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Altitude Festival 2013 featured by far some of the best comedy performances the world has to offer and now, given it’s track record and popularity, ITV2 will be sharing the week’s antics at this unique comedy festival in the form of selected highlights at 11.20pm tonight (Thursday, April 4th).
Yesterday Mick Foley revealed how fraternising with other comedians has rubbed off on him in the fact he has learnt to take old stories and give them a completely different spin for use on the comedy circuit. He also confessed that the Montreal and Edinburgh festivals were the two best things that could have happened to himand began hinting at how hard it really is to get shows off the ground in the US. Let’s pick up where we left off…
I ate eight salmon rolls, drank a can of diet coke and sat down on my floor to do an interview with Paul F. Tompkins. Not because I am particularly against chairs and comfortable seating, but because my room is so tiny that there is not room for anything else than a single bed. And that is the setting in which I conducted an interview with one of the greatest and most interesting comedians in the world. Self-consciously I stuttered my way through the conversation – at certain times I was almost certain that he knew that I was sat on the floor, that my foot was sleeping, that my breath smelled of salmon and most of all, that I had no idea what I was doing. If Paul F Tompkins did in fact know all of this, he showed no sign of it and we actually managed to talk for 17 minutes and 31 seconds – not that anyone is counting – and whilst most of it was me attempting to remember the English language, we also drew a pretty good outline of what his expectations to his forthcoming show in London are.
Shaun Williamson was a postie, worked on a supermarket wines and spirits aisle before breaking into the entertainment business. Most remember him as the lovable yet hapless Barry Evan’s in EastEnders who met his fate a decade ago. Other television roles have included the likes of the detective series Inspector Morse and the BBC sitcom Waiting for God but what flung him back into the limelight was his appearance as a washed out, unemployable version of himself in the BBC sitcom Extras. His role on Extra’s certainly won Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant over as they asked him to recur his role in their follow-up series Life’s Too Short with Warwick Davis. Tonight sees Shaun back on our screens again, this time accompanied by the other two members of the “Twat Pack” so laughs are guaranteed. Here’s what Shaun had to say about his hopes and expectations for the Easter Special and beyond.
Comedian Chris Stephen has teamed up with trained theatre technician Debbie Overell, to become Ginger Ale Comedy, a non-profit organisation committed to showcasing new comic talent and promoting live comedy in Scotland.
The long awaited BBC Two Life’s Too Short Special will air this Saturday 30 March at 10pm.
This hour long special will pick up where end of the series left off following Warwick as he continues life in the uncertain world of show business.
The BBC have released another exclusive clip featuring an amazing performance by Val Kilmer and Warwick Davis as they discuss the idea of sharing the big screen again and explore Warwick’s ambitions for Willow 2.
Keith Chegwin broke into the entertainment business at a ripe young age as an actor in the Sixties swiftly going on to make quite the name for himself with appearances on the cult shows Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, Cheggers Plays Pop and Saturday Superstore. From there the larger than life presenter turned his hand to the role of roving reporter for the likes of The Big Breakfast and GMTV. He’s certainly earnt his status as a cult hero and as I chatted with him it was more than clear he is so appreciative of being considered as such. It was not surprising that Keith then went on to get an out of the blue phone call from Ricky Gervais to appear on the shows Extras and Life’s Too Short, as well as most recently competing in Dancing On Ice. Now Keith’s back with the “All Star Funtime Trio” for a Life’s Too Short Special where it appears we’ll be getting a ‘double’ helping of Keith Chegwin…
Les Dennis became a household name with his comedy impersonations and TV work on shows such as Russ Abbott’s Mad House and of course his 16 year stint presenting Family Fortunes. Whilst many thought the series Extras was his first real acting role this couldn’t be farther from the truth as he has spent many years slowly adding feathers to his acting cap, performing in television, theatre and musical theatre.
In 2001 the Chortle Awards was nothing but a big booze up in the bar of the Comedy Café and the winners got a piece of wood that Steve Bennett himself had nailed the Chortle logo to. In 2013, the press was lining up outside of the Café De Paris on Leicester Square to catch a glimpse of some of the many a-list celebrity guests that were all attending the now very classy event. Stewart Lee, Phil Nichol, Paul Sinha, Tony Law and Nick Helm were to be spotted in the crowd alongside very non-comedians Dappy, Helen Flanagan and Lee Ryan and Duncan James from the boyband Blue. It goes to show that the Chortle Awards is no longer just a piss-up in a bar – it’s a high profile, respected and established piss-up in a bar. Comedy Chords had a talk with the man behind Chortle.