July 2012

Edinburgh 2012: The Onion Round-Up

It’s almost time for The Edinburgh Fringe once more, and as ever, there’s a liberal sprinkling of TVO favourites heading up to Scotland throughout August. The wonderful Rachel Stubbings makes her Edinburgh debut with Stubbing Out Problems, whilst David McNeill returns to the Fringe [...]

July 30, 2012 // 4 Comments

Kevin Eldon Will See You Now

This Tuesday sees the launch of Kevin Eldon’s new BBC Radio 4 series. Kevin Eldon Will See You Now is a four-part comedy written by Kevin, with additional material by Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris, and original music by Martin Bird Appearing in the first episode are lots of our favourite [...]

July 30, 2012 // 0 Comments

“Watch” Ayoade

This week saw the US première of action comedy blockbuster The Watch, which features our very own Richard Ayoade in a lead role. TVO’s US correspondent Teresa ‘Trixie’ Whelan – was on hand to attend the first screening and get a sneaky peak of life on the red [...]

July 25, 2012 // 2 Comments

Wunderland To Keep

Alice’s Wunderland, the new comedy written by and starring Alice Lowe, is this week’s Comedy of the Week on BBC Radio 4! That means it’s available as a free podcast for you to download and keep forever. If you haven’t previously visited Wunderland, the show is narrated by [...]

July 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

Onion Talking: Behind The Unicorn, Sue Denim

Earlier this year we spoke to comic Joey Page, about his years of trying to break the comedy circuit and bring the audiences to him, rather than waiting for the head-honchos to give him the nod. This time we  turn to the world of the music industry, and find out from Sue Denim what it’s been [...]

July 24, 2012 // 1 Comment

The Perfect Movie

Richard Sandling will be hosting an Onion-layered evening at Leicester Square Theatre in August! Perfect Movie will be bringing a unique comedy spin to film reviews, interviews, trailers and much more. With Sandling having extensive experience with film reviews and writing, combined with his [...]

July 22, 2012 // 0 Comments

Boosh History To Buy

Go on admit it: you’ve been lusting after the posters designed by Dave Brown for his photography exhibition currently running at Flint in Norwich. Well now you can get your mitts on one! The exhibition, titled Behind the Boosh, charts the history of the comedy act from its conception in the [...]

July 21, 2012 // 1 Comment

Funny Fortnight Forthcoming!

Channel 4 have released more details of their Funny Fortnight next month, which features more than a smattering of TVO regulars and influences. Over 30 hours of programming across two weeks of television, the season promises brand new shows, excellent stand up and familiar faces staging their [...]

July 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

Roar With Laughter

The HMV Hammersmith Apollo Theatre, London will be the venue for a very special event on October 6th. Roar with Laughter is a comedy night hosted by London Zoo to raise money for their tiger conservation work in Sumatra as well as to develop a new flagship Sumatran tiger exhibit at ZSL London [...]

July 19, 2012 // 1 Comment

Kaye joins the Game… Of Thrones

New cast members for the third season of Game Of Thrones were announced at the San Diego Comic Con last weekend – and these included none other than Paul Kaye! The comic legend, already boasting an impressive dramatic acting cv, has recently been wowing the crowds in Tim Minchin’s [...]

July 18, 2012 // 2 Comments

Fab Fielding

Fans of Noel Fielding who frequent online discussion boards will have seen a stunning new painting by Noel titled ‘The Fab Five’. Well, we thought it was about time we filled in any remaining knowledge gaps about it: Noel has created the painting in acrylics for Liverpool Love, a [...]

July 17, 2012 // 5 Comments

See Sue’s Show!

Sue Denim is hoping to undertake her first full blown solo tour in September, with dates across the UK, which currently face the threat of cancellation unless sadly flagging ticket sales improve. The Robots In Disguise singer songwriter has been steadily working on her acoustic tinged debut [...]

July 16, 2012 // 1 Comment

Learn Comedy From The Best

Teen-led sketch show School of Comedy is set to return via a series of online shorts, and with some hidden comedy talent behind the scenes! The sketch show which is made-up of just teenagers has grown a large fanbase since it’s pilot in 2008, courting controversy for having youngsters acting [...]

July 16, 2012 // 0 Comments

Club Fantastico: A Crazy Ray Of Sunshine

Last Thursday was the second instalment of the rebooted Club Fantastico, Steve Oram and Tom Meeten’s gloriously cockeyed comedy night at The Vandella. Velveteer Mog was on hand to report back on the proceedings: Every day of this so-called summer it’s rained. Every night it’s [...]

July 15, 2012 // 2 Comments

Brenda Monk Needs Your Pledges!

With just over a month to go until the end of her Unbound sponsorship, we’d like to remind you that the fabulous Katy Brand would love to provide you with her debut novel – and you can help that become a reality! The story of a woman who breaks into stand up comedy, Brenda Monk Is [...]

July 14, 2012 // 0 Comments

TVO Triple!

You wait ages for one comedy show then, like buses, three come along at once! Tonight is one such evening, as Onion layers take over the airwaves! First up at 10pm on E4 is episode two of The Midnight Beast, directed by Ben Gregor and featuring our favourite funny man called Simon Farnaby in the [...]

July 12, 2012 // 0 Comments

Mongrels Resurrection?

Several online retailers are now reporting that Mongrels Series 2 will be released on dvd in the Autumn. The much missed show, featuring a bevy of TVO favourites but sadly cancelled by BBC Three earlier this year, was all set to be denied a full release of its second season outside of iTunes, as [...]

July 11, 2012 // 1 Comment

The Luxurious Digital Oz!

Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy is to receive it’s dvd premiere in Australia next month. News of the release of the entire first series, complete with extras including behind the scenes footage, first appeared on blog The Momus Report, and naturally, we at TVO were highly curious.  After [...]

July 11, 2012 // 10 Comments

Behind Many Scenes: A Profile of Dave Lambert

One of the things that distinguishes The Velvet Onion from other entertainment websites is that the artists we write about are in some way connected to one another. And some are more connected than most. Dave Lambert, of Baby Cow productions, is one such person, although you may only know him for [...]

July 8, 2012 // 1 Comment

The King Of Cheese

In between directing movies Bunny & The Bull and Paddington Bear, Paul King continues his assault on the world of advertising with a new commercial for cheese. King directed the new Cathedral City Chedds advert, which broke last month. In the 30 second ad an 11 year old ‘Head of [...]

July 8, 2012 // 1 Comment