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Comedian Frank Skinner says he is 'beyond excited' to land guest role in Doctor Who

17 May 2014 04:21:07 News | Mail Online

The comedian, who is a huge fan of the long-running science-fiction series, will appear on screen this autumn alongside Peter Capaldi.

Vice All News Time17 May 2014 04:21:07


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TV comedian accused of grooming teenager who killed himself uses top libel lawyer to explain himself to boy's family

13 April 2014 12:07:13 News | Mail Online

Last night the parents of Ben Cowburn spoke of their dismay at the TV comedian’s use of high-profile libel lawyers Carter-Ruck to make the approach.

Vice All News Time13 April 2014 12:07:13


Now family demand police quiz comic and 'showbiz friends' over tragic Ben's death as last picture of suicide teenager emerges

06 April 2014 04:20:31 News | Mail Online

Steve and Sharon Cowburn expressed disbelief that Scotland Yard detectives failed to speak to the man during the investigation into their son Ben’s death.

Vice All News Time06 April 2014 04:20:31


Revealed: Tragic Ben Cowburn told nurse that TV comic raped as family demand to know why medic was not heard at inquest

30 March 2014 04:18:50 News | Mail Online

The nurse also believes the celebrity, who was not named at the inquest in Truro, Cornwall, plied the 18-year-old with drink and drugs to ensure he gave his 'consent' for sex.

Vice All News Time30 March 2014 04:18:50


Ben Cowburn made at least 43 attempts to take his own life

25 March 2014 19:40:34 News | Mail Online

Ben Cowburn, 18, from Truro, Cornwall (left) was swept into a hedonistic lifestyle by the man - named only as 'Mr X' - after being appointed his stylist.

Vice All News Time25 March 2014 19:40:34


Teenager 'groomed' by famous comedian was haunted by his face on TV, inquest hears

25 March 2014 16:42:18 UK headlines

Ben Cowburn, 18, was haunted by seeing a famous comedian's face on TV and in magazines in the weeks before he took his own life, an inquest has heard        

Vice All News Time25 March 2014 16:42:18


Why has comic who 'groomed' overdose boy not been named? MPs criticise decision and say public should be concerned if 'deals are being done behind closed doors'

24 March 2014 03:47:31 News | Mail Online

An inquest has heard the gay comedian ‘took advantage’ of Ben Cowburn (pictured). But under an informal agreement his identity has been protected, and called 'Mr X' at an inquest.

Vice All News Time24 March 2014 03:47:31


Teenage boy killed himself while suffering from post traumatic stress after being seduced by TV comedian

23 March 2014 13:00:15 mirror - News

The openly gay comic gave tragic Ben Cowburn gifts and took him to drink- and drug-fuelled parties

Vice All News Time23 March 2014 13:00:15


TV comic 'groomed' tragic overdose teenager: 18-year-old's mystery death after star 'showered him with gifts then made sexual advances'

23 March 2014 02:44:42 News | Mail Online

Ben Cowburn, a fashion student in London, met the comedian in a pub. He was showered with gifts and taken to drug-fuelled parties by the unnamed star, and later said he felt 'dirty and used'.

Vice All News Time23 March 2014 02:44:42


French comedian who inspired Anelka's 'quenelle' celebration is banned from UK

03 February 2014 16:48:40 Sport | Mail Online

The controversial French comedian at the centre of the Nicolas Anelka anti-semitism row has been banned from entering the UK.

Vice Sport Time03 February 2014 16:48:40


French comedian Dieudonne banned from entering UK over Nicolas Anelka "quenelle" salute anti-semitism row

03 February 2014 15:45:40 mirror - News

Controversial comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala had said he would visit London in support of Nicolas Anelka who used the apparently antisemitic salute on the pitch

Vice All News Time03 February 2014 15:45:40


Comedians who went to Oxford and Cambridge Footlights Club are snapping up all the best gigs, complains Bob Mortimer

03 January 2014 12:10:39 News | Mail Online

Comedian Bob Mortimer says Oxbridge educated entertainers have a lot more opportunities and has questioned why.

Vice All News Time03 January 2014 12:10:39


Comedian John Fortune dies aged 74

31 December 2013 15:08:40 BBC News - UK

John Fortune, the British comedian and satirist who found fame through his TV collaborations with John Bird and Rory Bremner, dies aged 74.

Vice All News Time31 December 2013 15:08:40


Is this Ben Needham? Picture of Roma man suspected of being British tot who disappeared in Greece 22 years ago

27 October 2013 01:09:06 mirror - News

Greek police will DNA test man who Ben’s mum Kerry believes could be the son who disappeared from Kos in 1991 aged two

Vice All News Time27 October 2013 01:09:06


Comedian Felix Dexter dies

19 October 2013 06:15:24 BBC News - UK

Tributes are paid to Felix Dexter the comedian and actor who has died of cancer.

Vice All News Time19 October 2013 06:15:24


Ben Wheatley to direct Doctor Who

14 October 2013 14:48:05 BBC News - UK

Kill List and Sightseers director Ben Wheatley will direct Peter Capaldi's first two episodes as Doctor Who.

Vice All News Time14 October 2013 14:48:05


Comedian Mike Winters dies at 82

27 August 2013 17:07:47 BBC News - UK

Mike Winters, who performed alongside his brother Bernie as a comedy double-act, has died aged 82.

Vice All News Time27 August 2013 17:07:47


VIDEO: Comedian leads Ginger Pride Walk

11 August 2013 04:12:16 BBC News - UK

A comedian has led a march around Edinburgh to stand up against prejudice and those who make fun of people with ginger hair.

Vice All News Time11 August 2013 04:12:16


Mel Smith dead: Comic's confidence made him a "babe magnet" says friend and comedian Clive Anderson

22 July 2013 04:11:56 mirror - News

Comedian described as looking like a "pumped-up member of Status Quo, who cut a real dash"

Vice All News Time22 July 2013 04:11:56


Lenny Henry, comedian and actor – portrait of the artist

04 June 2013 18:06:07 Film | theguardian.com

'If I hadn't been able to make people laugh, I'd have ended up hitting someone with a brick' When did you first discover you could make people laugh? When I was 13. I got into lots of fights at school: I'd get racially abused, then lash out. One day, this kid said something and instead of putting my fists up, I said something back: people laughed, and he walked away. It saved my life – if I'd carried on the way I was going, I'd have ended up hitting someone with a brick. What was your big breakthrough? Winning a TV talent competition called New Faces . That was when I started to think of showbusiness as a job. The audition was at a dodgy nightclub in Birmingham; it smelled of chips and old beer, but there were people putting on glittery costumes, practising fire-breathing and doing Frank Spencer impressions in the toilet. I thought, "I've come home – this is where I want to be." Who or what have you sacrificed for your art? My home life in Dudley. I see my family and friends often, but there's something about everybody living within a two-mile radius of each other that cements a bond that cannot be broken. What has been your biggest challenge? Everything. With standup, I was thrown into the deep end at a very early age, without being able to swim. Acting was the same. When I did Othello, I said to [actor and director] Barrie Rutter , "Please don't let me be shit in this." He replied, "Don't worry lad, I'll sort you out." When you started out, you were one of a small number of black British comedians to enter the mainstream. Did you feel like a pioneer? All I knew was that there was a man called Charlie Williams – a bigshot comedian who was black and from Yorkshire – and two or three other guys. That was it. I once did a gig with Williams, who said to me, "You're not everybody's cup of tea, lad – but then, who is?" Tell us a joke you wish you'd written. "I bought some dehydrated water but I don't know what to add." That's by [American comic] Steven Wright . His jokes are like little Zen poems. How have things changed for black performers? The new generation are doing very well. There's a black club circuit and an Indian circuit now. But our cultural impact in this country is still just beginning. It's only relatively recently we had the first Asian family in Coronation Street – for TV commissioners to be leaping over themselves to commission everyone with brown skin is craziness. We've either got to kick the door down or be more patient. I'm for kicking the door down, myself. Which artists do you most admire? So many musicians – Stevie Wonder, Prince, Mahler. I'm doing grade five piano at the moment, and Mozart is a complete bastard. Learning his music is like trying to do maths with your hands tied behind your back, standing on your head, balancing on a unicycle. Is there an art form you don't relate to? I fell asleep during some ballet once. If you could send a message back to your critics, what would it be? " I'm still here ." When I was younger, I was very thick-skinned – my skin is actually getting thinner as I get older. But I do work hard; and if you do that, eventually it will all come out OK. In short Born: Dudley, 1958. Career: Made his name as a standup comedian and children's entertainer, through in shows such as Tiswas , The Lenny Henry Show and Live & Unleashed. As an actor, TV and film includes Chef! and Hope & Glory; and on stage, Othello and Fences , at the Duchess Theatre, London, from 19 June. Box office: 0844 4124659. Low point: "My mum passing away." High point: "Adopting my daughter. And meeting an amazing family of kids in the Kibera slum in Nairobi while filming a TV documentary." Lenny Henry Comedy Television Theatre Comedy Laura Barnett guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

Vice All News Time04 June 2013 18:06:07


Ben Jennings on lobbying and Doctor Who – cartoon

02 June 2013 23:46:36 Politics news, UK and world political comment and analysis | theguardian.com

As the lobbying scandal claims more victims, Matt Smith has announced his retirement from TV's Doctor Who Ben Jennings        

Vice Politics Time02 June 2013 23:46:36


The Comedian – review

02 June 2013 14:14:32 Film | theguardian.com

This interesting low-budget movie, the feature debut of a 32-year-old, Israeli-born graduate of the Drama Centre London , is a co-operative venture between its cast and crew. Working to a series of Dogme -like rules devised by the director, the actors improvise using their own names and Shkolnik's evolving scenario, shooting in sequence with available light, two cameras and only one take for each set-up. Edward Hogg plays Ed, a 32-year-old would-be standup working for little or nothing in London pubs. He ekes out an existence by working at a call centre and lives with a foreign woman who aspires to be a singer. A casual meeting on a bus after a disastrous gig at a pub leads to an affair with a painter that threatens his relationship with the woman and his call centre job, and he makes a visit home to see his family and clear his mind. The theme that develops is about discovering the strength to confront failure and break out of a dead-end existence in the meaningless chaos of London life. The film has the whiff of reality, but lacks the imaginative shaping that gives form, meaning and a sort of transcendence to the work of John Cassavetes and Mike Leigh. Drama Philip French guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

Vice All News Time02 June 2013 14:14:32


The Comedian, Byzantium, The Big Wedding: this week's new films

31 May 2013 11:34:17 Film | theguardian.com

The Comedian | Byzantium | The Big Wedding | Populaire | The Purge | Blood | Everybody Has A Plan | No One Lives | Man To Man | Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani The Comedian (15) (Tom Shkolnik, 2012, UK) Edward Hogg, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. 79 mins There's an uncanny degree of naturalism to this downbeat sketch of a lost London soul, confused over his sexuality, his faltering stand-up career and his place in life. It was made with a Dogme-like set of rules encouraging spontaneous improvisation in real locales. The result is somewhere between Mike Leigh and mumblecore, a meandering slice of life that often hits the truth. Byzantium (15) (Neil Jordan, 2013, UK/US/Ire) Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Sam Riley. 118 mins There might be little left to say about vampires, but genre veteran Jordan has a better right (and better actors) than most to say it. This tale of two 200-year-old women hiding out in a coastal town is more mature and less gory than most offerings. The Big Wedding (15) (Justin Zackham, 2013, US) Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl. 89 mins The bigger they are, the harder they are to laugh at in this formulaic wedding farce, whose flatlining gags and crass stereotypes give lazy Hollywood remakes of French romcoms a bad name. Populaire (12A) (Régis Roinsard, 2012, Fra) Déborah François, Romain Duris. 111 mins A secretary's lightning typing skills whisk her to competitive fame and potential romance with her boss in this lightweight French comedy. The Purge (15) (James DeMonaco, 2013, US) Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Adelaide Kane. 85 mins A home-invasion thriller built on the shaky premise of an annual America-wide criminal free-for-all, an unfeasibly short-sighted policy that at least benefits film-makers looking for a novel twist. Blood (15) (Nick Murphy, 2012, UK) Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham, Mark Strong. 88 mins A murder investigation leads two police brothers to cross the line, then cross each other, in this adaptation of TV drama Conviction. The small-screen origins show, but the cast is solid and the moral conundrum juicy. Everybody Has A Plan (15) (Ana Piterbarg, 2012, Arg/Spa/Ger) Viggo Mortensen, Soledad Villamil. 118 mins A double, Spanish-speaking role for Mortensen in this moody Argentinian noir, playing a trapped city doctor who assumes the identity of his rural twin brother, and inherits his shady criminal past. No One Lives (18) (Ryuhei Kitamura, 2012, US) Luke Evans, Adelaide Clemens, Derek Magyar. 86 mins A gang of backwoods hicks kidnap the wrong couple in this genre-mashing horror-thriller; less a proper story than a gleefully gruesome game of cat and mouse. Man To Man (18) John Maybury, 1992, UK) Tilda Swinton. 72 mins Pre-Orlando Swinton plays a German woman who poses as her dead husband in this film version of a one-woman/man play. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (PG) (Ayan Mukherjee, 2013, Ind) Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Aditya Roy Kapoor. 159 mins Thrill-seeking guy meets studious girl in a Bollywood romance. Out from Friday The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone Shane Meadows documents the band's resurrection. Out from Wed Behind The Candelabra Fresh from Cannes, Michael Douglas's triumphant Liberace turn. After Earth Will and Jaden Smith play father and son stuck on our post-apocalyptic planet. Thérèse Desqueyroux Audrey Tautou plays an unhappily married woman in 1920s France. The Iceman Michael Shannon stars alongside Winona Ryder, playing an assassin masquerading as a family man. Come As You Are Three disabled Belgian men travel to Spain in search of sexual gratification. 009 Re: Cyborg Superhero-like cyborgs save the Earth in this Japanese anime. The Last Exorcism: Part II Cash-in sequel to the hit 2010 possession horror. Aguirre, Wrath Of God Vintage Herzog, with Klaus Kinski as a megalomaniac conquistador with very poor man-management skills. Coming soon In two weeks ... Can Henry Cavill cut it as the Man Of Steel ? … Joss Whedon updates Much Ado About Nothing … In three weeks ... Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy reunite for Before Midnight … Brad Pitt v zombies in World War Z … In a month ... James Franco, Seth Rogen and the Apocalypse in This Is The End … Steve Carrell is a force for good in Despicable Me 2 … Steve Rose guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

Vice All News Time31 May 2013 11:34:17


The Comedian – review

30 May 2013 22:50:36 Film | theguardian.com

This sharply observed debut about a struggling standup comic is an interesting rumination on modern London life This low-key character study from debutant Tom Shkolnik proves quietly impressive in its ruminations on latter-day London identity. In office hours, Ed (Edward Hogg) is a softly spoken thirtysomething flunking a sales job; by night, he is what Judd Apatow's Funny People euphemistically called a "high-energy" amateur standup, raising the volume to compensate for flat material. Off-stage, Ed dithers between his French bedmate Elisa (Elisa Lasowski) and Nathan (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett), the charming artist who just wants him to commit. It's small and scratchy, necessarily circumscribed – like Jamie Thraves' not dissimilar The Low Down – by its protagonist's indecision, but a brace of electric, sharply observed encounters on nightbuses contribute to an air of something lived through: Shkolnik knows what it is to be shrugging along in the city with not enough money in your pocket, and no idea what to do with yourself. Rating: 3/5 Comedy Drama Comedy Mike McCahill guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

Vice All News Time30 May 2013 22:50:36


Clarke Carlisle says PFA made 'huge mistake' hiring comedian for awards

29 April 2013 16:55:27 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

• Reginald D Hunter performed at Sunday's event • 'Using a comedian of his type was a bad error in judgement' Professional Footballers' Association chairman Clarke Carlisle believes his organisation made "a huge mistake" in hiring Reginald D Hunter to perform at last night's awards dinner in London. Hunter, a black comedian from Georgia in the United States, repeatedly used the word "nigger" during his performance, which was not well received by members of the audience in the ballroom of the Grosvenor House hotel in Mayfair. Carlisle is one of a number of players who has campaigned tirelessly to try to eradicate racism in football, and although he refused to criticise Hunter's act, he admits it was a big error to hire the American for the event. "I thought we made a huge mistake," said the Northampton defender, who took over as PFA chairman in 2010. "I thought with everything that we have gone through over the last few years, using a comedian of his type was a bad error in judgement. "I was embarrassed sat up there throughout and I want to apologise unreservedly to the footballing community that was present." The topic of racism in football has become an emotive subject over the last two years in particular, with John Terry and Luis Suarez both receiving bans for racial abuse, although former England captain Terry was cleared of racism in a criminal trial regarding the same incident. Carlisle was also annoyed that Hunter's performance detracted from an evening that was meant to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the organisation, and its decision to honour women footballers for the first time. "What galls me is that it was a momentous occasion," he said. "It was our 40th award, Kim Little won the first women's award, a place in history. It was the first time that the men's and women's game had unified and instead we are talking about someone who we paid to come in as entertainment come in and be facetious about something we stand vehemently against so I apologise for that. I was embarrassed." Carlisle's comments bring him into conflict with the organisation's chief executive, Gordon Taylor, who last night tried to play down the furore caused by Hunter's appearance. When asked whether it was a mistake to allow Hunter to perform, Taylor replied: "No, no, don't be silly. Are you serious? "I think there were a few raised eyebrows over the comedian but that is the sort of thing you can't control. It was unfortunate. He is a professional comedian. It's a difficult subject in football and with him not being fully aware of how emotive it has been in football, that was probably a difficulty for him." It is customary for a comedian to perform at the awards, but Carlisle now wants the slot to be axed. "I'm not lambasting Reginald D Hunter," the centre-back said. "That's his act, it's what he does. When you go to a comedy store you know you might have to leave your moral compass at the door, but the PFA Awards dinner, the showpiece of our season, is not the time to have an act like that." Anti-racism group Kick It Out also hit out at the PFA for booking Hunter. The organisation said in a statement: "It is a matter for the PFA and enquiries related to it should be directed there. Kick It Out condemns racial slurs, the use of the n-word irrespective of context, and will act on any complaints made to the organisation on it." PFA PFA Player of the Year awards guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds        

Vice All News Time29 April 2013 16:55:27


Clarke Carlisle says PFA made 'huge mistake' hiring comedian for awards

29 April 2013 16:53:22 Football news, match reports and fixtures | theguardian.com

• Reginald D Hunter performed at Sunday's event • 'Using a comedian of his type was a bad error in judgement' Professional Footballers' Association chairman Clarke Carlisle believes his organisation made "a huge mistake" in hiring Reginald D Hunter to perform at last night's awards dinner in London. Hunter, a black comedian from Georgia in the United States, repeatedly used the word "nigger" during his performance, which was not well received by members of the audience in the ballroom of the Grosvenor House hotel in Mayfair. Carlisle is one of a number of players who has campaigned tirelessly to try to eradicate racism in football, and although he refused to criticise Hunter's act, he admits it was a big error to hire the American for the event. "I thought we made a huge mistake," said the Northampton defender, who took over as PFA chairman in 2010. "I thought with everything that we have gone through over the last few years, using a comedian of his type was a bad error in judgement. "I was embarrassed sat up there throughout and I want to apologise unreservedly to the footballing community that was present." The topic of racism in football has become an emotive subject over the last two years in particular, with John Terry and Luis Suarez both receiving bans for racial abuse, although former England captain Terry was cleared of racism in a criminal trial regarding the same incident. Carlisle was also annoyed that Hunter's performance detracted from an evening that was meant to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the organisation, and its decision to honour women footballers for the first time. "What galls me is that it was a momentous occasion," he said. "It was our 40th award, Kim Little won the first women's award, a place in history. It was the first time that the men's and women's game had unified and instead we are talking about someone who we paid to come in as entertainment come in and be facetious about something we stand vehemently against so I apologise for that. I was embarrassed." Carlisle's comments bring him into conflict with the organisation's chief executive, Gordon Taylor, who last night tried to play down the furore caused by Hunter's appearance. When asked whether it was a mistake to allow Hunter to perform, Taylor replied: "No, no, don't be silly. Are you serious? "I think there were a few raised eyebrows over the comedian but that is the sort of thing you can't control. It was unfortunate. He is a professional comedian. It's a difficult subject in football and with him not being fully aware of how emotive it has been in football, that was probably a difficulty for him." It is customary for a comedian to perform at the awards, but Carlisle now wants the slot to be axed. "I'm not lambasting Reginald D Hunter," the centre-back said. "That's his act, it's what he does. When you go to a comedy store you know you might have to leave your moral compass at the door, but the PFA Awards dinner, the showpiece of our season, is not the time to have an act like that." Anti-racism group Kick It Out also hit out at the PFA for booking Hunter. The organisation said in a statement: "It is a matter for the PFA and enquiries related to it should be directed there. Kick It Out condemns racial slurs, the use of the n-word irrespective of context, and will act on any complaints made to the organisation on it." PFA PFA Player of the Year awards guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds        

Vice All News Time29 April 2013 16:53:22


Comedian Reginald D Hunter used racist terms during PFA awards act

29 April 2013 03:20:47 Football | Mail Online

PFA chiefs stunned guests at their annual dinner by booking a comedian who repeatedly used racist slurs on stage during his act on Sunday night.

Vice Football Time29 April 2013 03:20:47


Comedian Reginald D Hunter used racist terms during PFA awards act

29 April 2013 02:19:45 Sport | Mail Online

PFA chiefs stunned guests at their annual dinner by booking a comedian who repeatedly used racist slurs on stage during his act on Sunday night.

Vice Sport Time29 April 2013 02:19:45