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The spiritual leader simply known as Rael also believes we were created by aliens—and has been accused of child abuse.
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The TV BOMB website’s 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Experience Award has gone to The Increasingly Prestigious Malcolm Hardee Award Show.

The Fringe Experience Award is given to the show that "provides the most memorable and extraordinary experience at the Fringe, be it good, bad or plain strange."
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“It’s just not funny enough.” This was a comment that I kept hearing during the Edinburgh Fringe this year. Not necessarily about the newly-crowned lastminute.com Best Comedy Show winner Richard Gadd, but even he was aware that being listed in the comedy section prompted certain expectations. During his candid show he talked about mistakes he has made in his life - one of them, he quipped, was listing his triumphant Monkey See Monkey Do in the co...
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Jack Lemmon’s first and only album for only 50p (nothing to do with me...
Not a bad attempt at and album by any means, and I do love Jack. I'm also a fan of any LP with a version of "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" on it, so there are several reasons for liking this album.
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In Edinburgh, TV Bomb has nominated The Increasingly Prestigious Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards Show for their Fringe Experience Award.

They describe this as the search for the show "where you’re not really sure what just happened, but you know you are going to be telling the story about it for weeks, months, even years. It’s the show that lets you know you’ve had a Fringe.

"The Fringe Experience Award will be given to the show that, in the eyes of our team, provides the most memorable and extraordinary experience at the Fringe, be it good, bad or plain strange."

Fingers etc crossed.
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On 25 July 1865, during a heatwave, Dr James Barry died of dysentery in his London lodgings. A charwoman came…
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Ariane Sherine's latest weekly “Adventures of a Stand-Up Comic” newsletter is out now - on why she is so blissfully happy but exhausted, on baby love, moving home for a year and random observations on the Edinburgh Fringe

Ariane’s edited “Adventures" appear monthly on the Chortle website. To get the full weekly versions free, send an email headed SUBSCRIBE to ariane@arianesherine.com
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Tomorrow, the final live GROUCHY CLUB show of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe will be at Southside Social 1430-1530. In the absence of Kate Copstick, it will be co-hosted by The Stage’s reviewer Nick Awde.

The live GROUCHY CLUB shows in London resume on:
Tuesday 13th September
Tuesday 11th October
Tuesday 8th November
Tuesday 13th December

www.grouchyclub.co.uk
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The winners of the Malcolm Hardee Awards have been announced tonight at the Gillie Dhu in Edinburgh.The proud recipients are as follows:COMIC ORIGINALITY
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STAGE

At the Edinburgh Fringe last August, I chaired two debates about the comedy industry… organised two spaghetti-juggling contests… and produced a two-hour Malcolm Hardee Awards comedy/variety stage show. More details here.

In 2010 at the Fringe, I produced three comedy shows: It Is Rocket Science! V2 (recently revamped as a Radio 4 series), Keen & Khan: Starstruck! (with comedian Helen Keen & former NASA astrophysicist Dr Sophia Khan) and Free Until Famous with Lewis Schaffer (he’s still free but still not famous).

In 2009, I produced two Fringe shows – Helen Keen’s The Primitive Methodist Guide to Arctic Survival and a 90-minute charity show Aaaaaaaaaaaaarrghhh! – It’s Bollock Relief! – The Malcolm Hardee Award Show. I was also consultant on two comedy shows: Aindrias de Staic’s The Summer I Did The Leaving and Lewis Schaffer’s Bigger and Blacker.

2007-2010 I was talent consultant for New York entertainment company Green Room Presents. Through them, I was also consultant for two off-Broadway venues: 45 Bleecker Street and The Green Room. I am now UK consultant for New York based entertainment company Inbrook.

AWARDS SPONSORSHIP

Since 2005, I have sponsored (currently three) annual Malcolm Comedy Awards at the Edinburgh Fringe. These will continue until at least 2017 (because, apart from anything else, I have already had the trophies made!). The Awards are for ‘Comic Originality’, ‘Act Most Likely to Make a Million Quid’ and a ‘Cunning Stunt’ award for best publicity stunt to publicise a Fringe act or show. More details here.

BOOKS

I wrote godfather of alternative comedy Malcolm Hardee’s autobiography I Stole Freddie Mercury’s Birthday Cake and, for Random House, edited both Scots comedian Janey Godley’s autobiography Handstands in the Dark and Sit-Down Comedy, an anthology of new stories by 19 stand-up comedians. Many moons ago I also myself contributed to the anthology Anatomy of the Movies with director Martin Scorsese, actor Donald Sutherland et al.

MOVIES

In 2010, I financed the controversial British movie Killer Bitch - the screen debut of cage fighter Alex Reid (ex-Mr Katie Price).

TELEVISION

I have been a writer/producer/director of on-screen TV promotions for 20 years, working for UK, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Irish, Norwegian and Swedish channels, also making press & marketing tapes for most and promoting/ marketing channel launches in the Czech Republic, Ireland and the UK… I have been on the production teams of various UK entertainment shows – usually finding new talent – including Tiswas, Game For a Laugh, Surprise Surprise, The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross and Jack Dee’s Saturday Night; I producedThe Last Laugh with Jerry Sadowitz.

PERIODICALS

In ancient days, I was Film Section Editor of the hippie newspaper International Times and later wrote interviews/features for the likes of House of Hammer, House of Horror, Screen International and Starburst magazines and The Movieand The Photo partworks. I blog for the Huffington Post.

WEBSITES

I built and look after Janey Godley’s website and, in the past, have built and webmastered sites for comedians Ricky Grover, Jeff Innocent and Ian Watt as well as scriptwriter Nigel Crowle, eccentric inventor John Ward, author Cass Pennant, DVD company Gangster Videos, art/literary site Con Artists etc

AND OTHER SUNDRY THINGS

Along the way, I have also worked for BBC News, ITN, written a comedy obituary for The Independent and written questions for a children’s game show on Basque TV in Spain…

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TV shows, TV promotion/marketing, station launches, written for magazines, edited books, staged variety shows, financed a film, blog; been arrested by the Syrian Army in Beirut; cannot juggle cooked spaghetti.

More background here.

You can contact me direct by e-mail here.

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