Legionnaires of Laughter Inaugural Awards Ceremony 2018 Legacy Awards

Legionnaires of Laughter (Lol) will hold it’s first-ever Legacy Awards on December 10th, 2018 at Cipriani Wall Street in Downtown New York City. The evening will be hosted by comedian Ken Jeong and will include several special performances and special guest appearances.

The inaugural event was founded by the late King of Comedy, to celebrate his peers and honor their efforts and achievements in the comedy arena. The evening will recognize comedians in a number of categories and are voted on by an exclusive group of 130 comedians, inducted by Jerry Lewis as the first Legionnaires in the Lol Academy.

Legionnaires of Laughter’s Legacy Awards are executive produced by Emmy & Grammy Award winning producer, Rikki Hughes; Veteran Entertainment Executive Barry Florence; and Australian film producer, Louise Schultze.

Profits from sponsorship of the evening will be donated to Jerry Lewis' charity, Jerry’s House. Legionnaires of Laughter Legacy Awards is proudly
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The NHS: A People’s History review – Britain at its best and its worst

This documentary on the early years of the health service shares tales of derring-do – and painful accounts of racism, mistreatment and misogyny

In a south London house plastered with posters tracking 40 years of fighting for the NHS, June Hautot brings out a little booklet her father kept in his pocket. What is inside? A list of the family’s expenditure on doctor’s fees that tells a concise, brutal story of what life before the NHS looked like. Every visit to the Gp, of which there were many, because Hautot’s mother had cancer, cost five shillings. “And our rent was eight shillings,” Hautot says. “People lived in fear of being sick.”

So begins Alex Brooker’s tremendously moving crowdsourced story (BBC Four), told through a polyphony of voices and objects from up and down the country as our critically endangered health service wheezes its way towards 70. Watching the first of three episodes,
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Friday’s best TV: The Last Leg; Lethal Weapon

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Return of the cheerful, topical comedy hosted by Adam Hills; Riggs and Murtaugh investigate the death of a pop star’s bodyguard. Plus: Graham Norton welcomes Tom Cruise back to the sofa

This cheerful, topical comedy is never off air for long – and with world affairs teetering on the brink of madness so much of the time at the moment, that is probably not surprising. The genial but incisive Adam Hills hosts, while Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe comprise the show’s regular comedy backbone. As ever, it is likely that the special celebrity guests – keen to stretch their satirical chops as a form of protest – will provide the incentive to watch. Increasingly, something of a Friday evening institution. John Robinson

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The Crystal Maze 2017 episode 2 review

Louisa Mellor Jun 30, 2017

The revived Crystal Maze is a winner, as its second Stand Up To Cancer celebrity special proves…

“I love The Crystal Maze!” said Joey Essex, once he’d worked out what one was and that he was in it. “Haven’t we revitalised the format?!” agreed Richard Ayoade enthusiastically, sadly putting Joey right back in the lap of confusion.

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Ayoade and Essex, two very different kinds of men. Watching them try to converse can’t be unlike watching an owl try to mate with a suitcase. Having seen it now though, I just want more. Quick, someone commission a show in which the pair of them team up to fight crime or catch cowboy roofers or conduct a public vote for the nation’s best Center Parcs. Whatever it is, I know I wouldn’t be able to look away.
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The Crystal Maze 2017 episode 1 review

Louisa Mellor Jun 23, 2017

The Crystal Maze is back with a new Maze Master, a new Futuristic Zone, and all the fun of the original...

You can question TV’s current Rosebud-like obsession with stuff that used to make us happy as kids all you like; the truth is that watching Richard Ayoade being wry to people dressed like ghostbusters is just good medicine. Watching Richard Ayoade in salmon pink corduroy being wry to minor celebrities dressed like ghostbusters is excellent medicine.

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Throw in some diverting games and theme music that instantly lifts the spirits and you’ve got a remedy that gives you an hour (or, forty-five minutes not including ads) in which to forget the world’s parlous state and feel
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Josh Widdicombe webchat – your questions answered on politics, fans, and the best of Blur

The standup comedian and Last Leg host fielded your questions on niche 90s football references, ribbing Devon for a living and how much of a posh boy he is exactly

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That’s it folks … thank you all for your questions.

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Thank you so much for all of your questions. I can honestly say that's the most fun I've ever had in the Guardian building. My DVD, What Do I Do Now? is out now, and will make an ideal Christmas present/drinks coaster.

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royleslie asks:

Which do you prefer – writing your own stand-up routines or writing for your sitcom?

I find writing is the most fun I have in comedy. I think writing for the sitcom more fun, because I get to do it with someone else - my co-writer Tom Craine. However, writing a sitcom is far more time-consuming and far more difficult than I think anyone realises.
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Are you pulling my leg? C4 strikes gold by seeing Paralympics funny side

Disability is treated as delicately off-limits by mainstream TV, but The Last Leg: Live from Rio has gone where others fear to tread

They’re edgy, funny and, at times, borderline offensive, but three comics who have dominated Channel 4’s evening schedule over the last fortnight might just have achieved a breakthrough for a subject that is notoriously hard to tackle.

Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe on Saturday finished their stint as presenters of The Last Leg: Live from Rio, the comedy programme that has accompanied the Paralympics in what, for the first year, has been a prime-time viewing slot of 8pm. The show has tackled everything from how an athlete with no arms eats M&Ms to whether or not athletes stash their prosthetics in the overhead lockers of aircraft. In doing so, it has attracted a growing audience of loyal fans.

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Saturday's best TV: Stag; The Voice; The Superhumans Show

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Things go very dark indeed in a twisted new comedy; the unending singing show commences its battle phase; and Alex Brooker begins the countdown to the Paralympic Games

7pm, BBC1

Back in the early 00s there were plenty of straightforward talent shows on TV, albeit mostly supported by premium-rate phone votes. Fast-forward to 2016 and we have the unending saga that is The Voice, with its pointless anonymity, pop has-beens and umptillion VTs to remind us how much contractually obligated fun the judges are having. As the battle phase commences tonight, the spinning chairs from the blind rounds have somehow avoided the BBC skip, too. Can’t we just have Fame Academy back? Hannah J Davies

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Friday’s best TV: Shetland, Celebrity Big Brother, The Last Leg Goes Down Under, The Most Dangerous Band in the World: the Story of Guns N’ Roses

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Perez and Tosh head to Glasgow to investigate a witness-protection case; the weirdest CBB comes to an end; Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker feel the heat. Plus, excess all areas with legendary La rockers

The police procedural takes another twist as Perez and Tosh head to Glasgow, trying to discover why the now late Michael Maguire – real surname Thompson and the victim of a professional hit – was on Shetland and in a witness-protection programme. Turns out the authorities in the city may have a leak. The trip also brings Perez face to face with gangster Arthur McCall, who may hold the key to what’s happening. Taggart before it got rubbish meets Scandi-noir, and thus compelling stuff. Jonathan Wright

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You need to see The Last Leg's Adam Hills shave his head for Stand Up To Cancer

Wow! The Last Leg presenter Adam Hills got into the spirit of Channel 4's Stand Up To Cancer telethon by shaving his head.

Viewers were asked to vote on how they would like the show to finish, either with diehard Arsenal fan Alex Brooker wearing a Spurs football shirt, Greg Davies weightlifting Josh Widdicombe or Hills shaving his head.

Looking good @adamhillscomedy! #su2c #standuptocancer

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The poll was announced at the end of the show as 11% for the Spurs shirt, 23% for Greg's weightlifting and an overwhelming 66% voted in favour of Hills going bald.

Quick to pick up the clippers were Brooker and guest Russell Howard, who didn't take long to shear Hills of his thick head of hair.

The impact seemed to dawn on the comedian, who shrieked: "What have I done? What have I done?!"

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Alex Brooker interview: 'I got called a cripple online... and Twitter did nothing'

Alex Brooker has hit out at Twitter for failing to protect its users after he was called a "cripple" on the site.

Speaking to Digital Spy to promote Scope's End The Awkward campaign, Brooker suggested that the social network needs to start tackling abuse more strongly.

"I do believe that the people who run Twitter really need to get a hold of it soon and start really enforcing some rules on it, because at the moment you can just say anything to anyone," he said.

"I had a guy call me a 'cripple' after I was on A League of Their Own. I reported that to Twitter and they said it wasn't against their rules. And then they said, 'If you disagree with this, please give further evidence'. I basically explained to them who I was, what I did - bearing in mind that I'm a verified account as well
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Glastonbury, The Last Leg

Glastonbury: BBC Three, 7pm

Tonight's coverage is presented by Greg James and Clara Amfo, with highlights including performances from James Bay and indie band Catfish and the Bottlemen.

The BBC will also have more highlights from Worthy Farm at 7:30pm on BBC Two and BBC Four, including tracks from tonight's headliners Florence + the Machine.

Sons of Anarchy: Spike, 9pm

Season six of the hit Us drama following a gang of bikers debuts on Spike tonight.

Jax encourages the gang to consider making the club a more legitimate business, even if he is still struggling to escape the sins of his past.

Big Brother Live Eviction: Channel 5, 9pm

Another week, another eviction. See who will be next to leave the Big Brother house out of Cristian, Sam, Harry, Simon, Jack, Joel, Danny and Nick.

Rylan Clark's Bit on the Side follows at 10:30pm, with a live feed beginning from 11:30pm.
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Culture secretary will face questions on BBC licence fee at Edinburgh TV Festival

The BBC licence fee is always a hot topic, and culture secretary John Whittingdale will face questions about it during this year's Edinburgh International TV Festival.

The Conservative MP will also take questions about the BBC's charter renewal and Channel 4's future amid rumours of its privatisation, in a one-on-one interview with journalist Alastair Stewart.

"We are delighted that the new culture secretary is coming to the TV Festival in its 40th anniversary year," said Guardian Edinburgh TV Festival advisory chair Zai Bennett. 

"There are few MPs more knowledgeable about the media than John Whittingdale, and I'm sure the industry will be excited to hear his views on issues ranging from the impending charter renewal, to discussions on privatisation. This really is a session not to be missed."

The government recently denied it has plans to sell off Channel 4 following Ofcom's third review of public service broadcasting, which is currently under way.
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The Last Leg returns for series 6 this month and Stephen Merchant is first guest

Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker are back for a sixth series of Channel 4's The Last Leg.

The topical comedy show will return to screens on Friday, June 26 at 10pm.

The comedians will present their usual alternative review of the week over the course of 11 new episodes, and The Office and Extras co-creator Stephen Merchant will be the first celebrity guest to join them on the series.

The Channel 4 show most recently aired three General Election specials back in April.

The Last Leg trio were also a key part of Channel 4's election night coverage alongside David Mitchell and channel newcomer Jeremy Paxman.

Watch a clip from The Last Leg below:
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Peter Kay's Car Share, Big Brother: Timebomb

Marvel's Agents of Shield: Channel 4, 8pm

The sci-fi action continues in 'The Dirty Half-Dozen', as Lincoln Campbell (Luke Mitchell) is held prisoner with Mike Peterson (J August Richards).

Meanwhile, Gonzales and Coulson have to ignore their differences to fight together against Hydra.

Big Brother Timebomb: Live Eviction: Channel 5, 9pm

Emma Willis reveals the latest evictee from the Big Brother: Timebomb house as voted out by the public. Will Adoja, Eileen or Sarah be evicted tonight?

We also get to catch up with all of yesterday's action from the house with all the latest gossip, drama and tasks.

A League of Their Own: Sky1, 9pm

Absolutely Fabulous star Jennifer Saunders, Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and TV presenter Alex Brooker join the A League of Their Own gang for the latest helping of the comedy sports quiz.

James Corden hosts, with regulars Jamie Redknapp and Andrew Flintoff joining him as team captains.
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - W1A, Madam Secretary, The Last Leg

W1A: BBC Two - 9pm

The meta BBC mockumentary starring Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hynes and Monica Dolan returns for a second series.

One year on and head of values Ian Fletcher has finally got his own office, and he and the team have a new set of challenges - not least an impending visit from Prince Charles.

Madam Secretary: Sky Living - 9pm

UK season premiere of American political drama follows former CIA analyst Elizabeth McCord when she is pulled out of semi-retirement and appointed Us secretary of state.

Starring Téa Leoni, Petina Miller, and Tim Daly.

Inside No. 9: BBC Two - 10pm

This week on dark comedy Inside No 9, it's Nana's 79th birthday and she's excited about spending the afternoon with her whole family - even Pat and Jim, who both love a practical joke.

Her daughter Angela has put on a lovely spread for the party,
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Josh Widdicombe asks 'What Do I Do Now...' on his new comedy tour

Best known as one of the trio leading The Last Leg, Josh Widdicombe gets back to the day job with a new stand-up tour this autumn.

The comedian plays over 40 dates across the UK on his What Do I Do Now... tour from September 10 to December 20. Full details are available here.

"Since he's been away from stand-up, Josh has been working hard on other things... but don't worry. In his spare time he has found a lot of minor things to get annoyed about, and now he has a chance to talk about them on stage (in the form of jokes)," said promoters.

"If you have seen him before live or on TV and enjoyed yourself, then this is the show for you. If you didn't like him, then it probably isn't."

Before then, Widdicombe reunites with Adam Hills and Alex Brooker for a trio of Last Leg specials ahead of the 2015 General Election.
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Game of Thrones, Made in Chelsea

Game of Thrones: Sky Atlantic, 9pm

The weather may be warming up, but in Westeros, winter is definitely upon us as the fantasy drama phenomenon returns for its fifth season.

Jon Snow (Kit Harington) becomes an intermediary between King of the Wildlings Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hinds) and claimant-to-the-throne Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane). Meanwhile Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) adjusts to his new surroundings and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) grapples with power.

Made in Chelsea: E4, 9pm

The hit E4 reality show is back for series 9.

Things heat up when Spencer and Alex's holidays with their girlfriends are interrupted by the arrival of Jamie and some singles.

Virtually Famous: E4, 10pm

The comedy panel show hosted by former Glee star Kevin McHale is back for a second series.

Team captains Seann Walsh and Chris Stark and guests Mark-Francis Vandelli, Dappy, Alex Brooker and Ellie Taylor are quizzed about the latest internet sensations.
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The Last Leg to return for 3 General Election specials on Channel 4

The Last Leg is to return for three specials later this month.

The Channel 4 topical comedy show will discuss the build-up to the General Election, launching on Thursday, April 23 at 10pm.

Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker will all return for their usual alternative review of the week.

For each episode, they will be joined by celebrity guests and politicians as they look back at the latest election news.

Channel 4 will also air political sitcom Ballot Monkeys in the run-up to the General Election. Sarah Hadland and Ben Miller will star as politicians campaigning in their respective buses.

Meanwhile, Dame Judi Dench and Mark Gatiss are to star in a new stage play that will be broadcast live on More4. The Vote - set in a fictional polling station - will make theatrical history when it is shown live on TV on election night (May 7) as polls close from 8.30pm.
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - The Musketeers, 12 Monkeys

The Musketeers: BBC One, 9pm

It's an odd fit for Friday nights, but The Musketeers continues to provide rousing adventure fare every single week.

Tonight, the king's cousin Princess Louise (Perdita Wicks) is targeted for assassination - but is there more to this particular crisis than meets the eye?

12 Monkeys: Syfy UK, 9pm

Syfy's TV adaptation of Terry Gilliam's cult sci-fi movie comes to the UK.

Nikita's Aaron Stanford takes on the Bruce Willis role of a time traveller from a dystopian, plague-ravaged future who arrives in the present day.

The Last Leg: Channel 4, 10pm

It's the last in the current series for Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker's irreverent review series.

Joined by comedian Sarah Millican, the trio are looking to offer their own unique insight into some of the most difficult and delicate issues in modern Britain.

The Graham Norton Show: BBC One,
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