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Mat Ricardo – “If you want instant money, go buy a uni-cycle and a chainsaw. Light that on fire and play some music.”

March 30, 2013 |

A few hours before the second of Mat Ricardo’s Variety Shows takes place at Leicester Square Theatre, we meet up with him at a hotel, that used to be an old courthouse.

“You are sitting in the original cell. Nothing has changed, just the cushions.” a waitress tells us.

“And the table for the drinks, obviously.” Ricardo laughs to the still-straight-faced waitress.

“It is not that long ago. Mick Jagger was here and he is still alive.” she says.

“Yes. Well, that’s debatable.” says Mat, who is dressed exactly the way you would expect a professional gentleman juggler to be dressed: Like a gentleman. He looks the furthest possible from someone who ought to be in jail. Read More

WIN ’12 In a Box’ DVD Starring Miranda Hart

March 25, 2013 |

With tickets for her upcoming 2014 arena tour selling like hot cakes and the release of the second series of Call The Midwife right around the corner, British Comedy Award winner Miranda Hart made her theatrical debut last Friday alongside Katy Wix (Not Going Out, Anna & Katy) in the feature film 12 In A Box, a classic British farce as good as they come. Read More


March 19, 2013 |

It’s another week of t’Nowt to do Wi’ Owt Show and it’s time to all join in with the agricultural singalong using the lovely illustrated lyric sheet provided below. Read More


February 19, 2013 |

Lo and behold, sadly we have reached the climax of the latest series of zany audio raves from John Dredge and his heavily-coerced outfit made up of James Shakeshaft, Richard Cray, Greg Haiste, and Anna Emerson. What a ride it’s been with the podcast praised by the likes of the Radio Times (see above) and Chortle stating it’s what “Kenny Everett would be doing if he was alive today.”

There’s no time to fret though as they leave the building in fine style with the latest in extra-terrestrial specimens putting in a guest appearace and all this for the price of a single Green Shield stamp.

There’s also a suprise appearance from none other than David Lynch. (Oh, damn – I’ve just gone and spoilt it.)

Fear not though, this is by no means the end of John Dredge’s manic fifteen minute show. Word has it there’ll be more shennanigans in the very near future and we’ve still got series one to keep you going until then. Also, watch this space as we’ll be asking John just what’s in store right round the corner.

You can follow John on Twitter, Facebook and the 404 Funny website.

Retweet After Me: No More Flogging a Dead Horse

February 18, 2013 |

Enough already with horsemeat and the Pope. This weekend we thought it best to take a total break from horses, the Pope as even Twitter is running out of material in those “fields”. Well…. almost. We’ve included on eabout a meteor and another about food ingredients but apart from we’ve gone out of our way to follow the completely random approach.

You can follow us on Twitter @comedychords which is the account we’ll be using to follow our followers to choose our favourite tweets each and every weekend.

Without further ado, here are tweets that made us smile the most this week. Followers are on the up so we’ve found a lot more worthy of inclusion.

Here’s who made us laugh in 140 characters or less this weekend:





February 12, 2013 |

John Dredge bids farewell to 2012 in this weeks podcast. It was also known as the Chinese Year of the Accoutrement, with yet another one of those bizarre New Year round-ups of the year’s most shocking household implements.

This week also features odd noises of all shapes and sizes, plus an argy-bargy of aquatic treasures including the sound of an extremely large splash, courtesy of our friends at Thames Water.

If these soundscapes weren’t enough we’ve even got Leighton Buzzard in Color – whoopee!

Appearances are also made by Richard Cray, Anna Emerson, Greg Haiste, and James Shakeshaft.


SPECIAL GOOD NEWS FROM JOHN THIS WEEK. The Radio Times has only gone and chosen the Nothing to do With Anything Show as podcast of the week. Read all about it in this week’s issue, out today!

You can follow John on Twitter, Facebook and the 404 Funny website.

Retweet After Me – 28/01/2013

January 28, 2013 |

This weekend was host to two major sports events seeing both #AustralianOpen and #RoyalRumble trending on Twitter. Surprisingly there were absolutely no surprises in the latter event with The Rock taking home the WWE title whilst it would appear that even the commentators (Michael Cole the prime example here) also possess super human powers.

In entertainment news, the BBC received a shower of complaints for censorship of an episode of Fawlty Towers that contained racist comments. John Terry was the first to voice his outrage on Twitter swiftly followed by other celebrities who’s critical Tweets shot straight into Top Gear.

Last but not least, #horsemeat tweets are lasting just as long as the leftovers are in the bargain basement freezer in Tesco and Iceland.

You can follow us on Twitter @comedychords which is the account we’ll be using to follow our followers to choose our favourite tweets each and every weekend.

Without further ado, here are tweets that made us smile the most this week. Followers are on the up so we’ve found a lot more worthy of inclusion.

Here’s who made us laugh in 140 characters or less this weekend:



September 24, 2012 | 1

If you’ve already heard of Charlie Murphy then you’re in for a treat. If you haven’t, you’ll wish you had after reading this. If you didn’t know, Eddie Murphy is his brother and he is every bit as talented, has so much of his own potential and definitely has his own style. He started gathering the right kind of attention and acclaim with his work on the U.S TV hit Chappelle’s Show. Since then he’s released DVDs, toured, been in many movies including ‘Night at the Museum’ and is hopping over to pay us a visit next month to perform his new show ‘Acid Trip’. We are a lucky bunch. Here is what he had to say to us when we gave him a call…

Charlie Murphy! What’s going on man?

Right now, what’s going on is I’m alone in my house watching the news man, in case something I can take to the stage occurs, or something I have already taken to the stage has progressed.

You’re not the only comedian in your family. Is funny in the Murphy blood? Are there any more to watch out for?

Oh absolutely man yeah. My Dad was a comedian. He never became famous for it, nor was he able to make a living from it, but there are a whole gang of us. There’s a whole new generation of us. My niece has been on TV several times – she’s one of the spokesmodels for ‘Dark and Lovely’ hair products. My nephews, Eric and Christian, are doing music. Yeah, look forward to seeing some more Murphy’s. My son Charlie is an actor, my son Xavier has dabbled in comedy but he’s only 13 so he doesn’t know what he wants to do. But there are going to be some more Murphy’s man, definitely.

Chappelle’s Show has received so much praise by  critics with its unique brand of comedy that mixes both stand-up and “hellacious” sketches. What was it like working on such a popular show?

Liberating man! I had done several things prior to Chappelle’s Show and people saw my work, but I wasn’t that ‘out of the box’ per se. People had seen me in a few things, but they still thought I was Eddie Murphy’s brother. If I worked on a movie, everybody else that was in the movie was themselves but I was Eddie Murphy’s brother. I probably should have knocked it out of the way, but, at the same time, it’s human nature. It’s not fair, but human nature is life. If people see an example of success in a family or a blood-line, whatever, whoever it is attributed too, they all just assume that they are the only one who has anything you know and everyone else is just trash. And that’s not true, but they do that automatically and it definitely wasn’t true in my case. So Chappelle Show took that away from the public. There was no room to go ‘oh, its Eddie Murphy’s brother’ because everybody would be saying ‘Charlie Murphy!’ Some people have a nickname, but it was my own name they were yelling at me which took that spell off me. I was able to be called my own name. I had some times where people would come up to me and go ‘you’re Eddie Murphy’s brother right?’ and I’d say ‘Do you have a dog?’ and they’d look at me strange and I’d say ‘What do you call your dog? You call him by his name right?’ Well I’m not ‘a dog’, but then they’d get it. They didn’t come over trying to intentionally be disrespectful, but it goes on man. They see celebrities and they get nervous and do something that isn’t smart. In that case, even before I was a celebrity, I wouldn’t allow you to come and lower me even by accident, by calling me out of my name. If I do that to a woman, that’s called disrespectful right? It’s the same thing. If you don’t call me Charlie, which is the name with which I was born, you call me something else, because of somebody else’s accomplishments in the world, then you have to be prepared to meet my presence!

What is Dave Chappelle like as a person?

Very cool and very open. He didn’t have an ego. A lot of people are unapproachable. If a guy is known for humour and you come to him with yours, he’s likely to be like ‘how dare you tell me what’s funny.’ You know what I’m saying? But he wasn’t like that. If he liked something, he liked it. It was because of him that I was even seen. When I was on Chappelle’s Show I wasn’t under contract. I got paid 500 dollars an episode! That’s how much I got paid to be on the show, but it was because Dave was demanding me, saying ‘we’re using him again’. What took the show to the level it got to, I had a lot to do with that.

Apart from Dave you’ve worked with such big names such as Spike Lee and Ben Stiller. Is there anyone else you want to work with?

Anybody that’s good! Anybody that’s talented! I want to work with the best, man! In this profession there are some really top level people you get to meet and that’s who I want to work with.

What has been the best part of your year so far?

This year? The stand-up. I’ve done the TV stuff here and there, a little writing, but the stand-up is what has been persistent and the last 12 months have really made my 2012. Right now were getting ready to travel from the North Pole to the South Pole (figuratively). We went from Iceland to Auckland, in New Zealand. We’ve done Canada, Scandinavia, Australia and now were getting ready to come to the UK. It’s a completion. By then I will have been to 11 countries. To me, that is a tremendous accomplishment as a stand-up comedian and something I will be proud of for the rest of my career. I put together a show and it took me all over the world.

What can the UK audiences expect?

Laughs! I mean that’s why you go to a comedy store, right? *laughs* You expect to laugh! And if you want a definition of me, there’s plenty of me. I had a DVD out in 2009, ‘I Will Not Apologise’. I have pages full of material, videos on YouTube and a website. If you want a definition of me, it’s better for you to make up your own mind. I have the audience behind me to testify for what I’ve done. Type my name into YouTube and see all of the places in the world I’ve been to, all of the fans, and one thing that will be persistent in those videos is that everybody who came to my show had a good time. That’s all I’m charged with doing, and that’s what you can expect when you come to my show.

Top man! So, how do you enjoy personal time?

Rest! That’s what you’re supposed to do! There are people who beat their heads against the wall going ‘Aaah, I’m bored!’ but when there’s nothing to do then it was written for you that that’s when you’re supposed to take a break. Follow the lead. Take a nap, rest your body and rest your mind. Go find a place to sit down and think and go over your plans for your future. There’s always something to do.

Inspiring words, I’ll surely be heeding that advice. Hurry along to get tickets to go see Charlie and join the huge pile of fans he has worldwide. Get yo’ bad self over to:

To keep up with his happenings, either like him on Facebook or keep an eye on his website:

For a taster of the man himself, check out this video. Has me in stitches every time:




May 21, 2012 | 5

The feature film “The Limelight”, produced on a scantily clad budget of 50,000 pounds by a former Mansfield financial adviser-turned-comedian Glen Maney launched online yesterday. It boasts strong UK talent in the form of Glen himself, Ricky Grover (Revolver, Big Fat Gypsy Gangster), Mark Monero (Wilt, Eastenders), and stand up comedian Patrick Monahan, winner of ITV’s reality TV contest Show Me The Funny.

Glen Maney wrote a script called ‘Tears of a Clown’ around 15 years ago after witnessing the plight of middle aged comedian Gary Shand and his struggle to make it to the top despite battling a marriage break-up, depression, alcohol dependency and oncoming mental issues caused by the depression. Glen said that “Gary was the inspiration and someone who summed up ‘the show must go on’ attitude of many comedians”. Read More