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Articles by Christian Cawley


What is the point of Alan Carr?

[singlepic=37,320,240,,right]I don’t just don’t get this mincing prick. He’s gay, right.  Did you know that?  Could you tell?  He’s also OTT effete, doesn’t seem to understand how to do camp correctly,  and is just generally annoying.  Frankly he’s set the camp comedy genre back into the Victorian age.  Innuendos are supposed to be subtle, Carr. …

Doctor’s Daughter Reaction

With an audience of 6.6 million based on overnight figures, The Doctor’s Daughter enjoyed a mix of reviews, from welcome to bemusement. The Times described events as "unexpectedly affecting," going on to judge: The episode was a minor classic of Doctor Who writing, with a strong humanistic moral, a decent balance between action and dialogue,…

ITV Backlash

It seems that the BBC loss at the hands of ITV’s vote rigging at the 2005 Comedy Awards has caused a bit of a backlash from the press Friday’s papers saw ITV receive universal condemnation in after it’s fine of a record £5.68m for improperly awarding the People’s Choice comedy award to stars Ant and…

One Foot…

[singlepic=36,320,240,,right]I think a bit of praise for One Foot in the Grave is long overdue.  Sadly Victor Meldrew won’t be coming back, but that doesn’t mean we can’t rewatch some classic comedy moments between Richard Wilson, Annette Crosby and Angus Deayton. The David Renwick-scripted series about a terminally miserably pensioner and his wife is one…

The art of standup?

There’s an interesting interview with Brendan Burns on the Grauniad website, in which the if.comedy award winner of last years Edinburgh Festival talks about straight acting, taking time to develop a comedy pilot, and the difference in performance technique depending on the size of the venue, which is worth reprinting here: In a small club,…

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