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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


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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


Nursery abuser 'groomed parents'

12 March 2014 19:18:43 BBC News - UK

A review into the case of a nursery worker who abused boys calls for more robust procedures to detect offenders who seek to "groom parents".

Vice All News Time12 March 2014 19:18:43


Comic criticises council 'zealots'

24 January 2014 12:51:10 BBC News - UK

One of NI's leading comedians criticises the council "zealots" who have banned a play in County Antrim after complaints that it was blasphemous.

Vice All News Time24 January 2014 12:51:10


AUDIO: 'I'll never get over daughter's grooming'

09 December 2013 23:22:02 BBC News - UK

The father of a girl who was the victim of the grooming gang in Rochdale has said discovering the news was "like being hit with a sledgehammer".

Vice All News Time09 December 2013 23:22:02


Pop star pics used to groom girls

06 December 2013 22:22:30 BBC News - UK

A man who used images of a US pop star to help him groom girls over the internet is jailed.

Vice All News Time06 December 2013 22:22:30


Groom who staged bomb hoax on wedding day jailed

22 October 2013 16:40:13 UK headlines

A panicked groom who staged a bomb hoax on his wedding day so his bride would not find out he bungled the booking has been jailed for 12 months        

Vice All News Time22 October 2013 16:40:13


John McCririck sacked from Channel 4 irritating 'comic act'

03 October 2013 10:02:29 Sport | Mail Online

John McCririck was not included in a revamped Channel 4 Racing programme because he was seen as an irritating 'comic act' who brought a 'farcical tone' to shows, a tribunal has heard.

Vice Sport Time03 October 2013 10:02:29


Man who groomed 14-year-old girl he met online while playing Xbox games abducted her and took her for sex in a tent on a beach

28 September 2013 04:13:37 News | Mail Online

A paedophile who had sex with a 14-year-old girl in a tent on a beach in Hartlepool has been found guilty of sexual grooming and child abduction.

Vice All News Time28 September 2013 04:13:37


Tent-sex accused 'just helping girl'

27 September 2013 15:54:59 BBC News - UK

A man accused of grooming a 14-year-old girl online, says he "pitied" her and was "just helping" her, a court hears.

Vice All News Time27 September 2013 15:54:59


Letzogo Hunting leader: vigilante who hunts 'child sex predators' pleaded for anonymity

21 September 2013 15:02:04 News | Mail Online

Letzgo Hunting, closed down this week just nine months after it was set up, following the suicide of a man it accused of grooming a pre-pubescent girl for sex over the internet.

Vice All News Time21 September 2013 15:02:04


Vigilante who hunts 'child sex predators': Leader of group that closed down following suicide of man it targeted pleaded for anonymity when confronted by the Mail

21 September 2013 04:59:32 News | Mail Online

Letzgo Hunting, closed down this week just nine months after it was set up, following the suicide of a man it accused of grooming a pre-pubescent girl for sex over the internet.

Vice All News Time21 September 2013 04:59:32


Man accused of grooming intimidation

13 September 2013 11:25:55 BBC News - UK

A man is accused of intimidating one of the victims of an Oxford sex grooming ring ahead of the trial.

Vice All News Time13 September 2013 11:25:55


Teenager, 17, who accused a gang of ten men of grooming her for sex at 11 tried to kill herself after first day in the witness box

06 August 2013 12:22:22 News | Mail Online

After giving evidence at Oxford Crown Court the young woman took an overdose of pills, just months after victim Frances Andrade (pictured) killed herself during the trial of the man who abused her.

Vice All News Time06 August 2013 12:22:22


Doctor Who at Comic-Con: 9 things we learned

22 July 2013 15:51:45 Film | theguardian.com

The Daleks will make an appearance in the 50th anniversary special – but what did we learn from the cast and crew? Representatives of the UK's biggest geek export, Doctor Who, were out in force at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. It had its own panel session, featuring Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and producer Marcus Wilson, and they showed a trailer for the long-awaited 50th celebrations (though it isn't online yet). As is often the way, they said a lot, but revealed very little. Here's what we now know. • At the panel discussion, Moffat admitted that that the special will resolve a lot of long-running storylines. • Let the fangasms begin! In what is surely just one of many riffs on the show's history, the 50th references the first multi-Doctor special, the 10th anniversary episode The Three Doctors. Ten tells Eleven on entering his Tardis: "Oh you've redecorated. I don't like it." – the same words that Two said to Three. • But we may have had our numbering all wrong. The theories about John Hurt playing the "time war Doctor" may be on the money. Since we never saw a regeneration between Paul McGann and Christopher Eccleston, this would be the man who committed genocide against the Daleks and the Timelords. As our current Doctor tells Clara: "I've had many faces. Many lives. I don't admit to all of them. There's one life I've tried very hard to forget." • As those who were lucky enough to see the trailer have revealed, it all sounds a bit ominous: "This fall, the Doctor will face his darkest day: himself." • It looks like we're going to see things getting heavy in the time war itself. • Moffat insisted that the casting for the next Doctor is not yet a done deal. Which would be fine if we were ever able to believe a word he says. • Indeed, as he admitted himself on the panel about the 50th, in response to a question about Captain Jack supposedly not appearing: "I've lied my arse off for months – you know nothing, so don't make presumptions." • The brass pillar in the recreated Tardis set that appears in Gatiss's origins drama An Adventure in Space and Time is the original one. According to Gatiss, the piece is "full of little coincidences like that". • The big news outside the Comic-Con panel was confirmation that the Daleks are coming back for the 50th anniversary. Said Moffat: "The Doctor once said that you can judge a man by the quality of his enemies, so it's fitting that for this very special episode, he should be facing the greatest enemies of all." (A biscuit for anyone who got that reference to Remembrance of the Daleks.) But from the publicity stills we've already seen, the Daleks in question are the ones from the Russell T Davies era. Now, this is either going to mean that we are indeed going to see the terrible events of the time war, or that everyone has acknowledged that the multi-coloured "iDalek" redesign was a terrible mistake and they've been exterminated for ever. Doctor Who Television Fantasy Comic-Con 2013 Festivals Comic-Con Matt Smith Jenna-Louise Coleman Steven Moffat John Hurt Dan Martin 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 Time22 July 2013 15:51:45


David Beckham and Sir Alex Ferguson appear in The Beano comic

22 July 2013 04:12:08 News | Mail Online

David Beckham and Sir Alex Ferguson are among a star-studded cast who appear in the 75th anniversary issue of iconic comic book The Beano.

Vice All News Time22 July 2013 04:12:08


David Beckham and Sir Alex Ferguson appear in The Beano comic

22 July 2013 04:11:58 Sport | Mail Online

David Beckham and Sir Alex Ferguson are among a star-studded cast who appear in the 75th anniversary issue of iconic comic book The Beano.

Vice Sport Time22 July 2013 04:11:58


David Beckham and Sir Alex Ferguson appear in The Beano comic

22 July 2013 04:10:56 Football | Mail Online

David Beckham and Sir Alex Ferguson are among a star-studded cast who appear in the 75th anniversary issue of iconic comic book The Beano.

Vice Football Time22 July 2013 04:10:56


Mother who groomed dog in park given £50 littering fine

19 July 2013 11:51:20 UK headlines

A mother who brushed her dogs' hair in a park was fined £50 for littering and told she should only groom her dog at home.        

Vice All News Time19 July 2013 11:51:20


Mother who groomed dog in park given £50 littering fine

19 July 2013 11:46:03 Politics News - UK Politics

A mother who brushed her dogs' hair in a park was fined £50 for littering and told she should only groom her dog at home.        

Vice Politics Time19 July 2013 11:46:03


Paedophile freed and not banned from Facebook despite using it to groom victims

15 July 2013 19:53:41 UK headlines

Paedophile who used network to groom victims allowed to continue using site despite repeated offences.        

Vice All News Time15 July 2013 19:53:41


Paedophile freed and not banned from Facebook despite using it to groom victims

15 July 2013 17:54:36 UK headlines

Paedophile who used network to groom victims allowed to continue using site despite repeated offences.        

Vice All News Time15 July 2013 17:54:36


Spider-man: no longer the US's favourite comic book hero?

28 June 2013 18:03:07 Film | theguardian.com

Comic book sales data shows that Batman may have overtaken the webbed wonder following the successful Dark Knight trilogy. Our interactive graphic shows how superheroes stack up Spider-man may be able to stick to walls but his sales figures are sliding as Batman becomes the US's top super hero, according to estimates based on distributor data. Comics featuring the web-slinging superhero as a titular character have reached the top 300 monthly sales charts in the US just under 1,500 times over the past decade. These charting titles have led to estimated sales of 49m and a gross of over $140m - making him the top grossing superhero for comic books sales over the past decade. However, despite coming out on top overall, Spidey's sales have begun to wane. Since 2010 comics featuring Batman in the title have sold more than those featuring Spider-man. 2012 saw 4.5m charting Batman comics being sold compared to 3.2m Spider-man comics. This represents a fall for Spidey from a height of 5.7m in 2002 - the year that the first Spider-man movie featuring Tobey Maguire was released - compared to 2.2m Batman comics. Batman and Spider-man still fall behind the X-Men when it comes to overall sales but this is partially down to the large number of titles released under that banner. Charting X-Men comics sold just under 65m copies, grossing almost $200m between 2002 and 2012. Female superheroes did not fare so well either with Wonder Woman being the only one whose sales were comparable with her Justice League teammates Superman, Batman, Green Lantern and the Flash. The data is drawn from comic book artist John Jackson Miller's estimates of overall sales based on Diamond Comic Distributors deliveries to comic book stores, so it does not include subscribers. We used only the top 300 for each month so superheroes may have made extra sales that did not chart. It is also worth bearing in mind, that printing plays a role; there are, for example, far more Spider-man comics produced than Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics. The interactive graphic below allows shows how the charting sales have changed from 2002 to 2012. It also allows users to select superheroes who are in the list to see what movies were released and compare those against sales figures. What good movies do to comic book sales The release of big blockbuster movie adaptations appears to have a significant effect on comic book sales. For example the release of the Avengers Assemble movie in 2012 preceded a huge spike in sales of Avengers comic books. In the same year there were over 7m Avengers comics sold, a rise of 3m from 2011, which made it a close second to the X-Men for overall sales. Ryan Jenkyns, a comic book artist who works at London's Orbital Comics, said: "There's a definite correlation in terms of what comics in terms of what selling out of when a film terms out. For example, when Avengers came out recently we sold out of basically anything with Thanos in based on a 30-second clip at the end of the credits . We have an event shelf at the shop. Over the last ten years when a film based on a comic comes out, everyone who has seen it wants to collect merchandise from it. When a Spider-man film comes out we put all our Spider-man comics on that shelf with anything else they put out. We find that we're often having to restock that self. And who is buying these comic books? This data shows individual sales rather than subscriptions, so a large amount of the increase will be from people who are not regularly buying the series beforehand. Ryan has some insight from the UK market: There's a mix actually. There's hardcore fans trying to get into a series they may not have been into before. And there's people who are completely new to comics, who want to see the source material and where that came from. Particularly in 2008 when the Dark Knight came out, we were selling comics featuring the Joker (Batman's antagonist in the movie) everywhere. What bad movies do to comic book sales But the effect seems to be limited. If the movie is bad - and there have been some shocking superhero films - then the hero does not seem to receive much of a boost afterwards, even if a sequel is coming out. The Fantastic Four film received just 40/100 on reviews aggregator Metacritic and the quartet did not receive much of a sales spike following their almost-as-badly-received sequel The Rise of the Silver Surfer . The Hulk, Superman, Wolverine and Spider-man have all suffered from the same fate with their more poorly reviewed movies not really exciting fans to the store after the event. Continuously strongly received sequels such as X2: X-Men United and the Batman series actually correlated with increased sales over time. So Spider-man 3 , which critics were lukewarm towards, may be partially to blame for the webbed wonder's slight downturn in sales. Even Andrew Garfield's new version of the hero, featured in The Amazing Spider-Man last year, was not able to swing to the rescue. Can you do more with this data? • Contact us at data@guardian.co.uk • Follow us on Twitter • Like us on Facebook Comics and graphic novels Andrew Garfield Christopher Nolan 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 Time28 June 2013 18:03:07


Oxford sex grooming gang jailed for life

27 June 2013 17:40:12 UK headlines

Members of an Oxford gang who groomed vulnerable young girls for sex, repeatedly raping them and threatening to harm them if they told anyone, have been jailed for life.        

Vice All News Time27 June 2013 17:40:12


Celebrities as cartoon characters: Pictures of David Beckham, Cheryl Cole, Kim Kardashian and more as comic creations

13 June 2013 03:03:52 mirror - News

Charles and Camilla are the latest additions to a whole gallery of celebrities who have been turned into comic characters...

Vice All News Time13 June 2013 03:03:52


The Fiver | The power of good grooming and positive presentation

05 June 2013 17:26:20 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

Click here to have the Fiver sent to your inbox every weekday at 5pm, or if your usual copy has stopped arriving SUITS YOU, SIR Roberto Martínez is considered an audacious manager so will not balk at the challenge that the Fiver hereby throws down to him: ditch the sharp suits, slick patter and permanent availability to the media – instead, cultivate a straggly beard and earthy hum while wearing denim tracksuits and a scowl. If the Spaniard remains one of the most respected gaffers in the game while following that Gok Wan guide, then the Fiver will truly accept that he deserves the acclaim and his lofty reputation is not just an example of the power of good grooming and positive presentation. As things stand, the Fiver just can't decide if Martinez is a prize pupil or smooth prefect. On one hand, the Fiver admires the fact that Martínez guided Wigan to FA Cup victory over Manchester City, especially as he did so while refusing to take the easy cop-out of resting players for league games. On the other, we know that trophies aren't everything, as David Moyes might say, and we can't help but notice that Wigan were barely out of the bottom three during Martínez's four-year tenure and, of course, they have just been relegated. We know he has nice principles, we're just not fully convinced he knows how to apply them. There's something about the 19,765 defensive blunders that Wigan made during his reign that doesn't feel right. So it seems slightly odd that Martinez has today been confirmed as the new manager of Everton, a year after he allegedly turned down a similar offer from Liverpool in order to stay at Wigan "and take the club to the next level", by which he presumably didn't mean the Championship. "Everton Football Club is today delighted to confirm the appointment of Roberto Martínez as its next manager," read a statement from the club in case the Fiver's word alone wouldn't do. "The 39-year-old Spaniard joins from Wigan Athletic and has signed a four-year contract at Goodison Park," added the statement, just in case anyone thought they had been referring to the 87-year-old Chinese Roberto Martínez, about whom we also have our doubts. QUOTE OF THE DAY "He's making some big mistakes. He has got a lot to learn" – Titus Bramble dishes out a sermon to Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio. Just let that one percolate for a minute. FIVER LETTERS "For a long time I thought I was Utah's sole Fiver reader until yesterday when I saw this . Is this a second, and clearly more dedicated reader, or the Fiver's long-lost cousin from the Beehive State, Multiple Wife, Caffeine-Free, 0% Alcohol, Vote Mitt Fiver?" – Killian Barrins. "Re: Tom Hillyard writing about Graham Arnold (yesterday's Fiver letters). I am not disagreeing with how grim things must be at Sheffield United but to cast aspersions on the mighty Central Coast Mariners cuts to my core. On the smallest budget of any club in the A-League the Mariners stormed home to be crowned champions playing some very attractive football. I suspect Mr Hillyard might follow those upmarket big spenders known as Sydney FC. Jealously me thinks" – Tony Thompson. " This is how grim things currently are at Sheffield United" – Chris Draper. "In light of the final line of yesterday's Fiver, should Scotland U-21 manager Billy Stark perhaps be advised to avoid Fiver Towers for the foreseeable future? Might Exeter City full-back Steve Tully be advised to stay away too? Winter is coming" – Neil Turner. • Send your letters to the.boss@guardian.co.uk . Also, if you've nothing better to do you can also tweet the Fiver . Today's winner of our prizeless letter o' the day prize is: Killian Barrins. JOIN GUARDIAN SOULMATES We keep trying to point out the utter futility of advertising an online dating service "for interesting people" in the Fiver to the naive folk who run Guardian Soulmates, but they still aren't having any of it. So here you go – sign up here to view profiles of the kind of erudite, sociable and friendly romantics who would never dream of going out with you. BITS AND BOBS Expect needless circulation of that photo now that Millwall have been given permission to speak with St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas over their managerial vacancy. "As with our previous two managers, we will not stand in the way of Steve," declared ambitious Saints chairman Steve Brown. Know-it-all José Mourinho has accused Cristiano Ronaldo of being … a bit of a know-it-all. "I had only one problem with him, very simple, very basic … because maybe he thinks he knows everything and the coach cannot help him to develop," said a pot about a kettle . Sunderland team-mates Phil Bardsley and Stéphane Sessègnon have returned from holiday to find their homes burgled . Northumbria police don't believe the crimes are connected. And Robert Lewandowski hopes his move from Borussia Dortmund is sorted out swiftly. Him and the Fiver both. "I assume that all will now be cleared up and I can join the club of my wish this summer," he cheered. RECOMMENDED VIEWING Greek children, a headfirst free-kick and the unluckiest miss ever: it's the amazing world of football season review: part two . STILL WANT MORE? Marina Hyde explains why José Mourinho's return to England is more booty call than love affair . With Michael Ballack's testimonial on the horizon, was he an arrogant player that was quite good or was he just really, really, really, really good? Marcus Christenson investigates . Keegan appointing Lawro as coach? David Pleat as Marbella's 'football adviser?' Why creating a job out of nothing isn't always the best idea . It's Gallery time, with Louise Taylor giving her rundown of the eight brightest young scamps in the European Under-21 Championships . Gregg Bakowski has defaced some of football's most

Vice All News Time05 June 2013 17:26:20


The Fiver | The power of good grooming and positive presentation

05 June 2013 17:26:19 Football news, match reports and fixtures | theguardian.com

Click here to have the Fiver sent to your inbox every weekday at 5pm, or if your usual copy has stopped arriving SUITS YOU, SIR Roberto Martínez is considered an audacious manager so will not balk at the challenge that the Fiver hereby throws down to him: ditch the sharp suits, slick patter and permanent availability to the media – instead, cultivate a straggly beard and earthy hum while wearing denim tracksuits and a scowl. If the Spaniard remains one of the most respected gaffers in the game while following that Gok Wan guide, then the Fiver will truly accept that he deserves the acclaim and his lofty reputation is not just an example of the power of good grooming and positive presentation. As things stand, the Fiver just can't decide if Martinez is a prize pupil or smooth prefect. On one hand, the Fiver admires the fact that Martínez guided Wigan to FA Cup victory over Manchester City, especially as he did so while refusing to take the easy cop-out of resting players for league games. On the other, we know that trophies aren't everything, as David Moyes might say, and we can't help but notice that Wigan were barely out of the bottom three during Martínez's four-year tenure and, of course, they have just been relegated. We know he has nice principles, we're just not fully convinced he knows how to apply them. There's something about the 19,765 defensive blunders that Wigan made during his reign that doesn't feel right. So it seems slightly odd that Martinez has today been confirmed as the new manager of Everton, a year after he allegedly turned down a similar offer from Liverpool in order to stay at Wigan "and take the club to the next level", by which he presumably didn't mean the Championship. "Everton Football Club is today delighted to confirm the appointment of Roberto Martínez as its next manager," read a statement from the club in case the Fiver's word alone wouldn't do. "The 39-year-old Spaniard joins from Wigan Athletic and has signed a four-year contract at Goodison Park," added the statement, just in case anyone thought they had been referring to the 87-year-old Chinese Roberto Martínez, about whom we also have our doubts. QUOTE OF THE DAY "He's making some big mistakes. He has got a lot to learn" – Titus Bramble dishes out a sermon to Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio. Just let that one percolate for a minute. FIVER LETTERS "For a long time I thought I was Utah's sole Fiver reader until yesterday when I saw this . Is this a second, and clearly more dedicated reader, or the Fiver's long-lost cousin from the Beehive State, Multiple Wife, Caffeine-Free, 0% Alcohol, Vote Mitt Fiver?" – Killian Barrins. "Re: Tom Hillyard writing about Graham Arnold (yesterday's Fiver letters). I am not disagreeing with how grim things must be at Sheffield United but to cast aspersions on the mighty Central Coast Mariners cuts to my core. On the smallest budget of any club in the A-League the Mariners stormed home to be crowned champions playing some very attractive football. I suspect Mr Hillyard might follow those upmarket big spenders known as Sydney FC. Jealously me thinks" – Tony Thompson. " This is how grim things currently are at Sheffield United" – Chris Draper. "In light of the final line of yesterday's Fiver, should Scotland U-21 manager Billy Stark perhaps be advised to avoid Fiver Towers for the foreseeable future? Might Exeter City full-back Steve Tully be advised to stay away too? Winter is coming" – Neil Turner. • Send your letters to the.boss@guardian.co.uk . Also, if you've nothing better to do you can also tweet the Fiver . Today's winner of our prizeless letter o' the day prize is: Killian Barrins. JOIN GUARDIAN SOULMATES We keep trying to point out the utter futility of advertising an online dating service "for interesting people" in the Fiver to the naive folk who run Guardian Soulmates, but they still aren't having any of it. So here you go – sign up here to view profiles of the kind of erudite, sociable and friendly romantics who would never dream of going out with you. BITS AND BOBS Expect needless circulation of that photo now that Millwall have been given permission to speak with St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas over their managerial vacancy. "As with our previous two managers, we will not stand in the way of Steve," declared ambitious Saints chairman Steve Brown. Know-it-all José Mourinho has accused Cristiano Ronaldo of being … a bit of a know-it-all. "I had only one problem with him, very simple, very basic … because maybe he thinks he knows everything and the coach cannot help him to develop," said a pot about a kettle . Sunderland team-mates Phil Bardsley and Stéphane Sessègnon have returned from holiday to find their homes burgled . Northumbria police don't believe the crimes are connected. And Robert Lewandowski hopes his move from Borussia Dortmund is sorted out swiftly. Him and the Fiver both. "I assume that all will now be cleared up and I can join the club of my wish this summer," he cheered. RECOMMENDED VIEWING Greek children, a headfirst free-kick and the unluckiest miss ever: it's the amazing world of football season review: part two . STILL WANT MORE? Marina Hyde explains why José Mourinho's return to England is more booty call than love affair . With Michael Ballack's testimonial on the horizon, was he an arrogant player that was quite good or was he just really, really, really, really good? Marcus Christenson investigates . Keegan appointing Lawro as coach? David Pleat as Marbella's 'football adviser?' Why creating a job out of nothing isn't always the best idea . It's Gallery time, with Louise Taylor giving her rundown of the eight brightest young scamps in the European Under-21 Championships . Gregg Bakowski has defaced some of football's most

Vice All News Time05 June 2013 17:26:19


AUDIO: Grooming victim: It started with cannabis

15 May 2013 11:40:04 BBC News - UK

The BBC's Alison Holt heard from one of the victims of sexual grooming who became known as Girl three during a trial where seven men were found guilty yesterday of charges including rape, arranging child prostitution and trafficking.

Vice All News Time15 May 2013 11:40:04


Oxford grooming gang: the missed opportunities

14 May 2013 19:48:06 UK headlines

Police officers repeatedly failed to save children from a gang of men who groomed and gang raped them in acts of "extreme depravity."        

Vice All News Time14 May 2013 19:48:06


Twitter launches 140-character festival as Ofcom probes Comic Relief sketch

23 April 2013 22:04:51 Film | theguardian.com

Big names will take part in venture with Comedy Central, BBC sketch had over 2,000 complaints, plus Ian McKellen's sitcom This week's comedy news Can't get to Edinburgh? Kilkenny just that bit too far away? Never fear. The cable channel Comedy Central is teaming up with Twitter to launch the first 140-character comedy festival . The festival will commence on 29 April and run for five days, featuring a host of comedy names tweeting jokes and posting six second videos using Twitter's new video app Vine . Next Monday, Twitter will stream the only live #ComedyFest event, a panel discussion featuring Mel Brooks and Judd Apatow. The New York Times has more on the story , including the lowdown on a new app Comedy Central is developing to help users discover their favourite new comedians. Back in the world of real festivals, veteran Anglo-American standup Rich Hall has won the Barry award at the Melbourne comedy festival, as reported by the Guardian's Matt Trueman. Lee Nelson, geezer alter ego of comic Simon Brodkin, announced his candidacy for the vacant parliamentary seat of South Shields, then hours later – having satisfied his hunger for publicity – withdrew . Police are asking for assistance in tracing a fraudster who has repeatedly posed as comedian Peter Kay's brother . Peter Stead's most recent scam involved taking money for non-existent charity gigs. And the character comic Marcel Lucont (real name Alexis Dubus), is auctioning tickets to his 2013 Edinburgh fringe show, Chortle reports . Lucky winners will be invited to select the time and venue of his performance, and choose from a menu of available material. In the bigger league, this week brings news that Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu has become a funnyman, with a comical turn on the country's leading satirical TV show. Ali G, aka Sacha Baron Cohen, has been named for the first time on the Sunday Times' soul-sapping Rich List. The Borat star is, it says , "worth" £68m. And sozzled Irish standup Dylan Moran has announced his first north American tour . Finally, in telly matters, the Comic Relief sketch featuring Rowan Atkinson as the Archbishop of Canterbury is to be investigated by the regulator Ofcom, after the BBC received more than 2,000 complaints. Sitcom fans can celebrate the good news that sketch troupe Pappy's are edging ever closer to our screens – and, perhaps, the nation's hearts – as per a Metro report on the upcoming Badults , while Carla (Bread) Lane is threatening to write her first new sitcom for 17 years . Ian McKellen has been discussing his new comedy show about an ageing gay couple (co-starring Derek Jacobi). Vicious, says McKellen, will be "fairly traditional [like] The Golden Girls or I Love Lucy … In the past, gay characters in sitcoms have been figures of fun. They were funny because they were gay. But I like the fact that these characters are funny because of the people they are. That's a real advance." Oh, and the US sitcom Friends isn't – you hear me, isn't – coming back... Best of the Guardian's comedy coverage • "This cinema hasn't had the biggest take-up audience-wise." – Can standup work in cinemas? I check out the movie Comedy Store: Raw and Uncut . • "To be a comedian in the US without a podcast is increasingly to be an oddity" – Diane Shipley on Marc Maron and the boom in (particularly American) comedy podcasts . • "I want to make it quite clear to you both I refuse to have a bomb in my trousers" – from the archive, Jimmy Perry remembers Dad's Army star Arthur Lowe . • "I feel there's an obligation to make [comedy] that bit more interesting …" Bill Bailey interviewed by Simon Hattenstone in Weekend magazine. • It's been asked before and it'll be asked again: have panel shows had their day? Rhik Samadder reviews the genre , and it's most prominent examples. Controversy of the week The big news story of last week was the Boston bombings – and where news goes, comedy is sure to stampede after. Or beforehand, in the case of US animated sitcom Family Guy, which found itself accused of plotting the bombings . Clips of a recent episode of the show, Turban Cowboy, were edited together and posted online to depict parallels with the Boston marathon attack. The Fox network subsequently pulled the episode from its website, and the show's creator Seth MacFarlane tweeted a statement : "The edited Family Guy clip currently circulating is abhorrent. The event was a crime and a tragedy, and my thoughts are with the victims." No space left on the moral high ground for standup Paul Mooney, who was

Vice All News Time23 April 2013 22:04:51