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Mellow Yellow

14 Mar

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Noel Fielding‘s two night residency at Just The Tonic continued last night to great aplomb. Once again, friends of The Onion were on hand to catch him in the act.

Saturday night’s set was quite a change from Friday, all fluid and high energy from the start. Old and new material seemed to flow effortlessly from one to the other, with was no sense of demarcation between the two. The new stuff was tighter, and the Monkey Edwards finale hilarious. The audience were laughing uproariously all through the set.  Noel was really, really on form making the two acts before him look pedestrian and lumbering by comparison. Fielding was master of the stage last night and he knew it!

Annat

Having seen Noel at the Amused Moose comedy night two weeks before, I thought I knew what I was in for, but once again I was surprised by his set. He immediately owned the stage, brimming with confidence with a few jokes directed at his ‘controversial’ new blond hair.  I won’t go into the new material too much as I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet and is going to the Teenage Cancer Trust show, but there were some great routines involving a cat called Poirot, flamingos and his neighbour, ‘Monkey Edwards’. Needless to say, it was very funny.

Noel got a great reaction from the crowd who laughed uproariously throughout and gave him a big round of applause afterwards (and during in some instances!).   All in all, i would say it was a very successful gig. He is improving every time, working very hard on his new material and it certainly shows. He is confident, full of energy and seems happy and healthy. For anyone who is a doubter, give him a chance and go and see him. It is worth the time and money and you won’t be disappointed.

Becky Johnson

Fielding also found the time on Friday night to talk to comedy blog Such Small Portions, admitting his stand-up routine was out of practise and he was looking for further gigs to hone his skills once again.  You can read their mini interview on their website.

Lizzie And Sarah

14 Mar

Julia Davis has joined forces with Spaced star Jessica Hynes to write and appear in a brand new comedy pilot for BBC2.

Lizzie And Sarah co-stars comedy legend (The Actor) Kevin Eldon, plus Hynes’ former Spaced co-star Mark Heap alongside Claire Rushbrook (Spaced, Doctor Who) and Stephen Evans (Hyperdrive, Julian Barratt’s short Curtains).  BBC2’s programme guide has this to say about the plot:

Lizzie and Sarah are two fiftysomething suburban housewives, perpetually mistreated and ignored by unloving, selfish husbands. The highlight of their otherwise dull lives is their role in an amateur dramatic society, The Borking Players. In the aftermath of a tragic accident which causes the death of a popular local teenager, emotions run high, and following a dismal birthday lunch for Sarah, the two friends embark on a spur-of-the-moment shopping trip. As the day unfolds, they find a way to wreak their revenge.

The pilot is made by BabyCow Productions.  BabyCow, owned by Steve Coogan & Henry Normal, are responsible for The Mighty Boosh and Nighty Night amongst others, and their recent smash hit Gavin & Stacey suggests the BBC will be giving this one a strong chance to develop into a full series, though the late broadcast time of 11:45 next Saturday evening seems somewhat prohibitive if they want a ratings grabber!

For more production details, visit The British Comedy Guide, who have the only two images from the show seemingly in public existence right now!

The pilot is broadcast on BBC2 and BBCHD on Saturday March 20th at the ridiculously late time of 11:45pm, with viewers in Scotland getting the standard definition broadcast 30 minutes later, at 12:15am.  We’ll provide you with an iPlayer link as soon as we have one.

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