• BBC seeks comedy scripts for sitcoms and sketch shows that support positive transgender roles

    In an effort to support and positively address transgender roles on mainstream comedy television shows, the BBC has teamed up with artist collective Trans Comedy to bestow upon upcoming writers the Trans Comedy Award. Specifically BBC Writersroom, an ongoing program that helps scribes develop projects for the BBC, is offering talented writers up to £5,000 (about $8,000) to use toward producing a television pilot. Scripts for sitcoms, dramadies and sketch

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    See what it takes to get comedian Rob Delaney off (Video)

    Rob Delaney isn’t just a brilliantly funny writer and stand-up comedian. He’s a complex man with complex needs– and that extends to sexy time in the sack. And thanks to this BBC Comedy exclusive, we get to see that fist hand. Check out Delaney and Irish actress and comedian Sharon Horgan talk sex (and power tools) in this riveting short. Be sure to check out our recent interview with Delaney.

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    Andy Samberg’s new series ‘Cuckoo’ breaks ratings record (Video)

    As Saturday Night Live enters its third week of its thirty-eighth season, one of its former veterans Andy Samberg debuted his new project Cuckoo in the UK— and the results were record breaking. On the show, Samberg plays an American hippie-type who marries into a straight-laced British family, who, as you could’ve guessed, do not approve of their daughter’s union. The premiere last night on BBC Three drew slightly over

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    British comedian Simon Amstell returns to the States, comedy special debuts on BBC America

    Award-winning British comedian Simon Amstell, who we profiled in August during his five-week run of live shows in New York City, is returning to the States– live onstage and on television! He’ll bring his show Simon Amstell: Numb to San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City (full dates below) and his stand-up comedy special Simon Amstell: Do Nothing (previously aired in the UK only) will get its Stateside debut

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    Some people are outraged about a new Muslim family comedy series (Video)

    A new comedy series about a Muslim family debuted Monday on BBC1– and as you could’ve guessed, some people are outraged. Citizan Khan, starring Adil Ray (a British Muslim) as an over-the-top husband and father, premiered to 3.6 million viewers, but the BBC’s message board lit up with comments from detractors, who called it – among other things – disrespectful to the Koran, ignorant, dreadful and stereotypical. “We’re delighted that

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    Russell Brand documentary explores comedian’s past drug use (Video)

    Russell Brand has been alcohol and drug free for 10 years, but, like most addicts, it’s still a daily struggle for him to remain that way. In a documentary, Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery, airing on BBC 3 in the UK, Brand addresses this and more. “Ten years ago, though, I couldn’t get enough of them,” he says in the film, some of which is shown in the interview

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    Richard Pryor documentary will become a reality

    Thanks to BBC ‘Storyville’ and Showtime, a documentary about the life of late comedian Richard Pryor will finally be made. Filmmaker Marina Zenovich, who is best known for her documentary on controversial director Roman Polanski, is taking lead on the untitled film for delivery to the BBC late this year or early next year. The film, commissioned by Showtime, is expected to air on that network, as well. Showtime announced

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    Ricky Gervais confirms ‘Idiot Abroad’ spinoff and second season of ‘Life’s Too Short’

    Ricky Gervais has confirmed that Karl Pilkington, reluctant star of An Idiot Abroad on the Science channel, has committed to a spinoff entitled The Short Way Round, though it surely took some convincing. Gervais announced that Pilkington will be joined on this new adventure by Warwick Davis, star of Life’s Too Short. The new program will feature Pilkington and Davis on bike riding adventure together throughout different countries. “I can

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    Check out some photos from Lewis Black’s pilot for the BBC

    As we reported earlier this week, BBC’s Radio 4 is developing an American version of its popular radio broadcast The News Quiz to be fronted by Lewis Black. The pilot was filmed last night to an enthusiastic sold-out crowd at New York City’s at the Greene Space. The show duplicates the format of the British version, which is chaired by Sandi Toksvig and features regular panelists such as Jeremy Hardy

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    Will Lewis Black and friends become radio stars?

    Lewis Black and friends will tape a radio pilot tomorrow in New York City. News Quiz USA, hosted by Black and featuring comedians Kathleen Madigan, Todd Barry, Ted Alexandro and radio host Andy Borowitz will be a politically charged panel show, wherein the quartet will opine on current events and pop culture. The show is a spinoff of the original British version, produced by the BBC. The pilot episode will

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    Comedian learns ‘wanker’ is a really bad word in the UK (Video)

    American comedian David Fulton learned today that while the word “wanker” (as its said here in the States) is a B-level slag, but in the UK, it’s an A-level swear word. How did he learn this? He said it on a national, morning television show. It was so bad, that in addition to profusely apologizing on air, the BBC issued a formal apology. “Unfortunately, a guest used a swearword live

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    Why Doug Stanhope shouldn’t have to apologize for his Sarah Palin bit

    The Down’s Syndrome Association in the UK is not happy with comedian Doug Stanhope. They’re also more than a little upset with the BBC. Here’s the deal: On Aug. 4, Stanhope was a guest on host Richard Bacon’s popular Radio 5 Live BBC radio show. At one point, Bacon says the following: Richard Bacon (mp3) Bacon or Stanhope said nothing vulgar or offensive during the above intro or the rest

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    Sandra Bullock to appear on Ricky Gervais’ new show, despite Golden Globe jokes

    Oscar winner Sandra Bullock has signed on to appear in Ricky Gervais’ new HBO comedy series. Life’s Too Short a mockumentary following dwarf actor Warwick Davis as he runs a talent agency for little people will feature Bullock, who was the subject of a series of Gervais’ jokes when he controversially hosted the Golden Globe awards this past year. “It just goes to show the sort of pull Ricky Gervais

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    Man found guilty after twittering joke bomb threat; comedians question freedom of speech

    Paul Chambers was found guilty for sending a menacing communication, as reported by BBC News, for tweeting a joking bomb threat, “Crap! Robin Hood Airport is closed. You’ve got a week… otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!” This test of the limits of freedom of speech is actually happening across the pond in the UK and several celebrities came to his defense, though making fun of his poorly written

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    Adam Ferrara to host American adaptation of Top Gear

    By George, the Brits have done it again! In spite of a nagging inability to have successfully cajoled the Americas into staying under British rule, our mother country sure has an impressive knack for dominating when it comes to all things television oriented. And with that, meet the latest English export – an American adaptation of the popular TV show Top Gear, to debut on the History Channel this coming

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