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Inside Britain's Growing Comedy Crisis

For the past few years, America has been experiencing a spectacularly creative comedy boom that continues to grow. But in the UK, the comedy scene may be heading in the other direction. For the past decade, live and televised comedy have been big business in Britain. Stand-up shows like Live at the Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow brought rising talent to mainstream attention, and panel shows established a wide pool of popular comedians. This led to massive theatre tours and hundreds of standup DVDs released every Christmas. But like all bubbles, it was bound to burst, and the comedy community, particularly in London, is reeling as things [...]

Gervais and Merchant Tackle Dwarf Comedy with Life's Too Short

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant have yet another show coming to British television, with the latest called Life's Too Short: "As with the pilot, the series centres on Warwick Davis – whose credits include Star Wars and the Harry Potter series – and who is one of Britain's pre-eminent dwarf actors. It is an observational comedy following Warwick's day-to-day frustrations, but still managing to find the optimism and warmth in a small world where big things happen."

Comedian Spike Milligan Solves Ancient Hospital Gown Conundrum

Many have tried and failed to sort out the matter of too-long or -short dressing gowns. Great minds have disintegrated in the slippery confusion of this issue, grown men driven mad by the impossibility of covering everyone's knees without making them trip over excess fabric! Only an absolute genius could come up with the sole viable solution (it involves dwarves). Luckily, there was a genius comedian around in 1971 named Spike Milligan, and his correspondance on the issue has been uncovered here.

Monty Python vs. the Censors

Before its release in 1975, Monty Python and the Holy Grail was viewed by someone from the British Board of Film Classification, the group that gives films ratings in Britain. He gave producer Mark Forstater some advice on getting the rating down to an A from an AA, which would allow kids under the age of 14 to see it. Forstater then sent a letter to fellow producer Michael White laying out the advice, and it's hilarious: "I would like to get back to the Censor and agree to lose the shits, take the odd Jesus Christ out and lose Oh fuck off, but to retain 'fart in [...]