Funny Ha Ha, Selected and introduced by Paul Merton
November 6, 2019
From Anton Chekhov to Ali Smith, from P.G. Wodehouse to Nora Ephron, the greatest writers are those who know how to laugh. Here, award-winning comedian and broadcaster Paul Merton brings together his favourite funny stories of all time. Published on 14 November 2019 in hardback at £25 and as an eBook
Julian returns to the London Palladium in Goldilocks and the Three Bears. He stars as The Ringmaster alongside Paul O’Grady, Nigel Havers, Gary Wilmot and Paul Zerdin. Goldilocks and the Three Bears runs from 7th December until the 12th January 2020.
Julian Clary Publishes The Bolds Christmas Crackers
October 1, 2019
The Bolds, the wildest family in Teddington, are back with a bumper book of jolly japes. It’s packed with rib-tickling jokes and puzzles including wordsearches, crosswords, mazes, riddles and spot the difference to keep kids entertained long after the Christmas presents are unwrapped!
Julian Clary inducted into the London Palladium Wall of Fame
August 16, 2019
Julian Clary has been inducted into the Wall of Fame at the London Palladium. He joins an elite group, and is the first artist to be honoured with a permanent portrait since it launched in October last year.
Julian is thrilled to present his fifth instalment of his best-selling children’s book series, The Bolds Go Wild, published 6th March 2019.
The Bolds are an extraordinary family of Hyenas living as humans in south-west London. This time, they are very surprised to be visited by Fred’s mother, Granny Imamu. She’s travelled all the way from Africa, and now she’s here, she does not approve of what she finds. Hyenas, living as people – whatever next!
SUKI WEBSTER AND PAUL MERTON COLLABORATE ON TWO NEW EPISODES FOR RADIO 4
February 15, 2019
Two new episodes of the popular Radio 4 comedy drama My Obsession written by Suki Webster, starring Suki and Paul Merton. BX June 2019.
Sheryl, comedian Danny Heywood’s number one fan, is outspoken, feisty and deeply caring: An aggressive nurturer! Sheryl will go the extra mile whether you want her to or not. Danny is completely self-obsessed, but at his core is a glimmer of sensitivity and kindness. If only he recognised this positive attribute, he’d happily boast about it for hours. But will the mismatched pair find love together or drive each other round the bend?
Julian Clary will tour the UK next year and “this might well be the final mince”.
“Are you ready for some filth?” he said. “I know I am. It’s been a while since I sallied forth to pleasure the provinces with my particular brand of saucy innuendo. Let me at them!”
In this outrageously camp new show, (that he was going to call Bed Knobs and Knee Pads but was advised might not sell too well in Harrogate), renowned homosexual Julian will bare his soul as never before in the interests of light entertainment.
He’ll murder some well known songs along the way, no doubt, read you a sneak preview from his next memoir A Night At the Lubricant and make withering remarks about punters foolish enough to sit in the front row. You know the kind of thing. It’s the only life he knows.
Born to Mince takes in 51 dates from March rounding up at the London Palladium in June.
Pre-sale tickets are available from 10am tomorrow with full details on Julian’s website.
Celebrating his twentieth anniversary as a comedian living and performing in the UK, Reginald D Hunter sets out on a forty date tour of the UK and Ireland in 2019 with his highly anticipated new show.
Reginald’s searingly honest material has garnered him a popular fan base that spans the generations. His appearances on television have included Have I Got News For You, 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and the hugely popular BBC2 series Reginald D Hunter’s Songs Of The South and its equally successful follow up Reginald D Hunter’s Songs Of The Border, both of which documented the growth of American popular song.
“He has the audience in the Palm of his Hand” ★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
Paul Merton, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Suki Webster, Mike McShane and accompanist Kirsty Newton are back on the road in 2019 to visit some of their favourite parts of the UK with another evening of mind-blowing improvisation. The collective improvisational experience embodied in the Chums is enough to stun an elephant. They flex their improvisational muscles to delight and entertain audiences in this country and abroad. “Merton’s chums are some of the most seasoned performers in this field and know just how to work the games, the suggestions and the audience for maximum effect. …pure hilarity”
★★★★★ British Theatre Guide
“They continue to be the finest exponents of the improv art”
★★★★★ Daily Mirror
Suki Webster and Paul Merton collaborate for radio play
April 8, 2018
Suki Webster and Paul Merton star in a two-hander comedy play on Radio 4 tonight.
My Obsession, written by Suki, sees stand-up comic Danny Heywood wake up in his hotel room in the middle of the night to find that he is not alone. A fan on a mission has let herself into his room and is determined not to leave until she gets what she wants.
Julian Clary is delighted to unleash The Bolds in Trouble, the fourth instalment of his best-selling children’s book series, The Bolds.
The Bolds are an extraordinary family of hyenas living in disguise as humans in south-west London. This time, they decide to keep their heads down without raising suspicion among their human neighbours… that’s until a sly fox starts making a big nuisance of himself.
The Bolds in Trouble hardback edition is released through Andersen Press today, followed by a paperback version later in the year.
Julian also published short story The Bolds’ Great Adventure for this year’s World Book Day.
Julian Clary joins a stellar line-up of authors representing World Book Day 2018.
Following the huge success of his children’s series, The Bolds, Julian has written a special story about his much-loved hyena family, which sees them move across the ocean from African safari park to England.
The Bolds’ Great Adventure isone of the 11 official World Book Day titles available from late February, when children in the UK and Ireland will be given a £1 token to claim their chosen book.
To mark today’s launch, readers are taking part in a game on Twitter called #ShareAStoryIn10. Julian will be reading some of the day’s stories in a livestream at 4pm, with collaborator David Roberts illustrating.
World Book Day, which aims to encourage children and young people to read for pleasure, takes place on 1 March 2018 with various events leading up to the big day.
We’re excited to announce our latest signing: Yuriko Kotani.
Yuriko is a UK-based Japanese comedian, who began performing stand-up in 2014. She was named as ‘one to watch’ by Time Out and won the BBC Radio New Comedy Award in 2015.
Following a successful work-in-progress run at Edinburgh Fringe in August, Yuriko is performing Green in English, Blue in Japanese at the Museum of Comedy on Friday 6 October and makes her solo hour debut next year.
Reginald D Hunter has extended his critically acclaimed UK tour due to popular demand.
Reginald returned with his new hour, Some People v Reginald D Hunter, earlier this year, performing 40 dates around the UK before a full run at Edinburgh Fringe. He is about to take the show to Ireland.
The extra dates kick off in Evesham on 10 February, finishing in Northampton on 10 March.
Following his 40-date UK tour, Reginald D Hunter returns to Edinburgh with his highly anticipated new show.
Reg has been in the UK for two decades, and in that time he has become one of the UK Comedy industry’s best-known performers for his distinctive take on subjects including race and sexuality.
His work can be brutally honest and is often considered to be controversial but it is always meticulously thought out and he has never been afraid to face challenging issues head on, even when the focus is on his own principles or beliefs. This searingly honest material has garnered him a popular fan base that spans the generations.
Reginald D Hunter, Katy Brand, Jordan Brookes, Eleanor Tiernan and Chris Kent are taking new shows to the 70th Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer.
Reginald is currently on a UK tour with Some People v Reginald D Hunter and plays The Assembly Hall in August.
Katy returns with more autobiographical storytelling in I Could’ve Been An Astronaut, the follow-up to last year’s sell-out show, I Was A Teenage Christian.
Jordan brings Body of Work, his third consecutive hour after 2016’s critically acclaimed The Making Of.
Eleanor and Chris, who both took a break last year and doubled at Camden Fringe, make a welcome return with People Pleaser and Moving On.
Also appearing in Edinburgh: Paul Merton will guest on BBC Radio 4’s Just A Minute while Julian Clary discusses The Bolds on Holiday, the third instalment of his children’s series, at the International Book Festival.
Julian Clary’s third children’s book, The Bolds on Holiday, is now available in paperback following its hardback release in February.
Complete with illustrations by award-winning and much sought after children’s illustrator David Roberts, the series tells the story of an extraordinary family of hyenas living in disguise as humans in Teddington.
Julian Clary will star in the world premiere of black comedy Le Grand Mort in London this September.
The play was written specially for him by four-time Olivier Award-nominated writer Stephen Clark, who sadly died last October aged 55.
Julian said: “In 2010, Stephen Clark took me out to lunch in Camden and told me he’d like to write a play for me. How lovely, how flattering, how unusual!
“Over the following few years I got the occasional email from Stephen saying ‘I haven’t forgotten the play!’ but I decided he’d probably thought better of it. We were both busy with life, work and, in Stephen’s case, some serious health issues.
“Then, one day in 2013, it arrived. A funny, dark, beautiful play.
“Le Grand Mort will take me so far out of my comfort zone I may never return.”
Directed by Christopher Renshaw, Le Grand Mort opens at Trafalgar Studios on Wednesday 20 September, closing on Saturday 28 October.
Julian Clary will star as Spirit of the Bells in Dick Whittington when he returns to the London Palladium in December.
It follows his hugely successful run as Dandini in Cinderella last Christmas, which broke box office records for the highest grossing week in West End theatre history and was twice nominated for an Olivier Award.
Nigel Havers, Paul Zerdin, Elaine Paige, Ashley Banjo and Diversity, Gary Wilmot, and Charlie Stemp complete the principal cast.
Tickets are now on sale for the five-week run, which opens on Saturday 9 December.
Paul Merton becomes The Beatles as Sgt Pepper turns 50
May 23, 2017
Paul Merton discusses his forthcoming Beatles documentary in today’s Radio Times as the BBC marks 50 years of Sgt Pepper.
The four-part Radio 2 series, which begins on Monday 29 May at 10pm, is Paul’s attempt to answer the ‘what ifs’ about his favourite band and to put forward a fantastical version of Beatle history.
Using facts and recordings, he imagines the concert that the Beatles could have given, and follows it up with the album that they could have made.
He said: “I’ve had great fun selecting tracks from John, Paul, George and Ringo’s solo careers to firstly create a magical live ‘Beatles’ concert, and secondly a new ‘Beatles’ double album.
“I am immensely looking forward to sharing my choices with the Radio 2 listeners.”
Writer Max Davis’ debut sitcom, starring Romesh Ranganathan, kicks off Radio 2’s Comedy Showcase tonight.
Parental Guidance centres around a couple living in Crawley with their two children. Roshan (Ranganathan) is a cost-benefits analyst for the airline industry, Kate (Amanda Abbington) is a stay-at-home mum. Roshan’s overbearing mother, Anusha (Meera Syal), lives nearby and is constantly disappointed that her son didn’t marry a Sri Lankan girl.
Max is a regular contributor to BBC Radio with credits including The News Quiz, Dead Ringers and Spotlight Tonight with Nish Kumar. And he recently script edited BBC Radio 4’s Rashid Goes to Hollywood.
The pilot airs on BBC Radio 2 at 10.30pm and will be available online shortly after broadcast.
Julian Clary is delighted to unleash The Bolds on Holiday, the third instalment of his children’s book series, The Bolds.
The Bolds are an extraordinary family of hyenas living in disguise as humans in south-west London. Britain’s much-loved, wildest and hairiest family will be vacating the leafy suburbia of Teddington next year for a new adventure.
Julian said: “Are you ready for a third instalment of The Bolds? Then I have some more hyena hilarity for you: The Bolds On Holiday sees our furry friends on a camping holiday by the seaside.
“Do you think they have any idea how to put up a tent? Do you think the twins, Bobby and Betty, get up to some serious mischief in the sand dunes? Do you think Uncle Tony turns out to be a cool surfing dude? Does Mr Bold tell more of his ridiculous jokes at inappropriate moments? Well, you really need to read this book of animal nonsense as soon as possible!”
The Bolds on Holiday hardback edition is released through Andersen Press on 2 February, followed by a paperback version in summer 2017.
Julian and The Bolds’ award-winning illustrator, David Roberts, will be making a number of personal appearances over the summer too.
Reginald D Hunter returns in 2017 with his highly anticipated new show, Some People v. Reginald D. Hunter.
During the 15 years in which he has lived in the UK, Reginald’s searingly honest material has garnered him a popular fanbase that spans the generations. In the past 12 months, he has appeared in a critically acclaimed tour of Ireland as well as performing across Europe.
The UK tour begins in Tiverton on 26 April, finishing in London on 24 June.
Julian Clary at The London Palladium this Christmas
August 11, 2016
Julian stars as Dandini alongside Paul O’Grady, Lee Mead, Count Arthur Strong, Nigel Havers, Amanda Holden and Paul Zerdon. This production will mark the first time the historic London Palladium has staged a pantomime in nearly 30 years.
Paul Merton, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Suki Webster and Mike McShane return to the Fringe for their 13th consecutive year presenting Paul Merton’s Impro Chums.
The collective improvisational experience embodied in the Chums is enough to stun an elephant. They flex their improvisational muscles to delight and entertain audiences in this country and abroad, and now they return to Edinburgh.
Creating a new show every afternoon based entirely on suggestions from the audience, the Impro Chums, using their finely honed improvisational skills and an almost manic compulsion to show off, generate cascades of tumbling laughter.
Paul Merton and his Impro Chums – Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster – are heading to Latitude’s comedy arena in July while Eleanor Tiernan is also making her debut at the Suffolk-based festival.
Reginald D Hunter is taking Makem’ Shoot You in the Ass to Europe, opening in Paris on 16 May. The tour calls at Amsterdam, Antwerp and Brussels too.
As one of the UK comedy scene’s best-known performers for his distinctive take on subjects including race and sexuality, Reginald is also a familiar face on television and fronted the hugely popular BBC documentary series Reginald D Hunter’s Songs Of The South.
Paul Merton’s new Channel 4 series, which explores the history of Britain’s unusual railway stations, sees him travelling around the country by train and only getting off at request stops. The first episode is at 8pm on Sunday.
Julian Clary, national trinket, author, TV and radio star is coming up your way…
The Joy of Mincing is Julian Clary’s celebration of 30 years as a camp comedian. There is so much to tell you; the ups and downs of his sordid love life, the true and heart stopping account of how he saved Dame Joan Collins’ life, and don’t start him on the perils of his DIY electrical home enema kit.
On stage Julian will proudly wear his well-deserved M.B.E (Mincer of the British Empire). It was the last thing he expected to receive when he knelt down in front of Prince Charles in the scullery at Buckingham Palace…
And because Julian gives and gives (until it hurts) he will be handing out honours to the lucky few in the audience too. This is Julian at his filthy best. Live and unplugged.
‘He never falters. You think knob jokes are easy? Clary makes them flow like cheap German wine. It’s absolute fluff, but he pulls it off.’ Dominic Maxwell. The Times.
‘Outrageously funny. A master comedian at the top of his game.’ Andrew Edwards What’s On Stage.
Tara Flynn has published her second book, Giving Out Yards.
In Giving Out Yards, Tara puts paid to the long-debated question of what makes us Irish, nailing it in one collective and hilarious grumble-fest. Her razor-sharp wit and keen analysis of those topics that bring us out in a rash – and running to the phone/laptop/neighbour for a healthy dose of spleen-venting – leaves no moan unturned.
‘Very, very, very funny… This brilliant book of first-class satire is a must-read for everyone interested in the strange psychology of Ireland’ Marian Keyes
RT @YurikoComedy I'm so honoured to join this wonderful theatre company New Perspectives team!
I'll be in the play "The Boss Of It All" - adapted from Lars von Trier's film - and will be live streamed direct to your home.
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