Bath Plug Award 2022: Sandi Toksvig

https://youtu.be/iLXS_zig8q8 After losing Neil Innes, and then having two years of pandemic hiatus, to be honest, I thought that after a short run, The Bath Plug Award had had its day. We had tried, over the years: from Terry Jones in 2015 to Arthur Smith in 2019, but the original plan to have guests interviewed…

Clue at 50: I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Present!

Half a century ago this evening, the only partially suspecting Radio 4 audience were first treated to 'the sound of time wasting', the all-new quiz show spin-off from the most ribald and funky comedy show of the 1960's, I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again. Admittedly, the very first pilot had been recorded the previous November…

JO KEndall RIP

https://youtu.be/Cu4sCJiDhXU What a week for the I’m Sorry family. There were few brilliant funny women quite so under-appreciated and unfairly ignored as the great JO KEndall. Every female comic who has gone beyond ‘bimbo or old bat’ stereotypes follows in her footsteps. John Lloyd told me that when they were casting Not The Nine O’clock…

BARRY CRYER: “That’s it!”

Baz has gone, then. I'm Sorry, it's happened again.  You don't ask for selfies when you're out the back of the pub having a fag and a natter, so this is one of the few photos of me and Barry – with Bath Comedy Festival boss Nick Steel and comedy music legend Ronnie Golden, just…

FAB FOOLS 4: WAIT!!

YOU NOW GETTING IT READY FOR YOU NOW GETTING IT READY FOR YOU PREVIOUSLY, ON FAB FOOLS: 1 – 2 – 3 – 4! IT'S THE KAY SISTERS! Greetings, as Joey Boswell had it, my dear Fab Fools follower, as I EXCLUSIVELY beg your pardon for this unscheduled update in the story of the creation and RELEASE of the…

TERRY: There Goes Another One…

We need a word to encapsulate this sense of deep sadness at losing someone so wonderful, while being simultaneously grateful that they have finally been freed from such suffering. For the loquacious and passionate Terry Jones to be closed in on himself with dementia was a particularly cruel fate, and so there's a feeling of…

FAB FOOLS 3: Neil

Well, here we are, and it's not easy to halloo a 'HAPPY NEW YEAR' under these circumstances. When blogging I generally find it hard to avoid unique turns of phrase and offering my own obnoxious undermining of linguistic clichés, but that seems unwise when paying tribute to one of music and comedy's great thinkers, wordplayers…