Comedy

He's quite a Downton character - and now he's taking them to the West End

By Brigit Grant, January 16, 2014

It is hard to imagine anyone looking less like Cora the Countess of Grantham than Luke Kempner. Tall, dark and ruggedly handsome, the 26-year-old, who hails from Horley in Surrey, is anything but Lady of the Manor material — least of all a Crawley.

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France mulls ban on Dieudonne after Anelka Nazi-style salute

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2013

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls has said he is considering banning the comedian Dieudonné's shows in January over concerns for public safety.

The announcement came following a Premier League football match on Saturday at which footballer Nicolas Anelka, a friend of Dieudonne, gave a Nazi-style salute said to have been popularised by the comedian.

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Making Horrible Histories into comedy gold

By Simon Rocker, December 13, 2013

Dave Cohen has been in the comedy business for 30 years, writing for such shows as Spitting Image and Have I Got News for You. But lampooning politicians or celebrities is not his greatest claim to fame.

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One-upmanship? It gets me down

By Peter Rosengard, November 8, 2013

Last week, I was standing at the counter of my local café, just about to pay the bill for my breakfast, when I felt a tap on my shoulder.

I turned round to see Si, a friend who’s a famous TV pundit, about to sit down at a table.

“Hi Peter, sorry I can’t talk,” he said, taking out his laptop.

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Comedians fool David Cameron, but fail to trick Israeli embassy

By Rosa Doherty, November 8, 2013

They tricked David Cameron and workers at the International Criminal Court, but comedians Jolyon Rubinstein and Heydon Prowse were not so successful when it came to security staff at the Israeli embassy in London.

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How I bombed: Comic’s war jokes earn him a ban

By Sandy Rashty, August 1, 2013

An award-winning comedian has been banned from a comedy club after his use of Nazi images upset some members of the audience.

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Baddiel plays the fame game for stand-up return

By John Nathan, July 25, 2013

I am sitting with David Baddiel in a tea room, not far from the Hampstead home where he lives with fellow comedy writer Morwenna Banks and their two children, talking about fame, the territory of his new stand-up show. Baddiel’s first proper stand-up gig for 16 years is a meditation on the absurdities thrown up by celebrity.

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No joke - Russell Brand will go to shul

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2013

Comedian Russell Brand is set to bring his humour to a whole new audience.

The controversial funnyman is going to perform in synagogues in Israel as part of his first world tour, using jokes to “dissect religion” and the lives of religious leaders.

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Russell Brand to tour synagogues and mosques in Middle East

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2013

Eccentric comedian Russell Brand will embark on a new comedy tour with a Jewish twist.

The Essex-born star is set to visit an array of synagogues and mosques in the Middle East as part of a new comedy show that will “dissect religion” and the lives of religious leaders.

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Wedding bells as Friday Night Dinner gets third series

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2013

Tamsin Greig and Simon Bird will be back filming on location in north London this summer, after a third series of the television comedy Friday Night Dinner was commissioned.

The series, which visits the Goodman family as they eat their Shabbat meal and follows them as they face awkward and often uncomfortable situations and deal with troublesome visitors, is written by Robert Popper.

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