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Eddie Izzard recalls Dallas’ KERA as the first to air Monty Python in the U.S.!

The brilliance that is Eddie Izzard rolled into Dallas last night for two shows (final show is tonight at the Majestic Theatre in Downtown Dallas). #eddieizzardtour   As part of his current Force Majeure U.S. Tour, he put a call out for individuals on his various tour stops to send in and/or post some ‘somewhat […]

Mr. Bates leaves prison for organized crime in ‘Spotless’

One of the greatest things about British television AND one of the most maddening for viewers is the fact that the number of episodes in a series is limited. Unlike their American television counterparts, most British drama and/or comedy series are anywhere between 6-10 episodes max. In some cases like Sherlock or DCI Banks there are only three episodes each season. Three brilliant films but still only three. On the upside, this allows viewers to see their favorite actors in other roles, many times crossing over from drama to comedy or vice versa.

R.I.P. – Rik Mayall

More sad news from the world of comedy. Rik Mayall (pictured at left below), the co-creator/writer and star of The Young Ones has passed away at the age of 56.   Not long after I was introduced to the likes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Fawlty Towers on public television, along came this somewhat […]

Happy 75! – Sir Ian McKellen

One of most brilliant actors of all-time, Sir Ian McKellen, turns 75 years young today. Like Dame Judi Dench, retirement is not in Ian McKellen’s vocabulary.

Happy Mother’s Day to Hyacinth Bucket – from your son, Sheridan

Hyacinth Bucket, played brilliantly by Patricia Routledge, has spent a lifetime in our collective homes over the years insisting her surname is pronounced Bouquet. She is pretty much a pompous social-climbing snob. Unbeknownst to most neighbor residents of Blossom Lane, Hyacinth originally came from a very poor working-class background. Her main mission in life is […]

Former Doctor Who companion to head ABC comedy this Fall

If anyone still questions whether or not British situation comedy is better than its’ American counterpart, one only has to look to the list of pilot comedies coming from American broadcast networks this Fall for verification. In a pitch that must have sounded like it came directly from the lips of Buck Henry in The […]

R.I.P. – Bob Larbey

These are getting harder and harder to write with each passing but they seem to come more frequently these days than any of us would like. The British comedy world, actually, the comedy world, lost a good friend this past week when Bob Larbey passed away. While you may not be familiar with the name, […]

BBC revives Comedy Playhouse with ‘Over to Bill’

This Spring will see two brilliant returns to the telly. Not so coincidentally, brilliance will collide when Doug Naylor’s Over to Bill launches as one of three pilots scheduled for the revival of the BBC’s Comedy Playhouse strand. Comedy Playhouse began in 1961 and ran until 1975 as an anthology series which served as the […]

What happened when the ‘Trollied’ set met ‘Top Gear’?

Normally, when the guys from Top Gear get issued a challenge, something gets destroyed. Series 21 of the long-running motoring show is no exception. In episode one, early last month, series hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May drive their 1980′s hatchbacks around a specially designed course in the aisles of a supermarket, to […]

First video of Beckham in Peckham for Friday’s OFAH Sport Relief special

Voted Britain’s favorite sitcom in the 2004 Britain’s Best Sitcom poll, Only Fools and Horses returns Friday for a one-time-only special on BBC One as part of Sport Relief. While original creator and sole writer on the series, John Sullivan, passed away in 2011, the new Sport Relief sketch has been written by his sons, […]

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