May 2012

Farnaby Is The Queen… Cos He’s Quirky!

Last week, we pointed you towards up and coming E4 sketch show The Midnight Beast, which is set to feature guest appearances from Simon Farnaby. Now the musical sketch trio have uploaded a clip from the show to their official YouTube page, featuring Simon as you’ve never quite seen him [...]

May 27, 2012 // 1 Comment

Richard & Juneday

June is almost upon us, and with it comes a tiny smattering of Rich Fulcher on London stages. Friday, 1st June, sees Rich return to The Udderbelly, with a special edition of James Wren’s clubnight Spank!  Fulcher joins the bill alongside another TVO face – Rufus Jones, who will be [...]

May 27, 2012 // 0 Comments

A Berry Revolution

INCOMING! Oi, Nutter. Grab yer pineapples and run! What on earth are you waiting for, the 1940s? A Donkey, a donkey, my kingdom for a donkey! Such lines have gone down in gaming history as part and parcel of the legendary turn-based Worms series, which has spawned numerous incarantions since its [...]

May 27, 2012 // 1 Comment

Sightseers Wows The Crowds

Sightseers, Ben Wheatleys’ dark comedy written by and starring Steve Oram and Alice Lowe, has been impressing the critics in Cannes this week. Reviews of the film, which also features Richard Glover, have been springing up everywhere, offering up a consistently positive perspective. [...]

May 25, 2012 // 0 Comments

Read About The Early Days

You Are Nothing, a new book by Robert Wringham, tells the story of the early performances of a host of TVO-related comedians at Cluub Zarathustra Cluub Zarathustra was an unorthodox comedy club based beneath an Islington pub between 1994 and 1997. Audiences got to see Kevin Eldon, Waen Shepherd, [...]

May 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

Brenda Monk Is Funny… For Your Money!

Katy Brand‘s Unbound appeal for her first novel, Brenda Monk Is Funny, is now up and running. The story of a woman who breaks into stand up comedy will be released via Unbound’s pay-to-publish scheme, which lets interested readers pledge various amounts in return for the book and [...]

May 24, 2012 // 3 Comments

Ayoade Watch

Back in April we wrote that feature film Neighbourhood Watch, starring Richard Ayoade, had revised its marketing approach in light of recent news events. The film features four everyday suburban Dads (Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Ayoade), who accidentally discover that their hometown [...]

May 23, 2012 // 0 Comments

It’s Fantastico Again!

If you managed to catch Club Fantastico‘s triumphant return last month, you’ll be excited as we are that it’s back again in July! Steve Oram and Tom Meeten‘s unhinged comedy night returns for a second show at the Vandella on Thursday 12th July. Tickets are only £8 and can [...]

May 23, 2012 // 1 Comment

The Pod On The Net… On The Net At Last!

A rare clip of Julian Barratt and Tim Hope‘s experimental comedy act The Pod has emerged online via TVO’s very own Waen Shepherd. Shepherd cameos in the piece – which aired on BBC2’s The Net back in 1997 – as a Shoreditch tramp, complete with Yorkshire accent and [...]

May 22, 2012 // 2 Comments


Chris Corner of IAMX has released the first of his series of video journals and he is certainly living up to eXpectations. The twisted, poetic mind of Corner is finally going to be brought to life after we’ve followed his blog for a number of years – a blog which has awarded him [...]

May 21, 2012 // 0 Comments

Bunny & The Beast

Many of you may already be familiar with the internet-based comedy band, The Midnight Beast. What you may not have noticed is Simon Farnaby guesting on the webisodes! For the uninitiated over a certain age, TMB is a British comedy band, arguably most famous for their YouTube cover-parody of [...]

May 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

Catch Up With Kendall

The brilliant Sarah Kendall is warming up for this year’s Edinburgh Festival with a string of live dates across the south of England between now and the end of July. Entitled Get Up, Stand Up, the new live show from the former Beehive star can be sneakily previewed from May 20th, when it [...]

May 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

Berry’s Shortest Night

Matt Berry has joined Neil Hannon and Pugwash to record a  version of Jimmy Ruffin’s What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted as their contribution to The Shortest Night charity album. Every year The Sound Training Centre in Dublin records an album for a selected charity featuring some of the best [...]

May 18, 2012 // 0 Comments

Coogan Matters

As we reported previously, Steve Coogan has moved over to Sky Atlantic to make the latest series of Mid Morning Matters. Along with this, the channel has ordered up some extra Coogan in the form of some one-off specials!  Alan Partridge: Welcome To The Places Of My Life, and Alan Partridge: On [...]

May 18, 2012 // 2 Comments

A Time Traveller’s Guide To The 21st Century

Dan Tetsell is to record a new pilot for BBC Radio 4 early next month. Entitled A Time Traveller’s Guide To The 21st Century, the pilot is set in a future in which Personal Time Machines have become the must have gadget, and a team of travel experts, historians and Time Envoys (sponsored [...]

May 17, 2012 // 1 Comment


The Velvet Onion can confirm that the proposed dvd and blu-ray release of Mongrels Series 2 has been scrapped. The cult puppet sitcom from the mind of Adam Miller, and featuring a bevy of TVO regulars, was given a big budget revamp for its return last Autumn, but the show was cancelled [...]

May 17, 2012 // 6 Comments

Automated Psychedelic Brew

Our favourite venue is playing host to a Brew-tastic evening next month! On June 7th you will be able to find an array of special acts at the Vandella for the aptly named – The Automated Psychedelic Forgery Club Machine. Hosted by Hot Brew the Forgery Club will also be serving up Wittank, [...]

May 16, 2012 // 1 Comment

See Some Sightseers!

At TVO Towers we’ve been getting very excited about the impending release of Sightseers, Ben Wheatley’s follow up to Kill List. One of the reasons for our giddy excitement is that the film is written by its two stars – the splendid Alice Lowe and Steve Oram (playing the parts of [...]

May 13, 2012 // 3 Comments

Canoe Ride 3000

David McNeill will be taking his first solo show to Edinburgh Fringe this year! As the build up to Edinburgh looms ever-near, we’re treated to low-key previews from every which way way in the upcoming months. You’ll be able to see McNeill’s show with the abstract name, Canoe Ride [...]

May 13, 2012 // 1 Comment

Resistance On Radio 2

Katherine Parkinson  is set to star in a new sci-fi sitcom pilot for BBC Radio 2. The show, called The Resistance, follows the story of Katrina Lyons (Parkinson), who inadvertently finds herself in the middle of an alien invasion in the small English village of Cresdon Green, while visiting her [...]

May 12, 2012 // 1 Comment