Interviews

Onion Talking: Sarah Kendall on Touchdown

Acclaimed stand-up comic Sarah Kendall returns to The Soho Theatre with the final run for her smash-hit show Touchdown this week, running from Tuesday 24th to Saturday 28th February. With her follow up show, A Day in October, due to launch at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in [...]

February 21, 2015 // 4 Comments

Seven Questions With… Kim Noble

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Kim Noble is bringing his latest stand up show, You’re Not Alone, to Soho theatre all this month. To celebrate, our intrepid reporter Becca Moody decided to ask Kim seven questions to delve into his mind somewhat. The [...]

February 7, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Thinking Eye: An Interview With Idil Sukan

Idil Sukan knows comedy. Although arguably best known for her photographs of comedians, she has also produced comedy shows, designed visual marketing for live comedy and written/performed stand up herself. It gives her a unique multi-layered perspective on what it takes to be funny, and what it [...]

January 15, 2015 // 1 Comment

Onion Talking: Adam Kay on Crims

This week sees the launch of Crims – BBC Three’s new sitcom starring Elis James & Kadiff Kirwan. We sat down with one of its co-writers: cult stand-up and former Mongrels writer Adam Kay, to discuss the gestation of the series, and his plans for its future. Imagine the scene. [...]

January 7, 2015 // 3 Comments

Onion Talking: Brian Pern

This week, prog-legend Brian Pern returns to television in A Life in Rock, directed once more by TVO regular Rhys Thomas. The show, a follow up to Pern & Thomas previous documentary saga, The Life of Rock, follows the former Thotch frontman as he undergoes three new challenges in his life: [...]

December 8, 2014 // 3 Comments

Ooh Arrr! John Hopkins Tells Us About The Muckers

Forget comedy TV shows for grown ups – because kids’ TV is where it’s at now. Hot on the heels of the multi-award winning Horrible Histories and the awesome Pythonesque Yonderland, comes CBBC’s The Muckers. The show, about a family of teenagers who live on a farm in [...]

December 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

A Peek Behind The Fantasy

Some of you will be lucky enough to be seeing Noel Fielding live at the Pleasance Theatre this weekend, as he performs two work-in-progress shows in preparation for his forthcoming UK tour. Anyhows, we reckoned the rest of you might need a bit of cheering up… Here, then – for your [...]

September 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

Julian Does Fred

Julian Barratt has brightened up many an ad break with his voice-over skills. And now he’s brought his silky northern tones to a new ad campaign for Homepride, which broke in the UK yesterday. The cookery brand is back on TV screens after a 10-year hiatus with a £2.3m ad push that aims to [...]

September 21, 2014 // 1 Comment

She’s A Rainbow: TVO Interviews Ameena Kara Callender

At The Velvet Onion we try to bring you a different, deeper view of the comedy you love. It was with this mission in mind that we hunted down the Stylist and Costume Designer responsible for the fantastical costumes in Luxury Comedy, to find out how the improbable from Noel Fielding‘s [...]

August 14, 2014 // 1 Comment

Onion Talking: Dolly Wells on Luxury Comedy 2

A few months ago, TVO reporter, Gina R Snape, met up with Dolly Wells to talk all things Doll and Em. They also spent a little time discussing Luxury Comedy series 2. Here are the excerpts from that interview: How was it working on Luxury Comedy this time round? It was really really fun. It was [...]

August 2, 2014 // 1 Comment

Dan Clark: Growing Up For Edinburgh

Last week Dan Clark performed a couple of warm up gigs in preparation for the run of his new show, Me, My Selfie and I, at the Edinburgh Fringe. We were lucky enough to grab a chat with Dan after his sold out show at The Pleasance in Islington. Velveteer Mog reports: In the past, Dan [...]

July 8, 2014 // 1 Comment

A Gentle Man: Interview With Richard Ayoade

As you’ve probably noticed if you’re a regular reader of The Velvet Onion, we’ve been making quite a fuss about The Double, the new feature film from Richard Ayoade. A couple of weeks ago we were lucky enough to be invited to meet the man himself, to talk to him about his latest [...]

March 31, 2014 // 1 Comment

Onion Talking: Dolly Wells on Doll & Em

Today sees the UK launch of Doll & Em, the new dramedy from Dolly Wells & Emily Mortimer for Sky Living HD and HBO. The show features its titular stars playing exaggerated versions of themselves, as well as showbiz cameos from Hollywood A-Listers and a few TVO regulars for good measure. [...]

February 18, 2014 // 4 Comments

Onion On The Red Carpet At The Comedy Awards

We were lucky enough to bag some camera space alongside the red carpet at last week’s British Comedy Awards, so we sent two of our intrepid team down there to extract some chat from the award winners. Sadly for TVO, the artists and shows that we celebrate on this site didn’t scoop as [...]

December 20, 2013 // 1 Comment