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Stan Laurel Play

Now this is superb subject matter for a play, and it’s surprising no one has thought of it already. Stan Laurel: Please Stand Up! is currently touring and stars Bob Kingdom – tonight it is on at Tewkesbury’s Roses Theatre. Described as “funny and touching” the play explores Stan Jeefferson’s transformation into Stan Laurel, as…

Tennant Speculation by Tate and Church

Doctor Who Season 30 companion Catherine Tate has appeared on The Charlotte Church Show this week, and of course the conversation on the Thursday evening Channel 4 show turned to Doctor Who… A curious exchange involved Charlotte Church beginning: CC: So David’s leaving… (paraphrasing from here onwards) do you fancy playing the Doctor yourself? CT:…

Standup Comedy – Can anyone do it?

Certainly as the comedy industry gets bigger and bigger, more and more comics, writers and producers are needed – but what are the chances of a journalist (notorious for their absent sense of humour) making the grade as a comic? Richard Morris – the chief reporter at the Hastings and St Leonards Observer – recently…

TARDIS Moneybags

Doctor Who’s success is being attributed as the main reason for a recent announcement from BBC Worldwide of record breaking profilts. Despite the cost of the licence fee the BBC’s director general, Mark Thompson, argued that BBC Worldwide – the organisation’s commercial arm – has a duty to maximise profits to reinvest on behalf of…

Dramatic Comics

[singlepic=46,320,240,,right]Catherine Tate’s recent success as Donna Noble in Doctor Who and her subsequent move to the land of high-profile theatre roles is just one ina series of examples of comics “going straight”. We’ve got former standup Alan Davies who became Jonathan Creek and is now an ear-biting regular on QI; Peter Kay has appeared in…

Doctor Who Adventures 72

What to do when Doctor Who isn’t on TV! Missing the Doctor and Donna already? Do Christmas adventures with Cybermen seem far off? Then get a copy of this week’s Doctor Who Adventures! It’s full of monster facts, things to make and you could even win a life-size Dalek! The big story this issue is…

Are they the greatest?

At long last, the page you’ve been waiting for! The original version of Quintessential Comedy featured the first in a series of articles and essays about comedy. Kicking it off was a piece on Monty Python’s Flying Circus, which finally (!) I’ve reproduced here… [singlepic=56,320,240,,right]Dipping back to the past, remembering the things we saw and…

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