‘Fiercely funny’ Australian comic Stella Young dies
9th Dec 2014
Disability campaigner and comedian Stella Young died unexpectedly at 32 earlier this week.
Stella campaigned on behalf of disability rights locally since she was a teen. She lived with steogenesis imperfecta, a genetic disorder that causes bones to break easily.
Her family said: ‘With great sadness we acknowledge the passing of Stella Young, our much-loved and irreplaceable daughter and sister.
‘Stella passed away on Saturday evening, unexpectedly, but in no pain. A private funeral will take place soon, followed by a public event in Melbourne, with more details to come.’
In 2012, Stella covered the London Paralympics for Australian TV and appeared alongside the ‘Abnormally Funny People’ collective in Soho Theatre while she was here. She was a former editor of ABC’s disability news website Ramp Up and was nominated for the ‘Golden Gibbo’ award at the Melbourne Comedy Festival earlier this year.
A number of comedians have paid tribute across social media, including Adam Hills, Felicity Ward, Sammy J & Randy, Celia Pacquolia and even former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Watch Stella’s TED Talk from this year below, she will be missed.
27th Nov 2014
Exciting news just in! Australian comic and Legit star Jim Jefferies is set to star in his first feature length film next year. The cast includes Justin Bieber, Ken Jeong, David Hasselhof, Hulk Hogan, Rhys Darby, Michael Winslow and Howie Mandel.
Very little is known about the storyline as yet but it follows a nightclub owner (Ken Jeong, The Hangover and Community) trying to win a celebrity death pool by hiring a hit man to kill the former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff.
Justin Bieber will be providing his voice for a character K.I.T.T. the Car.
More on this as we get it, check out this clip from The Insider Read more
25th Nov 2014
You can now vote online for this year’s King/Queen of Comedy 2014 in the British Comedy Awards.
This year’s nominees see the reigning King of Comedy Jack Whitehall fighting to keep his crown for a third year. He’s up against David Mitchell, Jo Brand, Greg Davies, Lee Mack and Graham Norton. Vote for your favourite HERE!
The awards will air on Channel 4 on December 17th, the full list of categories and nominees can be found below. Read more
20th Nov 2014
One of the biggest live comedy acts in the UK, Lee Evans, announced he would be retiring from stand up comedy at the end of his current tour.
At the recording of the Jonathan Ross show, due to air on Saturday, Evans said ‘This is it’ and that he wanted ‘to be there’ for his family more. He gave the sudden death of his manager, Addison Cresswell, last year as one of the reasons for his decision.
During the interview he also said, as though speaking to his wife Heather; ‘I’m really sorry. I’m always away. I’m a nightmare to live with because I’m always working.’
Last year when asked about retiring he responded: ‘The one thing you can do if you’ve earned a few bob is buy your freedom…. I’d hate to be one of these comedians who still put on the suit but you can see the smile dropping – you can see they’re unhappy.’
13th Nov 2014
PAUL MYREHAUG is on at The Comedy Store (London) then heads to Glee Club Nottingham for Fri and Sat. MATT REED is joining him at the Glee Nottingham.
JAMALI MADDIX is thundering down to Ruby & Norm.
WAYNE DEAKIN is down in Plymouth for a special gig, then hits Sway Jongleurs
RICKY GROVER is in Chelmsford this Saturday, taking a break from filming.
DAMO CLARK is bringing his infectious energy to Glee Club Birmingham.
SOFIE HAGEN is at The Backyard Comedy Club.
BENNY BOOT is headlining the lovely Baby Blue Comedy Club.
GLENN WOOL returns from the middle east to play in Liverpool
PETE JOHANSSON’s tour continues with shows in Aberdeen, Doncaster, Leeds and Durham.