The Fast Show

Tommy Cockles at the 100 Club

Following his sell-out Christmas show, Tommy Cockles is returning to London’s 100 Club on February 20th.  The star of Music Hall and Variety, whose opinions on his contemporaries formed a key part of The Fast Show, was recently coaxed out of retirement by his old friend Simon Day [...]

January 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

Cockles at Chrimbo

Christmas is just around the corner, and with it comes a very special gift: as former The Fast Show regular Tommy Cockles is returning for one night only for the festive season with a unique live event: Tommy Cockle’s Xmas Cracker Extravaganza. The star of Music Hall and Variety, whose [...]

November 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

Onion Talking: Tony Beckton on Simon Day’s UK Tour

We here at The Velvet Onion were very excited to find out earlier this year that the legendary alternative character comedian Simon Day was going out on tour across the UK. Now the tour is underway, and runs through October and early November, it has transpired that Simon is merely directing the [...]

October 4, 2017 // 1 Comment

Clark And Day In Conversation

We enjoy Dan Clark‘s Screen Talk podcasts for Fubar Radio – and we’re rather sad that he’s been away for a while. Thankfully, he’s back! After a 7 month hiatus, Dan returns with another great Screen Talk, this time with Simon Day as his guest. In the interview Simon [...]

August 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

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 // 2 Comments

RIP Caroline Aherne 1963 – 2016

The Velvet Onion is extremely saddened to report the death of Caroline Aherne who has lost her battle with cancer, aged 52. Born in Ealing but raised in the Manchester district of Wythenshawe, Caroline Aherne’s breakthrough role was as the elderly chat-show host and agony aunt Mrs Merton [...]

July 2, 2016 // 0 Comments

BBC Store now open!

The BBC has unveiled the long awaited BBC Store: a new digital service that makes it easy for audiences to buy, enjoy and keep their favourite BBC programmes. And the best news of all is that it’s officially open right now! A large collection of titles across genres are available at launch, [...]

November 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

Fifty 2

This coming weekend sees the culmination of BBC 2’s anniversary celebrations from a TVO perspective, as the fifty year old channel revives some of it’s biggest comedy smashes for a series of one-off specials. Top of the hitlist is Harry & Paul’s Story of the 2s – a [...]

May 20, 2014 // 1 Comment

Felix Dexter, RIP – 1961-2013

The Velvet Onion would like to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Felix Dexter, who died on Friday aged 52. First appearing Junior Simpson, Kulvinder Ghir. Robbie Gee and Meera Syal in sketch show The Real McCoy, Dexter went on to appear in a number of landmark comedies and smash [...]

October 19, 2013 // 2 Comments

Next Year… We Shall Mostly Be… Reuniting.

2014 may be a few months away yet, but already, there is much to look forward to, as Charlie Higson has suggested the 20th anniversary of The Fast Show shall be marked by a reunion of some sort. The smash-hit sketch show (which our US readers may know better under it’s Stateside [...]

September 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

Fast Show Script Winners

A few weeks ago, we offered our lucky readers a chance to win some signed Fast Show scripts in association with Fosters Comedy. All we asked you to do was watch the final edition of The Fast Show Faster and answer a very simple question: “In this episode, what does Swiss Toni call Paul’s [...]

April 13, 2012 // 1 Comment

The Final Fast Show… WIN A SCRIPT!

Today sees the final episode of The Fast Show‘s revived debut via Fosters Comedy, and to celebrate, the kind folk at Fosters are offering you the chance to win a signed script! This week’s edition doesn’t feature TVO regular Lucy Montgomery, but it does feature Rhys Thomas and [...]

March 22, 2012 // 2 Comments

Still Fast

The penultimate episode of The Fast Show… Faster is now online. Episode eleven yet again features Lucy Montgomery making a couple of cameo appearances alongside the legendary team of Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Caroline Aherne, John Thomson, Simon Day and Arabella Weir.  You can see [...]

March 15, 2012 // 0 Comments

Upstairs, Downstairs, Montgomery

Lucy Montgomery returns for another guest role in The Fast Show web-series revival. This weeks edition, again brought to you by Fosters, sees Lucy appear in costume drama spoof Upstairs, Downstairs as the house maid.  This episode also features Fast Show favourites The 13th Duke Of Wymbourne, [...]

March 9, 2012 // 0 Comments

Lucy Get’s Bleached

Another week goes by, and another great new The Fast Show webisode has been launched by Fosters. This week sees TVO’s very own Lucy Montgomery as a recently dumped fiancée, receiving relationship advice from that champion of pub wisdom, Billy Bleach (played by the ever delightful Simon [...]

March 2, 2012 // 0 Comments

Fostering The Funnies

Fosters are continuing their support of great comedy by returning to their successful revivals of Alan Partridge and The Fast Show. The lager giant have been sponsoring individual shows for some time now – most recently including Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy – and are now the [...]

February 17, 2012 // 2 Comments

Boosh Origins: On The Hour… [Part Two]

Yesterday, we posted the first half of our retrospective on the origins of The Boosh.  You can read Part One again here. The story concludes below, with the rest of our in-depth look at some of the people behind On The Hour and The Day Today who went on to become instrumental in the development [...]

November 2, 2011 // 4 Comments