Archive | June, 2011

O’Dowd On The Box

30 Jun

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Chris O’Dowd has tweeted that he’s recording two BBC TV shows this week: Graham Norton and Rob Brydon (who became a father for the fifth time today, fact fans!).

The Graham Norton Show will be broadcast on BBC1 at 22:35 this Friday, and will then be available to view on iPlayer for 7 days after the transmission date. Also on Graham’s sofa this Friday are Ewan McGregor and Example.

The Rob Brydon Show is pre-recorded, so Chris’s appearance is unlikely to be broadcast until the Autumn. We’ll be sure to let you know when we find out the actual transmission date.

Improvisation My Dear Mark Watson

30 Jun

Colin Hoult is a guest on Dave’s new comedy pilot, Improvisation My Dear Mark Watson next Tuesday night.

You can see a sneak preview of Colin and Rufus Hound in action below.  The pair and host Mark Watson are joined by Charlie Baker, Stephen K Amos, Josie Long and Colin’s regular collaborator Isy Suttie.

The pilot airs on Tuesday night at 10pm exclusively on Dave.  Meanwhile, the first of Hoult’s Inferno previews takes place tonight, with further previews throughout the month. For more info, visit this earlier peeling

Behold A Pale Scarecrow

29 Jun
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Prog Rock band Circulus will be performing this Saturday (2 July), at St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Road, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 0PN, from 8pm-11pm.

Described as “Music and ideas as always from the beyond…”, tickets to this unique event are £12 (concessions £10).

In the afternoon, masters of early music, Princes in the Tower (featuring the lovely Antony Elvin) will be leading a workshop suitable for all ages, on Tudor and Elizabethan music, from 4pm-7pm; tickets for the workshop are £5.

Tickets and further information for both events are available here, and there’s also a facebook group for the event.

Not Later

29 Jun

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The latest BBC Comedy web exclusive packs more TVO names into its three minutes than you can shake a small, nasal pianist at.

Featuring Tom Meeten as Jools Holland, as he leads us through a variety of silly-named artists featuring on his show this week, eagle eyed viewers will spot James Bachman, Shelly Longworth, Alice Lowe, Steve Oram and Waen Shepherd amongst those raiding the dressing up box.

You can see the clip exclusively on the BBC Comedy website.  Due to licence-free related limitations, the clip may not be available worldwide, and our website software doesn’t like to try and embed it, sadly… but the clip is just one click away, so check it out!

Keep your eyes peeled at the BBC Comedy YouTube channel, because this, and previous video from the BBC Nought gang, Question Time After Party, may yet turn up there…

O’Dowds Empire

28 Jun

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The IT Crowd star Chris O’Dowd has spoken to Empire magazine about his film Bridesmaids which opened at cinemas nationwide last Friday 24th June.

Chris reveals that he watched Serpico and Police Academy as an inspiration for his role as Officer Nathan Rhodes! He also tells Empire that he has never been a best man, saying he feels the experience would not be an enjoyable one.

It’s not just the film he talks about though. Chris also reveals that he had a collection of over a thousand Yorkie bar wrappers as a child that he used as wallpaper in his room.

The interview can be watched below and Bridesmaids is now on general release.

Catch Up With The Mongrels

28 Jun


BBC Three begins a repeat season of the first series of Mongrels tonight.

The show, which details the misadventures of metrosexual urban fox Nelson, his hard as nails relative Vince, pub dog Destiny, confused stray cat Marion and psychotic pigeon Carly, was a smash hit for the channel when it emerged last year – and has a seriously impressive connection or two to TVO.

Most obvious is the inclusion of the wonderful Tony Way as Destiny’s put-upon owner Gary, while the hapless canine herself is voiced by Lucy Montgomery.  With the likes of Rufus Jones, Dan Tetsell, Katy Brand and Paul Kaye filling out the regular voice cast, the show frequently features celebrity cameos to die for – and recent filming for the just-wrapped second series featured none other than Rich Fulcher!  We’ll be bringing you more news on series two at a later date… right now, BBC3 are offering you a chance to catch up first!

The repeats begin at 23:45pm tonight, and the show will be available on iPlayer for 7 days after transmission.  Episode two will follow next Tuesday, but if you can’t wait that long, you can buy the whole first series on dvd and blu-ray from The Velvet Onion Amazon Store now.

Guilt & Variety… Free Of Charge!

28 Jun


Free tickets are available for two new shows featuring Lucy Montgomery, Waen Shepherd and Sharon Horgan.

Montgomery, who will be familiar to TVO readers for her appearances in AD/BC, The Mighty Boosh, Tittybangbang, The IT Crowd and of course, as the voice of Destiny in Mongrels, will be hosting a new series of her own Radio 4 sketch show, Lucy Montgomery’s Variety Pack, which will feature Shepherd, alongside Philip Pope, Sally Grace and Natalie Walter.

The show will be recorded in two instalments at BBC Radio Theatre on July 15th and 20th at 7:15pm.  Tickets can be applied for now via the BBC Shows website.

© Hat Trick Productions

Meanwhile, Sharon Horgan, whom TVO readers should be familiar with via her work on Angelo’s, Lifespam, Free Agents, Anually Retentive and a couple of Jackal Films, will be the host of new comedy chat show pilot Guilty Party – which will be all about awkward social situations and doing the wrong thing.

Tickets for the show, which films on 19th July at BBC Television Centre  can be requested at Hat Trick Productions website.

The Velvet Onion will aim to bring you further details about the broadcast of both shows as soon as possible.

Our thanks to the British Comedy Guide for highlighting these offers, along with other programming here.

The Headset Set

28 Jun
© Colin Hoult / Dawn Sedgwick Management

As well as working on his new show Inferno, Colin Hoult has also found time to write and perform in a new radio comedy show on BBC Radio 4!

The Headset Set is a sketch show set in the world of call centres. Broadcast on Thursday evenings at 11pm, the first episode is available here until Thursday, so you can hear the series from the start.

Details of previews of Inferno can be found here and a new one has just been announced on Thursday 21st July at Wilton’s Music Hall.

Edit: Colin has just tweeted he will be performing his song Boogieman on What’s so Funny? with Rufus Hound, on Friday at 10am (repeated at 11pm and on iplayer) on Radio 4 Extra.

Edit2: link to What’s so Funny? on iplayer.

How Not To Live With The Cast

27 Jun

© BBC Three/Brown Eyed Boy

For you Dan Clark fans out there that are still mourning the end of tour times, then not to fret as Clark is now starting work on the How Not To Live Your Life Christmas special!

As you may remember a fourth series of the show is unfortunatly not on the cards, but the show will be leaving on a high in December for this hour long special.

Along with this, the release of the thirds series is available for you to pre-order and you also have the chance to meet the cast at an exclusive Q&A to accompany the release of the DVD! The event takes place in Central London on 20th July.

To grab yourself some tickets for this intimate meeting with the cast, just scan your eyes over the event’s official Facebook Page, leave a comment on the page letting them know your favourite episode and if you’re picked at random you will be emailed to let you know you’ve snagged a pair!

So get posting and good luck to you peelers!

Pop (Up) Art

27 Jun

© Mog

A series of Noel Fielding‘s paintings will be exhibited in a pop-up gallery space in St Martin’s Courtyard in London from 1st July.

Part art space, part pop-up bar The Vestal Vodka bar will run for six weeks. During the day the gallery space will offer cocktail-making classes, then from 5pm onwards the will serve drinks. Throughout the six-week period a series of musicians will be performing acoustic sets inside and outside the venue. Noel’s paintings will of course be adorning the walls, and are available to buy.

This is the first joint-venture between Noel and vodka man William Borrell since Noel was announced as Vestel Vodka’s “brand ambassador” in April.

For a full listing of Noel’s artworks visit hooliganartdealer.

Editor’s Note: Thanks to Tiddles for this story.



26 Jun

Ben Miller’s directorial debut Huge is out in cinemas on July 8th, starring Noel Clarke and Jonny Harris as mismatched comedy partners hoping to be “huge”.

Multi-talented Matt Berry is also featured along with Ralph Brown (The Boat that Rocked, Nighty Night), Russell Tovey, Thandie Newton and Michelle Ryan, as well as a host of cameo appearances by many well-known British comedians, including Jo Brand, Eddie Izzard, Frank Skinner, David Baddiel, Stephen K Amos and Harry Hill.

There is a special preview screening of the film tomorrow (27th June) at the Empire Cinema Leicester Square, where there will also be an open mike event. If you hurry you might be ‘huge’ yourself one day!

Foot In Your Ears

25 Jun

© Mog

Paul Foot has released a CD of his 2010 Edinburgh show Ash In The Attic, which was directed by Noel Fielding.

Paul describes the CD as offering “Two introductions, four parts of topical shire horse humour, a selection of disturbances including a discussion on levels of homophobia, some pieces of more formal humour, a section on allergies, and other aural delights.” In other words, as well as Ash in the Attic, it includes additional material recorded during the year.

For more information, visit his website here. To purchase the CD at a cost of £10 (exc p&p) click here. In case you need any convincing that Ash in the Attic is comedy genius, take a look at our review of the show from last year’s Edinburgh festival.

Baby Cow In The News

25 Jun

© Linda Nylind

Baby Cow Productions announced this week that it has appointed Armando Iannucci as its first Creative Director.

The production company, started by Steve Coogan and Henry Normal, is responsible for a whole host of Booshniverse goodies, including The Mighty Boosh, Christmas Rock Opera AD/BC, Nighty Night, Lizzie & Sarah and the Checkhov plays on Sky Arts (one of which featured Julian Barratt and Julia Davis).

Iannucci has a long and impressive comedy CV, including The Day Today with Chris Morris, I’m Alan Partridge, The Thick of It, Time Trumpet and In The Loop. He will be charged with nurturing new talent, and has said of his new role: “Baby Cow going forward has always championed good comedy, especially good comedy writing. Going forward I want to make it the place the next generation of comedy writers and performers head to first; a place where they know they’ll be encouraged and stimulated.”

In other Baby Cow news, the production company is set to develop comedy scripts for production out of MediaCityUK in Salford with the BBC’s in-house comedy department. The year-long collaboration between Baby Cow Manchester and the BBC’s Comedy North will seek to bring through new talent both on and off screen from the north of England.

Government Inspector The Third

24 Jun

The third and final video interview with the lead actors in Govermnent Inspector has been posted on youtube.

In this section of the interview Julian Barratt, Doon Mackichan and Kyle Soller talk about the challenges facing them as actors, the appeal of the play to modern audiences and how they learn their lines. To view the clip just click on the image below.  What’s more, you can view Part 1 here and Part 2 there.

If you haven’t seen Government Inspector yet you’d better get your skates on, because tickets are selling fast! Earlier today the Young Vic posted on their facebook page: “We have roughly 60 tickets left across the next two Wednesday matinees (29 June & 6 July) .. otherwise Government Inspector is sold out.” They do however sometimes get returns, so if you’re desperate try calling them on 020 7922 2922.

Noel And Dave Are Shellsuit Zombies

24 Jun

© Shellsuit Zombie

Noel Fielding and Dave Brown appear in the new issue of creative magazine Shellsuit Zombie.

Issue 2 features an interview with Dave and exclusive artworks by Noel, including a fold-out poster.  It also contains, “Interviews with the men behind the Creative Review Twitter account and design legend Vince Frost…an exciting account of the tale of Placement Man, and pieces about copywriting and self promotion. There’s creepy love letters to Natalie Portman, stories about cats and weetabix, a poem about stalking and a bear having a piss.”

If that sounds like your cup of tea you can order a copy of the magazine online for the bargain price of £1.50 by clicking here.

Bridesmaids And IT

23 Jun
© Universal Pictures

The IT Crowd star Chris O’Dowd, has been busy this week promoting his new film Bridesmaids, which opens in the UK this Friday (24th June). The film has been a great success in the USA, and Chris is now doing more work in Hollywood. Click here to see our article about the film.

Chris spoke to the Evening Standard about the film, his experiences of Hollywood and his early acting career.

He has also been interviewed by Digital Spy, where he discussed the future of The IT Crowd, and what he thinks of Richard Ayoade’s successful directing debut. To see the video interview go to the Digital Spy Website.

The Bride Of Vernon

23 Jun

© Calvin Dyson & Jonathan Tolson

A new short film with some interesting Booshdom connections has crept past our peelers. The Bride of Vernon is a short film made by film students Calvin Dyson and Jonathan Tolson.

This 15 minute stop frame animation stars Dan Clark , Katherine Parkinson and David Schofield, who have donated their voice talents to this Frankenstein-esque comedy about Vernon (Clark), who attempts to make himself the perfect woman until he comes across Mary Mae (Parkinson) – who puts off his experiment in more ways than one.

This film may be in the can after it was completed by Dyson and Tolson at the Northern Film School, but it’s still waiting for a distributor, so let’s encourage it to be released to the masses by ‘liking’ it over on their official Facebook Page! You can also read up on the background of the film on Tolson’s blog.

Once the group reaches 100 ‘likes’ we may also be treated to a teaser trailer, so keep your eyes peeled and get liking!

Editors Note: As promised, now that the Facebook page has reached over 100 fans we can now take a peek at the trailer! Just surf your mouses below to see!

Evans & Glover

21 Jun

Stephen Evans and Richard Glover have teamed up for a new musical collaboration.

The as-yet untitled duo have unleashed their first tinkerings onto Evans’ new YouTube account.  The laid-back, acoustic takes on Radiohead’s No Surprises and Libi Siffre’s It Must Be Love are joined by two original compositions by Stephen Evans – the Guy Garvey esque December and the jaunty Aeroplane Song.

You can hear all four tracks on YouTube right now, alongside more of Stephen’s work on Soundcloud, and below as a taster, is It Must Be Love… If we hear of any further developments from the pair, we’ll keep you peeled.

Stoking The Fires Of Inferno

20 Jun

© Colin Hoult / Dawn Sedgwick Management

Colin Hoult‘s forthcoming Edinburgh show Inferno now has four previews lined up in London over the coming weeks.

The Velvet Onion already announced the first preview on June 30th at King’s Place, and that has now been joined by three further shows.

The first two, on Monday July 11th and Thursday July 14th, take place at the Leicester Square Theatre – and tickets are on sale now priced £8.  These shows are just prior to Colin’s appearance at the Latitude Festival on Sunday 17th.

A fourth and final preview takes place at Camden’s Etcetera Theatre on 23rd July, with tickets on sale now for only £7.  These will be your last chance to see Colin in the capital until the Autumn, as he will be undertaking a full run of Inferno at The Pleasance Courtyard throughout August.  For more details on TVO’s Edinburgh recommendations, see this earlier peeling.

In addition to this, Colin recently spoke to London events website Spoonfed, who undertook an exclusive photoshoot in a London comic-store.  You can see the results on their website over yonder, and if you missed it earlier this year, catch up with our own chat with Colin right here.

Noel On Centre Court

20 Jun

© Richard Bacon

The World Wide Web has been buzzing today with news of Noel Fielding‘s visit to Wimbledon. With Fielding a trending topic on Twitter for most of the day, here’s a round up of today’s coverage:

To begin with, Boris Becker generated a surprising quantity of column inches by saying that Noel looked like a girl when he first arrived. Then, Richard Bacon bagged a chat with Noel on his 5Live radio show.

In addition to discussing the tennis (and Noel’s response to Becker’s comment), they talked about his forthcoming TV show and book of art, both due for release in the Autumn. Noel also mentioned a radio show which he’s recorded with Chris Morris and Richard Ayoade; a project occasionally discussed in the past, but in very hushed tones.  The trio have been working on the project for the past five years and it’s finally nearing completion – subject to a decision being made on how the show is distributed.  It’s been a long time coming, but we can’t wait to hear the fruits of that particular collaboration!

Noel also talks about his unique working relationship with Julian Barratt, which has recently been on hold due to their respective work commitments. Reassuringly, he says it’s still strong: “We’ll always come back together – we’re brothers. Bongo brothers. We have to.” 

Richard Bacon’s show is available on iPlayer for the next 7 days here; Noel’s on at 03:25, then again at 03:50.

Finally Noel was interviewed on camera by BBC Sport – unsurprisingly he’s forced to answer more or less the same questions as he’d been asked previously, about the tennis and Boris Becker. Click on the image below to view the interview in full.

If we hear of any more Booshniverse appearances at this summer’s major sporting events we’ll be sure to keep you posted!

Editor’s Note: Thanks to Natashaax for the Richard Bacon link and to Tiddles for the timing of Noel’s interview


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