Rowan takes the comedy proud crown

A new survey by British broadband supplier Plusnet has revealed that 44% of us Brits are most proud of Mr. Blackadder himself Rowan Atkinson (when polled against other great British comedic greats).

When asked to name the comedian they were most proud of, Rowan came out tops, followed by Python John Cleese with over a third of the votes.

Although news of Monty Python’s return after a 39 year break is music to many comedy fans’ ears, new research from home phone and broadband provider, Plusnet, reveals it is Blackadder star Rowan Atkinson who springs to mind when it comes to acts to be proud of.

Despite sell-out tours and multi million selling DVDs, big names in modern comedy do not rate as highly as their more established counterparts, with Ricky Gervais receiving just 16% of the vote, missing out on the top five by a clear 10%.

The news comes as Plusnet looks at British traits the public is most proud of, with 68% saying they take most pride in the British sense of humour. This rates significantly higher with men than women, with 42% of men saying they feel very proud of our wit compared to 32% of women.

The top five comedians Brits are most proud of are:

1.      Rowan Atkinson (44%)
2.      John Cleese (39%)
3.      Stephen Fry (39%)
4.      Billy Connelly (34%)
5.      Hugh Laurie (26%)

Nick Rawlings, Commercial Director at Plusnet commented, “We know how popular streaming and downloading classic content is, and with today’s technology offering so many different ways of enjoying our favourite comedians, it is no surprise that the nation’s funny-men can divide opinion. It is interesting to see that the entertainers we’re most proud of are of a certain vintage, proving that the newest generation still have a thing or two to learn!

“Plusnet is proud to offer great value home phone and broadband packages, allowing our customers to stream their favourite comedies today, regardless of how vintage the clips may be.”

Blackadder The Third – 25th Anniversary

Today marks the 25th anniversary since Blackadder The Third was first aired on television.

To celebrate this momentous  occasion, I will be wittering on about the series on BBC Radio Oxford today.

Happy birthday Blacky!

Rowan Returns To West End

Source: What’s on Stage

Rowan Atkinson will return to the West End early next year to play the title role in a revival of Simon Gray’s Quartermaine’s Terms.

Produced by Michael Codron and directed by Richard Eyre, it opens at Wyndham’s Theatre on 29 January 2013 (previews from 23 January) following runs at the The Theatre Royal Brighton (8 – 12 January) and the Theatre Royal Bath (14 – 19 January).

Set in the 1960s in an English language school for foreigners, Gray’s 1971 play is a humorous and poignant account of several years in the lives of seven teachers.

At the heart of the group is St John Quartermaine (Atkinson) – kind, pleasant and agreeable, but utterly hopeless as a teacher. An almost permanent feature in the staff room, he’s always available to listen to the problems of his self-obsessed colleagues. But when a new Principal is appointed, Quartermaine’s future looks precarious.

Quartermaine’s Terms will mark Rowan Atkinson’s first appearance in a play for almost 25 years. He first appeared in the West End in 1981 in Rowan Atkinson in Revue, also produced by Michael Codron and subsequently in The New Revue, The Nerd, The Sneeze and most recently as Fagin in Cameron Mackintosh’s revival of the musical Oliver!, for which he received a Award.

Britain’s Best Sitcom added

Back in 2004, the BBC broadcast a series that wanted to find ‘Britain’s Best Sitcom’. The British public voted by phone and text during 2003 to decide on the top 100. With the results in, the top 10 were produced and a celebrity advocate of a sitcom was chosen to put their case to the public to ultimately decide on what would be the greatest sitcom.

John Sergeant states why ‘Blackadder’ is his favourite sitcom.

You can read his statement and watch the episode here.

Cheltenham Literary Festival Audio

I’ve finally uploaded the audio from the 2008 Cheltenham Literary Festival talk with Richard Curtis, John Lloyd and Tony Robinson; You’ll find it in the library under ‘other stuff’. Or you could just click here.