Kevin Hensil, a spokesman for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, said 'reducing the benefit by a third will make it harder for families to get by and it places a larger financial burden on states.' He said state officials are studying the impact of the cuts. … [Read more...] about Ted Cruz jokes that Congress should give the unemployed ‘$1 million a day, every day, forever. And three soy lattes a day. And a foot massage’ as he attacks Democrats for a ‘magic money tree’
:: Mark Goodier: "Not only has Terry been loved by the audience, he is genuinely loved and admired by his colleagues too. I remember when I deputised on Ken Bruce's show, and I was terrified because I knew that if he wanted to he could tie me in knots during the handover - but he never did. He is so comfortable and confident as a broadcaster that unlike many others, he is giving and generous on the air. And off the air it's the same. What you see is what you hear, is what you get - a one-off, a once-in-a-lifetime radio talent. … [Read more...] about Tributes flood in as Sir Terry Wogan prepares for final Radio 2 Breakfast Show
Mel was drafted in as a one-off to fill in during Emma's absence. She has been a presenter for Channel 4's The Big Breakfast and had a lengthy stint presenting a daytime ITV show with Des O'Connor. Mel also presented her own show for Galaxy FM. She rose to fame for her "by 'eck, it's gorgeous" Boddington's beer ads. … [Read more...] about Sykes to join Carr’s Radio 2 show
Britain has its own black comedy circuit, which exists beyond the mainstream and has its own superstars. I have been a comedy critic for 10 years and had never visited Kojo's Comedy Fun House in London until last weekend (thus demonstrating Yashere's point about the white middle-class bias of UK comedy). A three-time winner of the best male comedian at the Black Comedy Awards, Kojo spearheads a fast-growing circuit that's "giving our community a way to express themselves other than music", he tells me. His West End club night is broadcast on MTV; guests have included Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle. And it is to America, and not to his Real McCoy forebears, that Kojo looks for inspiration. "For me," he says, "New York is the mecca of comedy." … [Read more...] about Heard the one about the black standups?
And on any night … The live comedy industry is reeling from the effects of the lockdown and until comedians and fans can get together again in the same room there are many initiatives to support performers and promoters. One is to buy an “advance ticket” to a show that hasn’t yet happened, which you can redeem for the gig of your choice once lockdown eases. Show and Tell, Berk’s Nest, Fight in the Dog and Stamptown are all offering such schemes. … [Read more...] about Lockdown laughs: where to watch online comedy