By Julian Hall
The tough consultant to British Cult Comedy is the final word advisor to stay and tv comedy in Britain from the Nineteen Eighties to the current day. From Ben Elton to Alan Carr, this e-book profiles fifty of the main influential cult comedy icons and discovers how they grew to become loved ones names. in the course of the booklet, there are advice from comedians and insiders, with a mixture of fun anecdotes and useful feedback for writing and acting your individual stay express and sitcom. The consultant studies the pinnacle cult comedy on television and within the video clips, with an in depth specialize in what encouraged them and what they in flip encouraged. "Comedy Stories" appears on the highs and lows of acting stay comedy with stories of the rowdiest hecklers and strangest audiences. The e-book comes whole with a around up of the simplest dvds, books and comedian web content on hand.
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This fact is not lost on the 45-year-old comedian. As Darrell Martin, promoter of the Just The Tonic comedy club in Nottingham, explains: “When Ricky was a budding star, appearing on the 11 O’Clock Show, he saw me doing a gig and we all went off for a drink afterwards. He said he didn’t feel he’d earned his comedy spurs, having never done stand-up. ” In March 2006 Gervais returned to Just The Tonic for a benefit gig, but ironically this time around he failed to wow his audience. Dominic Cavendish of The Telegraph described his performance as “underwhelming” and commented: “Seldom can a household name have looked less eager to rise to the challenge of entertain- ing 2,000 people.
After training as an actor, Djalili went into stand-up when he decided he wasn’t going to get the parts he wanted. His wife Annabel was a friend of the stand-up comedian Alan Davies and introduced her husband to the scene with a visit to The Comedy Store in 1994. At first, he admits, his act was “just a few silly accents and funny walks and funny faces”. Having already done Edinburgh as an actor, the portly comic then embarked on a string of stand-up shows including The Arab And The Jew in 1996 with Ivor Dembina, which was THE icons: the faces of comedy a response to the assassination of Yitzak Rabin, and Behind Enemy Lines in 2002, a response to 9/11.
He then vowed never to appear in a sitcom unless he had written it. Certainly the Irishman, whose appearance has graduated from long-haired Harry Potter to a suaver version of Jimmy White, seems to have plateaued in terms of fame but his edge has sharpened as he has got older and his gigs achieve a consistently high standard. 33 THE icons: the faces of comedy ≥ ≤ d Byrne recorded his very first DVD, a retrospective of his E career in the last decade, at The City Varieties Theatre in Leeds in March 2006.
The Rough Guide to British Cult Comedy by Julian Hall