Comedy Zone

A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland, including amusing interviews with comics, sketch comedy and archive features.

A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland, including interviews from Comic to Comic, Gift of the Gag and lively archive features.

Join Fred Macaulay in the Spiegeltent at the Edinburgh Festival for comedy and chat with some of the top comedians, entertainers and musical acts performing on the Fringe.

A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland, including selections from Comic to Comic, Gift of the Gag and lively archive features.

A celebration of the comedy scene in Scotland featuring interviews with top comedians, sketch comedy and archive features

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20081101

A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland, including amusing interviews with comics, sketch comedy and archive features.

20081108

A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland, including amusing interviews with comics, sketch comedy and archive features.

20081115

Janice Forsyth meets Irish comedienne Pauline McGlynn, aka Mrs Doyle from ‘Father Ted’; Davie Scott takes a listen to the music from some of the world’s funniest movies; Susan Morrison confesses to her obsession with the RMS Titanic; Suzanne Fraser considers the funny side of having children; Chick Young goes to the North Pole; and Nicolas Parsons explores how humour developed in Glasgow’s shipyards.

A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

20081122

A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland, including amusing interviews with comics, sketch comedy and archive features.

20081129

A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland, including amusing interviews with comics, sketch comedy and archive features.

20081206

A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland, including amusing interviews with comics, sketch comedy and archive features.

20081213

A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland, including amusing interviews with comics, sketch comedy and archive features.

20081226

Julia Sutherland presents a Boxing Day special featuring Jim Bowen, Ivor Cutler, Ford Kiernan, Ronnie Corbett, Eric Morecombe, Ashley Jensen, Karen Dunbar and Sanjeev Kohli.

Julia Sutherland presents a Boxing Day special.

20090103

20090103

Chris Neill introduces highlights from MacAulay and Co at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival.

20090103

20090103

Comedian Chris Neill introduces highlights from MacAulay and Co's two-week run at the Speigeltent, recorded at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

20090103

Comedian Chris Neill introduces highlights from MacAulay and Co's two-week run at the Speigeltent, recorded at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Chris Neill introduces highlights from MacAulay and Co at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival.

20090117

20090117

Julia Sutherland introduces an hilarious mix of programmes, featuring standup Bill Bailey.

20090117

20090117

Julia Sutherland introduces an hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland. Gail Porter hosts the nostalgic panel show, 'Step Back in Time', with team captains Karen Dunbar and Sanjeev Kohli; Greg Proops presents the first episode in a four-part series on the history of American stand-up; Carla Lane – writer of classic sitcoms the 'Liver Birds', 'Bless This House', and 'Bread' – recalls a favourite year from her life; and Janice Forsyth chats with Bill Bailey, Shaun Williamson, Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin, and Bette Midler.

20090117

Julia Sutherland introduces an hilarious mix of programmes, featuring standup Bill Bailey.

Julia Sutherland introduces an hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland. Gail Porter hosts the nostalgic panel show, 'Step Back in Time', with team captains Karen Dunbar and Sanjeev Kohli; Greg Proops presents the first episode in a four-part series on the history of American stand-up; Carla Lane – writer of classic sitcoms the 'Liver Birds', 'Bless This House', and 'Bread' – recalls a favourite year from her life; and Janice Forsyth chats with Bill Bailey, Shaun Williamson, Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin, and Bette Midler.

Julia Sutherland introduces an hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland:

  1. Gail Porter hosts the nostalgic panel show, 'Step Back in Time', with team captains Karen Dunbar and Sanjeev Kohli;
  2. , and Bette Midler.
  3. the auld grey thistle test
  4. Greg Proops presents the first episode in a four-part series on the history of american stand-up;
  • greg hemple - highland hotel hoots
  • in conversation with - Janice Forsyth chats with Andy Hamilton & guy jenkin
  • in conversation with - Janice Forsyth chats with Bill Bailey
  • in conversation with - Janice Forsyth chats with shaun williamson
  • my favourite year - 1971 - carla lane, writer of classic sitcoms the 'liver birds', 'bless this house', and 'bread', recalls a favourite year from her life;
  • 20090124

    20090124

    Julia Sutherland introduces an hilarious mix of programmes, featuring Greg Proops.

    20090124

    20090124

    Julia Sutherland introduces an hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland. Gail Porter hosts the nostalgic panel show, 'Step Back in Time', with team captains Karen Dunbar and Sanjeev Kohli; Greg Proops presents the first episode in a four-part series on the history of American stand-up; Carla Lane – writer of classic sitcoms the 'Liver Birds', 'Bless This House', and 'Bread' – recalls a favourite year from her life; and Janice Forsyth chats with Bill Bailey, Shaun Williamson, Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin, and Bette Midler.

    20090124

    Julia Sutherland introduces an hilarious mix of programmes, featuring Greg Proops.

    Julia Sutherland introduces an hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland. Gail Porter hosts the nostalgic panel show, 'Step Back in Time', with team captains Karen Dunbar and Sanjeev Kohli; Greg Proops presents the first episode in a four-part series on the history of American stand-up; Carla Lane – writer of classic sitcoms the 'Liver Birds', 'Bless This House', and 'Bread' – recalls a favourite year from her life; and Janice Forsyth chats with Bill Bailey, Shaun Williamson, Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin, and Bette Midler.

    Julia Sutherland introduces an hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

    Gail Porter hosts the nostalgic panel show, 'Step Back in Time', with team captains Karen Dunbar and Sanjeev Kohli; Greg Proops presents the first episode in a four-part series on the history of American stand-up; Carla Lane writer of classic sitcoms the 'Liver Birds', 'Bless This House', and 'Bread' recalls a favourite year from her life; and Janice Forsyth chats with Bill Bailey, Shaun Williamson, Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin, and Bette Midler

    20090207

    20090207

    Karen Dunbar marks the birth of Robert Burns with Billy Connolly and Armando Iannucci.

    20090207

    20090207

    RUNNING ORDER:

    Karen Dunbar gives an excellent reading of Robert Burns's epic mix of horror and humour, Tam O' Shanter.

    Kirsteen McCue reflects on the comic bawdry of Robert Burns's songs, in 'My Tocher's the Jewel'.

    Arnold Brown takes a laconic look at the Scottish sense of humour with Billy Connolly and Armando Iannucci.

    Lynn Ferguson gives an hilarious roll reversing 'Toast to the Laddies' at an alternative Jean Armour supper.

    Archie Fisher and Tich Frier explore the highways and byways of the comic folk music tradition.

    Robin Russell surveys Scottish variety comedy with Harry Lauder, Will Fyfe, Stanley Baxter and Rikki Fulton.

    'Gregory's Girl' comedy actor John Gordon Sinclair reads Robert Burns's famous 'Address to a Haggis'.

    Russell Hunter opens the Scottish comedy archives with Ronnie Corbett and Gregor Fisher (Rab C Nesbitt).

    Graeme Garden takes a look at the differences between the English and Scottish senses of humour.

    20090207

    RUNNING ORDER:

    Karen Dunbar gives an excellent reading of Robert Burns's epic mix of horror and humour, Tam O' Shanter.

    Kirsteen McCue reflects on the comic bawdry of Robert Burns's songs, in 'My Tocher's the Jewel'.

    Arnold Brown takes a laconic look at the Scottish sense of humour with Billy Connolly and Armando Iannucci.

    Lynn Ferguson gives an hilarious roll reversing 'Toast to the Laddies' at an alternative Jean Armour supper.

    Archie Fisher and Tich Frier explore the highways and byways of the comic folk music tradition.

    Robin Russell surveys Scottish variety comedy with Harry Lauder, Will Fyfe, Stanley Baxter and Rikki Fulton.

    'Gregory's Girl' comedy actor John Gordon Sinclair reads Robert Burns's famous 'Address to a Haggis'.

    Russell Hunter opens the Scottish comedy archives with Ronnie Corbett and Gregor Fisher (Rab C Nesbitt).

    Graeme Garden takes a look at the differences between the English and Scottish senses of humour.

    Karen Dunbar marks the birth of Robert Burns with Billy Connolly and Armando Iannucci.

    Comedienne Karen Dunbar marks the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns.

    A selection of hilarious archive Burns Night programmes.

    To mark Robert Burns' 250th anniversary, the Comedy Zone presents a selection of hilarious archive Burns Night programmes, including sketches and interviews with top comedians.

    20090214

    20090214

    Julia Sutherland introduces a hilarious mix of comedy, featuring Tim Vine.

    20090214

    20090214

    RUNNING ORDER:

    Janice Forsyth talks with one of the forefathers of alternative comedy, 'Young Ones' star Alexi Sayle.

    Stand-up comedian Greg Proops reflects on his comedy idol, the American satirist George Carlin.

    Janice Forsyth talks with the master of the quick-fire one-liner, Edinburgh Festival favourite Tim Vine.

    Bruce Morton invites stand-up comedienne Lynn Fergusson to reveal her comedy heroes and influences.

    Janice Forsyth chats with the risqué stand-up comedian and old school Ukulele player, Frank Skinner.

    Sally Magnusson meets Lucy Briers, daughter of 'The Good Life' and 'Monarch of the Glen' star, Richard Briers.

    Bruce Morton profiles the comedy of Aberdonian comedy review act 'Scotland the What', in 'Gift of the Gag'.

    Stand-up comedian Craig Hill breaks into song as he counts down his 'Top Ten Most Unlikely Musicals'.

    Edi Stark chats with co-presenter of 'Off The Ball' and football fanzine programme 'Offside', Tam Cowan.

    Lynne Fergusson meets the comedy scriptwriter who co-wrote Lead Balloon with Jack Dee, Pete Sinclair

    Glaswegian comedian Bruce Morton talks 'Comic to Comic' with the Australian stand-up, Julia Morris.

    Davie Scott, of rock band 'Pearlfishers', considers the comedy of music, in 'Silverscreen Beats'.

    Stand-up comedienne Susan Morrison confesses her obsession with the tragic passenger liner Titanic.

    Stand-up Greg Proops explores the comedy of Richard Pryor, the Vietnam War, and recreational drugs.

    20090214

    RUNNING ORDER:

    Janice Forsyth talks with one of the forefathers of alternative comedy, 'Young Ones' star Alexi Sayle.

    Stand-up comedian Greg Proops reflects on his comedy idol, the American satirist George Carlin.

    Janice Forsyth talks with the master of the quick-fire one-liner, Edinburgh Festival favourite Tim Vine.

    Bruce Morton invites stand-up comedienne Lynn Fergusson to reveal her comedy heroes and influences.

    Janice Forsyth chats with the risqué stand-up comedian and old school Ukulele player, Frank Skinner.

    Sally Magnusson meets Lucy Briers, daughter of 'The Good Life' and 'Monarch of the Glen' star, Richard Briers.

    Bruce Morton profiles the comedy of Aberdonian comedy review act 'Scotland the What', in 'Gift of the Gag'.

    Stand-up comedian Craig Hill breaks into song as he counts down his 'Top Ten Most Unlikely Musicals'.

    Edi Stark chats with co-presenter of 'Off The Ball' and football fanzine programme 'Offside', Tam Cowan.

    Lynne Fergusson meets the comedy scriptwriter who co-wrote Lead Balloon with Jack Dee, Pete Sinclair

    Glaswegian comedian Bruce Morton talks 'Comic to Comic' with the Australian stand-up, Julia Morris.

    Davie Scott, of rock band 'Pearlfishers', considers the comedy of music, in 'Silverscreen Beats'.

    Stand-up comedienne Susan Morrison confesses her obsession with the tragic passenger liner Titanic.

    Stand-up Greg Proops explores the comedy of Richard Pryor, the Vietnam War, and recreational drugs.

    Julia Sutherland introduces a hilarious mix of comedy, featuring Tim Vine.

    Janice Forsyth chats with the risqu stand-up comedian and old school Ukulele player, Frank Skinner

    20090221

    20090221

    Julia Sutherland introduces a hilarious mix of comedy, featuring Tim Vine.

    20090221

    20090221

    RUNNING ORDER:

    Janice Forsyth talks with one of the forefathers of alternative comedy, 'Young Ones' star Alexi Sayle.

    Stand-up comedian Greg Proops reflects on his comedy idol, the American satirist George Carlin.

    Janice Forsyth talks with the master of the quick-fire one-liner, Edinburgh Festival favourite Tim Vine.

    Bruce Morton invites stand-up comedienne Lynn Fergusson to reveal her comedy heroes and influences.

    Janice Forsyth chats with the risqué stand-up comedian and old school Ukulele player, Frank Skinner.

    Sally Magnusson meets Lucy Briers, daughter of 'The Good Life' and 'Monarch of the Glen' star, Richard Briers.

    Bruce Morton profiles the comedy of Aberdonian comedy review act 'Scotland the What', in 'Gift of the Gag'.

    Stand-up comedian Craig Hill breaks into song as he counts down his 'Top Ten Most Unlikely Musicals'.

    Edi Stark chats with co-presenter of 'Off The Ball' and football fanzine programme 'Offside', Tam Cowan.

    Lynne Fergusson meets the comedy scriptwriter who co-wrote Lead Balloon with Jack Dee, Pete Sinclair

    Glaswegian comedian Bruce Morton talks 'Comic to Comic' with the Australian stand-up, Julia Morris.

    Davie Scott, of rock band 'Pearlfishers', considers the comedy of music, in 'Silverscreen Beats'.

    Stand-up comedienne Susan Morrison confesses her obsession with the tragic passenger liner Titanic.

    Stand-up Greg Proops explores the comedy of Richard Pryor, the Vietnam War, and recreational drugs.

    20090221

    RUNNING ORDER:

    Janice Forsyth talks with one of the forefathers of alternative comedy, 'Young Ones' star Alexi Sayle.

    Stand-up comedian Greg Proops reflects on his comedy idol, the American satirist George Carlin.

    Janice Forsyth talks with the master of the quick-fire one-liner, Edinburgh Festival favourite Tim Vine.

    Bruce Morton invites stand-up comedienne Lynn Fergusson to reveal her comedy heroes and influences.

    Janice Forsyth chats with the risqué stand-up comedian and old school Ukulele player, Frank Skinner.

    Sally Magnusson meets Lucy Briers, daughter of 'The Good Life' and 'Monarch of the Glen' star, Richard Briers.

    Bruce Morton profiles the comedy of Aberdonian comedy review act 'Scotland the What', in 'Gift of the Gag'.

    Stand-up comedian Craig Hill breaks into song as he counts down his 'Top Ten Most Unlikely Musicals'.

    Edi Stark chats with co-presenter of 'Off The Ball' and football fanzine programme 'Offside', Tam Cowan.

    Lynne Fergusson meets the comedy scriptwriter who co-wrote Lead Balloon with Jack Dee, Pete Sinclair

    Glaswegian comedian Bruce Morton talks 'Comic to Comic' with the Australian stand-up, Julia Morris.

    Davie Scott, of rock band 'Pearlfishers', considers the comedy of music, in 'Silverscreen Beats'.

    Stand-up comedienne Susan Morrison confesses her obsession with the tragic passenger liner Titanic.

    Stand-up Greg Proops explores the comedy of Richard Pryor, the Vietnam War, and recreational drugs.

    Julia Sutherland introduces a hilarious mix of comedy, featuring Tim Vine.

    Janice Forsyth chats with the risqu stand-up comedian and old school Ukulele player, Frank Skinner

    20090228

    20090228

    Limmy at last summer's Edinburgh Festival, with Jason Byrne, Omid Djalili and Jeff Green.

    20090228

    20090228

    RUNNING ORDER

    1. Jim Bowen, Jeff Green, Kevin Gildea and Kate Robbins join Fred MacAulay, at the Edinburgh Festival.

    2. Sarah Millican and Stephen K Amos, join Fred MacAulay in the Spiegeltent, at the Edinburgh Festival.

    3. Omid Djalili and Jason Byrne, join Fred MacAulay in the Spiegeltent, on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

    4. Clive James and Jon Richardson, join Fred MacAulay in the Spiegeltent, at the Edinburgh Festival.

    20090228

    RUNNING ORDER

    1. Jim Bowen, Jeff Green, Kevin Gildea and Kate Robbins join Fred MacAulay, at the Edinburgh Festival.

    2. Sarah Millican and Stephen K Amos, join Fred MacAulay in the Spiegeltent, at the Edinburgh Festival.

    3. Omid Djalili and Jason Byrne, join Fred MacAulay in the Spiegeltent, on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

    4. Clive James and Jon Richardson, join Fred MacAulay in the Spiegeltent, at the Edinburgh Festival.

    Limmy at last summer's Edinburgh Festival, with Jason Byrne, Omid Djalili and Jeff Green.

    1.

    Jim Bowen, Jeff Green, Kevin Gildea and Kate Robbins join Fred Macaulay, at the Edinburgh Festival.

    2.

    Sarah Millican and Stephen K Amos, join Fred Macaulay in the Spiegeltent, at the Edinburgh Festival.

    3.

    Omid Djalili and Jason Byrne, join Fred Macaulay in the Spiegeltent, on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

    4.

    Clive James and Jon Richardson, join Fred Macaulay in the Spiegeltent, at the Edinburgh Festival.

    20090307

    20090307

    Limmy at last summer's Edinburgh Festival, with Jason Byrne, Omid Djalili and Jeff Green.

    20090307

    20090307

    RUNNING ORDER

    1. Jim Bowen, Jeff Green, Kevin Gildea and Kate Robbins join Fred MacAulay, at the Edinburgh Festival.

    2. Sarah Millican and Stephen K Amos, join Fred MacAulay in the Spiegeltent, at the Edinburgh Festival.

    3. Omid Djalili and Jason Byrne, join Fred MacAulay in the Spiegeltent, on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

    4. Clive James and Jon Richardson, join Fred MacAulay in the Spiegeltent, at the Edinburgh Festival.

    20090307

    RUNNING ORDER

    1. Jim Bowen, Jeff Green, Kevin Gildea and Kate Robbins join Fred MacAulay, at the Edinburgh Festival.

    2. Sarah Millican and Stephen K Amos, join Fred MacAulay in the Spiegeltent, at the Edinburgh Festival.

    3. Omid Djalili and Jason Byrne, join Fred MacAulay in the Spiegeltent, on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

    4. Clive James and Jon Richardson, join Fred MacAulay in the Spiegeltent, at the Edinburgh Festival.

    Limmy at last summer's Edinburgh Festival, with Jason Byrne, Omid Djalili and Jeff Green.

    1.

    Jim Bowen, Jeff Green, Kevin Gildea and Kate Robbins join Fred Macaulay, at the Edinburgh Festival.

    2.

    Sarah Millican and Stephen K Amos, join Fred Macaulay in the Spiegeltent, at the Edinburgh Festival.

    3.

    Omid Djalili and Jason Byrne, join Fred Macaulay in the Spiegeltent, on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

    4.

    Clive James and Jon Richardson, join Fred Macaulay in the Spiegeltent, at the Edinburgh Festival.

    20100132

    Julia Sutherland celebrates the gift of comedy, featuring Miles Jupp.

    00:01 – Gift of the Gag – Elaine C Smith

    00:25 – Laughed Off the Page – Andy Hamilton

    00:55 – The Flipside of Faith – Part One

    01:20 – Stark Talk – Ashley Jensen

    01:50 – Gift of the Gag – Phil Kay

    02:15 – Laughed Off the Page – Colin Bostock-Smith

    02:45 – The Flipside of Faith – Part Two

    03:10 – Stark Talk - Rhona Cameron

    03:40 – Gift of the Gag – Norman McLean

    04:05 – Laughed Off the Page – Ian Pattison

    04:30 – The Flipside of Faith – Part Three

    05:00 – Stark Talk – Tam Cowan

    20100424

    00:01 - Swots

    00:30 - Comedy Confessions - Jim Bowen

    00:55 - Comedy Heroes Robbie Coltrane

    01:25 - Swots

    01:50 - Comedy Confessions Arnold Brown

    02:20 - Comedy Heroes Armando Iannucci

    02:45 - Tronversations Alan Cumming

    03:30 - Comedy Confessions Jo Caulfield

    03:55 - Comedy Heroes Una Mclean

    04:25 - Ivor Cutler's Little Squeaks and Creaks

    04:45 - Tronversations Richard Wilson

    20100521

    00:01 Art Sutter in Hollywood Mel Blanc and Bob Hope

    01:55 Comedy Idols Greg Proops on George Carlin

    02:25 Comic to Comic Omid Djalili

    02:50 Comedy Idols Rhona Cameron on Woody Allen

    03:15 The Usual Suspects Mort Sahl

    03:45 Stark Talk Graeme Garden

    04:15 My Comedy Heroes Barry Cryer

    04:40 The Usual Suspects Terry Gilliam

    20101106

    Richard Cadey introduces Omid Djalili, Graeme Garden (I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue / The Unbelievable Truth), Graham Linehan (The IT Crowd), Pemberton and Shearsmith (League of Gentlemen), Sid James, Spike Milligan, Jimmy Carr (QI), Jeremy Hardy (The News Quiz), Reginald D Hunter (Have I Got News For You), Lucy Porter (Mock The Week), and Paul Merton (Just a Minute).

    Richard Cadey introduces Jimmy Carr, Reginald D Hunter, Omid Djalili and Paul Merton.

    2010112020110326

    Janice Forsyth introduces some hilarious banter from Rhod Gilbert, Stewart Lee and more.

    Janice Forsyth introduces Rhod Gilbert, Mark Thomas, Barry Cryer (I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue), Andy Hamilton (The News Quiz), Sam Bain, Jesse Armstrong (That Mitchell and Webb Look), Harry Secombe (The Goons), June Whitfield, Stewart Lee, Andy Parsons, Jim Bowen, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Rhod Gilbert, Count Arthur Strong and Ivor Cutler.

    Janice Forsyth with Rhod Gilbert, Stewart Lee, Count Arthur Strong and Andy Hamilton

    20101204

    Julia Sutherland introduces Lucy Porter, Brendan Burns, Susan Calman, Miles Jupp, Fred MacAulay, Craig Hill and Reginald D Hunter.

    Julia Sutherland introduces Lucy Porter, Brendan Burns, Craig Hill and Reginald D Hunter.

    Julia Sutherland introduces Lucy Porter, Brendan Burns, Craig Hill and Reginald D Hunter

    1. Sarah at the Stand - Sarah Millican goes backstage at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Mark Nelson, Alun Cochrane and Reginald D Hunter.
    2. Laughed Off The Page with Rob Grant - Janice Forsyth meets the comedy writer behind Spitting Image, Red Dwarf, Jasper Carrot, Bob Monkhouse and Ken Dodd.
    3. Happy Campers - Liza Tarbuck tells the story of Britains holiday camps with some help from Johnny Ball, Russell Grant, Status Quo and Alvin Stardust.
    4. Funny Turns - Hilarious stand-up with Fred Macaulay, Raymond Mearns, David Kay and Susan Calman.
    5. Laughed Off The Page with Neil Innes - Janice Forsyth meets the 7th member of the Monty Python Team and performer in The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour.
    6. Sarah at the Stand - Sarah Millican at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Chris Forbes, Rob Rouse and Brendon Burns.
    7. Mel Gidroyc - Janice Forsyth meets the comic, actress, former sparring partner of Sue Perkins and recent presenter of The Great British Bake Off.
    8. Stark Talk: Greg Hemphill and Ford Kiernan - The creators of Scottish comedies Chewing the Fat and Still Game look back on their comedy partnership in 2001.
    9. Comic To Comic: Tina C - Christopher Green aka country singer Tina C, explains to Bruce Morton what drives doing gags in drag.
    10. Comic To Comic: Andy Parsons - Mock The Week regular Andy Parsons chats to Bruce Morton about how he got started in comedy and the pros and cons of working as one half of a double act.
    11. The Questionator: Daniel Sloss - The up-and-coming Scottish comedian gives his guide to getting started in comedy.
    12. Comic To Comic: Andy Zaltzman - The regular 5 Live contributor discusses what informs his own particular brand of satire.
    13. Stark Talk: Bruce Morton - Edi Stark chats to one of Scotlands top comedy comperes and asks him what motivates him to get up on stage every night.
    14. Comic To Comic: Miles Jupp - Comedian Miles Jupp explains how to turn a job as a kids TV entertainer into a career as a top-rated stand-up.

    20101218

    Paul English presents another Comedy Connections Special.

    Paul English presents another Comedy Connections Special exploring the links between some of Britain's funniest people.

    Along the way he'll be joining the comedy dots between Greg Hemphill (Still Game, Chewing The Fat), Julie Wilson-Nimmo (Balamory, Rab C Nesbitt), Miles Jupp (Mock The Week, Rev), Steve Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith (The League Of Gentlemen, Psychoville), Simon Pegg (Spaced, Shaun Of The Dead, Paul), Steve Coogan (Mid Morning Matters, The Trip), Peter Baynham (I'm Alan Partridge, Borat, Bruno), Armando Iannucci (The Thick Of It, In The Loop), Peter Capaldi (The thick Of It, The Accused), Craig Ferguson (The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson), Lynn Ferguson (Chicken Run), Barry Cryer (The Morecambe and Wise Show, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue) and Ronnie Corbett (Sorry, The One Ronnie).

    2011041320120218

    A compilation of programmes celebrating the greatest Comic Clowns of all time.

    2011041620120218

    A compilation of programmes celebrating the greatest Comic Clowns of all time.

    Julia Sutherland presents a compilation of programmes celebrating the greatest Comic Clowns of all-time. This special Zone features a documentary on the genius of Charlie Chaplin, Alex Norton revisits Stan Laurel's Glasgow and the Usual Suspects discusses the enduring love people feel towards Laurel and partner Oliver Hardy.

    2011051420110917

    Paul English with a celebration of the best in satirical comedy.

    Paul English takes a well-aimed swipe at the politicians with a celebration of the best in satirical comedy.

    Among the marksmen on target this week is Jonathon Lynn - one of the writers of classic political sitcom Yes Minister, Have I Got News For You stalwart Ian Hislop discusses what catches his private Eye, Rory Bremner makes a good impression on us with his guide to impersonating politicians and Paul meets up with Armando Iannucci - the man behind the majority of the greatest comedy of the last 20 years including the peerless Thick Of It.

    A celebration of the best in satirical comedy.

    20110604

    Janice Forsyth presents a collection of her own favourite archive interviews with comedians.

    Included in the Zone are many of the biggest names in modern British comedy such as Alan Davies (QI, Whites), Ardal O'Hanlon (Father Ted), Barry Cryer (I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue), Ben Elton (Blackadder), Bill Bailey (Black Books), Bob Mills (In Bed With Medinner), Clive Anderson, (Loose Ends), Craig Charles (Red Dwarf), Fred MacAulay (Have I Got News For You), Helen Lederer (Absolutely Fabulous), Alexei Sayle (The Young Ones), Jeff Green (Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow), Jo Brand (Getting On), Lenny Henry (Live at The Apollo), Lily Savage (Blankety Blank), Craig Ferguson (The Late Late Show) and Lynn Ferguson (The Chicken Run).

    A collection of Janice Forsyth's favourite archive interviews with comedians.

    20110611

    Fred MacAulay presents a collection of his favourite male Scottish comedy performers.

    As part of Radio Scotland's Men Like Us season Fred MacAulay presents a collection of his favourite Scottish male comedy performers including the small man with the big talent Ronnie Corbett, the master of the surreal one liner Chic Murray and the new kid on the comedy block Kevin Bridges.

    20110716

    A special zone celebrating clever comic voices.

    A special zone celebrating clever comic voices with impressionists, ventriloquists and Hollywood's best voice artists, presented by Chris Young and his puppet parrot Fernando.

    A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

    20110827

    Tom Price is at the helm for a selection of jokes, conversation and anecdotes from comedians appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe.

    Comedian Tom Price with an Edinburgh Fringe-themed special.

    20110903

    Janice Forsyth brings you conversations with comedians.

    Feng Shui advice from Ross Noble. Tips for frequent flyers from Pam Ann. Reflections on stardom from Eddie Izzard. It could only be the Comedy Zone. Janice Forsyth reflects on the many conversations she's had with the nation's finest comedians over the years, all on BBC Radio Scotland.

    Feng Shui advice from Ross Noble.

    Tips for frequent flyers from Pam Ann.

    Reflections on stardom from Eddie Izzard.

    It could only be the Comedy Zone.

    Janice Forsyth reflects on the many conversations she's had with the nation's finest comedians over the years, all on BBC Radio Scotland.

    A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

    20111022

    Lesley Kay introduces a brilliant line up including Jo Caulfield, Fred MacAulay, Jason Byrne, John Bishop, Arthur Smith, Lucy Porter, Des Clarke, Ed Byrne and Eric Idle.

    Featuring Fred MacAulay, Lucy Porter, Jason Byrne, Jo Caulfield and John Bishop.

    20111112

    Beat the winter blues with some of Scotland's best comedians.

    As the long nights start to set in, we bring you some of Scotland's greatest comedy and comedians to keep those winter blues at bay.

    A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

    20120121

    A Zone celebrating the new generation of comedians.

    A Zone celebrating the new generation of comedians including Miranda Hart, Greg McHugh and Sarah Millican.

    A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

    20120225

    A Zone featuring the sons and daughters of famous comedians including the offspring of Leonard Rossiter, Eric Morecambe, Norman Wisdom, June Whitfield and Richard Briers.

    A Zone featuring the memories of sons and daughters of famous comedians.

    20120303

    Julia Sutherland is your host as we take our seats and test our buzzers with a collection of TV panel show regulars.

    Among the many comedy stars featured who flex their wit on shows like Have I Got News For You, Mock The Week and 8 Out Of 10 Cats are Bill Bailey, Jimmy Carr, Sean Lock, Jason Manford, Sarah Millican, Lee Mack, Chris Addison, Andy Parsons, Frank Skinner, Ian Hislop, Paul Merton and Alan Davies.

    Plus there's a chance to hear some classic episodes of BBC Radio Scotland's very own panel show SWOTS presented by Miles Jupp.

    Julia Sutherland introduces a collection of interviews with TV panel show stars.

    A compilation of programmes celebrating the greatest big screen comedians.

    20120310

    A Zone celebrating the comedy stars of the big screen.

    A Zone celebrating the comedy stars of the big screen including Laurel and Hardy, Mike Myers, Charlie Chaplin and Ricky Gervais.

    20120804

    Take a trip down memory lane with Fred Macaulay.

    Fred MacAulay introduces a selection of programmes featuring some of the stand-ups he cut his comedy teeth with. Among the funny folk on the bill are the laconic master Arnold Brown, the comedian's comedian Bruce Morton, the Grand dame of Grumps Jo Brand, improv king Paul Merton, manically funny Phil Kay and one of America's biggest TV stars and presenter of the Late Late Show, Craig Ferguson.

    20120804

    Take a trip down memory lane with Fred Macaulay.

    Fred MacAulay introduces a selection of programmes featuring some of the stand-ups he cut his comedy teeth with. Among the funny folk on the bill are the laconic master Arnold Brown, the comedian's comedian Bruce Morton, the Grand dame of Grumps Jo Brand, improv king Paul Merton, manically funny Phil Kay and one of America's biggest TV stars and presenter of the Late Late Show, Craig Ferguson.

    A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

    20120908

    The Zone revisits the first series of Christopher Brookmyre's Comedy Bookcase.

    As Christopher Brookmyre's Comedy Bookcase returns to BBC Radio Scotland, we re-visit series 1 of this chat show which sees novelist Christopher Brookmyre speak to top names from the world of comedy and writing. Plus, we'll profile some of the guests Christopher interviewed at this year's Edinburgh Festival who'll be appearing in series 2.

    20121103

    A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

    20121117

    Janice Forsyth presents a collection of her own favourite archive interviews with comedians.

    Included in the Zone are many of the biggest names in modern British comedy such as Alan Davies (QI, Whites), Ardal O'Hanlon (Father Ted), Barry Cryer (I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue), Ben Elton (Blackadder), Bill Bailey (Black Books), Bob Mills (In Bed With Medinner), Clive Anderson, (Loose Ends), Craig Charles (Red Dwarf), Fred MacAulay (Have I Got News For You), Helen Lederer (Absolutely Fabulous), Alexei Sayle (The Young Ones), Jeff Green (Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow), Jo Brand (Getting On), Lenny Henry (Live at The Apollo), Lily Savage (Blankety Blank), Craig Ferguson (The Late Late Show) and Lynn Ferguson (The Chicken Run).

    A collection of Janice Forsyth's favourite archive interviews with comedians.

    ROBERT BURNS Special20090131

    Karen Dunbar introduces a special edition, marking the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns.

    RUNNING ORDER:

    Karen Dunbar gives an excellent reading of Robert Burns's epic mix of horror and humour, Tam O' Shanter.

    Kirsteen Mccue reflects on the comic bawdry of Robert Burns's songs, in 'My Tocher's the Jewel'.

    Arnold Brown takes a laconic look at the Scottish sense of humour with Billy Connolly and Armando Iannucci.

    Lynn Ferguson gives an hilarious roll reversing 'Toast to the Laddies' at an alternative Jean Armour supper.

    Archie Fisher and Tich Frier explore the highways and byways of the comic folk music tradition.

    Robin Russell surveys Scottish variety comedy with Harry Lauder, Will Fyfe, Stanley Baxter and Rikki Fulton.

    'Gregory's Girl' comedy actor John Gordon Sinclair reads Robert Burns's famous 'Address to a Haggis'.

    Russell Hunter opens the Scottish comedy archives with Ronnie Corbett and Gregor Fisher (Rab C Nesbitt).

    Graeme Garden takes a look at the differences between the English and Scottish senses of humour.

    A selection of hilarious archive Burns Night programmes.

    To mark Robert Burns' 250th anniversary, the Comedy Zone presents a selection of hilarious archive Burns Night programmes, including sketches and interviews with top comedians.

    03/10/200820081004

    A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

    A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland, including amusing interviews with comics, sketch comedy and archive features.

    04/08/201220121124

    Take a trip down memory lane with Fred MacAulay.

    Fred MacAulay introduces a selection of programmes featuring some of the stand-ups he cut his comedy teeth with. Among the funny folk on the bill are the laconic master Arnold Brown, the comedian's comedian Bruce Morton, the Grand dame of Grumps Jo Brand, improv king Paul Merton, manically funny Phil Kay and one of America's biggest TV stars and presenter of the Late Late Show, Craig Ferguson

    10/10/200820081011

    A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

    A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland, including amusing interviews with comics, sketch comedy and archive features.

    15/08/200820080816

    A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

    A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland, including selections from Comic to Comic, Gift of the Gag and lively archive features.

    17/10/200820081018

    A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

    A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland, including amusing interviews with comics, sketch comedy and archive features.

    1990s Special20120128

    Fred MacAulay is your host this week as he takes you on a tour of the comedy stars who first made their names in the 1990s.

    Among the stellar line up are previous Edinburgh Comedy Award winners and nominees such as Steve Coogan, Frank Skinner, Jenny Eclair, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith of The League Of Gentlemen and Alan Davies.

    There are also programmes and interviews featuring other notable stars including scriptwriter Graham Linehan, movie star Simon Pegg, Have I Got News For You regular Paul Merton and musical comedian Bill Bailey.

    Fred MacAulay introduces a 1990s comedy special.

    A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

    2010 Fringe Preview20100730

    Vladimir McTavish presents a preview of some of the star comic turns appearing at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe including Sean Lock, Stewart Lee, Jason Byrne and Paul Merton.

    #

    No Going Back

    (29.28) Permalink

    Documentary looking back on 15 years of the Stand Comedy Club in Edinburgh

    Chapter 2

    Sean Lock - MacAulay & Co

    (09.22) Permalink

    Star of "8 out of 10 Cats" and "QI", Sean Lock discusses his new Edinburgh Fringe Show "Lockipedia" on MacAulay and Co

    Chapter 3

    Tom Wrigglesworth - MacAulay & Co

    (03.20) Permalink

    Tom Wrigglesworth performs stand-up as a guest on Fred Macaulay's Edinburgh Festival Show from 2009

    Chapter 4

    Paul Merton - MacAulay & Co

    (14.29) Permalink

    "Have I Got News For You" favourite Paul Merton chats to Fred MacAualay at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival

    Chapter 5

    Phil Kay - Gift of the Gag

    (26.41) Permalink

    Scottish cult comedian Phil Kay discusses his comedy career with Bruce Morton in a programme from 2004

    Chapter 6

    Stewart Lee - The Janice Forsyth Show

    (17.10) Permalink

    Stewart Lee discusses his new Edinburgh show on a recent edition of Janice Forsyth's Saturday morning show

    Chapter 7

    Susan Morrison - Comic to Comic

    (26.46) Permalink

    One of Scotland's finest female comedian's sits down with Bruce Morton to explain her career in Stand-Up

    Chapter 8

    Shazia Mirza - The Janice Forsyth Show

    (24.29) Permalink

    Shazia Mirza talks to Amanda Hamilton about her Stand-Up show "A Portrait Of Shazia Mirza" back in 2008

    Chapter 9

    Felix Dexter - The Janice Forsyth Show

    (21.14) Permalink

    Felix Dexter chats to Janice Forsyth about his career as both an actor and a comedian back in 2008

    Chapter 10

    Sarah Millican - Funny Friends

    (28.33) Permalink

    Sarah Millican chats to Susan Calman about their relationship in a recent edition of Funny Friends

    Chapter 11

    Jason Byrne - The Comedy Caf

    (08.25) Permalink

    Jason Byrne, the Best-selling comedian in Fringe history chats to Janice Forsyth about his 2010 show

    Chapter 12

    Hardeep Singh Kohli - Comedy Confessions

    Hardeep Singh Kohli discusses his life with Father Joe Mills in an edition of Comedy Confessions from 2009

    Chapter 13

    Jo Caulfield - SWOTS

    (28.44) Permalink

    Jo Caulfield plays Headmistress in an edition of the popular panel show SWOTS from earlier this year

    Chapter 14

    John Cooper-Clarke - The Janice Forsyth Show

    (14.16) Permalink

    The Mancunian spoken word legend guests on Janice Forsyth's show in 2009

    Chapter 15

    Adam Hills - Comic To Comic

    (26.39) Permalink

    Australian comedian Adam Hills discusses the funny business of comedy with Bruce Morton in 2006

    22/08/200820080823

    Join Fred Macaulay in the Spiegeltent at the Edinburgh Festival for comedy and chat.

    Join Fred Macaulay in the Spiegeltent at the Edinburgh Festival for comedy and chat with some of the top comedians, entertainers and musical acts performing on the Fringe.

    24/10/200820081025

    A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

    A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland, including amusing interviews with comics, sketch comedy and archive features.

    29/08/200820080830

    A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

    A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland, including interviews from Comic to Comic, Gift of the Gag and lively archive features.

    A Beginners Guide To Comedy20100605

    00.00 Stewart Lee

    00.27 Mitch Benn’s 5 Golden Rules of Comedy

    00.35 Craig Hill

    01.03 Jimmy Carr

    01.30 Mark Nelson

    01.37 Jenny Éclair

    02.04 Limmy & John O’Farrell

    02.18 Ford Kiernan & Greg Hemphill

    02.45 Tina C

    03.13 Andy Parsons

    03.39 Daniel Sloss – The Beginner’s Guide To Comedy

    03.52 Andy Zaltzman

    04.18 Bruce Morton

    04.45 Miles Jupp

    A Beginner's Guide To Comedy20101127

    Mark Nelson presents a beginner's guide to comedy.

    Former Scottish Comedian Of The Year, Mark Nelson, presents a beginner's guide to comedy.

    Handing out advice and opinion are Stewart Lee (Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle, This Morning With Richard Not Judy), Mitch Benn (The Now Show), Jimmy Carr (8 Out Of 10 Cats, QI), Jenny Eclair (I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here), Limmy (The Limmy Show), John O'Farrell (NewsBiscuit, Spitting Image), Ford Kiernan & Greg Hemphill (Chewing The Fat, Still Game), Andy Parsons (Mock The Week), Andy Zaltzman (7 Day Sunday), Bruce Morton, Miles Jupp (Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, Rev) and up-and-coming Scottish stand up Daniel Sloss.

    ormer Scottish Comedian Of The Year, Mark Nelson, presents a beginner's guide to comedy.

    Chapters

    1.

    Chapter 1

    Comic To Comic: Stewart Lee

    Bruce Morton meets the laconic stand up to discuss controversy, confidence and how to cut it in comedy.

    2.

    Chapter 2

    Original Comedy: Mitch Benn

    The Now Show regular introduces his 5 Golden Rules Of Comedy.

    3.

    Chapter 3

    Stark Talk: Craig Hill

    The cheekiest stand up on the circuit chats to Edi Stark about how to master the art of audience interaction.

    4.

    Chapter 4

    Comic To Comic: Jimmy Carr

    The sardonic superstar explains how he made the change from corporate suit to stand up superstar and how to write the perfect gag.

    5.

    Chapter 5

    Original Content: Mark Nelsons Guide To Comedy

    The former Scottish comedian of the year explains how to build a comedy career from scratch.

    6.

    Chapter 6

    Comic To Comic: Jenny clair

    The former Perrier Award-winning comedian sits down with Bruce Morton to discuss her life making people laugh and whether stand-up is for life!

    7.

    Chapter 7

    Comedy Caf: Limmy & John OFarrell

    The King of Viral Comedy Brian Limmy Limmond and John OFarrell, creator of satirical website Newsbiscuit, join Janice Forsyth to discuss whether internet phenomenons are the future of comedy.

    8.

    Chapter 8

    Stark Talk: Greg Hemphill and Ford Kiernan

    The creators of Scottish comedies Chewing the Fat and Still Game look back on their comedy partnership in 2001.

    9.

    Chapter 9

    Comic To Comic: Tina C

    Christopher Green aka country singer Tina C, explains to Bruce Morton what drives doing gags in drag.

    10.

    Chapter 10

    Comic To Comic: Andy Parsons

    Mock The Week regular Andy Parsons chats to Bruce Morton about how he got started in comedy and the pros and cons of working as one half of a double act.

    11.

    Chapter 11

    The Questionator: Daniel Sloss

    The up-and-coming Scottish comedian gives his guide to getting started in comedy.

    12.

    Chapter 12

    Comic To Comic: Andy Zaltzman

    The regular 5 Live contributor discusses what informs his own particular brand of satire.

    13.

    Chapter 13

    Stark Talk: Bruce Morton

    Edi Stark chats to one of Scotlands top comedy comperes and asks him what motivates him to get up on stage every night.

    14.

    Chapter 14

    Comic To Comic: Miles Jupp

    Comedian Miles Jupp explains how to turn a job as a kids TV entertainer into a career as a top-rated stand-up.

    A Behind The Scenes Special20110618

    celebrating the comedy Agents, Impresarios and Writers.

    Among the characters featured in this Zone are comedy writer Peter Baynham (Borat), the King of Satire Armando Iannucci (The Thick of It), club owner Tommy Shepherd (The Stand), TV producer Colin Gilbert, The Doyenne of the Scottish Comedy scene Karen Koren and the man who wrote the funny lines for everyone from Morecombe and Wise to the Two Ronnies - that's Barry Cryer.

    A special zone celebrating the comedy agents, impresarios and writers.

    A Celebration Of Comedy Writing20110402

    Siobhan Synnot presents a celebration of great comedy writing featuring various editions of the BBC Radio Scotland series Laughed Off The Page.

    The Zone contains many of the finest comedy writers of all time including Jonathan Lynn (Yes Minister), Steve Punt (Now Show, The Mary Whitehouse Experience), Arabella Weir (The Fast Show), Peter Baynham (Alan partridge, Borat), Neil Innes (Monty Python songwriter, The Rutles), Rob Grant (Red Dwarf), John Sullivan (Only Fools And Horses), Graham Linehan (Father Ted, The IT Crowd), Sam Bain & Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show), Ian Pattison (Rab C Nesbitt) and Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith (The League Of Gentlemen, Psychoville).

    Siobhan Synnot celebrates the art of comedy writing.

    Siobhan Synnot presents a celebration of great comedy writing featuring various editions of the BBC Radio Scotland series Laughed Off The Page.

    The Zone contains many of the finest comedy writers of all time including Jonathan Lynn (Yes Minister), Steve Punt (Now Show, The Mary Whitehouse Experience), Arabella Weir (The Fast Show), Peter Baynham (Alan partridge, Borat), Neil Innes (Monty Python songwriter, The Rutles), Rob Grant (Red Dwarf), John Sullivan (Only Fools And Horses), Graham Linehan (Father Ted, The IT Crowd), Sam Bain & Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show), Ian Pattison (Rab C Nesbitt) and Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith (The League Of Gentlemen, Psychoville).

    1. laughed off the page: Arabella Weir(28.35)the star of the fast show and celebrated author chats to janice forsyth about her career in comedy.
    2. laughed off the page: Graham Linehan(28.34)the irish scriptwriter discusses his role in creating father ted, big train and the it crowd.
    3. laughed off the page: Neil Innes(28.36)the man regarded as the seventh python reappraises his life as a comedy songwriter.
    4. laughed off the page: Peter Baynham(28.35)the co-writer of alan partridge and borat discusses how his writing career took him from cardiff to hollywood.
    5. laughed off the page: Rob Grant(28.30)the co-creator of red dwarf discusses why he decided to set his sitcom in space.
    6. laughed off the page: Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith(29.52)the co-creators of the league of gentlemen and pyschoville invite sanjeev kohli into their writing room to peruse their wipeboard full of ideas.
  • laughed off the page: Steve Punt(28.40)the radio 4 favourite discusses his career as the creator of the Mary Whitehouse experience and the now show.
  • laughed off the page: ian pattison(27.00)the writer of rab c nesbitt explains where the idea for the govan philosopher came from.
  • laughed off the page: john sullivan(28.33)the creator of only fools and horses remembers working with david jason and nicholas lyndhurst on one of britains favourite sitcoms.
  • laughed off the page: jonathan lynn(29.30)the co-writer of yes minister and yes prime minister explains how he helped create the iconic satirical sitcoms.
  • laughed off the page: sam bain & jesse armstrong(28.35)the writers of peep show explains to sanjeev kohli how they create their masterpiece.
  • A Celebration Of Comic Writing20110625

    Christopher Brookmyre with a zone celebrating the comic novelists.

    Christopher Brookmyre introduces a selection of interviews with comic novelists and writers including Jo Brand, Stephen Fry, Ben Elton, the stand-up turned novelist Alexei Sayle, best-selling American author Bill Bryson and the Grand Wizard of comic fantasy Sir Terry Pratchett.

    A selection of interviews with comic novelists and writers.

    A Miles Jupp Special20110205
    A Miles Jupp Special2011020520110430

    A Miles Jupp special introduced by the comedian and actor.

    A Miles Jupp special introduced by the comedian and actor. Tune in to hear episodes from the 2010 series of school quiz SWOTS, find out how to bake the perfect cake and brew the perfect cup of coffee and discover the link between Edinburgh and Fu Manchu.

    introduced by the comedian and actor.

    introduced by the comedian and actor. Tune in to hear episodes from the 2010 series of school quiz SWOTS, find out how to bake the perfect cake and brew the perfect cup of coffee and discover the link between Edinburgh and Fu Manchu.

    Chapter 1

    Miles Jupp in conversation with Gary Robertson in 2003

    (15.14)

    Miles Jupp talks to Gary Robertson about Balamory and his degree in Divinity.

    Chapter 2

    SWOTS series 2 episode 3

    (27.56)

    SWOTS school quiz featuring celebrity pupils Christopher Brookmyre, Hattie Hayridge, Des Clake and Jo Caulfield.

    Chapter 3

    How To Make The Perfect Cake

    (28.18)

    Miles Jupp finds out how to make the perfect Victoria sponge cake.

    Chapter 4

    SWOTS series 2 episode 4

    (27.58)

    SWOTS school quiz featuring celebrity pupils Raymond Mearns, Jonathan Watson, Joyce Falconer and Ava Vidal.

    Chapter 5

    Child of the Manse

    (28.15)

    Miles Jupp talks to Graham Spiers about being a child of the manse.

    Chapter 6

    SWOTS series 2 episode 5

    (27.38)

    SWOTS school quiz featuring celebrity pupils Brian Taylor, Libby McArthur, Andy Cameron and Stephen Purdon.

    Chapter 7

    How To Make the Perfect Cup of Coffee

    (28.11)

    Miles Jupp finds out how to make the perfect cup of coffee.

    Chapter 8

    SWOTS series 2 episode 6

    (27.48)

    SWOTS school quiz featuring celebrity Junior Simpson, Aggie MacKenzie, Paul Sneddon and Fred MacAulay.

    Chapter 9

    Fu Manchu in Edinburgh

    (28.08)

    Miles Jupp investigates the hidden connections between the city of Edinburgh and Sax Rohmers criminal mastermind, Fu Manchu.

    Chapter 10

    SWOTS series 2 episode 7

    SWOTS school quiz featuring celebrity pupils John Mackay, Moray Hunter, Wendy Wason, Andi Osho.

    Chapter 11

    Miles Jupp in conversation with Bruce Morton in 2006

    (16.33)

    Miles Jupp in conversation with Bruce Morton in a 2006 edition of Comic to Comic.

    Chapter 12

    SWOTS series 2 episode 8

    (27.35)

    SWOTS school quiz featuring celebrity pupils Lucy Porter, David Kay, Zoe Lyons and Phil Differ.

    A New Year, A New You20100102

    ' special with Alan Anderson, featuring Reginald D Hunter.

    00:01 Reginald D Hunter Comedy Confessions

    00:30 Jimmy Carr Comic to Comic

    01:00 Radio One and Radio Scotland Comedy Workshops

    01:20 Fred Macaulay - Opening Up

    01:50 Arnold Brown Comedy Confessions

    02:15 Sarah Millican Funny Friends

    02:45 Laugh? I Nearly Died!

    03:10 Paul Merton with Fred Macaulay and Sue Perkins

    03:30 Limmy Funny Friends

    03:55 Frank Carson with Janice Forsyth

    04:00 Nicholas Parsons Clydebuilt Comics

    05:00 Craig Hill Stark Talk

    A Stand Up Comedy Special20110521

    featuring some of the best live comedians around.

    featuring some of the best live comedians around including Jimmy Carr, Bill Bailey, Mitch Benn Mark Nelson, Alun Cochrane and Reginald D Hunter.

    A Stand Up Comedy Special featuring some of the best live comedians around.

    A Swots Special20110723

    Margaret-Anne Docherty with a special Swots edition of the Comedy Zone. Another chance to hear editions of the celebrity Quiz Comedy where panellists are transported back through time to a traditional schoolroom. Headmaster Miles Jupp and Headmistress Jo Caulfield preside over the pupils including Jonathan Watson, Christopher Brookmyre, Fred Macaulay, Russell Kane and many more!

    Margaret-Anne Docherty with a special Swots edition of the Comedy Zone.

    Janice Forsyth is at the helm with a selection of conversations with comedians.

    Alternative Comedy20100501

    00:01 - Dad Made Me Laugh - S01E07 - Jane Milligan and Spike Milligan - 20051102

    00:30 - Long Live The Dead Parrot - Monty Python - 19990914

    00:55 - Bruce Morton talks to Ben Elton

    01:55 - Comedy Confessions - Arnold Brown

    02:20 - Bruce Morton talks to Alexei Sayle

    03:05 - Comedy Heroes - S01E04 - 20070203 - Robbie Coltrane

    03:30 - Mark Thomas

    04:00 - Mark Steel

    04:10 - Jeremy Hardy

    04:40 - Ross Noble

    04:45 - Arnold Brown

    Alternative Comedy20111015

    Richard Cadey submerges himself in the alternative comedy scene.

    Richard Cadey submerges himself in the alternative comedy scene that emerged in the early 1980s. Providing the insiders' guide are Alexei Sayle, Ben Elton, Arnold Brown and more!

    American Comedy Special2012021120120609

    Rich Hall presents a very special Zone celebrating the great American comedians.

    American stand up Rich Hall is our guide through a zone dedicated to the masters of American Comedy.

    Across five and a half hours, there are documentaries, features and interviews on some of the great stairical legends such as Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl and Tom Lehrer. Comedians like Jimmy Tingle, Will Durst and Greg Proops remember their own personal heroes and there's a four part series looking at the evolution of stand up comedy from the 1960s comedians such as Dick Gregory and Lenny Bruce, through to 1970s stars like Richard Pryor and Steve Martin, into the 1980s with Bill Hicks and Emo Philips and the explosion of 1990s chat shows and sitcoms featuring the likes of Dennis Leary and Jerry Seinfeld.

    Across five and a half hours, there are documentaries, features and interviews on some of the great stairical legends such as Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl and Tom Lehrer. Comedians like Jimmy Tingle, Will Durst and Greg Proops remember their own personal heroes and there's a four part series looking at the evolution of stand up comedy from the 1960s comedians such as Dick Gregory and Lenny Bruce, through to 1970s stars like Richard Pryor and Steve Martin, into the 1980s with Bill Hicks and Emo Philips and the explosion of 1990s chat shows and sitcoms featuring the likes of Denis Leary and Jerry Seinfeld.

    The Comedy Zone celebrates the great American comedians.

    Antipodean Special20111119

    We celebrate the world of comedians from the land down under in this special Antipodean themed Comedy Zone presented by 'Mrs Chuckles', Tasmanian stand-up Hannah Gadsby.

    Tasmanian comic Hannah Gadsby guides us through the world of Antipodean humour.

    Britishness20120714

    Susan Morrison examines Britishness in comedy from slapstick to satire.

    Susan Morrison examines Britishness in comedy from slapstick to satire, featuring Monty Python, The Two Ronnies, Morecambe and Wise, and The Goodies.

    Burns Night20100123

    Alan Anderson introduces Burns Night comedy, featuring Billy Connolly.

    00:01 – Address to a Haggis

    00:05 – There was a Scotsman

    01:00 – Spotlight: 75 Years of Scottish Comedy

    01:55 – The Auld Grey Thistle Test

    02:25 – There was a Stand up Comic

    03:10 – Take an Englishman and a Scotsman

    03:40 – Stark Talk: Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill

    04:10 – Spotlight: Scottish Humour

    05:05 – The Auld Grey Thistle Test

    Cambridge Footlights Alumni20120728

    The Cambridge Footlights are the group which saw the budding of so many comedy careers. In this week's Zone, Julia Sutherland explores some of the better known Footlights Alumni. Including Jonathan Lynn, Andy Parsons, Steve Punt, Graeme Garden, Clive James and Stephen Fry.

    Julia Sutherland explores the alumni of the Cambridge Footlights.

    Cambridge Footlights Alumni20120728

    The Cambridge Footlights are the group which saw the budding of so many comedy careers. In this week's Zone, Julia Sutherland explores some of the better known Footlights Alumni. Including Jonathan Lynn, Andy Parsons, Steve Punt, Graeme Garden, Clive James and Stephen Fry.

    Julia Sutherland explores the alumni of the Cambridge Footlights.

    A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

    Career Change Comics20120331

    Fred MacAulay with performers who swapped their day jobs for a career in comedy.

    Fred MacAulay with a selection of entertainers who, like himself, changed career to pursue the life of the stand-up comedian.

    A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

    Career Change Comics20120922

    Fred MacAulay with performers who swapped their day jobs for a career in comedy.

    Fred MacAulay hears from a selection of entertainers who, like himself, changed career to pursue the life of a stand-up comedian.

    Character Comedy20120505

    Lewis MacLeod presents archive recordings featuring the best character comedians in the business including Steve Coogan, The League of Gentlemen and Paul Whitehouse.

    Lewis MacLeod presents archive interviews with great character comedians.

    Childhood20100410

    00:01 – Daddy's Girls – Spike Milligan

    00:25 – Dad Made Me Laugh – Eric Morecambe

    00:55 – Do You Remember the First Time? School

    01:15 – Mum Made Me Laugh – June Whitfield

    01:45 – Do You Remember the First Time? Teenage Years

    02:05 – My Comedy Heroes – Andy Cameron

    02:30 – Dad Made Me Laugh – Harry Secombe

    03:00 – My Comedy Heroes – Lynn Fergusson

    03:25 – Dad Made Me Laugh – Richard Briers

    03:55 – Dad Made Laugh – Peter Sellers

    04:20 – Comic to Comic – Mark Thomas

    04:45 – Dad Made Me Laugh – Michael Bentine

    Christmas Stockings20111217

    Julia Sutherland with some of the many comics worming their way in to Christmas stockings.

    Julia Sutherland introduces some of the many comedians who'll be worming their way in to Christmas Stockings this year. Including John Bishop, Sarah Millican, Reginald D Hunter and Tim Minchin.

    Comedy turkeys are a Christmas ritual - we look back on some of those low points.

    Christopher Brookmyre's Comedy Bookcase20120908

    As Christopher Brookmyre's Comedy Bookcase returns to BBC Radio Scotland, we re-visit series 1 of this chat show which sees novelist Christopher Brookmyre speak to top names from the world of comedy and writing. Plus, we'll profile some of the guests Christopher interviewed at this year's Edinburgh Festival who'll be appearing in series 2.

    The Zone revisits the first series of Christopher Brookmyre's Comedy Bookcase.

    Christopher Brookmyre's Comedy Bookcase20121201

    The best of Christopher Brookmyre's Comedy Bookcase, including comic conversations with Alexei Sayle, Richard Herring, Shappi Khorsandi and many others.

    1. Jonathan Lynn - The writer of Yes Minister and Yes prime Minister joins Christopher Brookmyre to discuss his career as a writer, actor and film director.
    2. Shappi Khorsandi - The worlds best loved female British Iranian stand up chats to Christopher Brookmyre before a studio audience at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival.
    3. Phil Jupitus - The comedian and panel show regular sits down to chat about his love of comic books and performance poetry.
    4. Jenny clair - The Award-winning comedian discusses how shes survived so long in the comedy game.
    5. Barry Cryer - The legendary comedy writer and performer looks back over a career writing for everyone from Morecombe and Wise to The Two Ronnies.
    6. Alex Horne - The comedian chats to Christopher Brookmyre about his relationship with his father and his children at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe.
    7. Alexei Sayle - The mastermind behind the legendary Comic Strip comedy collective discusses his long career as a performer and writer.
    8. Richard Herring - The popular stand-up discusses courting controversy and his dedication to the Edinburgh Festival.
    9. Christopher Douglas - The writer of the popular Radio 4 series Ed Reardons Week discusses the art of great comedy writing.
    10. Mark Watson - The author and stand-up sits down to chat about how he juggles both two separate careers.
    11. Sean Hughes - The former Edinburgh Award winner discusses the story behind his most recent stand-up show.

    Classic Scottish Comedians20110226
    Classic Scottish Comedians20110226

    Anna Miles introduces a selection of programmes featuring classic Scottish comedians.

    Anna Miles introduces a selection of programmes featuring some of Scotland's best loved classic comedians and entertainers. Tune in to hear tributes to Gerard Kelly and Jimmy Logan as well as conversations with Una McLean, Richard Wilson, Arnold Brown, Andy Cameron, Johnny Beattie, the late Rikki Fulton and Rory Bremner.

    A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

    Comedic Tour Of Glasgow20120616

    Raymond Mearns takes us on a comedic tour of his hometown Glasgow.

    Raymond Mearns takes us on a comedic tour of his hometown Glasgow, introducing archive programmes with his favourite comedians, including Kevin Bridges, Limmy and Billy Connolly.

    Raymond Mearns takes us on a comedic tour of Glasgow.

    Raymond Mearns takes us on a comedic tour of his native Glasgow, introducing archive interviews with his favourite comedians including Kevin Bridges, Des Clarke and Billy Connolly

    Comedy All Stars20100724

    00:00 The Comedy Cafe: Janice Forsyth interviews Jason Byrne.

    00:09 Funny Friends: Susan Calman meets Fred Macaulay.

    00:38 SWOTS: Quiz show with Jo Caulfield, Susan Morrison, John Gordon Sinclair, Sandy Nelson, Elaine Mackenzie Ellis and Bill Leckie.

    01:06 Funny Friends: Susan Calman meets Jo Caulfield

    01:35 Comedy Confessions: Father Joe Mills meets John Bishop

    02:04 Janice Forsyth meets Kayvan Novak, writer of Fonejacker, Facejacker and the Chris Morris film Four Lions.

    02:13 SWOTS: Quiz show with Jo Caulfield, Susan Morrison, Russell Kane, Phil Nichol, Janice Forsyth and Julie Commbe.

    02:41 The Comedy Cafe: Janice Forsyth interviews Edinburgh Fringe Veteran Arthur Smith.

    02:53 Funny Friends: Susan Calman meets Lucy Porter.

    03:21 Janice Forsyth interviews Marc Wooton, writer of La La Land.

    03:29 SWOTS: Comedy quiz with Miles Jupp, Susan Morrison, Christopher Brookmyre, Hattie Hayridge, Des Clarke and Jo Caulfield.

    03:57 The Comedy Cafe: Janice Forsyth interviews John Gavin, winner of the Ha Ha Comedy Competition.

    04:06 Funny Friends: Susan Calman meets Ed Byrne.

    04:34 The Comedy Cafe: Janice Forsyth meets Eric Idle, original member of the Monty Python team.

    04:46 SWOTS: Comedy quiz with Miles Jupp, Susan Morrison, Raymond Mearns, Ava Vidal, Jonathan Watson and Joyce Falconer.

    Comedy At Christmas20111224

    Jojo Sutherland celebrates the world of comedy at Christmas.

    Jojo Sutherland celebrates the comedy we love at Christmas, featuring Chris Addison, Reginald D Hunter, Gerard Kelly, Andy Parsons, Ed Byrne, Johnny Beattie and Alan Carr.

    A hilarious mix of Christmas comedy from the many specials over the years.

    Comedy Biography20120512

    On this week's Comedy Zone, Janice Forsyth explores how comedians mine their lives for material and those of their family and friends, and what can we learn about their own lives from their act. In this Zone the choice of extracts range almost a hundred years, from the films of Charlie Chaplin, to the fresh faced youth of Daniel Sloss and Ross 'Teddy' Craig.

    Janice Forsyth celebrates the lives of comedians and how much real life shapes their acts.

    A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

    Comedy Cafe Highlights20120526

    Janice Forsyth rounds up some BBC Radio Scotland Comedy Cafe highlights, featuring Jason Byrne, Ross Noble, Alan Cumming, Ricky Gervais, Eric Idle and many more.

    Janice Forsyth celebrates the best of her Comedy Cafe interviews.

    Comedy Cafe Highlights20121020

    Janice Forsyth rounds up some of the highlights of her BBC Radio Scotland Comedy Cafe. Including Jason Byrne, Ross Noble, Alan Cumming, Ricky Gervais, Eric Idle and many more.

    Janice Forsyth celebrates the best of her Comedy Cafe interviews.

    Comedy Clich20111126

    With St Andrew's Day in sight, the Comedy Zone celebrates the world of the comedy cliche. Pure brilliant, eh like, pal? (Other cliches are available).

    Celebrating the world of the comedy cliche.

    Comedy Connections20110115

    Paul English presents another Comedy Connections Special.

    Paul English presents another Comedy Connections Special tracing the links between everyone from Jimmy Carr right through to Roger Lloyd Pack.

    Along the way there are archive programmes on everyone form Jimmy Carr, Jason Manford, Sean Lock, Alan Davies, Paul Merton, Greg Proops, Rory Bremner, Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Susan Calman, Des Clarke, David Kay, Roger Lloyd Pack, Sam Bain & Jesse Armstrong and Armando Ianucci.

    Comedy Connections20111029

    Paul English presents a Zone tracing the Comedy Connections between Monty Python, Ronnie Corbett, Ben Elton and many more.

    Paul English presents a Comedy Connections Special.

    Comedy Conversations20100220

    Janice Forsyth interviews top stand-ups, comedy actors and writers, featuring Alan Davies.

    00:01 - Stewart Lee

    00:10 - Count Arthur Strong

    00:15 - Stuart Francis

    00:30 - Alan Davies

    00:40 - Jeremy Cutler

    00:50 - Neil Morrissey

    01:05 - Julian Clary

    01:10 - Tim Minchin

    01:30 - Justin Lee Collins

    01:50 - Michael Palin

    02:10 - Rhod Gilbert

    02:25 - Kevin Bridges

    02:40 - Mark Steel

    02:50 - Henning When and Otto Kuhnle

    03:00 - Frank Carson

    03:05 - Ardal O'hanlon

    03:20 - Jane Asher

    03:30 - Ashley Jensen

    03:45 - Tim Vine

    04:00 - Stephen Fry

    04:15 - Alexei Sayle

    04:25 - Bill Bailey

    04:35 - Frank Skinner

    04:50 - Shaun Williamson

    05:00 - Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin

    05:15 - Andrew Maxwell

    Comedy Crackers20111210

    To get you in the Christmas mood, this week's Zone brings you some great comedy crackers featuring some of our best loved comedians, writers and producers from Elaine C Smith and Ronnie Corbett to the people behind shows like The Thick Of It, Only Fools and Horses and The Peep Show.

    Some great comedy crackers coming your way in the Zone.

    Tune in next week for comedy turkeys!

    Some great comedy crackers coming your way in the Zone.

    1. My Comedy Heroes: Greg Hemphill - (26.26) - Greg Hemphill speaks to Presenter Bruce Morton about Chewin The Fat and Still Game.
    2. Long Live The Dead Parrot - (27.50) - The Making of Monty Python.

    3. Laughed off the Page: Sam Bain & Jesse Armstrong - (25.28) - Part of the team behind That Mitchell and Webb Look, Peep Show and The Thick of It.
    4. Comedy Heroes: Ronnie Corbett - (26.22) - Ronnie Corbett on his life growing up in Scotland and his part in great acts like The Two Ronnies.
    5. Gift of the Gag: Elaine C Smith - (25.28) - Bruce Morton speaks to the legendary Elaine C Smith.
    6. Laughed off the Page: Jonathan Lynn - (24.58) - Writer of Yes, Minister, star of The Liver Birds, and Director behind The Whole Nine Yards, Jonathan Lynn, speaks to presenter Bruce Morton.

    7. Comedy Confessions: Barry Cryer - (27.15) - Barry Cryer joins BBC Scotland to confess his comedy sins.

    8. Laughed off the Page: Arabella Weir - (21.30) - One of Britains greatest female comedians, Arabella Weir, speaks to Janice Forsyth.

    9. The Slice: Gregor Fisher - (30.04) - Rab C himself, Gregor Fisher, speaks to Edi Stark.

    10. Laughed off the Page: Steve Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith - (25.32) - The two writers behind The League of Gentlemen and Psychoville speak to Sanjeev Kohli.

    11. Laughed off the Page: John Sullivan - (22.57) - The late, great man behind classics like Only Fools and Horses speaks to Sanjeev Kohli.

    12. Comedy Heroes: Armando Iannucci - (26.01) - Paul English speaks to The Thick Of It Creator Armando Iannucci.

    Comedy Double Acts2012011420120901

    Mel Giedroyc presents a celebration of great comedy double acts.

    Mel Giedroyc presents a celebration of great comedy double acts, including Morecambe and Wise, The Two Ronnies, Armstrong and Miller, and Greg Hemphill and Ford Kiernan.

    Comedy Double Acts2012011420120901

    Mel Giedroyc presents a celebration of great comedy double acts.

    Mel Giedroyc presents a celebration of great comedy double acts, including Morecambe and Wise, The Two Ronnies, Armstrong and Miller, and Greg Hemphill and Ford Kiernan.

    Comedy Heroes20100403

    00:01 - Armando Iannucci

    00:30 - Mark Thomas

    00:55 - Robbie Coltrane

    01:25 - Will Durst

    01:50 - Arnold Brown

    02:20 - Greg Hemphill

    02:45 - Ronnie Corbett

    03:15 - Barry Cryer

    03:40 - Una Mclean

    04:05 - Andy Cameron

    04:35 - Jimeoin on Billy Connolly

    05:00 - Lynn Fergusson

    Comedy Inspirations20110129

    Julia Sutherland presents a collection of archive programmes featuring many of the comedians' favourite comedians.

    Among those remembering their greatest comic inspirations are Barry Cryer, Rich Hall, Lynn Ferguson, Rhona Cameron, Jimmy Tingle, Greg Hemphill, Greg Proops and Will Durst. The Zone also includes the comedy idols of journalist Paul English which include Ronnie Corbett, Arnold Brown, Armando Iannucci, Robbie Coltrane.

    A collection of archive programmes featuring inspirational comedians.

    Among those remembering their greatest comic inspirations are Barry Cryer, Rich Hall, Lynn Ferguson, Rhona Cameron, Jimmy Tingle, Greg Hemphill, Greg Proops and Will Durst.

    The Zone also includes the comedy idols of journalist Paul English which include Ronnie Corbett, Arnold Brown, Armando Iannucci, Robbie Coltrane.


    1 - My Comedy Heroes: Barry Cryer - The legendary writer and performer sits down with Bruce Morton to outline the funny figures who helped shape his own comedy career.

    2 - Comedy Heroes: Ronnie Corbett - Paul English chats to the Edinburgh-born comedian about his long and illustrious career.

    3 - My Comedy Heroes: Lynn Fergsuon - The Scottish stand up looks back on her comedy heroes including Alastair Sim, Joyce Grenfell and Marti Caine.

    4 - Comedy Idols: Jimmy Tingle on Lenny Bruce - The American comedian remembers the influence of Lenny Bruces social commentary on his own comedy career.

    5 - Comedy Heroes: Arnold Brown - Arnold Brown explains to Paul English how he transformed himself from a Glaswegian accountant into the toast of the 1980s London comedy scene.

    6 - Comedy Idols: Rich Hall on Albert Brooks - The QI regular reflects on his formative comedy influence, the great American satirist Albert Brooks.

    7 - Comedy Caf: Drag Acts - "Adrienne and Myra DuBois, two of Britain's top female impersonators, discuss the godfathers and mothers of the drag scene.

    8 - Comedy Idols: Kit & The Widow on Flanders & Swann - The modern day comedy double-act reflect on the work of Flanders and Swann, two of the finest comedy songwriters of the 20th century.

    9 - My Comedy Heroes: Greg Hemphill - The star of Still Game sits down with Bruce Morton to run the rule over his own formative comic influences from both sides of the Atlantic.

    10 - Comedy Heroes: Armando Iannucci - Journalist Paul English sits down with his comedy idol Armando Iannucci, the brains behind modern comedy classics 'The Thick Of It' and 'Alan Partridge'.

    11 - Comedy idols: Rhona Cameron on Woody Allen - The Scottish comedian outlines why New York's finest funny man is her own comedy hero.

    12 - My Comedy Heroes: Will Durst - The American political satirist runs through his favourite all-time comedians with Bruce Morton including Jack Benny, Lenny Bruce and Bill Hicks.

    13 - Comedy Heroes: Robbie Coltrane - Paul English celebrates the work of one of Scotland's finest Comedy actors.

    14 - Comedy Idols: Greg Proops On George Carlin - The American comedian and actor celebrates the life of his favourite satirist George Carlin.

    Comedy Magic20120630

    Magician Kevin McMahon conjures up a dose of comedy magic.

    As the Edinburgh International Magic Festival gets away, magician and entertainer Kevin MacMahon looks at the links between comedy and magic. With appearances from Derren Brown, Barry and Stuart, Paul Daniels and a Tommy Cooper tribute act.

    As the Edinburgh International Magic Festival gets underway, magician and entertainer Kevin MacMahon looks at the links between comedy and magic.

    Comedy Songwriting2011040920110730

    Julia Sutherland introduces a collection of programmes celebrating the comedy song.

    Julia Sutherland introduces a collection of programmes celebrating the art of the comedy song.

    The Zone contains many of the finest comedy songwriters of all time including The Now Show's resident satirical songwriter Mitch Benn, everyone's favourite bearded rock/electro/jazz maestro Bill Bailey and the man behind Monty Python's best songs, Eric Idle!

    Comedy Veterans2010062620111008

    Comedian Arnold Brown celebrates the veteran comedians and some of the legends of the past

    Comedian Arnold Brown celebrates comic veterans and legends like Ronnie Corbett, Billy Connolly, Barry Cryer, Norman Wisdom, Peter Sellers, Leonard Rossiter and Spike Milligan.

    Comedy Voices20121215

    A special zone celebrating clever comic voices, from Dead Ringers to Only An Excuse. Presented by Chris Young and his puppet parrot Fernando.

    Comic Actors20101030

    This week's Zone features interviews with some of the world's best loved Comic Actors.

    Included in our archive of funny thespians is a special tribute to the late Gerard Kelly (City Lights, Eastenders, Extras). Kelly interviewed fellow actor Richard Wilson (One Foot In The Grave, Tutti Frutti, Merlin) for a series called Tronversations back in 2006.

    Elsewhere, we have the cream of comic acting such as Hugh Laurie (Blackadder, House, Jeeves and Wooster), Steve Coogan (The Day Today, Alan Partridge, The Other Guys,), Robbie Coltrane (Harry Potter, Cracker, The Comic Strip Presents), Ashley Jensen (Extras, Ugly Betty), Neil Morrissey, (Men Behaving Badly), Roger Lloyd Pack (Only Fools and Horses, The Vicar Of Dibley) and Ford Kiernan (Still Game, Chewing The Fat).

    Plus, there is a fascinating interview with Leonard Rossiter's daughter (Reggie Perrin, Rising Damp) and an in depth conversation with Scottish actor Alan Cumming (The High Life, Goldeneye).

    A compilation of archive interviews with some of the world's best comic actors.

    A compilation of interviews and features with some of the world's best comic actors.

    Do You Remember The First Time?20111231

    Julia Sutherland presents a Zone about getting started in comedy featuring a number of tall tales about terrible first gigs from Miles Jupp, Jimmy Carr and Alan Davies.

    This Zone is all about getting started in comedy.

    1 - Jimmy Carr: The gagsmith talks to Bruce Morton in 2006 about why he's always searching for the perfect joke. (comic to comic)

    2 - Jenny clair: The Perrier Award winning comedian sits down with Bruce Morton to discuss her career in comedy and whether stand-up is for life! (comic to comic)

    3 - Stewart Lee: Stewart sits down with Bruce Morton to discuss controversy, confidence and how to cut it in comedy. (comic to comic)

    4 - No Going Back, The Stand: Scottish stand-up veteran Vladimir McTavish looks back on the history of Scotland's best known home of live comedy.

    5 - Miles Jupp: Miles Jupp retraces his first comedy steps with Bruce Morton for an edition of BBC Radio Scotland's Comic To Comic. (comic to comic)

    6 - Andy Parsons: The star of Mock The Week describes how he got started in comedy and the pros and cons of working as part of a double act. (comic to comic)

    7 - Daniel Sloss: The young comedian's guide to getting started in comedy.

    8 - Andy Zaltzman: The satirical comedian explains to Bruce Morton what informs his particular brand of scalding hot satire. (comic to comic)

    9 - Ardal O'Hanlon: The Irish comedian looks back on his origins and describes why stand up will always be his first love.

    10 - Alan Davies: The QI star reflects on his own personal comedy heroes and describes where his own particular brand of humour comes from.

    11 - Ben Elton: The writer and stand up sits down to look back on his varied career that includes everything from novel-writing to musicals.

    12 - Lee Evans: The affable stand up chats to Janice Forsyth back in 1995.

    13 - Frank Skinner: The comedian joins Janice Forsyth to discuss his early comedy career.

    Edi Stark's Favourite Comedians20110709

    Edi Stark revisits many of her favourite interviews with comedians and comic actors. Among the funny people featured are Ford Kiernan, Ashley Jensen, Graeme Garden, Omid Djalili, Adam Hills, Johnny Beattie, Jonathan Watson, Craig Hill and Jenny Eclair.

    Edi Stark presents a compilation of her best interviews with Britain's funniest comedians.

    Edinburgh Comedy Awards Special20100828

    Mark Watson introduces a host of comedians who have either won or been nominated for the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award (also known as the Perriers, If.comedie and Fosters Award).

    Among the stellar line up are Stephen Fry (QI, Blackadder, Fry & Laurie), Jason Manford (The One Show, 8 Out Of 10 Cats), Arnold Brown (The Comic Strip, The Young Ones), Jenny Eclair (Packet Of three, Grumpy Old Woman), Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith (The League Of Gentleman, Psychoville), Tim Key (Newswipe, Time Trumpet, We Need Answers), Tim Vine (Not Going Out, Celebrity Mastermind), Emo philips, Ava Vidal, Doc Brown, Paul Putner (Little Britain), Alan Davies (QI, Jonathan Creek), Jeremy Hardy (The News Quiz, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue), Frank Skinner (Baddiel and Skinner), Omid Djalili (The Mummy, Notting Hill, Pirates of the Caribbean), Brendan Burns, Rhod Gilbert (Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow), Ed Byrne (Mock The Week, Never Mind The Buzzcocks), Bill Bailey (Spaced, Black Books), Mark Thomas (The Mark Thomas Comedy Product) and John Shuttleworth (The Shuttleworths)

    Chapters

    1 - Janice Forsyth: Stephen Fry - Stephen Fry discusses his tour of America with Janice Forsyth in 2008.

    2 - Comedy Zone Interview: Mark Watson - Comedian and author Mark Watson outlines his five point plan for getting ahead in comedy.

    3 - Comedy Zone Interview: Jason Manford - The One Show presenter reflects on his nomination for the 2005 Edinburgh Comedy Award.

    4 - Gift Of The Gag - Bruce Morton re-assesses the comic genius of Arnold Brown.

    5 - Comic To Comic: Jenny Eclair - The first female winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award Jenny clair chats to Bruce Morton in 2001.

    6 - Laughed Off The Page - Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith - The League Of Gentleman's Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith discuss their writing process.

    7 - Comedy Zone Interview: Tim Key - 2009 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Tim Key chats about his comedy career exclusively to the Comedy Zone.

    8 - Comedy Zone Interview: Tim Vine - Comedian Tim Vine discusses his unique approach to comedy writing.

    9 - Comedy Zone's Joke Of The Festival - A compilation of some of the comedians best Edinburgh Festival's jokes.

    10 - Janice Forsyth: Alan Davies - QI regular Alan Davies chats to janice Forsyth about his biography in 2009.

    11 - Comic To Comic: Jeremy Hardy - 1988 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Jeremy Hardy in conversation with Bruce Morton.

    12 - Janice Forsyth: Frank Skinner - Frank Skinner discusses his recent return to stand up with Janice Forsyth in 2008.

    13 - Stark Talk: Omid Djalili - Comedian turned movie star Omid Djalili looks back on his career with Edi Stark in 2005.

    14 - Comedy Zone Interview: Brendan Burns - Australian Comedian recalls his experience of winning the Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2007.

    15 - MacAulay & Co: Rhod Gilbert - 2008 Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Rhod Gilbert drops in to MacAulay & Co in 2006.

    16 - Funny Friends: Ed Byrne - Irishman Ed Byrne chats to his Funny Friend Susan Calman earlier this year.

    17 - Janice Forsyth: Bill Bailey - 1996 Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Bill Bailey on the Janice Forsyth show in 2008.

    18 - Janice Forsyth: Mark Thomas - Campaigning comedian Mark Thomas chats to Janice Forsyth in 2006.

    19 - Janice Forsyth: John Shuttleworth - Character comedian John Shuttleworth appears on Janice Forsyth's programme back in 2006.

    Edinburgh Festival Fringe20100806

    showcase featuring new interviews with Shappi Khorsandi star of BBC Radio 4's Shappi Talk, and BBC One's Live at the Apollo and Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow; Nick Mohammed star of BBC Radio 4's Nick Mohammed in Quarters and BBC Comedy's Reggie Perrin, Horne & Corden and Sorry, I’ve Got No Head; Jon Richardson of Have I Got News For You, Nevermind The Buzzcocks, Grumpy Young Men, The Bubble, …And The Winner Is, Act Your Age, The Museum of Curiosity, and Fighting Talk; Simon Evans of The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth, Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive, and The Odd Half Hour; and sketch acts Mackenzie and McGuire, and Toulson and Harvey.

    Plus, archive Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy and conversation from Alex Horne, Idiots of Ants, Miles Jupp, Reginald D Hunter, Andrew Lawrence, Jason Manford, John Bishop, Ardal O'Hanlon, Richard Herring, Rhod Gilbert, Andrew Maxwell, Susan Calman, Fred MacAulay, Justin Moorhouse, Stephen Grant, Dan Antopolski, Stephen K Amos, David O'Doherty, Kevin Bridges, Russell Kane, Axis of Awesome, Josie Long, Mark Watson, Doc Brown, Stewart Lee, Tim Vine, Geraldine Quinn and Mike Wozniak.

    1 - Alex Horne, Idiots of Ants, Miles Jupp - Festival Archive: Alex Horne attempts to break into the English dictionary; Idiots of Ants spread the love; and Miles Jupp discloses his struggles with intermittent rage disorder.

    2 - New: Shappi Khorsandi - Shappi Khorsandi, star of BBC Radio 4's 'Shappi Talk' and BBC ONE's 'Live at the Apollo' and 'Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow', talks exclusively about her brand new show 'The Moon On A Stick'.

    3 - Reginald D Hunter, Andrew Lawrence, Jason Manford - Festival Archive: Reginald D Hunter considers the consequences of his actions; Andrew Lawrence dwells on the darker side of life; and Jason Manford thanks Pierce Morgan.

    4 - New: Nick Mohammed - Nick Mohammed star of BBC Radio Four series 'Quarters' and BBC Comedy's 'Reggie Perrin' talks exclusively to the Comedy Zone about his new show 'Nick Mohammed is Mr Swallow'.

    5 - John Bishop, Ardal O'Hanlon, Richard Herring - Festival Archive: John Bishop promotes Liverpool; Ardal O'Hanlon explains why he'll be best remembered for playing a cat; and Richard Herring considers the repercussions of being the headmaster's son.

    6 - New: Jon Richardson - 2009 'Edinburgh Comedy Award' nominee and 'Have I Got News For You' and 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks' panellist Jon Richardson talks exclusively about his new show 'Don't Happy, Be Worry'.

    7 - Rhod Gilbert, Andrew Maxwell - Festival Archive: Rhod Gilbert welcomes new residents to his home village of Llanbobl; and Andrew Maxwell indecently touches the Edinburgh Festival.

    8 - New: Mackenzie and McGuire - Octavia Mackenzie and Ashley McGuire, "French and Saunders for the Facebook Generation", talk about their new show 'Radio Hoohah'.

    The featured clip is a 'Wireless Theatre Company' production.

    9 - Funny Friends: Fred MacAulay - Susan Calman does Masterchef with her funny friend, Fred MacAulay.

    10 - New: Toulson and Harvey - 'The Hackney Empire New Act of the Year' winning and 'Perrier Best Newcomer Award' nominated comedians, Toulson and Harvey talk about their new show 'Toulson and Harvey Used To Be Friends'.

    11 - Justin Moorhouse, Stephen Grant, Dan Antopolski - Festival Archive: Justin Moorhouse deletes Fred Macaulay from his Facebook friends; Stephen Grant stands up for nearly men everywhere; and Dan Antopolski wraps a sandwich.

    12 - New: Simon Evans - Simon Evans, stalwart of BBC Radio Four comedy having appeared on 'The News Quiz', 'The Unbelievable Truth' and 'Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive', talks exclusively about his show 'Fringe Magnet'.

    13 - Stephen K Amos, David O' Doherty, Kevin Bridges - Festival Archive: Stephen K Amos receives an enticing offer from the Duke of Edinburgh; David O'Doherty unleashes the Yamaha beats; and Kevin Bridges keeps busy.

    14 - Russell Kane, Axis of Awesome, Josie Long - Festival Archive: Russell Kane reveals with his recipe for a good night's sleep; Axis of Awesome divulge the secret to song writing; and Josie Long exposes her body art.

    15 - Mark Watson, Doc Brown, Stewart Lee - Festival Archive: Mark Watson discusses all the thoughts he's ever had; Doc Brown uncovers the ugly side of Ambridge; and Stewart Lee reflects on being the 41st best stand-up ever.

    16 - Tim Vine, Geraldine Quinn, Mike Wozniak - Festival Archive: Tim Vine unleashes a torrent of quick fire gags; Geraldine Quinn gives the gift of music; and Mike Wozniak challenges the audience with a tricky puzzle.

    Edinburgh Fringe Preview20110806

    Paul Sinha takes a look ahead to the comedy highlights at the Edinburgh Fringe.

    Festival madness approaches! Paul Sinha takes a look ahead to the comedy highlights at this year's Edinburgh Fringe, and shares his own experiences of four weeks of stand-up, not sleeping enough, and handing out flyers.

    Edinburgh Fringe Special20110820

    Comedian Tom Rosenthal with an Edinburgh Fringe-themed special.

    Comedian Tom Rosenthal is at the helm for a selection of jokes, conversation and anecdotes from comedians appearing at this year's Edinburgh Fringe including stand up and chat from Hannibal Buress, Sammy J, Ellis James, Stuart Goldsmith and a host of others. Plus Jason Byrne, Al Murray, Margret Cho and Ed Byrne join Fred Macaulay on the sofa for a chat.

    Edinburgh Fringe With Andi Osho20110813

    It's Week Two in Edinburgh - the washing up is piling up, the supply of painkillers and clean clothes is running down, and the laughs are in full flow. Rising star of stand-up Andi Osho is your host for a selection of fantastic and funny performances, conversation and anecdotes from performers appearing at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe including Mark Watson, Des Clarke, Barry Cryer, Shazia Mirza, Dave Gorman, Kevin Bridges, Mark Thomas plus many more.

    Andi Osho with comedy from performers at the Edinburgh Fringe.

    A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

    Female Comics20100925

    It's ladies week in the Zone as Janice Forsyth introduces interviews and contributions from Lucy Porter, Ava Vidal, Sarah Millican, Ashley Jensen, Shazia Mirza, Rhona Cameron, Jo Caulfield, Sandi Toksvig, Jenny clair, Shappi Khorsandi, Arabella Weir, Susan Calman, Tina C, Jan Ravens, Karen Koren and Mackenzie & McGuire.


    1 - Josie Long - (12.41) - Janice Forsyth meets the 2010 Edinburgh Fosters Comedy Award nominee.

    2 - Lucy Porter - (14.52) - John Beattie chats with the top stand up , comedy writer and star of Guy Jenkin's Outnumbered.

    3 - Ava Vidal - (03.14) - An entertaining SWOTS quiz show appearance from the former prisoner officer turned stand-up.

    4 - Rhona Cameron - (28.14) - Presenter Ricky Ross turns back the clock for the 40-something stand-up and survivor of I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, in an episode of If I Knew Then.

    5 - Ashley Jensen - (12.18) - Janice Forsyth meets the Scots born star of Extras and Ugly Betty.

    6 - Jo Caulfield - (27.53) - The popular stand-up bares her soul and repents her comedy sins to Father Joe Mills in an episode of Comedy Confessions.

    7 - Lynn Ferguson - (09.21) - In an extract from My Comedy Heroes, Lynn Ferguson tells presenter Bruce Morton about a few of the funny women who've inspired her including Joyce Grenfell and Marti Caine.

    8 - Sandi Toksvig - (27.59) - In an episode of Funny Friends, presenter Susan Calman buys some sandwiches for the writer, broadcaster, News Quiz presenter and owner of the most infectious laugh in radio.

    9 - Arabella Weir - (11.42) - The comedian, Skins actress and writer chats to Janice Forsyth about her latest book The Real Me Is Thin.

    10 - Shappi Khorsandi - (13.31) - The Iranian-born star of Live at the Apollo and Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow discusses her 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Show.

    11 - Jenny Eclair - (26.36) - The star of Grumpy Old Women joins Edi Stark for an episode of Stark Talk.

    12 - Karen Koren - (25.03) - Julie Wilson Nimmo meets the comedy agent and founder of the Gilded Balloon, one of Edinburgh's largest and most successful Fringe venues.

    13 - Shazia Mirza - (11.35) - Birmingham's finest female stand-up chats with presenter Amanda Hamilton about her comedy show - Portrait.

    14 - Sarah Millican - (28.32) - Presenter Susan Calman meets the Geordie lass who found her place on the comedy circuit after a messy divorce and went on to win the Best Newcomer Award at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe.

    15 - Mackenzie and McGuire - (07.31) - The comedy double act perform extracts from their 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Show Radio Hoo-Hah.

    16 - Tina C - (26.07) - Chris Green chats to presenter Bruce Morton about his cult comedy creation, the country singer Tina C.

    17 - Jan Ravens - (13.39) - Janice Forsyth meets the legendary impressionist, most famous for her voices on Spitting Image and Dead Ringers.

    Festival Fringe Newbie20120811

    Glasgow East-End comedian Jamie Dalgleish won last year's Scottish Comedian of the Year Award. His prize? A solo run of shows at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In this special edition of the Zone, Jamie takes us around Edinburgh as he meets some veterans of the Edinburgh comedy scene for tips and advice on how to survive his month of performances.

    He'll meet previous winner Ro Campbell, king of the one-liners Tim Vine, and fellow Glasgow-boy Des Clarke. Plus he'll chat to his very own comedy hero Frank Skinner and receive some words of wisdom from British comedy legend, Nicholas Parsons.

    And all this whilst the butterflies flap heavily in his stomach ahead of his first night. How ever will he cope...???

    Fringe newbie Jamie Dalgleish meets veterans of the festival for Edinburgh survival tips.

    Festival Fringe Newbie20120811

    Glasgow East-End comedian Jamie Dalgleish won last year's Scottish Comedian of the Year Award. His prize? A solo run of shows at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In this special edition of the Zone, Jamie takes us around Edinburgh as he meets some veterans of the Edinburgh comedy scene for tips and advice on how to survive his month of performances.

    He'll meet previous winner Ro Campbell, king of the one-liners Tim Vine, and fellow Glasgow-boy Des Clarke. Plus he'll chat to his very own comedy hero Frank Skinner and receive some words of wisdom from British comedy legend, Nicholas Parsons.

    And all this whilst the butterflies flap heavily in his stomach ahead of his first night. How ever will he cope...???

    Fringe newbie Jamie Dalgleish meets veterans of the festival for Edinburgh survival tips.

    Festival Fringe Regulars20120818

    Julia Sutherland looks at some of the regulars of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

    As the Edinburgh Festival Fringe meets its half-way point, Julia Sutherland examines those comedians who've become regular faces on the Fringe circuit. Including Adam Hills, Jo Caulfield, Richard Herring, Jenny Eclair, Tom Stade, Craig Hill and Stewart Lee.

    Festival Fringe Regulars20120818

    Julia Sutherland looks at some of the regulars of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

    As the Edinburgh Festival Fringe meets its half-way point, Julia Sutherland examines those comedians who've become regular faces on the Fringe circuit. Including Adam Hills, Jo Caulfield, Richard Herring, Jenny Eclair, Tom Stade, Craig Hill and Stewart Lee.

    Festive Comedy20101225

    Janice Forsyth with Alan Carr, Billy Connolly, Pamela Stephenson and Tim Vine.

    Janice Forsyth presents a cracker of a Comedy Zone, featuring Eric Morecambe, Ronnie Corbett, Billy Connolly, Pamela Stephenson (Strictly Come Dancing), Rikki Fulton, Jonathan Watson (Only an Excuse), Gregor Fisher, Elaine C. Smith (Rab C. Nesbitt), John Sullivan (Only Fools and Horses / Rock & Chips), Tim Vine (Not Going Out) and Alan Carr (Chatty Man).

    Fred At The Festival20120825

    Fred MacAulay is at the helm with the best of his guests from the Edinburgh Fringe.

    Comedian Fred MacAulay is at the helm with the best of his guests from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at Potterrow featuring jokes, conversation and anecdotes from Phil Jupitus, Sandi Toksvig, Tim Vine, Mark Watson, Miriam Margolyes, Rhod Gilbert, Adam Hills and a host of others.

    Fred Macaulay's Contemporaries20110702

    Take a trip down memory lane with Fred Macaulay.

    Fred MacAulay introduces a selection of programmes featuring some of the stand-ups he cut his comedy teeth with. Among the funny folk on the bill are the laconic master Arnold Brown, the comedian's comedian Bruce Morton, the Grand dame of Grumps Jo Brand, improv king Paul Merton, manically funny Phil Kay and one of America's biggest TV stars and presenter of the Late Late Show, Craig Ferguson.

    Fred MacAulay introduces a selection of his own comedy contemporaries.

    Fred's Comedy Contemporaries20121124

    Fred MacAulay introduces a selection of programmes featuring some of the stand-ups he cut his comedy teeth with. Among the funny folk on the bill are the laconic master Arnold Brown, the comedian's comedian Bruce Morton, the Grand dame of Grumps Jo Brand, improv king Paul Merton, manically funny Phil Kay and one of America's biggest TV stars and presenter of the Late Late Show, Craig Ferguson.

    Friends And Family20100206

    Paul English introduces comedy from the people who mean the most to us: friends & family.

    00:00 Janice Forsyth chats to Allan Davies.

    00:12 Mum Made Me Laugh: Sally Magnusson chats to Suzy Aitchison about her Ab-Fan mum June Whitfield.

    00:39 Susan Calman meets one of her Funny Friends - Brian Limmond, AKA Limmy.

    01:08 Edi Stark talks to funny duo Colin and Justin.

    01:35 Jane Milligan speaks to presenter Ruth Wishart about her funny father Spike.

    02:05 Chris Neil is on a mission to discover whether or not he's 25 per cent Leith.

    02:33 Janice Forsyth chats with Jeremy Cutler, son of the Glasgwow funnyman Ivor.

    02:44 Susan Calman with another of her Funny Friends: Des Clarke.

    03:13 Behind Every Great Man: Julie Wilson Nimmo chews the fat with presenter Dr Margaret Cook about life with her famous husband Greg Hemphill.

    03:43 Dad Made Me Laugh: Sue James talks to Sally Magnusson about her funny father Sid James.

    04:10 Tronversations: Johnny Beattie is in front of an audience at Glasgow's Tron Theatre where he's interviewed by his daughter Maureen.

    04:54 Susan Calman chats to another of her Funny Friends: Lewis Macleod.

    05:22 Janice Forsyth learns about 1000 Years of German Humour from Henning When and Otto Kuhnle.

    Funny Friends2010071020110312

    Sean Lock, Arthur Smith, Stephen K Amos and many more standup stars join Janice Forsyth.

    Janice Forsyth introduces a star-studded edition of the Comedy Zone with a selection of the funniest interviews with comedy actors, writers and stand-ups. Some of the instantly recognisable voices include Sean Lock, Liz Smith, Karen Dunbar, Christopher Biggins, Gene Wilder and Alan Carr.

    Funny Friends2010091120110312

    Sean Lock, Arthur Smith, Stephen K Amos and many more standup stars join Janice Forsyth.

    Susan Calman (The Unbelievable Truth) chats with her funny friends Jo Caulfield (Mock The Week), Miles Jupp (The Thick of It), Ed Byrne (Have I Got News for You), Lucy Porter (Never Mind The Buzzcocks), Sandi Toksvig (The News Quiz), Fred Macaulay (QI), Lewis McLeod (Postman Pat), Des Clarke (Sportscene), Brian Limond (Limmy's Show!) and Sarah Millican (Live at the Apollo).


    1 - Funny Friends Jo Caulfield - Susan Calman chats with her funny friend Jo Caulfield.

    2 - CComedy Cafe Funny Friends - Susan Calman tells Janice Forsyth all about Funny Friends.

    3 - Funny Friends Miles Jupp - Susan Calman chats with her funny friend Miles Jupp.

    4 - Funny Friends Ed Byrne - Susan Calman chats with her funny friend Ed Byrne.

    5 - Funny Friends Lucy Porter - Susan Calman chats with her funny friend Lucy Porter.

    6 - Funny Friends Sandi Toksvig - Susan Calman chats with her funny friend Sandi Toksvig.

    7 - Funny Friends Fred MacAulay - Susan Calman chats with her funny friend Fred MacAulay.

    8 - Opening Up Fred MacAulay - Fred is 'opened up' by his friends and family.

    9 - Funny Friends Lewis MacLeod - Susan Calman chats with her funny friend Lewis MacLeod.

    10 - Funny Friends Des Clarke - Susan Calman chats with her funny friend Des Clarke.

    11 - Funny Friends Brian Limond - Susan Calman chats with her funny friend Brian Limond.

    12 - Funny Friends Sarah Millican - Susan Calman chats with her funny friend Sarah Millican.

    Funny In Falkirk20120721

    As the week-and-a-bit long Funny in Falkirk kicks off, performer Vladimir McTavish hears from some of the comedians on show across Central Scotland.

    As Funny in Falkirk kicks off, Vladimir McTavish profiles some of the comics on show.

    A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

    Funny Women20120519

    Anna Miles presents a compilation of some of the funniest women on the planet.

    Anna Miles present a compilation of some of the funniest women on the planet including Sarah Millican, Jo Brand and Miranda Hart.

    Anna Miles present a compilation of some of the funniest women on the planet, including Sarah Millican, Jo Brand and Susan Calman.

    Girls On Comedy20110219
    Girls On Comedy20110219

    Julia Sutherland presents a special Girls on Comedy edition of the show.

    Tune in to hear from the creator of the iconic TV series The Liver Birds, Carla Lane, revealing why 1971 was one of her favourite years; Hollywood legend Bette Midler speaks about her love of comedy and of her special passion for music plus we'll hear from the daughter of June Whitfield, of Terry and June fame, revealing what it was like living with a comic great.

    Also featured in this special Zone are Una McLean, Carla Lane, Jenny Eclair, Arabella Weir, Elaine C Smith, Lucy Porter, Susan Morrison, Karen Dunbar, Ashley Jensen, Shazia Mirza, Julia Morris, Rhona Cameron and Lynn Ferguson.

    Glasgay Festival Special20121006

    Scott Agnew presents a Glasgay Festival Special featuring the likes of Alan Carr, Craig Hill and Stephen K Amos.

    1. Craig Hill - Master inquisitor Edi Stark attempts to get under the skin of the much-loved kilted comedian.
    2. Scott Agnew & Janey Godley - Janice Forsyth asks two of Scotlands top stand-ups how Scottish comedians get noticed when the world descends on Edinburgh every August.
    3. Paul Sinha - Janice Forsyth chats to the worlds "only gay Bengali GP-turned-stand-up comedian."
    4. Karen Dunbar - The popular female comedian chats to Janice Forsyth about her comic origins and the serious side to her talent.
    5. Tina C - Comedian Chris Green discusses his cross-dressing Country-singing comedy creation
    6. Christopher Stephens on Kenneth Williams - The author discusses his biography of one of Britains best-loved entertainers.
    7. Margaret Cho - Americas top Korean-American, Lesbian stand-up chats to Fred MacAulay at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
    8. Sandi Toksvig - The diminutive Danish comedian meets up with Susan Calman for a sandwich and a blether.
    9. Zoe Lyons - The top stand-up performs live at The Stand in Glasgow.
    10. Stephen K Amos - The stand-up superstar discusses his autobiography I Used to Say My Mother Was Shirley Bassey.
    11. Stephen Fry - The entertainer sits down to discuss his career with Siobhan Synnott in 1994.
    12. Bette Midler - The Hollywood legend chats to Janice Forsyth about her music and acting career.
    13. Craig Hills top ten most unlikely musicals - The Scottish comedian discusses ten of the strangest musicals to make it to the stage.
    14. Rhona Cameron - The Im A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here star discusses her difficult upbringing and the challenges of appearing on such a high profile TV show.
    15. Scott Capurro, Norman Lovett and David Benson - Presenter Colin Bell discusses how much a difficult background feeds into a comedy career with three great comedians.
    16. Julian Clary - Janice Forsyth catches up with the camp star on the eve of his Lord Of The Mince tour.
    17. Alan Carr - The Channel 4 TV star sits down to discuss his career in 2008 with presenter Fred MacAulay.
    18. Alan Cumming - The Aberfeldy-born actor discusses his career in 2003 and how he went from being one half of a camp double act to a big-screen Bond baddie.

    Scott Agnew presents a Glasgay Festival Special.

    Scott Agnew presents a Glasgay Festival Special featuring the likes of Alan Carr, Craig Hill and Stephen K Amos.

    Glasgay! Festival Special20111105

    Jojo Sutherland presents a Glasgay! Comedy Zone special.

    Jojo Sutherland presents a Glasgay! Comedy Zone special, featuring appearances from Craig Hill, Stephen Fry, Alan Carr, Margaret Cho, Viv Gee, Barry Humphries and many more.

    Glasgow Comedy Festival20090314

    Glasgow Comedy Festival20090314

    Simon Munnery and John Hegley at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

    Glasgow Comedy Festival20090314

    Glasgow Comedy Festival20090314

    RUNNING ORDER:

    Please note that timings shown are approximate, and are given in hours and minutes from the start of the zone.

    00:01 - Isy Suttie

    00:13 - Rhod Gilbert

    00:21 - Josie Long

    00:29 - Simon Munnery

    00:33 - John Hegley

    00:45 - Ed Byrne

    00:46 - Wilson Dixon

    00:57 - Mark Watson

    01:03 - Ardal O'Hanlon

    01:14 - Simon Munnery

    01:19 - Andy Parsons

    01:45 - Ivan Brackenbury

    01:55 - Alex Horne

    02:04 - Lucy Porter

    02:19 - Simon Munnery

    02:25 - Ed Byrne

    02:54 - David O'Doherty

    03:05 - Reginald D Hunter

    03:14 - Sarah Millican

    03:22 - Simon Munnery

    03:27 - Russell Kane

    03:35 - Richard Herring

    03:38 - Arnold Brown and Ian Macpherson

    03:48 - Tommy Shepherd

    04:02 - Will and Greg

    04:08 - Ed Byrne

    04:18 - Miles Jupp

    04:23 - Simon Munnery

    04:29 - Arnold Brown

    04:58 - John Hegley

    05:04 - David O'Doherty

    05:14 - Mark Watson

    05:22 - Reginald D Hunter

    Glasgow Comedy Festival2009031420090321

    Simon Munnery and John Hegley at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

    RUNNING ORDER:

    Please note that timings shown are approximate, and are given in hours and minutes from the start of the zone.

    00:01 - Isy Suttie

    00:13 - Rhod Gilbert

    00:21 - Josie Long

    00:29 - Simon Munnery

    00:33 - John Hegley

    00:45 - Ed Byrne

    00:46 - Wilson Dixon

    00:57 - Mark Watson

    01:03 - Ardal O'Hanlon

    01:14 - Simon Munnery

    01:19 - Andy Parsons

    01:45 - Ivan Brackenbury

    01:55 - Alex Horne

    02:04 - Lucy Porter

    02:19 - Simon Munnery

    02:25 - Ed Byrne

    02:54 - David O'Doherty

    03:05 - Reginald D Hunter

    03:14 - Sarah Millican

    03:22 - Simon Munnery

    03:27 - Russell Kane

    03:35 - Richard Herring

    03:38 - Arnold Brown and Ian Macpherson

    03:48 - Tommy Shepherd

    04:02 - Will and Greg

    04:08 - Ed Byrne

    04:18 - Miles Jupp

    04:23 - Simon Munnery

    04:29 - Arnold Brown

    04:58 - John Hegley

    05:04 - David O'Doherty

    05:14 - Mark Watson

    05:22 - Reginald D Hunter

    Glasgow Comedy Festival20090321

    Glasgow Comedy Festival20090321

    Simon Munnery and John Hegley at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

    Glasgow Comedy Festival20090321

    Glasgow Comedy Festival20090321

    RUNNING ORDER:

    Please note that timings shown are approximate, and are given in hours and minutes from the start of the zone.

    00:01 - Isy Suttie

    00:13 - Rhod Gilbert

    00:21 - Josie Long

    00:29 - Simon Munnery

    00:33 - John Hegley

    00:45 - Ed Byrne

    00:46 - Wilson Dixon

    00:57 - Mark Watson

    01:03 - Ardal O'Hanlon

    01:14 - Simon Munnery

    01:19 - Andy Parsons

    01:45 - Ivan Brackenbury

    01:55 - Alex Horne

    02:04 - Lucy Porter

    02:19 - Simon Munnery

    02:25 - Ed Byrne

    02:54 - David O'Doherty

    03:05 - Reginald D Hunter

    03:14 - Sarah Millican

    03:22 - Simon Munnery

    03:27 - Russell Kane

    03:35 - Richard Herring

    03:38 - Arnold Brown and Ian Macpherson

    03:48 - Tommy Shepherd

    04:02 - Will and Greg

    04:08 - Ed Byrne

    04:18 - Miles Jupp

    04:23 - Simon Munnery

    04:29 - Arnold Brown

    04:58 - John Hegley

    05:04 - David O'Doherty

    05:14 - Mark Watson

    05:22 - Reginald D Hunter

    Glasgow Comedy Festival20090321

    Simon Munnery and John Hegley at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

    RUNNING ORDER:

    Please note that timings shown are approximate, and are given in hours and minutes from the start of the zone.

    00:01 - Isy Suttie

    00:13 - Rhod Gilbert

    00:21 - Josie Long

    00:29 - Simon Munnery

    00:33 - John Hegley

    00:45 - Ed Byrne

    00:46 - Wilson Dixon

    00:57 - Mark Watson

    01:03 - Ardal O'Hanlon

    01:14 - Simon Munnery

    01:19 - Andy Parsons

    01:45 - Ivan Brackenbury

    01:55 - Alex Horne

    02:04 - Lucy Porter

    02:19 - Simon Munnery

    02:25 - Ed Byrne

    02:54 - David O'Doherty

    03:05 - Reginald D Hunter

    03:14 - Sarah Millican

    03:22 - Simon Munnery

    03:27 - Russell Kane

    03:35 - Richard Herring

    03:38 - Arnold Brown and Ian Macpherson

    03:48 - Tommy Shepherd

    04:02 - Will and Greg

    04:08 - Ed Byrne

    04:18 - Miles Jupp

    04:23 - Simon Munnery

    04:29 - Arnold Brown

    04:58 - John Hegley

    05:04 - David O'Doherty

    05:14 - Mark Watson

    05:22 - Reginald D Hunter

    Glasgow Comedy Festival2009032820090403

    00:01 Alun Cochrane

    00:12 Paul Merton

    00:26 Kevin Bridges

    00:42 Scott Capurro

    00:59 Tommy Shepherd

    01:03 Jimmy Carr

    01:29 Alan Anderson

    01:47 Frank Carson

    01:54 The Comedy Caf (with Reginald D Hunter and Des Clarke)

    02:38 Laugh? I Nearly Died!

    03:05 Famous For Five Minutes (with Frankie Boyle and Miles Jupp)

    03:57 The Wee Man

    04:02 The People's Patter

    04:59 Come Oan, Get Aff

    Glasgow Comedy Festival20100327

    00:01 Rich Hall

    (featuring Fred Macaulay)

    00:05 Lee Mack

    00:15 Susan Calman

    (EXCLUSIVE interview)

    00:25 Divine Comedy

    01:25 The Penny Dreadfuls

    01:40 Long Live the Dead Parrot

    (featuring Ian Hislop, Douglas Adams, Stephen Fry, Michael Palin, John Cleese)

    02:10 Jo Caulfield

    02:30 Hensteeth

    (NEW COMEDY PILOT)

    02:45 Scott Capurro

    03:00 Through

    03:15 Jo Caulfield

    03:45 Susan Calman

    (EXCLUSIVE interview discussing The News Quiz and The Unbelievable Truth)

    04:00 The Comedy Caf

    (featuring Paul Merton and Reginald D Hunter)

    04:45 Limmy

    05:10 The Wee Man

    05:20 Susan Calman

    Glasgow Comedy Festival Special20100320

    2'00" - Susan Morrison: Comic To Comic with Bruce Morton (2009)

    29'00" - Rhod Gilbert: The Janice Forsyth Show (2009)

    46'00" - Raymond Mearns: interview with the Wee Auld Fella

    58'00" - Jimmy Carr: Comic To Comic with Bruce Morton (2006)

    1'25'00" - Dan Antopolski: MacAulay & Co (Edinburgh Festival 2008)

    1'34'00" - Sean Lock: The Janice Forsyth Show (2008)

    1'53'00" - Mitch Benn: 5 Golden Rules of Comedy and interview on MacAulay & Co (2007)

    2'33'00" - Barry Crier: Comedy Idols (2005)

    2'58'00" - Human Nature Part 1: Exclusive new comedy pilot (2010)

    3'13'00" - Rich Hall: Comedy Idols (1998)

    3'38'00" - Susan Morrison: How To Be A Respectable Woman (2009)

    4'07'00" - Human Nature Part 2: Exclusive new comedy pilot (2010)

    4'22'00" - Tom Wrigglesworth: MacAulay & Co (2009)

    4'28'00" - Paul Merton: MacAulay & Co (2006)

    4'43'00" - Elvis McGonagall: MacAulay & Co (2009)

    4'49'00" - Swots - BBC Radio Scotland Quiz Show (2009)

    5'18'00" - Dave Gorman: MacAulay & Co (2008)

    Glasgow Comedy Festival Special20120317

    Up-and-coming Scottish comedian Stuart Mitchell introduces archive interviews and features with many of the stars appearing at the 2012 Glasgow International Comedy Festival. On the bill are Sarah Millican, Stewart Lee, Richard Herring, Abandoman, Arnold Brown, Greg Proops, Greg McHugh, Des Clark, Ardal O'Hanlon, Jenny Eclair, Phil Nichol, Mark Stewart Francis and many more.

    Stuart Mitchell introduces a Glasgow Comedy Festival Special.

    Stuart Mitchell introduces a Glasgow Comedy Festival Special including Stewart Lee, Dara O Briain, Ardal O'Hanlon and Daniel Sloss.

    Highlights Of 201220121229

    Des Clarke presents comedy highlights from BBC Radio Scotland in 2012, including panel show The Guessing Game and special interviews with Bill Bailey and Tim Minchin.

    Janice Forsyth Comedian Interviews20100710

    00:01 - Arthur Smith

    (Star of Grumpy Old Men and Arthur Smith's Balham Bash)

    00:20 - Sean Lock

    (QI, Have I Got News For You and Live at the Apollo regular)

    00:40 - Phil Nichol

    (Comedian, singer and Never Mind the Buzzcocks panellist)

    01:00 - Stephen K Amos

    (Star of The Stephen K Amos Show and Mock The Week panellist)

    01:05 - Sanjeev Kohli and Jane McCarthy

    (aka Navid Harrid and Isa Drennan from Still Game)

    01:25 - Felix Dexter

    (Standup comedian best know for The Real McCoy)

    01:45 - Liz Smith

    (Actress and writer best loved as Nana in The Royle Family)

    02:10 - Karen Dunbar

    (Star of Chewin' the Fat and Happy Holidays)

    02:30 - Christopher Biggins

    (I'm A Celebrity...

    Get Me Out of Here! King of the Jungle)

    02:50 - John Shuttleworth

    (Comedian and singer-songwriter, from Radio 4's The Shuttleworths)

    03:15 - Susan Calman

    (Panellist on The Unbelievable Truth, The News Quiz and The Now Show)

    03:25 - Gene Wilder

    (Star of The Producers and Young Frankenstein with Mel Brooks)

    03:50 - Barry Cryer

    (Comedy writer and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue panellist)

    04:10 - Alan Carr

    (Chatty Man and star of The Sunday Night Project with Justin Lee Collins)

    04:30 - Harry Hill

    (Star of Harry Hill's TV Burp on ITV1)

    04:50 - Mel Smith

    (Not The Nine O' Clock News and Smith and Jones legend)

    Janice Forsyth Compilation20110212
    Janice Forsyth Compilation20110212

    Janice Forsyth presents another compilation of her favourite interviews with comedians.

    Janice Forsyth raids her own archives again to bring together a fantastic collection of archive interviews with comedians.

    Among the famous names who appearing in the programme are Steve Coogan, Karen Dunbar, Felix Dexter, Paul Merton, Paul Whitehouse, Neil Morrissey, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Robbie Coltrane, Omid Djalili, Harry Hill, Armando Iannucci, Ade Edmondson, Chris Barrie, Rhod Gilbert and Kevin Bridges.

    Janice Forsyth Interviews2011012220110423

    Janice Forsyth presents a collection of her own favourite archive interviews with comedians.

    Included in the Zone are many of the biggest names in modern British comedy such as Alan Davies (QI, Whites), Ardal O'Hanlon (Father Ted), Barry Cryer (I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue), Ben Elton (Blackadder), Bill Bailey (Black Books), Bob Mills (In Bed With Medinner), Clive Anderson, (Loose Ends), Craig Charles (Red Dwarf), Fred MacAulay (Have I Got News For You), Helen Lederer (Absolutely Fabulous), Alexei Sayle (The Young Ones), Jeff Green (Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow), Jo Brand (Getting On), Lenny Henry (Live at The Apollo), Lily Savage (Blankety Blank), Craig Ferguson (The Late Late Show) and Lynn Ferguson (The Chicken Run).

    Janice Forsyth: Alan Davies

    (19.48)

    The star of QI reflects on his own personal comedy heroes and describes where his own particular brand of humour comes from.

    Chapter 2

    Janice Forsyth: Ardal OHanlon

    (18.23)

    The Irish comedian talks through his loves and hates back in October 1996.

    Chapter 3

    Janice Forsyth: Barry Cryer

    (17.31)

    The comedy legend outlines the bits and pieces of life that irritate and inspire him in 1997.

    Chapter 4

    Janice Forsyth: Ben Elton

    (19.03)

    The stand up, writer and director chats to Janice about his award-winning novel Popcorn in 1996.

    Chapter 5

    Janice Forsyth: Bill Bailey

    (18.13)

    The musical comedian discusses the things that drive him to distraction and to desire with Janice Forsyth in 1997.

    Chapter 6

    Janice Forsyth: Bob Mills

    (19.33)

    The TV presenter and comedian outlines his likes and dislikes in an edition on Janice Forsyth's Saturday morning show in March 1996.

    Chapter 7

    Janice Forsyth: Clive Anderson

    (21.19)

    The TV and radio host chats to Janice about a travel series he recorded for the BBC in 1996.

    Chapter 8

    Janice Forsyth: Craig Charles

    (13.26)

    The star of Red Dwarf and Coronation Street discusses his loves and hates in August 1996.

    Chapter 9

    Janice Forsyth: Fred MacAulay

    (17.30)

    The sound of mid mornings on BBC Radio Scotland appears on Janice Forsyth's Saturday morning show in 1996.

    Chapter 10

    Janice Forsyth: Helen Lederer

    (15.21)

    The actress and writer discusses her likes and dislikes with Janice in 1996.

    Chapter 11

    Janice Forsyth: Alexei Sayle

    (10.58)

    The Liverpudlian comedian explains the idea behind his novel Mister Roberts in 2008.

    Chapter 12

    Janice Forsyth: Jeff Green

    (20.47)

    The Cheshire-born comedian discusses his stand up career with Janice in August 1996.

    Chapter 13

    Janice Forsyth: Jo Brand

    (18.56)

    The stand up compares her likes and dislikes in an edition of Janice Forsyth's Saturday morning show in October 1996.

    Chapter 14

    Janice Forsyth: Lenny Henry

    (18.21)

    The legendary Brummie comedian discusses a few of his loves and hates with Janice in 1996.

    Chapter 15

    Janice Forsyth: Lily Savage

    (18.32)

    The Birkenhead bombshell chats to Janice Forsyth about her performance in a stage version of The Prisoner Cell Block H.

    Chapter 16

    Janice Forsyth: Craig Ferguson

    (23.01)

    The American/Scottish TV host talks to Janice about his role in the stage play The Odd Couple alongside the late, great Gerard Kelly.

    Chapter 17

    Janice Forsyth: Lynn Ferguson

    (15.55)

    The stand up comedienne discusses her love and hates with Janice in 1996.

    A collection of Janice Forsyth's favourite archive interviews.

    Julia Sutherland Introduces20110108

    Armstrong and Miller, Jo Brand and Gary Tank Commander.

    Julia Sutherland Introduces...20110108

    Julia Sutherland introduces Billy Connolly, Raymond Mearns, David Kay, Susan Calman, Des Clarke, Gary Tank Commander, Miles Jupp, John Maloney, Stephen Carlin, Jim Jeffries, Arabella Weir, Jo Brand, Armstrong & Miller, Sandi Toksvig and more!

    Julia Sutherland introduces Armstrong and Miller, Jo Brand and Gary Tank Commander.

    Justin Moorhouse Presents...20120407

    Justin Moorhouse presents a celebration of working class comedy.

    Justin Moorhouse presents a celebration of working calss comedy with a Zone completely free of clever literary references, namby-pamby sarcasm and Oxbridge-educated humourists.

    Among the great comedians included are Billy Connolly, Chic Murray, Johnny Beattie, Kevin Bridges, Ford Kiernan, John Bishop, Alexei Sayle, Arthur Smith, Craig Ferguson, Des Clarke, Jason Manford, Jim Bowen and Lee Evans.

    Ladies Week20100116

    Julia Sutherland introduces ladies of laughter including Ashley Jensen and Lucy Porter.

    00:00 Comedy Confessions: Father Joe Mills chats with Jo Caulfield.

    00:29 Amanda Hamilton talks to Shazia Mirza.

    00:40 Comic to Comic: Bruce Morton meets Susan Morrison.

    01:07 The Ladies of Pleasure: Susan Morrison lifts the lid on 17th century prostitution in Edinburgh.

    01:36 Stark Talk: Edi Stark interviews Ashley Jensen.

    02:03 Janice Forsyth meets impressionist Jan Ravens.

    02:16 Funny Friends: Susan Calman and her buddy Sarah Millican.

    02:45 Comedy Confessions: Father Joe Mills is joined by Lucy Porter.

    03:13 Stark Talk: Edi Start meets Jenny Eclair.

    03:40 Janice Forsyth is joined in the studio by Karen Dunbar.

    04:00 Gift of the Gag: Elaine C Smith.

    04:25 Get Off! Elaine C Smith explores the world of the comedy heckler.

    04:53 Comedy Heroes: Una Mclean.

    05:20 Janice Forsyth chats to Annette Crosby

    Literary Comedians20100507

    Katie Craig introduces a line-up of literary comedians.

    Comedian and best-selling author, Alexei Sayle chats with Brian Morton.

    The late poet and philosopher Ivor Cutler is interviewed by Art Sutter.

    Impressionist John Sessions invites us to thumb through his book collection.

    Ben Elton discusses his career as a comedian and novelist.

    Phil Kay reveals to Muriel Grey the book he's yet to write.

    And in an archive recording from 1961, we hear an interview with the legendary creator of Lobey Dosser, Bud Neill.

    00:01 Alexei Sayle

    00:45 Ivor Cutler

    01:00 Bud Neil

    01:15 Ben Elton

    02:10 Spike Milligan

    02:40 Phil Kay

    03:05 John Sessions

    03:35 Stewart Lee

    04:00 Rhona Cameron

    04:30 Will Self

    04:40 Mark Watson

    04:45 Jenny clair

    Made In Scotland20110101

    Paul English is your guide to a very special Zone featuring comedians and comedy made in Scotland.

    Among the archive programmes are interviews with stand ups Phil Kay and Susan Morrison, comedy actor Robbie Coltrane (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), Talk Show host Craig Ferguson (The Late Late Show), TV presenter Hardeep Singh Kohli (The One Show, BBC Radio 4) and documentaries on the Clydebuilt comics Billy Connolly, Lex McLean, Johnny Beattie and Chic Murray. Plus, there are two special editions of Aberdonian sketch show Desperate Fishwives.

    A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

    Masters Of The One-liner20120421

    A compilation of archive programmes celebrating the Kings of the One-Liner.

    A compilation of archive programmes celebrating the Kings of the One-Liner including Tim Vine, Stewart Francis, Emo Philips, Jimmy Carr and Frankie Boyle.

    Miles Jupp Special20110205

    A Miles Jupp special introduced by the comedian and actor.

    Music Festival Comedy20120707

    As T in the Park kicks off, we examine the comedians who've invaded the music festival.

    As T in the Park gets underway, Julia Sutherland looks at the comedians who've infiltrated the world of the music festival, including Tim Minchin, Daniel Sloss, Tom Stade, Frisky and Mannish and Des Clarke.

    As T in the Park gets underway, Julia Sutherland looks at the comedians who've infiltrated the world of the music festival, including Tim Minchin, Daniel Sloss and Des Clarke.

    Musical Comedy20100109

    Richard Cadey introduces the best in musical comedy, featuring Wilson Dixon

    00:01 - Axis of Awesome

    00:10 - Showstoppers

    00:20 - Dan Antopolski

    00:30 - Ivan Brackenbury

    00:35 - Doc Brown

    00:45 - Tom Thumb

    00:55 - Ivor Cutler

    01:20 - Wilson Dixon

    01:30 - Max Klein and Oompah Brass

    01:35 - 4 Poofs and a Piano

    01:45 - Henning When and Otto Kuhnle

    01:55 - Pippa Evans

    02:00 - Phil Nichol

    02:10 - Tina C

    02:35 - David O'doherty

    02:45 - The Goodies

    03:00 - Tim Minchin

    03:10 - David O'doherty

    03:20 - Geraldine Quinn

    03:25 - Isy Suttie

    03:40 - Do You Remember the First Time?

    04:05 - Flanders and Swann

    04:35 - Top Ten Most Unlikely Musicals

    05:00 - Tom Lehrer

    Norman Wisdom And The Celtic Comedians20101009

    Bruce Morton introduces a very special archive programme in tribute to the late great Norman Wisdom.

    In 2005 Sally Magnusson met up with Norman's son Nicholas Wisdom to discuss his life with the comedy legend.

    Over the course of the programme, Nick Wisdom builds up a profile of the comic genius highlighting both his eccentricity and his humanity.

    Highlights include Nick's memories of mealtimes with his father, the funny man's incredible work ethic and why Norman almost embarrassed the whole family in front of the Queen.

    Elsewhere on the Zone there is a compilation of the best Celtic comedians around featuring funny men and woman from Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

    Among the comedians are Scotland's Kevin Bridges (Michael McIntyre's Roadshow, Live At The Apollo), Phil Kay (QI), Armando Iannucci (I'm Alan Partridge, The Thick Of It), Jerry Sadowitz, John Sessions (QI), Elaine C Smith, Susan Morrison, Scott Agnew, Janey Godley, Susan Calman (R4's News Quiz), Ireland's Ed Byrne (Mock The Week), Sean Hughes (Never Mind The Buzzcocks), Ardal O'Hanlon (Father Ted, Doctor Who), Jimmy Carr (8 Out of 10 Cats, QI) and our token Welshman is Rhod Gilbert (Mock The Week, Would I Lie To You).


    1 - Dad Made Me Laugh: Nicholas Wisdom - (28.38) - The son of late, great Norman Wisdom discusses his life with the comedy legend.


    2 - Funny Friends: Ed Byrne - (25.47) - Irish comedian Ed Byrne chats to Susan Calman about his career in comedy.

    3 - Janice Forsyth Show: Rhod Gilbert - (15.48) - The Welsh comedian Rhod Gilbert talks to Janet Forsyth about getting started in stand up.

    4 - Gift of the Gag: Phil Kay - (26.44) - Hirsute funny man Phil Kay explains his comic philosophy to Bruce Morton in 2004.

    5 - There Was A Scotsman - (57.47) - Glaswegian comedian Arnold Brown explores the essence of Scottish comedy.

    6 - MacAulay & Co: Abandoman, Maeve Higgins, David O'Doherty - (20.15) - Irish comedy acts Abandoman, Maeve Higgins and David O'Doherty perform on MacAulay & Co.

    7 - Janice Forsyth Show: Ardal O'Hanlon - (12.38) - The star of Father Ted Ardal O'Hanlon discusses why stand up remains his first love.

    8 - Comic To Comic: Susan Morrison - (26.51) - Scottish comedian Susan Morrison sits down to chat with Bruce Morton in 2005.

    9 - MacAulay & Co: Sean Hughes - (07.43) - Irish funny man Sean Hughes chats to Fred MacAulay at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival.

    10 - Comedy Caf: Scottish Comedians - (09.55) - Scottish stand ups discuss the Edinburgh Festival from a local comedians' point of view.

    11 - Janice Forsyth Show: Kevin Bridges - (12.13) - Comedian Kevin Bridges chats about the secret of his success with Janice Forsyth.

    12 - Comedy Caf: Robert Burns The Original Stand Up - (08.13) - Susan Calman discusses the contribution Robert Burns has made to Scottish comedy.

    13 - Robert Burns: O Leave Novels - (01.31) - Robert Carlyle performs Burns' comic poem O Leave Novels.

    14 - Comic To Comic: Jimmy Carr - (26.55) - Gag master Jimmy Carr discusses the art of joke writing with Bruce Morton in 2006.

    15 - Do You Remember The First Time: Work - (31.33) - Ford Kiernan explores the funny side of working for a living.

    Northern Comedy20120428

    Julia Sutherland presents a celebration of the Northern comic.

    As the Leeds Laughter Lines festival gets underway, Julia Sutherland celebrates the wit and humour of northern English comedians.

    Panel Shows20121110

    Julia Sutherland presents the best of BBC Radio Scotland's panel shows.

    Julia Sutherland presents the best of BBC Radio Scotland's panel shows, featuring The Guessing Game, hosted by Clive Anderson, and Swots with Miles Jupp

    Posh Comedy20120324

    Simon Evans says hurrah for the 'posh' comedians.

    Self-confessed "educated" comedian Simon Evans says hurrah and three cheers for the posh comedian with a compilation of the best bred comedians in the business.

    Among the plummy accents we hear from are Armstrong & Miller, the Monty Python team, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Chris Addison, Armando Iannucci, Ronnie Corbett, Flanders & Swann, Miranda Hart, Rory Bremner, Miles Jupp and Jimmy Carr.

    Self-confessed "educated" comedian Simon Evans says hurrah and three cheers for the posh comedian with a compilation of the best bred comedians in the business.

    Radio Spawned A Monster20120204

    TV and Radio producer Colin Gilbert celebrates the medium of radio as the starting point for some of comedy's best loved shows and performers.

    On the way we'll hear from the stars and the stories behind many famous shows including Miranda Hart discussing making Miranda for TV, Armando Iannucci looking back on his success as a fledgling radio producer and we hear from the friends and family of all four original members of the Goon Show.

    A Zone exploring TV shows that began life on radio.

    Religious Comedy20100213

    Philip Differ introduces a spiritual edition, featuring Monty Python's Life of Brian.

    00:01 – Comedy Confessions – John Bishop

    00:30 – Flipside of Faith

    00:55 – Comedy Confessions – Barry Cryer

    01:25 – Flipside of Faith

    01:50 – Comedy Confessions – Lucy Porter

    02:20 – Flipside of Faith

    02:45 – Comedy Confessions – Hardeep Singh Kohli

    03:15 – Flipside of Faith

    03:40 – Comedy Confessions – Reginald D Hunter

    04:10 – Flipside of Faith

    04:35 – Values Added

    05:00 – Flipside of Faith

    Richard Cadey Introduces...20101211

    Richard Cadey introduces Michael McIntyre, Jason Manford, Ashley Jensen and John Bishop.

    Richard Cadey introduces Ashley Jensen (Extras / Accidental Farmer), Adam Hills (Never Mind the Buzzcocks), Pete Sinclair (Lead Balloon), Galton and Simpson, Peter Sellers, Michael Bentine, Jenny Éclair, Andy Zaltzman, John Bishop, Jo Caulfield, Michael McIntyre (Comedy Roadshow), Jason Manford (The One Show) and Tom Lehrer.

    Satire Special20100227

    Julia Sutherland introduces a satirical Comedy Zone.

    1. Comedy Heroes Armando Iannucci
    2. Stark Talk - Jonathan Watson
    3. Bruce Morton talks to Will Durst
    4. Laughed Off The Page - Andy Hamilton
    5. Comic To Comic - Jeremy Hardy
    6. Art Sutter talks to Rory Bremner (1990)
    7. Comedy Heroes - Ronnie Corbett
    8. Mark Thomas
    9. John Sessions
    10. Lenny Bruce
    11. Paul Merton
    12. George Carlin
    Satire Special20100514

    C

    00:01 Archive on 4: Satire: The Great British Tradition

    (discusses The Thick of It)

    00:55 Kennedy in Conversation: Ian Hislop

    (discusses Have I Got News for You)

    01:25 Usual Suspects: Rory Bremner

    02:20 Armando Iannucci: The Radio Scotland Years

    02:50 Usual Suspects: Mort Sahl

    03:20 Tom Lehrer: Long Time No Song

    03:50 Comic to Comic: Jeremy Hardy

    (discusses The News Quiz)

    04:15 Laughed Off the Page: Andy Hamilton

    04:45 My Comedy Heroes: Will Durst

    Scottish Television Comedy Stars20120929

    Janice Forsyth is joined on the Zone by some of Scottish TV's comedy greats.

    Janice Forsyth is joined on the Zone by some of Scottish TV's comedy greats including Billy Connolly, Armando Iannucci, Peter Capaldi, Ashley Jensen, Ronnie Corbett and others.

    Secret Scots20120107

    A collections of comedians who can claim Scottish ancestry through family ties to the homeland including Ian Hislop, Arabella Weir and Miriam Margolyes.

    A collection of secretly Scottish comedians.

    Secret Scots20121208
    Silver Screen Comedy20120623

    Julia Sutherland with a compendium of silver screen comedy.

    As the Edinburgh International Film Festival storms the capital, Julia Sutherland presents a compendium of comedy actors, writers and directors from the silver screen. Including Alan Cumming, Jonathan Lynn and Omid Djalili.

    As the Edinburgh International Film Festival storms the capital, Julia Sutherland presents a compendium of comedy actors, writers and directors from the silver screen.

    Sitcom Superstars2010101620110305

    Sanjeev Kohli presents interviews and archive material featuring Sitcom Superstars.

    Sanjeev Kohli presents a compilation of interviews and archive featuring Sitcom Superstars.

    This week's Zone features the writers and comedians behind some of the best loved situational comedies in British TV history. Tune in for, amongst others, Red Dwarf's Rimmer, Mr Chris Barrie; The Prince Regent of Blackadder Hugh Lawrie; Mr Alan Partridge himself, Steve Coogan.

    Sketches, Quizzes And Sitcoms20110507

    Paul English presents a compilation of some of the best sketch shows, quizzes and sitcoms broadcast by BBC Radio Scotland in recent years.

    Among the programmes featured are various editions of the school-themed panel show Swots presented by Miles Jupp, two editions of the top-rated Aberdonian sketch show Desperate Fishwives and a couple of the best comedy dramas from BBC Radio Scotland. In ‘Ruby’ Sanjeev Kohli stars as an over-bearing father hell-bent on marrying off his dreamer of a daughter and in 'Piano Lessons', Bill Paterson stars as a frustrated music teacher in charge of a difficult bunch of students.

    A collection of the best sketches, quizzes and sitcoms from BBC Radio Scotland.

    Stand Up And Comedy Drama20100703

    00:00: No Hard Feelings - Comedy Drama in which 40 something Raymond Swan, played for us by John Gordon Sinclair, decides it's time to change his whole world from the outside in.

    True love is Raymond's ultimate goal.

    Just a shame he doesn't know that yet...

    00:29 Funny Turns part 1.

    An evening of great stand up comedy recorded in front of a live audience on the Ferry on Glasgow's River Clyde including Fred Macaulay, Raymond Mearns, David Kay and Susan Calman.

    00:58 Comedy Heroes - Robbie Coltrane's dramatic acting in Cracker and heart warming portrayal of Hagrid in Harry Potter means some people might not even realise what a funny man he was.

    Paul English profiles Coltrane as one of his Comedy Heroes.

    01:26 Stark Talk - with Ford Kiernan.

    Edi Stark interviews the comic actor who has starred in Still Game, Chewing the Fat and Dear Green Place.

    01:55 No Hard Feelings - Episode 2 of the Comedy Drama starring John Gordon Sinclair.

    02:25 Laughed Off the Page - Presenter Sanjeev Kohli takes us beyond the script and puts us face to face with comedy writing team Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton.

    The pair won the Perrier Award and penned a hit radio and TV show with The League of Gentlemen; not content with that they continue to push the boundaries of comedy with Psychoville.

    02:54 Comic to Comic - Bruce Morton meets the Autralian stand up Adam Hills who chats about playing to Scottish audiences, his prosthetic foot and the origins of his catchphrase Go You Big Red Fire Engine.

    03:22 No Hard Feelings - More Comedy Drama with John Gordon Sinclair as the troubled 40-something Raymond Swan.

    03:51 Dad Made Me Laugh - Actress Maureen Beattie talks to presenter Sally Magnusson about growing up with her comedian father Johnny Beattie.

    04:19 Funny Turns Part 2.

    An evening of great stand up comedy recorded in front of a live audience on the Ferry on Glasgow's River Clyde including Fred Macaulay, Des Clarke, Richard Gadd, Gary Tank Commander and Miles Jupp.

    04:46 No Hard Feelings - The conclusion of the Comedy Drama starring John Gordon Sinclair

    Stand-up Special20100529

    00:01 Reginald D Hunter

    (with Sue Perkins and Fred Macaulay)

    00:10 Sarah Millican

    00:20 Marcus Brigstocke

    00:30 Rhod Gilbert

    00:35 Michael Mcintyre

    00:45 Josie Long

    00:55 Wilson Dixon

    01:05 Mark Watson

    01:10 Ardal O'hanlon

    (discusses his role Doctor Who)

    01:25 Alun Cochrane

    01:35 Alex Horne

    01:40 Lucy Porter

    01:50 Russell Kane

    02:00 Richard Herring

    02:10 Arnold Brown and Ian Macpherson

    02:20 Will and Greg

    02:30 Ed Byrne

    02:40 Miles Jupp

    02:45 Stephen K Amos

    02:50 Dan Antopolski

    03:00 Count Arthur Strong

    03:05 Justin Moorhouse

    03:15 Jon Richardson

    03:20 Kevin Bridges

    03:35 Stephen Grant

    03:45 Henning When and Otto Kuhnle

    03:55 Stewart Lee

    04:05 Mike Wozniak

    04:15 Andrew Lawrence

    04:20 Jeff Green

    04:30 - Bernard O'Shea

    04:35 Lloyd Langford

    04:40 Henry Paker and Kevin Bridges

    04:45 Isy Suttie

    (discusses Peep Show with David Mitchell and Robert Webb)

    05:00 Andrew Maxwell

    Stand-up Special20100903
    Stark Talk Comedians Special20101113

    This week's Zone features highlights from Edi Stark's award-winning radio series Stark Talk.

    Over the course of more than ten years, Edi has sat down to chat with countless comedians, looking back on their careers and exploring their route to the top of the comedy game. Featured in this compilation are Ford Kiernan (Still Game), Ashley Jensen (Extras), Rhona Cameron (I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here), Adam Hills (Mock The Week), Bruce Morton (Sin), Jonathan Watson (Only An Excuse), Johnny Beattie (River City), Colin McAllister & Justin Ryan (I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here), Omid Djalili (The Omid Djalili Show), Jenny Eclair (Grumpy Old Women) and Craig Hill (Craig Hill's Out Tonight).

    Edi Stark meets Ashley Jensen, Adam Hills, Jenny Eclair, Johnny Beattie and Craig Hill.

    Edi Stark presents a compilation of her best interviews with Britain's funniest comedians.

    Stars Of The Small Screen20110910

    Julia Sutherland presents a collection of Stars of the Small Screen.

    Julia Sutherland checks her listings guide and replaces the batteries on her remote as she guides us through a collection of the Stars of the Small Screen.

    Among the stellar line-up are Miranda Hart, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Ronnie Corbett, Ashley Jensen, Rikki Fulton, Jonathan Watson, Elaine C Smith, Robbie Coltrane, John Sessions, Ardal O’Hanlon and

    Greg McHugh.

    A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

    Swots Special20100918

    1 - Christopher Brookmyre, Hattie Hayridge, Des Clarke and Jo Caulfield join head teacher Miles Jupp and school secretary Susan Morrison in the classroom

    2 - Raymond Mearns, Jonathan Watson, Joyce Falconer and Ava Vidal join head teacher Miles Jupp and school secretary Susan Morrison in the classroom.

    3 - Andy Cameron, Brian Taylor, Libby McArthur and Stephen Purdon join head teacher Miles Jupp and school secretary Susan Morrison in the classroom.

    4 - Fred Macaulay, Aggie Mackenzie, Paul Sneddon and Junior Simpson join head teacher Miles Jupp and school secretary Susan Morrison in the classroom.

    5 - Andi Osho, Moray Hunter, Wendy Wason and John Mackay join head teacher Miles Jupp and school secretary Susan Morrison in the classroom.

    6 - Philip Differ, Zoe Lyons, David Kay and Lucy Porter join head teacher Miles Jupp and school secretary Susan Morrison in the classroom.

    7 - Bill Leckie, Elaine Mackenzie Ellis, Sandy Nelson and John Gordon Sinclair join head teacher Miles Jupp and school secretary Susan Morrison in the classroom.

    8 - Russell Kane, Phil Nichol, Janice Forsyth and Julie Coombe join substitute teacher Jo Caulfield and school secretary Susan Morrison in the classroom.

    9 - Barbara Rafferty, John Mackay, Raymond Mearns and Elaine Mackenzie Ellis join substitute teacher Jo Caulfield and school secretary Susan Morrison in the classroom.

    10 - Viv Lumsden, Sandy Nelson, Paul Sneddon and Julie Coombe join head teacher Miles Jupp and school secretary Susan Morrison in the classroom.

    The Art Of Comedy Songwriting20110924

    Siobhan Synnot presents a celebration of great comedy writing featuring various editions of the BBC Radio Scotland series Laughed Off The Page.

    The Zone contains many of the finest comedy writers of all time including Jonathan Lynn (Yes Minister), Steve Punt (Now Show, The Mary Whitehouse Experience), Arabella Weir (The Fast Show), Peter Baynham (Alan partridge, Borat), Neil Innes (Monty Python songwriter, The Rutles), Rob Grant (Red Dwarf), John Sullivan (Only Fools And Horses), Graham Linehan (Father Ted, The IT Crowd), Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show), Ian Pattison (Rab C Nesbitt) and Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith (The League Of Gentlemen, Psychoville).

    Siobhan Synnot celebrates the art of comedy writing.

    The Art Of The Comedy Song2011040920110730

    A collection of programmes focusing on the art of the comedy song.

    Julia Sutherland introduces a collection of programmes celebrating the art of the comedy song.

    The Zone contains many of the finest comedy songwriters of all time including The Now Show's resident satirical songwriter Mitch Benn, everyone's favourite bearded rock/electro/jazz maestro Bill Bailey and the man behind Monty Python's best songs, Eric Idle!

    1. comedy caf: the future of musical comedy discussion - (13.20) - chris green and abi roberts join janice forsyth to discuss the state of modern comedy songwriting.
    2. comedy idols: flanders and swann - (26.42) - comedy act kit and the widow outline why the legendary musical duo flanders and swann are their comedy inspiration.
    3. comic to comic: tina c - (26.29) - performance artist chris green chats to bruce morton about the genesis of his comic creation, country singer tina c.
    4. janice forsyth: bill bailey - (17.19) - the popular musical comedian describes his route to the top of the comedy tree with janice forsyth in 1998.
    5. janice forsyth: john shuttleworth - (15.26) - the sheffield singing sensation discusses the release of his major musical manifesto two margerines with janice forsyth in 2007.
    6. janice forsyth: steve coogan - (21.36) - janice forsyth chats to the comedian about the many characters in his stage show the man who thinks hes it including portugese singing sensation tony ferrino.
    7. laughed off the page: neil innes - (28.34) - janice forsyth chats to the man described as the seventh python about his career in musical comedy.
    8. long time no song: tom lehrer - (28.27) - tom morton chats to american satirical songwriter tom lehrer about why after success in the 1950s and 60s he gave up performing to return to teaching.
    9. macaualay and co: eric idle - (09.10) - the original python explains why he decided to create a musical based on the songs of monty python.
    10. macaulay and co: axis of awesome - (08.18) - the australian trio perform their very own version of a modern love song on fred macaulay's edinburgh festival show in 2010.
    11. macaulay and co: bo burnham - (06.40) - internet sensation bo burnham chats to fred macaulay at the edinburgh festival fringe in 2010.
    12. macaulay and co: david odoherty - (07.49) - irish comedian david odoherty performs live on fred macaulays 2009 edinburgh fringe radio show.
    13. macaulay and co: doc brown - (08.34) - rapper doc brown performs a rap especially for fred macaulay during the 2010 edinburgh fringe.
    14. macaulay and co: mitch benn - (12.24) - the resident now show comedian performs a musical challenge during an edition of fred macaulays 2007 edinburgh festival fringe radio show.
    15. scotland on song: humour (part 1) - (55.15) - barbara dickson introduces many of scotlands best loved humorous folk songs.
    16. scotland on song: humour (part 2) - barbara dickson continues her exploration of the tradition of comedy songs in scottish folk music.

    julia sutherland introduces a collection of programmes celebrating the comedy song

    The Comedy Of The 1980s20111001

    Arnold Brown introduces a special Zone celebrating the comedy of the 1980s. Among the host of big names are the stand up and Blackadder writer Ben Elton, the master of ceremonies Alexei Sayle and top satirical impressionist Rory Bremner.

    Arnold Brown introduces a special Zone celebrating the comedy of the 1980s.

    Among the host of big names are the stand up and Blackadder writer Ben Elton, the master of ceremonies Alexei Sayle and top satirical impressionist Rory Bremner.

    1. comic to comic: jeremy hardy - (26.35) - bruce morton sits down to discuss the art behind the sardonic stand ups continuing allure.
    2. gift of the gag: arnold brown - (27.23) - bruce morton looks back over the career of one of scotlands best loved comedians.
    3. gift of the gag: elaine c smith - (26.07) - the glaswegian comedienne sits down to chat about her long and colourful career with bruce morton.
    4. janice forsyth: adrian edmondson - (19.09) - janice forsyth talks to the star of the young ones and bottom discusses the reasons for ditching comedy in favour of a life as a musician.
    5. janice forsyth: craig ferguson - (23.47) - the american talk show host chats to janice forsyth about performing in a stage version of the odd couple in 1994
  • laughed off the page: john sullivan - (28.53) - sanjeev kohli meets the late comedy writer behind hits such classic tv shows such as only fools and horses, just good friends and dear john.
  • laughed off the page: jonathan lynn - (29.07) - janice forsyth chats to one of the writers of classic 1980s sitcom yes minister about how he helped create one of the best loved shows of all time.
  • the brian morton show - (37.29) - the original alternative comedian chats to brian morton about how hes swapped his life as a stand up for the life of a writer.
  • the brian morton: ben elton - (54.34) - the stand up and writer discusses his long and distinguished career with brian morton in 2001.
  • the slice: gregor fisher - (40.58) - edi stark meets the star of rab c nesbitt to discuss his route to the top of the comedy tree.
  • The Comedy Of The 1980's20110528

    Arnold Brown introduces a special Zone celebrating the comedy of the 1980s.

    Among the host of big names are the stand up and Blackadder writer Ben Elton, the master of ceremonies Alexei Sayle and top satirical impressionist Rory Bremner.

    1. Gift Of The Gag: Arnold Brown (27.23) Bruce Morton looks back over the career of one of Scotlands best loved comedians.
    2. The Brian Morton Show: Alexei Sayle (37.29) The original alternative comedian chats to Brian Morton about how hes swapped his life as a stand up for the life of a writer.
    3. Janice Forsyth: Adrian Edmondson (19.09) Janice Forsyth talks to the star of The Young Ones and Bottom discusses the reasons for ditching comedy in favour of a life as a musician.
    4. The Brian Morton: Ben Elton (54.34) The stand up and writer discusses his long and distinguished career with Brian Morton in 2001.Laughed Off The Page: John Sullivan (28.53) Sanjeev Kohli meets the late comedy writer behind hits such classic TV shows such as Only Fools And Horses, Just Good Friends and Dear John.
    5. Comic To Comic: Jeremy Hardy (26.35) Bruce Morton sits down to discuss the art behind the sardonic stand ups continuing allure.
    6. Laughed Off The Page: Jonathan Lynn (29.07) Janice Forsyth chats to one of the writers of classic 1980s sitcom Yes Minister about how he helped create one of the best loved shows of all time.
    7. The Slice Gregor Fisher (40.58) Edi Stark meets the star of Rab C Nesbitt to discuss his route to the top of the comedy tree.
    8. Gift Of The Gag: Elaine C Smith (26.07) The Glaswegian comedienne sits down to chat about her long and colourful career with Bruce Morton.
    9. Janice Forsyth: Craig Ferguson (23.47) The American talk show host chats to Janice Forsyth about performing in a stage version of the Odd Couple in 1994

    The Comedy Of The 1980s.20110528

    Arnold Brown introduces a special Zone celebrating the comedy of the 1980s. Among the host of big names are the stand up and Blackadder writer Ben Elton, the master of ceremonies Alexei Sayle and top satirical impressionist Rory Bremner.

    A special Zone celebrating the comedy of the 1980s.

    The Comedy Zone20081220

    Comedian Miles Jupp reveals how watching his father preaching inspired his career in comedy, in 'Child of the Manse'; Paul English meets Scottish comedy institution Una McLean, in 'Comedy Heroes'; And comedian Ford Kiernan is your guide as some of Scotland's best known personalities get together to talk about the highs and lows of employment, in 'Do You Remember the First Time?'

    A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

    A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland, including amusing interviews with comics, sketch comedy and archive features.

    The Comedy Zone20081227

    Comedian Chris Neill introduces highlights from Macaulay and Co’s fortnight of live shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We return to August and hear Fred and Chris welcome Andrew Maxwell, Mark Watson, Issy Suttie, Michael Macintyre, Tim Minchin, Shazia Mirza, Alex Horne, Will and Greg, Tim Vine, John Bishop, Reginald D Hunter, Dan Antopolski, Alun Cochrane, Craig Hill, Britt Ekland, Roy Walker, Felix Dexter, Arnold Brown, Ian Macpherson, Paul Tonkinson, and Ivan Brackenbury to the Famous Spiegeltent.

    A hilarious mix of programmes celebrating the comedy scene in Scotland.

    Comedian Chris Neill introduces highlights from Macaulay and Co's fortnight of live shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

    We return to August and hear Fred and Chris welcome Andrew Maxwell, Mark Watson, Issy Suttie, Michael Macintyre, Tim Minchin, Shazia Mirza, Alex Horne, Will and Greg, Tim Vine, John Bishop, Reginald D Hunter, Dan Antopolski, Alun Cochrane, Craig Hill, Britt Ekland, Roy Walker, Felix Dexter, Arnold Brown, Ian Macpherson, Paul Tonkinson, and Ivan Brackenbury to the Famous Spiegeltent.

    The Comedy Zone20090110
    The Comedy Zone20090110

    Tom Brogan and Fraser Campbell present their new sketch show, the Magic Glue.

    The Comedy Zone20090110

    The Comedy Zone20090110

    Tom Brogan and Fraser Campbell present their new BBC Radio Scotland sketch show, the Magic Glue, and introduce a special selection of archive programmes featuring the comedy performers who've influenced and inspired them over the years, featuring Woody Allen, Emo Philips, Stanley Baxter, Armando Iannucci, Terry Gilliam, Rikki Fulton, Eric Morecambe, Ronnie Corbett and Gordon Kennedy.

    The Comedy Zone20090110

    Tom Brogan and Fraser Campbell present their new sketch show, the Magic Glue.

    Tom Brogan and Fraser Campbell present their new BBC Radio Scotland sketch show, the Magic Glue, and introduce a special selection of archive programmes featuring the comedy performers who've influenced and inspired them over the years, featuring Woody Allen, Emo Philips, Stanley Baxter, Armando Iannucci, Terry Gilliam, Rikki Fulton, Eric Morecambe, Ronnie Corbett and Gordon Kennedy.

    The Ellis And Clarke Show20100612

    00:00 The Ellis and Clarke Show 1: Sketch show with Des Clarke, Elaine Mackenzie Ellis, Raymond Mearns, Katie Craig and special guest Carol Smillie.

    00:27 Comedy Heroes: Paul English chats with Armando Ianucci, creator of Alan Patridge and recent Bafta winner The Thick of It.

    00:55 Stark Talk with Craig Hill: The Edinburgh comedian chats to Edi about turning 40, his family background and coming out as a gay man.

    01:25 The Ellis and Clarke Show 2: With special guest Stephen Purdon, the actor who plays Shellsuit Bob in BBC Scotland's soap opera River City.

    01:56 Scotland on Song Part 1: Barbara Dickson introduces funny Scottish songs by the likes of Kenneth McKellar, Billy Connolly and Matt McGinn.

    With special guest Ian Macalman of the Macalmans.

    02:53 Laughed Off the Page: Sanjeev Kohli interviews Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, the writers behind Peep Show, The Old Guys, That Mitchell and Webb Look and The Thick of It.

    03:21 The Ellis and Clarke Show 3: With special guest John McKay from the STV news programme Scotland Today.

    03:50 Scotland on Song Part 2: Barbara Dickson introduces funny Scottish songs by the likes of Dean Park, Francie and Josie, The Proclaimers and Joe Gordon's Folk Four With special guest Ian Macalman of the Macalmans.

    04:45 The Ellis and Clarke Show 4: With special guest actress Barbara Rafferty, star of Rab C Nesbitt and River City.

    The Genius Of Armando Iannucci20110319

    Siobhan Synnot presents a very special celebration of the genius of Armando Iannucci.

    Siobhan Synnot guides us through a celebration of one of Scotland's top comedy stars.

    As the co-presenter of Armando's first ever radio broadcast, 'No The Archie McPherson Show' in the late 1980s, Siobhan has a unique perspective on the development of the writer, director and producer behind Alan Partridge and The Thick Of It.

    Throughout the Zone she reminisces about Armando's early days at BBC Radio Scotland and his unique comic talent, as well as introducing programmes featuring early sketches and archive interviews with the Glasgow-born star. Elsewhere, there are various documentaries featuring many of Armando's formative comedy inspirations such as Billy Connolly and Chic Murray and the thoughts of many of those who have worked with Armando such as Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge), Peter Baynham (The Day Today) and Jesse Armstrong (The Thick Of It).

    Throughout the Zone she reminisces about Armando's early days at BBC Radio Scotland and his unique comic talent, as well as introducing programmes featuring early sketches and archive interviews with the Glasgow-born star.

    Elsewhere, there are various documentaries featuring many of Armando's formative comedy inspirations such as Billy Connolly and Chic Murray and the thoughts of many of those who have worked with Armando such as Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge), Peter Baynham (The Day Today) and Jesse Armstrong (The Thick Of It).

    1. armando iannucci: the radio scotland years - armando reflects on his very first comic fumblings at bbc radio scotland in the late 1980s.
    2. clydebuilt comics - radio 4s nicholas parsons remembers many of armandos comic idols who were culled from the dockyards of the clyde.
    3. comedy heroes: armando iannucci - paul english sits down with armando in 2007 to run the rule over the comedians career.
    4. janice forsyth: armando iannucci - armando chatting to janice forsyth about his south bank show special in 2006.
    5. janice forsyth: steve coogan - the movie star and comedian chats to janice forsyth about bringing alan partridge to life alongside some of his other well known characters for his 1998 live tour the man who thinks hes it.
    6. laughed off the page: jonathan lynn - janice forsyth talks to jonathan lynn co-creator of one of armandos favourite tv shows yes minister.
    7. laughed off the page: peter baynham - the comedy writer sits down with janice forsyth in 2010 to discuss his relationship with armando iannucci and his experiences writing alan partridge.
    8. laughed off the page: sam bain and jesse armstrong - the creators of peep show chat about their comic writing style and jesse armstrong explains what its like working with armando on the thick of it.
    9. shereen: armando iannucci - armando sits down with shereen nanjiani to discuss taking the thick of it from the box to the big screen.
    10. there was a scotsman - armando contributes to this documentary which explores what constitutes the scottish sense of humour.
    The Grand Order Of The Water Rats20120414

    Julia Sutherland presents a celebration of the comedians' charity The Grand Order Of The Water Rats.

    The society was set up in 1889 to help performers and entertainers who had fallen on hard times and over the years has featured a Who's Who of comic royalty.

    This week's Zone features archive and interviews with many of the most illustrious members including Ken Dodd, Nicholas Parsons, Barry Cryer, Bruce Forsyth and Paul Daniels.

    A Zone celebrating the comedians' charity The Grand Order of the Water Rats.

    Julia Sutherland presents a celebration of the comedians' charity The Grand Order of the Water Rats featuring interviews with many of the organisation's illustrious members.

    The Royal Family Of Comedy20120602

    Julia Sutherland presents a Royal Family of Comedy.

    Julia Sutherland presents a Royal Family of Comedy, including King of the One Liner Jimmy Carr, Queen of Denmark Sandi Toksvig and Prince of Wales Rhod Gilbert.

    The Thick Of It Special20120915

    As The Thick Of It returns to TV screens, Julia Sutherland explores the world of satirical comedy. Including contributions from The Thick Of It cast and creators as well as others who've made their mark on the satire scene.

    1. Ian Martin - Janice Forsyth speaks to Ian Martin, one of the writing talents behind The Thick Of It.
    2. Satire: The Great British Tradition - Spitting Image creator Roger Law explores the history of satire in Britain.
    3. Laughed off the Page: Steve Punt - Regular Radio 4 satirist Steve Punt speaks to Janice Forsyth about his comedy style.
    4. Comedy Heroes: Armando Iannucci - Paul English meets one of his comedy heroes, Armando Iannucci.
    5. Kennedy in Conversation: Ian Hislop - Private Eye Editor Ian Hislop speaks to Charles Kennedy.
    6. The Usual Suspects: Rory Bremner - Satirist and comedian Rory Bremner speaks to Brian Morton.
    7. Comedy Idols: Rich Hall on Albert Brooks - Rich Hall examines the career of his comedy idol, American satirist Albert Brooks.
    8. Peter Capaldi Interview - On the release of "The Thick Of It" spin-off film "In The Loop", Shereen Nanjiani spoke to the man behind Malcolm Tucker...
    9. Comedy Idols: Greg Proops on George Carlin - Greg Proops examines the career of his comedy idol, George Carlin.
    10. The Usual Suspects: Mort Sahl - Satirist Mort Sahl in this edition of the BBC Radio Scotland series "The Usual Suspects".

    The World Of Panto20111203

    Pantomime is part of our Christmas culture and the Zone celebrates the stories, stars and sketches behind the world of this seasonal slapstick family treat.

    As we gear up for winter, Comedy Zone celebrates the world of panto!

    The Writers2010041720100717
    20121027 (RS)

    00:01 Laughed Off the Page Colin Bostock-Smith

    (discussing Not the Nine O'Clock News)

    00:25 Laughed Off the Page Graham Linehan

    (discussing Father Ted, Smack the Pony, Black Books and The IT Crowd)

    00:55 Laughed Off the Page Ray Galton and Alan Simpson

    (discussing Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son)

    01:20 Laughed Off the Page Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong

    (discussing Peep Show, David Mitchell and Robert Webb, The Old Guys and The Thick of It)

    01:50 Laughed Off the Page Dick Vosburgh

    (discussing The Frost Report and The Two Ronnies)

    02:15 Laughed Off the Page Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith

    (discussing The League of Gentlemen and Psychoville)

    02:45 Laughed Off the Page Pete Sinclair

    (discussing Lead Balloon)

    03:10 Laughed Off the Page Ian Pattison

    (discussing Rab C Nesbitt and The Crouches)

    03:35 Stark Talk Rhona Cameron

    (discussing Rhona)

    03:50 Laughed Off the Page Andy Hamilton

    (discussing Drop The Dead Donkey)

    04:20 Laughed Off the Page John Sullivan

    (discussing Only Fools and Horses, Citizen Smith and The Green Green Grass)

    04:46 Stark Talk Ford Keirnan

    (discussing Chewing The Fat, Still Game and Dear Green Place)

    Richard Cadey introduces the writers who've crafted some of our best comedy, including 'Peep Show' writers Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, and Father Ted writer Graham Linehan.

    Richard Cadey introduces comedy writers, including Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong.

    Tv Panel Show Stars20121013

    Julia Sutherland is your host as we take our seats and test our buzzers with a collection of TV panel show regulars.

    Among the many comedy stars featured who flex their wit on shows like Have I Got News For You, Mock The Week and 8 Out Of 10 Cats are Bill Bailey, Jimmy Carr, Sean Lock, Jason Manford, Sarah Millican, Lee Mack, Chris Addison, Andy Parsons, Frank Skinner, Ian Hislop, Paul Merton and Alan Davies.

    Plus there's a chance to hear some classic episodes of BBC Radio Scotland's very own panel show SWOTS presented by Miles Jupp.

    Julia Sutherland introduces a collection of interviews with TV panel show stars.

    Veterans And Legends2010062620111008

    00.00 Arnold Brown Comedy Heroes

    00.28 Spike Milligan Dad Made Me Laugh (Jane Milligan)

    00.52 Ronnie Corbett Comedy Heroes

    01.19 Barry Cryer Comedy Confessions

    01.47 Barry Cryer My Comedy Heroes

    02.13 Norman Wisdom Dad Made Me Laugh (Nick Wisdom)

    02.40 Peter Sellers Dad Made Me Laugh (Michael Sellers)

    03.07 Rikki Fulton James Cox Meets Rikki Fulton

    03.50 Clydebuilt Comics Nicholas Parsons, Chic Murray, Billy Connolly, Jimmy Logan, Johnny Beattie

    04.47 Leonard Rossiter Dad Made Me Laugh (Camilla Rossiter)

    Comedian Arnold Brown celebrates the veteran comedians and some of the legends of the past

    West End Festival20100619

    00:01 Funny Friends Sarah Millican

    (with Susan Calman from Radio 4's The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth, and The Vote Now Show)

    00:30 Funny Turns

    (with Fred Macaulay, Raymond Mearns, David Kay, Susan Calman, Miles Jupp, Des Clarke, Richard Gadd and Greg McHugh as Gary Tank Commander)

    01:25 Michael Dale Interview

    01:35 A Titanic Obsession

    (with Susan Morrison)

    02:00 The Magic Glue

    (with Fraser Campbell, Alison May, Darran Lightbody, Moira Byrne and Tom Brogan from Limmy's Show)

    02:30 Funny Friends Des Clarke

    02:55 The Ellis and Clarke Show

    (with Elaine McKenzie Ellis, Des Clarke, Katie Craig and Raymond Mearns)

    03:25 Funny Friends Brian Limond

    (aka Limmy)

    03:50 Stark Talk Janey Godley

    04:20 Comic to Comic Susan Morrison

    (with Bruce Morton)

    04:45 Funny Friends Lewis Macleod

    (impressionist and voice of Postman Pat)

    with Karen Dunbar20090131

    with Karen Dunbar20090131

    Comedienne Karen Dunbar marks the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns.

    with Karen Dunbar20090131

    with Karen Dunbar20090131

    RUNNING ORDER:

    Karen Dunbar gives an excellent reading of Robert Burns's epic mix of horror and humour, Tam O' Shanter.

    Kirsteen McCue reflects on the comic bawdry of Robert Burns's songs, in 'My Tocher's the Jewel'.

    Arnold Brown takes a laconic look at the Scottish sense of humour with Billy Connolly and Armando Iannucci.

    Lynn Ferguson gives an hilarious roll reversing 'Toast to the Laddies' at an alternative Jean Armour supper.

    Archie Fisher and Tich Frier explore the highways and byways of the comic folk music tradition.

    Robin Russell surveys Scottish variety comedy with Harry Lauder, Will Fyfe, Stanley Baxter and Rikki Fulton.

    'Gregory's Girl' comedy actor John Gordon Sinclair reads Robert Burns's famous 'Address to a Haggis'.

    Russell Hunter opens the Scottish comedy archives with Ronnie Corbett and Gregor Fisher (Rab C Nesbitt).

    Graeme Garden takes a look at the differences between the English and Scottish senses of humour.

    With Karen Dunbar20090131

    RUNNING ORDER:

    Karen Dunbar gives an excellent reading of Robert Burns's epic mix of horror and humour, Tam O' Shanter.

    Kirsteen McCue reflects on the comic bawdry of Robert Burns's songs, in 'My Tocher's the Jewel'.

    Arnold Brown takes a laconic look at the Scottish sense of humour with Billy Connolly and Armando Iannucci.

    Lynn Ferguson gives an hilarious roll reversing 'Toast to the Laddies' at an alternative Jean Armour supper.

    Archie Fisher and Tich Frier explore the highways and byways of the comic folk music tradition.

    Robin Russell surveys Scottish variety comedy with Harry Lauder, Will Fyfe, Stanley Baxter and Rikki Fulton.

    'Gregory's Girl' comedy actor John Gordon Sinclair reads Robert Burns's famous 'Address to a Haggis'.

    Russell Hunter opens the Scottish comedy archives with Ronnie Corbett and Gregor Fisher (Rab C Nesbitt).

    Graeme Garden takes a look at the differences between the English and Scottish senses of humour.

    Comedienne Karen Dunbar marks the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns

    Working Class Comedy20120407

    Justin Moorhouse presents a celebration of working class comedy with John Bishop, Kevin Bridges, Jason Manford and Billy Connolly.