monahanCOMEDY is a funny old game, so let’s take a look who’s playing…

- OF course, the news that everyone is talking about is the success of the Jongleurs Comic Idol auditions on Monday 14 May.
I’m delighted to be teaming up with the comedy giants to unearth Britain’s next top comedian.
A mammoth 10-hour gig saw over 60 entrants take part, judged by ’Allo ‘Allo! icon VICKI MICHELLE, Yes frontman RICK WAKEMAN, Jongleurs founder MARIA KEMPINSKA and ITV1’s Show Me The Funny Winner PATRICK MONAHAN.
COLE PARKER and I co-hosted while LOU MICHELLE donned a variety of get-ups to cause trouble amid contestants backstage.
Bootcamp will whittle the remaining contestants down to a quality line-up for the grand final at Jongleurs Picadilly on Monday 28 May.

- MICHAEL WINSLOW is back and making more noise than ever.
The Police Academy sound effects man is touring the UK with a new show.
And he’ll be using his vocal powers for personal enjoyment.
“I used to wind the car window down and yelp at passing dogs, then they all started replying.
“I’m learning when not to do it, but it still creeps out every now and then!”
See michaelwinslow.net for dates

- THE first batch of Chortle Student Award finalists were announced this week.
The contest has previously unearthed talents like The Inbetweeners star SIMON BIRD, Radio 1’s TOM DEACON and Epic Win’s JOE LYCETT.
I judged the semi-final at Manchester’s Frog and Bucket, where I was delighted to see JONATHAN F MONOLOGUE, ADAM MITCHELL and JONATHAN PELHAM all go through.
The final will be held in Edinburgh on August 13.

- DANIEL RADCLIFFE is set to star in a Russian comedy drama.
The Harry Potter star will play a younger version of Jon Hamm’s doctor in a four-parter called A Young Doctor’s Notebook – part of a Playhouse Presents series, based on short stories by Russian writer and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov.
And Radcliffe loves the old scrawler.
He gushed: “I have been an obsessive Bulgakov reader for a couple of years. The book is funny, grotesque and heartfelt in equal measure.”
It’ll be a bit of light relief for Daniel – who appeared in British horror The Woman In Black earlier this year.

- KEITH LEMON is getting his own reality show.
Character comic LEIGH FRANCIS’ vulgar Yorkshire creation will have cameras turned on him as he takes us on a journey that’s like Keeping Up With The Kardashians meets Alan Partridge.
So there’ll be plenty of tanning and Toblerone then.

- IT’S all change for Keith, as RUFUS HOUND has left Celebrity Juice.
He said: “I’m done. I’m not on that show anymore.”
But he’s keeping busy.
The ex-Top Of The Pops host makes his stage debut next month in Utopia – a collaborative theatre piece which boast DYLAN MORAN and Newcastle MP CHI ONWURAH among its contributors.

- CAREY MARX suffered a heart attack at the weekend.
The much-loved comic was in Birmingham to perform at the city’s Jongleurs venue.
His wife Carrie said on Facebook: “Carey had a heart attack on Saturday but he is OK.
“It’s going to be a long recovery but we’re looking forward to life getting back to normal.
Aussie joker BRENDON BURNS summed it up on Twitter.
He said: “This is horrible news. I hope you know just how loved you are buddy.”

- STEVE COOGAN is set to star in Northern Soul – a Seventies soul music flick.
The comic – who starred in Manchester music scene hit 24 Hour Party People – will appear alongside singer LISA STANSFIELD.
Filming starts next month in Bury, Bolton and Blackburn.
More excitingly though, an Alan Partridge movie is also being developed.
Spiceworld.

By TOMMY HOLGATE

SOURCES: Chortle, British Comedy Guide, Digital Spy, The daily Telegraph