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Category Archives: Comedy

Lost London – Canterbury Music Hall, Lambeth | Exploring London

Described by the Theatres Trust as a “key building” in music hall history, the Canterbury Music Hall was first erected in Westminster Bridge Road in 1852 on the site of an … Continue reading

04/04/2017 · 1 Comment

Stars of Vaudeville #1037: Charles Chaplin, Sr. | Travalanche

Born on this date in 1863: Charles Chaplin the Elder: the father of his better-known namesake, comedian and movie star Charlie Chaplin. It’s not as well known today that in … Continue reading

03/18/2017 · 2 Comments

Mel Brooks: ‘Donald Trump doesn’t scare me. He’s a song-and-dance man’ | Film | The Guardian

One of America’s great comics for the past 60 years, the maker of films Blazing Saddles and The Producers talks about why he can’t take the president seriously – and … Continue reading

02/17/2017 · 5 Comments

Buster Keaton and the Important Things in Life – Silver Screenings

There is a scene in the 1928 comedy, Steamboat Bill, Jr., that beautifully showcases the genius of its star, Buster Keaton. It’s not the scene where he clings to a flying … Continue reading

02/16/2017 · 4 Comments

Alan Bennett: ‘I don’t fret about posterity. But some things will last’ | Stage | The Guardian

The beloved writer, now 82, talks about trying not to be an old git and waging war on squirrels Source: Alan Bennett: ‘I don’t fret about posterity. But some things … Continue reading

12/19/2016 · Leave a comment

‘Trump’s so angry at theatre, he’s gonna…’

Trump’s so angry at theatre, he’s gonna try to build a fourth wall. — Jeeves Williams (@jeeveswilliams)November 19, 2016 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

11/20/2016 · 10 Comments

My Favourite Londoner: Tony Hancock | The Great Wen

‘I [writer Tim Lott] identify extraordinarily strongly with Hancock. I remember loving him enormously as a kid and living for ‘Hancock’s Half Hour’. I was about eight or nine and … Continue reading

10/25/2016 · Leave a comment

Dame Judi Dench donates £1,000 for Victoria Wood statue – BBC News

Oscar-winning actress Dame Judi Dench donates £1,000 to the appeal to build a statue of Victoria Wood in her home town. Source: Dame Judi Dench donates £1,000 for Victoria Wood … Continue reading

09/12/2016 · 1 Comment

Liam Rudden: Harsh realities of life on the Fringe – Edinburgh Evening News

WITH week three of the Fringe approaching, there’s a resigned, haunted look behind the forced smiles of many a performer right now. Source: Liam Rudden: Harsh realities of life on … Continue reading

08/22/2016 · Leave a comment

Actor and campaigner Lord Rix dies aged 92 – BBC News

Disability campaigner and actor Lord Rix, who starred on stage and TV, has died aged 92, his family says. Source: Actor and campaigner Lord Rix dies aged 92 – BBC … Continue reading

08/20/2016 · 6 Comments

Comedians on meeting their hecklers: ‘I ran upstairs and hid in a cupboard’ | Stage | The Guardian

Sarah Kendall, Mark Watson, Alexei Sayle and other standups recall what happened when they came face to face with their toughest critics after a show… Source: Comedians on meeting their … Continue reading

08/17/2016 · Leave a comment

Britain is a country to which its erstwhile, unsung King of Farce and Champion of the Disabled, Brian Rix, begs to be allowed to bid “Farewell”

Brian [Rix], who elder citizens remember as a comedy actor in Whitehall farces on black and white tv and on stage in the 1960’s and more recently as disability campaigner, … Continue reading

08/08/2016 · Leave a comment

Denis Norden recalls comedy pioneer early years – BBC News

Denis Norden, 94, is known as the host of It’ll Be Alright on the Night but he also holds an acclaimed status as a radio comedy pioneer, as arts correspondent … Continue reading

08/06/2016 · Leave a comment

8 Different Ways To Sabotage Your Own Audition  – The Happy Performer

1. Take ALL your bags in with you.  I know we’re always told, take you’re entire rep, shoes and a ‘Complete Works of Shakespeare’ but do not saddle all that … Continue reading

07/14/2016 · Leave a comment

Caroline Aherne: Royle Family writer and actress dies aged 52 – BBC News

Comedian and TV writer Caroline Aherne has died aged 52, having had cancer, her publicist says. Source: Caroline Aherne: Royle Family writer and actress dies aged 52 – BBC News

07/02/2016 · 6 Comments

Molière’s Enigmatic Comedies

Problematical Comedies Tartuffe Dom Juan Le Misanthrope Molière wrote several enigmatic comedies, but Tartuffe, Dom Juan and Le Misanthrope are the better known. All three feature masks and … Source: Molière’s … Continue reading

05/16/2016 · Leave a comment

Britain is no longer a country nor Wales a nation and say “Farewell” to an old BBC TV comedy producer called Gareth Gwenlan

Gareth Gwenlan, who grew up without a father in a backwater farming community in South Wales and triumphed at the heart of the world of comedy in BBC TV has died … Continue reading

05/13/2016 · Leave a comment

Quote • ALEXAI SAYLE

Thatcher Stole My Trousers by Alexei Sayle ‘My inclination was to make important life decisions based not on what was sensible or right or appropriate but rather on what I thought … Continue reading

05/02/2016 · Leave a comment

Comedian Victoria Wood dies aged 62 – BBC News

Comedian Victoria Wood has died aged 62 after a short battle with cancer, her publicist says Source: Comedian Victoria Wood dies aged 62 – BBC News

04/20/2016 · 4 Comments

German comedian Jan Böhmermann could face prison for ‘smear poem’ against Turkish President Erdogan | People | News | The Independent

A German comedian could face prosecution in his own country for “insulting” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Jan Böhmermann, a satirical comedian, is being investigated by German authorities under defamation laws for a poem … Continue reading

04/07/2016 · Leave a comment

Happy 129th Birthday Chico Marx | Waldina

Today is the 129th birthday of the oldest Marx Brother:  Chico Marx. The world is a better place because he is in it and still feels the loss that he … Continue reading

03/22/2016 · Leave a comment

Peter Sellers Reads The Beatles’ “She Loves You” in 4 Different Accents: Dr. Strangelove, Cockney, Irish & Upper Crust | Open Culture

Back in the late 1950s, George Martin (may he rest in peace) began his career as a producer recording two albums with the comedian Peter Sellers—The Best Of Sellers and Songs for … Continue reading

03/20/2016 · Leave a comment

Archive Interview • JENNY ÉCLAIR • Mum’s the Word • 2003

Jenny Éclair has just opened in Mum’s the Word at the Albery, ‘the hit comedy for anyone who ever had a mother’. She is playing alongside a diverse collection of … Continue reading

03/13/2016 · 2 Comments

The black comedian who quietly shattered racial barriers

“The funniest man I ever saw – and the saddest man I ever knew.” W.C. FIELDS Born in the Bahamas in 1874, Bert Williams moved with his family to California, where … Continue reading

02/29/2016 · Leave a comment

Vintage Postcard Humor: Big Parts | The Müscleheaded Blog

Photo post. Source: Vintage Postcard Humor: Big Parts | The Müscleheaded Blog

02/18/2016 · Leave a comment

Archive Review • OLD KING COLE • Unicorn @ Cochrane Theatre • 2004

Ken Campbell’s dastardly comedy for kids, Old King Cole is a well-travelled piece. It even attracted the attention of stern-faced German academics in the ‘seventies, who saw the show’s sausage-chomping … Continue reading

01/03/2016 · Leave a comment

Happy 116th Birthday Noel Coward | Waldina

Today is the 116th birthday of the man that once said: “I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.” He was an , and … Continue reading

12/16/2015 · 2 Comments

Over 70-year-old actresses in new play | Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video is a trailer about the new Dutch comedy Vrouwen van Later by Thomas Verbogt. On 27 November 2015 there was the première of this play in the theatre … Continue reading

12/15/2015 · Leave a comment

Photos of Iconic Entertainer Fanny Brice (1891 – 1951) | FROM THE BYGONE

Source: Photos of Iconic Entertainer Fanny Brice (1891 – 1951) | FROM THE BYGONE

12/13/2015 · 2 Comments

Vintage Circus Clown | FROM THE BYGONE

Circus Clown via vintag.es Source: Vintage Circus Clown | FROM THE BYGONE

12/12/2015 · Leave a comment