-ups is that apart from seeing new material from your favourite comics, you are seeing a stripped-down, unpolished script from them, which feels nicely relaxed and casual. However, some audience members seemed to think that the environment was more akin to their living room, and it was therefore acceptable to yell at the stage and discuss what they would be having for dinner. Clark handled it in the charmingly sharp way we’ve always seen and loved at Clark’s, and then we were able to sit back, relax and enjoy the comedy again.

Avoiding spoilers, one thing you can expect if (when) you pop along to Soho Theatre to see his show, is that ‘Don Danbury’ is no more. Clark very much steered away from the juvenile character he’s found fame with, and instead we heard about the trials and tribulations of being a fully-fledged adult.

Witty, natural and great fun – and a tad more grown up,  I predict the appearance of a new fanbase alongside his existing fans of the vagina and penis jokes (to those fans, don’t worry, there’s still some of those too).

You can catch Me, My Selfie & I at the Soho Theatre for a run of 5 nights from 3rd – 7th June (inc.). Tickets are £10 for each night and can be purchased here.

Museum Comedy Experience

15 Apr

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Fancy touring around a top London museum with a group of comedians and a few other likeminded individuals? Although it might sound like the stuff of fantasy, the ‘Roving Comedy Tour of The British Museum’ is actually happening in real life – and you can be part of it!

The activity has been organised and will be curated by Carl Arnheiter and Dave Hill of Fancy Meeting You Here, a roving comedy show that takes audiences on a tour of cultural landmarks.

Aside from the fact that it sounds brilliantly bonkers, our reason for writing about it here is that it features two TVO-connected comedy folk, in the shape of the very fabulous Tom Meeten and Harry Deansway. Also involved are John Kearns, Maeve Higgins and Lars Berrum. And what’s more it’s FREE!

It takes place on Friday 25th April and runs from 6.30/7-11.30pm. If you’re interested in participating, email the organiser at fmyhcomedy@gmail.com to make a reservation. And for more information take a look at this.  Awesome stuff!

A Better You – With Help From Rich

15 Apr

Rich Fulcher stars in a new Life Hack, to help when you have to leave in a hurry! This handy tip is brought to you by the folks at A Better You, a new film project by Upright Citizens Brigade founder and star of Veep, Matt Walsh.

The film is the story of Dr Ron (Matt Walsh), a revolutionary Hypnotherapist, who could solve everyone’s problems but his own, and will be mainly improvised. Some of the team behind the film were also involved with Matt’s 2011 directorial debut High Road featuring Rich Fulcher as a cross-dressing Dad. There’s no information yet about Rich being involved in A Better You.

The video is to publicise that the film is being funded by crowd sourcing through the Indiegogo site. There are lots of goodies on offer for contributors; from a message on Facebook for $2, tickets to exclusive improv performances in New York or Los Angeles for $20 (sadly this does not include travel or hotels), up to the $15,000 package which gives you executive producer credit, and a host of other exclusive rewards! There’s more information about the film and the rewards here.

Watch Rich in action below and maybe you’ll be moved to make a contribution to the making of A Better You.

Bachman To Feature In Scandinavian Film

14 Apr

James Bachman will be appearing in a new Norwegian feature film by director Jan Vardoen, called ‘Heart of Lightness’.

The movie is an adaption of Henrik Ibsen’s ‘Lady From The Sea’. It follows the story of a group of British actors, who arrive in the Arctic Circle to perform in a film adaptation of the play; however, they have never been to Norway before and have no idea that the sun won’t set for the next month. Bachman plays the part of Max Buchanan.

The film will receive its World Premiere at the Colosseum Kino in Oslo on 28th May 2014, and will open throughout Norway 30th May. For information about international screenings please check out your local cinema listings. In the meantime, here’s the trailer to whet your appetite:

For updates on the Heart of Lightness, including photos and interviews with the cast and crew, take a look at the film’s Facebook page.

Lucy & Rufus In Pond

12 Apr

Pond is a new Comedy Blap from Channel 4 starring Lucy Montgomery and Rufus Jones, written by Will Smith and directed by Gareth Tunley.

Described as “an alarmingly accurate insight into the TV industry”, it is a sitcom set in the treacherous world of modern television commissioning, a world filled with bullshitters and arse-kissers.

You can watch the full 10 minute show right here:

 

Fancy A Nice Cup Of Tea?

12 Apr
© Teds Tees

© Ted’s Tees

Ted’s Tees, the T-shirt shop for any Father Ted slogan you could possibly want, have branched out into mugs.

So you can now have your favourite brew from a mug with the legend “That would be an ecumenical matter”, “Down with this sort of thing” or more appropriately “There’s always time for a nice cup of tea”, along with many other classic Ted quotes.

You can still get T-shirts and shopping bags as well as the mugs. Everything you need to know can be found here.

The Double – Rave Reviews

10 Apr

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Since The Double was released last week there have been plenty of rave reviews and interviews with Richard Ayoade. Here are a few for you to enjoy:

Digital Spy say “If Richard Ayoade continues in this vein, we could be looking at a director to rival David Cronenberg and David Lynch during their prime”!

The Metro describe the film as “downbeat and tricksy”.

The Radio Times call it “visually arresting and utterly compelling”.

The Independent says “Richard Ayoade’s surreal film makes for twice the fun”.

And of course, not forgetting Mog’s interview with Richard from last week.

The Double is out in the UK now and will be released in the USA on 9th May.

You can now get a copy of the screenplay by Richard Ayoade and Avi Korine from TVO Store, where you can also pick up a film tie-in version of the original story by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Three Cornettos To Go, Please…

9 Apr
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© Big Talk

This week marks the tenth anniversary of Shaun of the Dead being released in UK cinemas, and to celebrate, director Edgar Wright has made the scripts to all three parts of his Three Cornettos Trilogy available to download for free.

Each film in the series - Shaun…, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End - has links back to TVO, as Wright and stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are frequent collaborators with our regulars, and are always in our peripheral vision being amazing.

Shaun of the Dead was the world’s first rom-zom-com, and starred Pegg & Frost alongside Kate Ashfield, Dylan Moran, Lucy Davies, Penelope Wilton, Dylan Moran and Peter Serafinowicz.  It also featured cameos from Spaced veterans Jessica Hynes, Michael Smiley and Paul Kaye: the latter pair playing zombies, with Smiley in his Spaced attire.

Hot Fuzz followed in 2007, and alongside Pegg & Frost were Timothy Dalton, Edward Woodward, Jim Broadbent, Olivia Coleman, Rafe Spall, Paddy Considine, Adam Buxton and two TVO regulars: Kevin Eldon and Alice Lowe.

Lowe – whose film Sightseers had Wright on board as executive producer – also cameoed in last year’s The World’s End, which again featured Michael Smiley, alongside Reece Shearsmith, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsdan, Rosamund Pike, Pierce Brosnan and our very own Steve Oram.

All three have rightly taken their place in the pantheon of legendary British cinema, and now you can download the scripts for each film as interactive PDFs containing stills, storyboards and video clips… completely free!

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© Big Talk

© Big Talk

© Big Talk

© Big Talk

© Big Talk

But hurry, these may not be around forever.  Pick them up via Edgar’s official website over yonder now!

All three films are also available on dvd and blu-ray from The Velvet Onion Amazon UK and US stores.

Juplicity This Weekend!

9 Apr
© Andy Hollingworth

© Andy Hollingworth

We interrupt our usual tales of Onion Land hijinx to bring you news on a special, last-minute event this weekend featuring Never Mind The Buzzcocks stalwart, Phill Jupitus.

Phill recently returned to his word-slinging alter ego Porky the Poet, and will be performing his first ever full-length London poetry show this Saturday evening: Phill Jupitus is Porky the Poet in ‘Juplicity’.

For one night only, his pencil is sharpened towards religion, dieting, hate, hipsters, love, parenthood, sex, The Clash, death and Michael Gove, as part of the Tristan Bates Theatre’s FIRST 2013 Festival.

Tickets for the show in Convent Garden are on sale now, priced just £11, so grab ‘em whilst you can!

Bafta Bonanza

8 Apr

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The Bafta nominations are out, and there are many TVO connections to be found.

To begin with; The IT Crowd has 4 nominations, with Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade and Katherine Parkinson nominated for Best Male/Female Performance in a Comedy Programme, and Best Situation Comedy, where it shares the nomination with Toast of London and The Count Arthur Strong Television Programme.

Richard III: The King in the Car Park, featuring Simon Farnaby, is nominated for Best Factual Programme.

There are also nominations for Rory Kinnear (Count Arthur Strong), and Doon Mackichan (Toast of London), for other roles.

In the Single Drama category, Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror: Be Right Back, featuring Claire Keelan (Nathan Barley) and Mark Gatiss’s An Adventure in Space and Time, featuring Reece Shearsmith,  are both nominated.

A full list of nominations is here, where you can also vote for the Radio Times Audience Award.

Kevin’s Busy Schedule

6 Apr

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We all know that Kevin Eldon is a busy man, with appearances on many TV and radio shows, but you can also see him live in a number of shows in the next couple of months.

On 17th April you can see him at Mostly Comedy at the Market Theatre in Hitchin, where he will be joined by Bec Hill and Doggett & Ephgrave. The show starts at 9.15pm, tickets are £10.45 and can be bought in advance here, where you can also get more information about the venue etc.

Stand up for Shelter is on 7th May at the Wyndham Theatre. It’s a special comedy night to raise money for the charity. As well as Mr Eldon the participants include Stewart Lee, Richard Herring, Zoe Lyons, Sean Hughes and Miles Jupp. For tickets (from £15.00) and further information about the show and Shelter, click here.

We told you last week about Experiments at The Invisible Dot, a new night that “brings together a gaggle of established performers come together to joyously experiment”. Hot Brew are there on 13th April and Kevin Eldon on 18th May.

Tickets for each show cost £8 and the gigs start at 7pm. For more information and to book tickets visit The Invisible Dot’s website.

And if that isn’t enough opportunity to see Kevin Eldon live, he will be joining Shambles Presents: The Norwegians of Comedy at Aces & Eights Saloon Bar on 22/23 May, for two nights only. Lars and Martin will also be joined by  Tony Law, Paul Currie and a Special Guest Comedian.

Tickets are £8.00 (a bargain!) and the show starts at 7.30pm. More information can be found here.

TVO Radio

6 Apr
© bbc.co.uk

© bbc.co.uk

A couple of TVO favourites have been on BBC Radio 4 this week.

First off, Katy Brand was a guest on The News Quiz on Friday, with Sandi Toksvig. The topical news quiz takes a satirical look at the latest news. You can catch-up on the show on BBC iPlayer.

On Saturday, Tony Law was a guest of Clive Anderson on Loose Ends, joining Jo Whiley, Paul McGann, Scarlet Page and Danny Wallace. You can also catch Loose Ends on BBC iPlayer,

Tony appears at 35 minutes, talking about his childhood in Canada and how he didn’t start his comedy career until he came to London.

Matt Berry With Stuart Maconi

5 Apr

© Matt Berry / Acid Jazz

Matt Berry talked to Stuart Maconi on the Radcliffe & Maconi show on 6 Music recently, to talk about Music for Insomniacs and share some tracks.

During their chat we discover that Matt painted the artwork for the album, and he explained about the album being recorded before Kill the Wolf, when suffering from insomnia himself. You can listen to the interview here.

As we mentioned earlier, there will be a limited edition, two track, vinyl record released on 19th April for Record Store Day, and the full album is out on 19th May.

Remember that  Matt is now on tour, see his official site for dates.

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