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  1. Ricky Gervais Has Entered the ‘Fuck U H8ers’ Portion of his CareerGervais is kind of becoming the Kanye West of comedy, as both are prolific, incredibly successful, continuously lauded geniuses with heavy […]
  2. Ricky Gervais Claims to Not Be Mocking the Disabled with His Obviously […] Ricky Gervais has a new show premiering on Channel 4 in the UK on Thursday entitled Derek. In it, he plays the titular character, a nursing […]
  3. Ronna & Beverly Are On Their Way Across the Atlantic With Paul FeigBeloved web series Ronna & Beverly didn’t get picked up after its 2008 pilot in the US, but Sky Atlantic HD in the UK has ordered six episodes […]
  4. Get Ready for the Idiot Abroad Bike Tour SpinoffAccording to Ricky Gervais, An Idiot Abroad’s Karl Pilkington and Warwick Davis of Life’s Too Short will star in The Short Way Round, in which […]
  5. What You Need to Know About Catherine Tate Before Tonight’s OfficeCatherine Tate’s returning to The Office tonight as Nellie Bertram, who’ll have a “far from professional” relationship with Robert California. […]
  6. The History of Britain’s Amazing Secret Policeman’s Ball, Coming Soon to […]The Secret Policeman’s Ball, the legendary British charity event benefitting Amnesty International, is taking up residence at Radio City Music […]
  7. Listen to Free, Charming Stories and Songs From Daniel Kitson and Gavin […]Comedian Daniel Kitson’s music and storytelling show with Gavin Osborn is online here (from an original recording a few years ago). Give it a […]
  8. An Interview About The Day Today of Yesterday, Today, With David SchneiderHow many times did David Schneider pee his pants with laughter when making 90s BBC spoof news show The Day Today? Read the interview and let […]
  9. Alan Partridge, Man of the Moment Once More“I could get tables at a moments notice. I was stopped on the street by people telling me how ‘unbelievable’ my show was. I was hot and it felt […]
  10. Ricky Gervais Does Not Apologize, PeriodThis lengthy article on Ricky Gervais gets into his attitude towards the controversy he often stirs up, and it also makes the very good point […]
  11. Spaced and the Mechanics of the Perfect Comedy TeamFans of the Three Flavours Cornetto / Blood and Ice Cream film trilogy did a spit-take when Nick Frost revealed last month that production on […]
  12. David Cross Was Not Impressed by the Food on the Todd Margaret Set in […]In this interview about the upcoming season of The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, David Cross gets into what’s different about […]
  13. Beware, Senior Citizens and Caregivers, of Ricky Gervais’ Biting WitRicky Gervais’ latest project is Derek, a comedy pilot set in a nursing home in which he plays a care worker. The show also features An Idiot […]
  14. Stephen Merchant Makes His U.S. Standup Debut, Without Ricky GervaisIn other duos-branching-into-singlos news, Stephen Merchant is making his American standup debut next week as part of his Hello Ladies tour. […]
  15. Looking Beyond the Fringe Towards British Satire’s RootsThe Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. […]
  16. Ricky Gervais Explains The Roots of British Sarcasm And TeasingTo me at least, it can feel a little self-important when Ricky Gervais makes one of his descents from the mountain of wisdom and explains what […]
  17. Talking Snuff Box and British Comedy with The Mighty Boosh’s Rich FulcherThe term used most often to describe cult British sketch show Snuff Box is dark. Very, very dark. That’s about right for a surreal comedy set […]
  18. Meet Adam and Joe, the British Comedic Duo Primed to Invade AmericaBritish sci-fi action/comedy Attack the Block became a sleeper indie hit in the US after debuting at South by Southwest earlier this year.  But […]
  19. Greg Daniels to Adapt Britain’s Friday Night Dinner for NBCSince he did a pretty OK job adapting the original, British version of The Office for American TV, Greg Daniels is now turning his sights on […]
  20. Original British Version of Free Agents to Air on BBC AmericaFree Agents, the upcoming NBC sitcom starring Hank Azaria, is a remake of a British show of the same name. If you want to compare the original […]
  21. Absolutely Fabulous Is Returning to Celebrate/Get Drunk at the OlympicsCult classic Absolutely Fabulous is coming back, if but briefly, for three new specials that will lead up to the London Olympics. They’ll take […]
  22. A Guide to the Hilarious World of British Panel ShowsFor American comedy fans, British comedy calls to mind Monty Python and The Office. But in the UK right now, stand-up is front and center […]
  23. Mind the Gap: The Awkward Filthiness of Nighty NightFor this installment, we are going back to a classic: the 2004-2005 mindfuck that is Nighty Night. Julia Davis writes and stars as the most […]
  24. Armando Iannucci Joins Forces with Steve Coogan AgainArmando Iannucci and Steve Coogan are two of the best and brightest minds in the world of British comedy, first working together on Knowing Me, […]
  25. BBC to Make a Movie About Monty Python Making Life of BrianThe BBC is making a movie called Holy Flying Circus about the controversy surrounding the release of Monty Python’s classic Life of Brian. It […]
  26. Mind the Gap: A Series on Awkward Women in ComedyWe want to talk about life before Bridesmaids. You might be fatigued from all the talk about women in comedy, from sentences like “women aren’t […]
  27. Why Americans Always Screw Up Remakes of British ComediesAmerican remakes of British shows are easy targets. Rarely do the new iterations match up to their predecessors, even when episodes are […]
  28. Check Out the Trailer for Submarine, Directed by The IT Crowd’s Richard […] This trailer for Submarine, which was directed by The IT Crowd’s Richard Ayoade and produced by Warp Films (which also put out the amazing […]
  29. Hands Up, Who Likes Me?: High Spirits With Shirley GhostmanIn this weekly column, I’ll introduce you to the world of British comedy in the chronology of how I, an American anglophile, discovered it in […]
  30. More Puns About Technology Crammed Into One Sketch Than Previously Though […] Here’s a preview sketch from the BBC’s upcoming The One Ronnie, starring Harry Enfield and Ronnie Corbett. It’s like a masterclass in puns.
  31. Hands Up, Who Likes Me?: The Bad Education of Look Around YouIn this weekly column, I’ll introduce you to the world of British comedy in the chronology of how I, an American anglophile, discovered it in […]
  32. Hands Up, Who Likes Me?: Nathan Barley and the Rise of the IdiotsIn this weekly column, I’ll introduce you to the world of British comedy in the chronology of how I, an American anglophile, discovered it in […]
  33. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s An Idiot Abroad Coming to the StatesGood news! Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington’s comedy travel show An Idiot Abroad is set to be aired here in the USA starting […]
  34. Hands Up, Who Likes Me?: Rockin’ the Suburbs with Steve Coogan’s SaxondaleIn this weekly column, I’ll introduce you to the world of British comedy in the chronology of how I, an American anglophile, discovered it in […]
  35. Hands Up, Who Likes Me?: Chris Morris’ Twisted JamIn this weekly column, I’ll introduce you to the world of British comedy in the chronology of how I, an American anglophile, discovered it in […]
  36. Hands Up, Who Likes Me?: The Comfort of The Thin Blue LineIn this weekly column, I’ll introduce you to the world of British comedy in the chronology of how I, an American anglophile, discovered it in […]
  37. Hands Up, Who Likes Me?: Chris Morris and the Subversive Comedy of Brass […]In this weekly column, I’ll introduce you to the world of British comedy in the chronology of how I, an American anglophile, discovered it in […]
  38. Hands Up, Who Likes Me?: The Godmothers of Modern ComedyIn this weekly column, I’ll introduce you to the world of British comedy in the chronology of how I, an American anglophile, discovered it in […]
  39. Hands Up, Who Likes Me?: The Stomach-Churning Puppets of Spitting ImageIn this weekly column, I’ll introduce you to the world of British comedy in the chronology of how I, an American anglophile, discovered it in […]
  40. Hands up, Who Likes Me?: Filling the Void With Some Good Smeg!In this weekly column, I’ll introduce you to the world of British comedy in the chronology of how I, an American anglophile, discovered it in […]
  41. BBC’s New Rules On Comedy Forbid ‘Unduly Derogatory Remarks’The BBC just released a new list of rules for shows that it airs, including a couple focused on comedies. They are very British! One rule […]
  42. Hands Up, Who Likes Me?: Don’t PanicIn this weekly column, I’ll introduce you to the world of British comedy in the chronology of how I, an American anglophile, discovered it in […]
  43. Hands Up, Who Likes Me?: Edmund Blackadder, the Greatest Sitcom Anti-Hero […]In this weekly column, I’ll introduce you to the world of British comedy in the chronology of how I, an American anglophile, discovered it in […]
  44. Hands Up, Who Likes Me?: Cuz We Might Not Be the Young Ones For Very Long…In this weekly column, I’ll introduce you to the world of British comedy in the chronology of how I, an American anglophile, discovered it in […]
  45. Hands Up Who Likes Me?: Living it Up at the Hotel Fawlty TowersIn this weekly column, I’ll introduce you to the world of British comedy in the chronology of how I, an American anglophile, discovered it in […]
  46. Hands Up, Who Like Me?: The Holy Grail of British ComedyIn this weekly column, I’ll introduce you to the world of British comedy in the chronology of how I, an American anglophile, discovered it in […]
  47. I Guess In England They Call Hipsters ‘Dickheads’On the one hand, ragging on hipsters is kind of lazy and overdone. On the other, this video has a catchy song and is from England, so uses […]
  48. Hands Up, Who Likes Me?: A Completely Scattershot and Hard-to-Follow Guide […]Vol. 1: And so it begins… First of all, let me say that this column will surely incur a lot of wrath and will probably trigger a lot of, “get […]