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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.

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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 'have psychotic traits’

16 January 2014 03:04:17 BBC News - UK

Comedians, like many other creative types, have personality types linked with psychosis, researchers claim.

Vice All News Time16 January 2014 03:04:17


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


Odd Man Out XI: Ben Foster, Rickie Lambert and Leon Britton make the line-up but who is the misfit?

06 November 2013 02:54:55 Football | Mail Online

Every week we’ll name an XI of past and present footballers for you to guess what links them all. But there’s a twist – one player will always be the odd man out in the dressing room.

Vice Football Time06 November 2013 02:54:55


Odd Man Out XI: Ben Foster, Rickie Lambert and Leon Britton make the line-up but who is the misfit?

06 November 2013 01:10:51 Sport | Mail Online

Every week we’ll name an XI of past and present footballers for you to guess what links them all. But there’s a twist – one player will always be the odd man out in the dressing room.

Vice Sport Time06 November 2013 01:10:51


Comedian Alan Davies pays Lord McAlpine damages over 'distressing' retweet

24 October 2013 13:25:11 mirror - News

It is not known how much Davies paid Lord McAlpine over the re-tweet which linked the peer to a television report about a "senior political figure who is a paedophile"

Vice All News Time24 October 2013 13:25:11


Kerry Needham tells Greek police: investigate Roma links to Ben's disappearance

21 October 2013 19:12:31 UK headlines

The mother of Ben Needham urges the Greek authorities to look into the case of a four-year-old girl recovered from a Roma camp to see if there are any connections to the disappearance of her son 22 years ago.        

Vice All News Time21 October 2013 19:12:31


Police probe claims Ben Needham was spotted at same gypsy camp as 'Maria'

20 October 2013 05:29:14 News | Mail Online

As the appeal to identify the child known as 'Maria' continues, officials quiz the two people charged with her abduction over links to Ben (pictured), who went missing from Kos in 1991.

Vice All News Time20 October 2013 05:29:14


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

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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

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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