Radio comedy

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From The Sopranos to The Crown: the big lockdown TV quiz
Have you been bingeing on the biggest shows and box set hits of the past year? As our series on pandemic viewing continues, test your telly chops with 40 fiendish questions

Guardian TV

25, Mar, 2021 @11:00 AM

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'We needed to rescue the nation from despair': culture's year of Covid
Comedians went virtual, Ai Weiwei went to Portugal – and Bake Off pledged the show would go on. In the first of a two-part series, cultural figures look back on a year that shook their industry

Michael Segalov, Andrew Dickson, Keza MacDonald and Andrew Pulver

21, Mar, 2021 @6:27 PM

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From the archive: a serious look at the jokes industry, 1969
Girls, Wife, Men, Drinking, Marriage, Fashion… how we all laughed. The Observer Magazine cover story of 5 October 1969

Chris Hall

21, Feb, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Iain Pattinson obituary
Longstanding main scriptwriter for the much-loved Radio 4 panel game I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue

Simon O'Hagan

17, Feb, 2021 @4:55 PM

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Tell us: what are your favourite funny podcasts?
We’d like to hear which podcasts have made you laugh during lockdown

Guardian community team

11, Feb, 2021 @5:50 PM

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The History of Sketch Comedy review – Keegan-Michael Key's love letter to laughter
The comic actor’s exuberant 10-part history unpicks the nuts-and-bolts of what makes a sketch funny, from overlooked past acts to SNL, and British favourites including the Two Ronnies

Brian Logan

01, Feb, 2021 @12:01 AM

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Hancock's Half Hour reminds us what once united Britain: laughing at each other | Zoe Williams
In the 1950s radio comedy, implacable differences of opinion just create a society full of people it’s enjoyable to laugh at, says Guardian columnist Zoe Williams

Zoe Williams

26, Dec, 2020 @12:00 PM

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The 20 best podcasts of 2020
We went down a YouTube rabbit hole, Alan Partridge made a triumphant return and a singular look at cold war espionage came with an irresistible earworm. Plus more of the year’s best pods

Rachel Aroesti and Hannah J Davies

24, Dec, 2020 @2:00 PM

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For 100 points, who can spell Michelle Pfeiffer? Bameshow, the chaotic panel show parody
Comics of colour are hitting back at tokenism, stereotyping and people mispronouncing their names, with a mould-breaking new show. We meet the team behind it

Jamal Khadar

26, Nov, 2020 @5:39 PM

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I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue is greatest radio comedy, says panel
Long-running Radio 4 panel game beats classics Hancock’s Half Hour and Round the Horne

Caroline Davies

17, Nov, 2020 @12:01 AM

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'There’s fake news that my hair is a toupee': fictional agony aunts Joan and Jericha open their celebrity mailbag
Comedians Julia Davis and Vicki Pepperdine dispense filthy, unfiltered advice on their hugely successful podcast, Dear Joan And Jericha. Can their alter egos help 2020’s great and not-so-good?

Julia Davis and Vicki Pepperdine. Introduction by Joe Stone

24, Oct, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Tony Mason obituary
Other lives: Branch manager for NatWest bank who put his customers’ needs ahead of company profits

Peter Mason

14, Oct, 2020 @4:54 PM

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