Tag Archives: British Comedy

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.

WATCH: Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Rock Pay Respect to British Comedy

Before BBC America’s new Ministry of Laughs comedy block launched last week, our man Tom Brook planted himself on the Tonys red carpet and got a few celebs buzzing about British humor. Check out what Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Rock, ...