The last 72 hours in comedy
Andrew Mickel11 June 2012
A round-up of everything comedy-related from the pitifully-only-two-day (where's your Queen now, EH?) weekend.
- That internet trolling video by Isabel Fay, featuring everyone from Richard Herring to Isy Suttie, has become a viral hit, hitting 400,000 views on YouTube since launch on Friday. If we were smug we'd point out we put it in our round-up of The Week In Video last week when it had three-figure views. Which we are, and so we have done. SSP
- What a let down! If you thought that the wind had wreaked havoc with your weekend spare a thought for the poor Underbelly Cow on the Southbank. The purple bovine had to have its legs and head deflated as a safety precaution due to high winds on Friday and Saturday. From the Thames the only remaining feature which distinguished the venue as a cow were the udders flailing in the breeze. However despite, the summer storms no shows were reported cancelled, which shows that no matter what the weather can throw at you, not everything goes tits up.
- John Moloney explains why he/the comedy world and his dog are doing the Balham Comedy Festival: because organiser Dave Vickers of Banana Cabaret “gave us a chance on the way up when we were all s**t”, reported model of restraint and family values the Sun.
- Rockness happened, where Brett Vincent documented that the comedy tent was full, and Tim Minchin started his tour of over 800 comedy-related festivals of the summer, which seemed to go down well. Best Vincent tweet of the night: “Loving that our comedy tent still has twice as many punters as Friendly Fires.” Twitter
- At No Direction Home festival, John Robins and Josie Long had a sing song inbetween sets, which is oddly uplifting in a 'summer's here!' kind of way, particularly as John Robins can SING. And don't forget to plan your festivals for the summer over here...
- Unlikely film alert: Ross Noble's first film, a horror called Stitches, is 'edgy' and 'credible', according to Giggle Beats.
- The BBC campaign to make Dead Boss the first successful new comedy on BBC Three in Quite A Long Time continues unabated, with Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh writing a guide to TV prisons that is worth a read. Guardian
- Billy Connolly doesn't watch live comedy for fear he “will unintentionally nick some other people's material!” This may seem a strange choice, but we wouldn't want to judge Billy Connolly before walking a mile in Billy Connolly's shoes, and after that point we've got Billy Connolly's shoes and he's a mile away. The Independent
- And all the comedians who weren't watching the football on the Twitters went a bit nuts for that Nina Conti documentary on BBC Four. BBC iPlayer
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- Richard Herring to launch paid video podcasts
- Good Night: Scrumptious heats up comedy with curry
- Sketchfest: Thünderbards select their favourite bards and Thunderbirds
- Rory McGrath arrested over assault
- 99 Club Pick & Mix Launch Night - Jade the Folk singer, Alan Parker and Robin Ince
- Tim Minchin heading to Greenwich Comedy Festival 2011
- Stewart Lee's Alternative Comedy Experience gets second series
- Sketchfest: what you need to know
- Sketchfest: The Pin are dog botherin'
- All your Christmas problems, solved in a timely manner, by Sam Simmons