Opinion: What Is The Future for Live Comedy After Lockdown?

This is the piece I was hoping I wouldn’t have to write. Until recently I was clinging to the hope that there might be a sign of the UK lockdown being lifted imminently and life starting to return to some kind of normality in about a month or so.


News: How To Have A Northern Irish Wedding - New Comedy Drama

Love and romance get a Northern Ireland twist, in a brand new six-part radio comedy drama on BBC Radio Ulster, from breakthrough writer/comedian Ciarán Bartlett.

How To Have A Northern Irish Wedding begins on BBC Radio Ulster on Saturday 8 February at 10.30am. It follows twenty-something Belfast ‘Bridezilla’ Sarah (Chloe Hodgens), and her hapless husband-to-be Jack (Brendan Quinn), in planning their very special big day - on a budget.


News: Gold To Reveal Britain's Greatest Comedy Character

UKTV has commissioned a follow-up to Britain’s Greatest Comedian for its comedy channel Gold.

UKTV Original Britain’s Greatest Comedy Character sees a jury of nine comedians, actors, writers, journalists and critics battle it out under the watchful gaze of judge Sally Phillips, as they attempt to agree on who is the country’s greatest.


News: Great Yorkshire Fringe New Comedian Of The Year Results

David Bawden has been crowned Great Yorkshire Fringe New Comedian of the Year 2019.


News: New BBC Studios Head Of Comedy Appointed

BBC Studios Productions has appointed Josh Cole as Head of Comedy. Cole will be responsible for leading the BBC Studios Comedy team and overseeing its current comedy slate across TV, radio and online, including the BAFTA award-winning This Country, Famalam and Inside No.9. He will also have responsibility for the development of new, returnable comedy shows, working with the best emerging and established creative talent from around the UK. 


News: Agency Expands Comedy Division

Comedy agents Chris Lander and Kate Watson are joining leading UK literary and talent agency, Casarotto Ramsay & Associates Ltd from Phil McIntyre Management. They will be joining forces with Casarotto’s existing comedy agents Abby Singer and Emma Obank, to create a brand-new comedy performance arm. They bring to the agency their existing list of clients which includes award winning talent such as Felicity Ward, Alex Edelman, Mat Ewins, Sindhu Vee, Deborah Frances-White, Chris Washington and many others. 


News: ITV Explores The Comedy Years In New Series

ITV3 is to air The Comedy Years, a new four-part series looking at important comedy milestones, stripped across the Easter weekend nightly from 19th to 22nd April.


News: New London Venue to Stage Comedy & Theatre

Legendary performance space The Boulevard Theatre in Soho is to re-open following susbtantial renovations.


News: Channel 4 Launches New Hunt For Emerging Comedy Talent

Channel 4 has launched a new initiative to find emerging comedy talent with new brief for social media. Sparks will champion bold, experimental short-form ideas and provide a platform for exciting and distinctive voices to shine through...

  • Up to 4 creative partners from across the UK to deliver 30 pieces of content for Channel 4’s social channels
  • Annual budget for scripted comedy Blaps doubled
  • Entertainment also developing non-scripted shorts for social

Channel 4 has today issued a call-out for a raft


News: Major New Venue Reopens

Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) is making a major move into comedy as it re-opens the historic North East venue, Stockton Globe.
The multi-million pound refurbishment, funded by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, will see ATG utilise its network of the world’s best talent, producers and promoters, to bring the biggest names in comedy and music back to the venue in the first time in over 40 years.
ATG venues have hosted names including Ricky Gervai



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