Having worked for the BBC for more than 50 years, Sir David Frost has advised the new Director-General Tony Hall that he must take a knife to the organisation’s debilitating management structure.
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Sunday 22 November 2009
Remember the Fast Show sketch about the trumpeter who, instead of blowing, sucked?
Wednesday 28 October 2009
Fans of Family Guy are chortling about Microsoft's belated discovery that a Family Guy special might not jibe with the software giant's corporate image.
Wednesday 21 October 2009
I'm not sure Gordon's doing the right thing agreeing to these TV debates. There's too much he can't say. "That's a particular problem for my party," as Cameron put it yesterday. Gordon couldn't say that – the words would come out as: "That isn't a particular problem for my party." If he tried to say, as Cameron said, "I don't have the answer to that", it would emerge as, "the answer to that is, as I have said before, and I was right to say".
Sunday 18 October 2009
Thursday 24 September 2009
Comedian Ben Miller said the BBC tried to stop him using the word "gypsy" in his new sketch series with Alexander Armstrong because it could be seen as racist.
The Weekend's Television: Agatha Christie’s Marple, Sun, ITV1<br/>The South Bank Show, Sun, ITV1
Monday 14 September 2009
Sunday 30 August 2009
Rhod Gilbert, Pleasance, Edinburgh<br/>Shappi Khorsandi, Pleasance, Edinburgh<br/>Daniel Rigby, Pleasance, Edinburgh<br/>Pappy's Fun Club, Pleasance, Edinburgh<br/>Marcus Brigstocke, Assembly, Edinburgh
Sunday 30 August 2009
Janeane Garofalo, Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh<br/>Alistair McGowan, Assembly, Edinburgh<br/>Idiots of Ants, Pleasance, Edinburgh<br/>Anna & Katy, Pleasance, Edinburgh
Sunday 16 August 2009
Monday 10 August 2009
You may have seen Idiots of Ants on YouTube, where their "Facebook in Reality" sketch has racked up 2.5 million hits since featuring on BBC3's The Wall. The format of that joke is typical of the all-male sketch troupe's world view, which unpicks seemingly ordinary facets of day-to-day life and looks at them afresh to reveal their absurdity.
Wednesday 29 July 2009
Au revoir Montreal - but not before he is risen. Yes, the big JC, John Cleese, was in town a few days later than planned to head up a gala of Canadian and US comedians as opposed to leading out the British contingent he was meant to before a prostate complaint prevented him.
Friday 24 July 2009
Anyone who has ever overheard, or more likely taken part in, loud, intimate conversations with friends while trying on clothes in a shop changing room is sure to see the funny side of the latest show by comedy quartet The Umbrella Birds. Titled Sketches in a Shop Changing Room, the show is previewing at London's Kings Place this Tuesday as part of the What Are You Laughing At festival, before heading up to Edinburgh for the Festival Fringe .
Wednesday 22 July 2009
Wednesday 15 July 2009
It was a sensation in Committee Room 8, the pens were flying, keyboards clattering, The Guardian had come to Westminster with sensational evidence. We had come to see the journalist Nick Davies who's been writing about blagging and phone tapping scandals in the Murdoch press. We got his editor too: Alan Rusbridger looks like a Harry Potter gone wrong. It must mean something, maybe we'll find out later.
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