Brian Pern

Rhys Thomas Writing Two New Comedies

After killing off his comic creation Brian Pern and making Brian Pern: A Tribute for BBC Four earlier this year, Rhys Thomas has two new TV projects in the works. The first project is a sitcom called Scaffs, which Rhys has written and the BBC is developing. ‘Scaffs’ is short for [...]

May 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

Onion Talking: Rhys Thomas on Brian Pern: A Tribute

This week sees BBC Four air a special tribute to fallen prog-rock singer Brian Pern, who died last month aged 66 following an unexpected segway mistake. This exclusive documentary for BBC Four also features Brian’s final prophetic interview, which has never been transmitted before as well as the [...]

March 28, 2017 // 1 Comment

Simon Day On Tour

Brian Pern and The Fast Show star Simon Day has announced an autumn tour. Simon will perform his new show In Character across 13 different UK venues in October this year. He will be ‘sharing the stage’ with some of his alter-egos, including: BRIAN PERN – Prog rocker and [...]

March 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

Brian Pern 1951-2017

The Velvet Onion is saddened to report the death of prog-rock legend Brian Pern, following an unexpected segway mistake. The singer was the frontman of 70s legends Thotch, whose hits included Onion Divorce, Worm Equinox, Rock the Nation and enormous festive hit In Dulci Yuletide, before [...]

February 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

We Love Sitcom

Jessica Hynes appears as part of a star-studded line up for new BBC quiz special We Love Sitcom this Friday evening. A sort of ‘Big Fat Quiz of the Sitcom’, this hour long special features Ben Miller as quizmaster, alongside four teams of comedy greats, battling it out to be crowned [...]

September 5, 2016 // 1 Comment

So Hot Right Now: On TV This Week

Here’s what you can catch on the picturebox this week. Brian Pern: 45 Years of Prog and Roll Thursday, 10:00pm, BBC Four Simon Day returns as the legendary Thotch frontman Brian Pern in the third series of his mockumentary saga created with Rhys Thomas. Along for the ride once more are [...]

January 18, 2016 // 0 Comments

So Hot Right Now: On TV This Week

Here’s what you can catch on the picturebox this week. Brian Pern: 45 Years of Prog and Roll Thursday, 10:00pm, BBC Four Simon Day returns as the legendary Thotch frontman Brian Pern in the third series of his mockumentary saga created with Rhys Thomas. Along for the ride once more are [...]

January 11, 2016 // 0 Comments

Pern returns in January

Brian Pern returns to our screens on January 14th, and there’s a brand new trailer to savour below. The third series – 45 Years in Prog and Roll – once again features the hapless prog-rock ‘star’ played by Simon Day from creators Day and Rhys Thomas as we catch [...]

December 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Madchester Pern

As we wait rather impatiently for the third series of Brian Pern, the team behind it have released a mini-episode online. In it, Simon Day returns as Brian Pern – former frontman of prog-numpties Thotch turned activist and world-music inventor. In this installment, we find out about [...]

October 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

A Return for Brian Pern

Simon Day‘s pompous prog-rock alter-ego Brian Pern is to return for another three-part series in the Winter. The character – former front-man of Thotch turned eco-warrior – was created by Day and Rhys Thomas for a series of BBC Comedy Feeds in 2010, before being revived for [...]

June 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Brian Pern Live!

Brian Pern is celebrating his illustrious 40-year career in music with a one-off live show in London! The founder of fictional prog rock band Thotch and creation of Simon Day and Rhys Thomas, will be Only Live Only For Only One Night Only at The Lyric Theatre in London on Monday 19th October at [...]

June 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

So Hot Right Now #10

Welcome to The Velvet Onion – the central hub for an interconnected range of alternative comedy and more.  Click through for the LATEST NEWS, and see what’s so hot right now below. TVO ON TELLY This week sees a drop in the number of TVO related shows on our screens, as both Toast of [...]

December 15, 2014 // 0 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

So Hot Right Now #9

Welcome to The Velvet Onion – the central hub for an interconnected range of alternative comedy and more.  Click through for the LATEST NEWS, and see what’s so hot right now below. THE RETURN OF BRIAN PERN This week sees the long awaited return of Brian Pern to our screens, in the brand new [...]

December 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Return Of Brian Pern

Smash hit BBC Four mockumentary The Life of Rock with Brian Pern has been granted a second series – and a promotion to BBC Two. Written and directed by Rhys Thomas, the show stars Simon Day as prog-rock legend and world-music inventor Brian Pern, alongside TVO regulars Lucy [...]

May 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

Lucy & Tony Sail International Waters

Transatlantic comedy podcast International Waters offered its latest edition over the weekend, featuring TVO regulars Lucy Montgomery and Tony Way. The pair – who have appeared in a number of projects together, including Tittybangbang, Mongrels, Doug The Bounty Hunter and [...]

March 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Brian Pern’s On The (Spirit) Level

Last night saw the finale of The Life Of Rock air on BBC Four, and to celebrate, seminal rock legend turned documentary host Brian Pern has reissued his greatest hits on iTunes. The show was the brainchild of Rhys Thomas, who worked alongside Pern (whose physical resemblance to Simon Day cannot [...]

February 25, 2014 // 1 Comment

Brian Pern’s Greatest Hits I

This week saw the launch of The Life Of Rock With Brian Pern – the magnificent new spoof documentary series from Rhys Thomas and Simon Day featuring a whole host of big name guest stars. Episode One aired on Monday, and in amongst the big name artists discussed (Bowie was a fag-stealer; [...]

February 11, 2014 // 1 Comment