British Comedy

6 American Sitcoms Based on British Originals

Back in November, the Anglophenia video channel pulled together a comprehensive list of all of the American TV shows that were given a dusting down and a glittering up for an American audience. Some were huge hit shows on both sides of …

Relax, It’s Just a Joke: When British Comedy Met Real-Life

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RIP Rik Mayall: His Greatest Roles

The comedian and actor Rik Mayall has died, aged 56. His manager confirmed the news earlier today, telling BBC News: “We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Rik Mayall, who passed away this morning.

Bill Nighy and Toby Jones To Remake ‘Dad’s Army’

Around 18 months ago, we had a story about a mooted remake of the classic British sitcom Dad’s Army, in which a bunch of over-the-hill volunteers in the British home guard attempt to defend the shores of southern England from …

10 British Stand-Up Comics Whom Americans Should Know

Let’s not treat this thing like a test. If you already know all ten of these British mirthmakers (as a companion to the recent Mind The Gap post about American stand-ups) you don’t get a pat on the head or a special badge, …

WATCH: Wowsers in Me Trousers! How Baseball Would Sound If Brits Were Commentators

British Internet comedian Anthony Richardson subjects America’s pastime to a thorough British skewering in this clip that went viral over the weekend, providing wry commentary to a Red Sox-Yankees game as if it were simply a …

In Her New Book, Comic Actress Miranda Hart Asks, ‘Is It Just Me?’

Funny woman Miranda Hart is bringing her signature pratfalls to the printed page.

The Brit List: 10 Sharp-Tongued British Comedians

Simon Amstell is a very funny man. He’s been a funny TV presenter, mocking pop stars and celebrities to their faces in Popworld and Never Mind The Buzzcocks; he’s been a funny sitcom creater, in the slow-burning …

Remembering Benny Hill 20 Years After His Death

Benny Hill was all of the Three Stooges wrapped into one. The English entertainer, whose slapstick humor owed a healthy nod to old British music hall routines, was an acquired taste –– one which plenty of people happily …

‘Nerdist’ Host Chris Hardwick’s Favorite British TV Comedies

Young American nerds in the ’70s and ’80s always had brain-boners for British comedy. The imports we got were drier and more academic in nature than what American TV provided in those days.