Comedy Facts

This is just a hub where you can find out a few facts of each of the comedians presented on BCO. It's the easiest and fun way to find out interesting facts about their work or their personal lives. So if you don't have time to read a comedian's full biography, here you can discover new things in a fast way.

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Friday, 26 August 2011

Stand up comedian Bill Bailey’s first solo stand up comedy show was Cosmic Jam. The stand up comedy performed at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London and was broadcasted in 1997 on Channel 4 as a one-hour special called Bill Bailey Live.

Stand-up comedy => Bill Bailey Almost Gave Up Comedy for a Telesales Job!

Bill Bailey Almost Gave Up Comedy for a Telesales Job!

Friday, 26 August 2011

Nowadays, Bill Bailey is a famous stand up comedian trough Britain, U.S.A and all over the world. But his fame did not come so easy and with no struggle. At some point on his early stand up comedy career, Bill Bailey almost gave up comedy to take a telesales job, after a failed show on BBC Radio 1, the Mark Radcliffe show.

Stand-up comedy => Bill Bailey Formed a Double Act with Toby Longworth- the Rubber Bishops

Bill Bailey Formed a Double Act with Toby Longworth- the Rubber Bishops

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Bill Bailey formed a double act with Toby Longworth, in 1984, called the Rubber Bishops. The two stand up comedians were quite famous among the club circuit, partly due to their rigorous schedule. They sometimes had as many as three or four gigs a night.

Stand-up comedy => Andy Parsons Only Missed Five Episodes of Mock the Week!

Andy Parsons Only Missed Five Episodes of Mock the Week!

Monday, 22 August 2011

Andy Parsons is a known British stand up comedian and writer who gained world’s acknowledgement trough his regular guest appearances on the Mock the Week TV show. The stand up comedian missed only five episodes of Mock the Week, keeping the same seat throughout the series, Parsons being the one to the left of the host Dara Ó Briain. He became a regular panelist at the beginning of Series 3.

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Friday, 19 August 2011

In 2009, stand up comedian Andy Parsons toured the UK with his stand up comedy show called Andy Parsons: Citizens! Later, on November 23, 2009, he the stand up comedian released the show on DVD under the name of Britain’s Got Idiots.

Stand-up comedy => Andy Parsons Established the First London Sketch Comedy Club

Andy Parsons Established the First London Sketch Comedy Club

Friday, 19 August 2011

Stand up comedian and writer Andy Parsons was the first to open a sketch comedy club in London. Parsons had the help of Henry Naylor to open the sketch comedy club called TBA. The club enjoyed three years of great success.

Stand-up comedy => Aziz Ansari Made Short Films

Aziz Ansari Made Short Films

Friday, 19 August 2011

Stand up comedian Aziz Ansari is not known only for his stand up comedy shows but for his short films as well. Towards the beginning of his career, in the summer of 2005, stand up comedian Aziz Ansari began collaborating with fellow comedians Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer (both of the famed improv troupe Respecto Montalban), as well as director Jason Woliner to make short films.

Stand-up comedy => Aziz Ansari Was Announced as the First Cast Hire in Parks and Recreation

Aziz Ansari Was Announced as the First Cast Hire in Parks and Recreation

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

When NBC first announced the release of a new comedy show from the producers of the Office in 2008 it was only a matter of time until they would announce the cast. Stand up comedian Aziz Ansari was the first one to be announced for the Parks and Recreation comedy show, which had its debut in April 2009.

Stand-up comedy => Aziz Ansari Hosted the 2010 MTV Movie Awards

Aziz Ansari Hosted the 2010 MTV Movie Awards

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Stand up comedian Aziz Ansari hosted the 2010 edition of MTV Movie Awards which took place on June 6, 2010. Aziz Ansari, the young up rising stand up comedian presented himself at the beginning of the show as Aziz "Precious" Ansari, bringing a spoof of the film Precious.

Stand-up comedy => Arj Barker Has His Own Flash Series Called Arj and Poopy

Arj Barker Has His Own Flash Series Called Arj and Poopy

Friday, 12 August 2011

The stand up comedian Arj Barker has his own Flash series, Arj and Poopy, based on some of his stand-up material. The show stars him and his cat, Poopy, who talks by farting. The Arj and Poopy series is animated by Bernard Derriman and the series has been syndicated to AtomFilms.

Stand-up comedy => Arj Barker Hosted Twice the Comedy Central Presents Show

Arj Barker Hosted Twice the Comedy Central Presents Show

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Stand up comedian and actor Arj Barker had the honor to be the host of Comedy Central Presents show twice. First time it was on the last episode of Season 3 which aired on 20 September 2000 and the second time on the 13th episode of Season 10, aired on 31 March 2006.

Stand-up comedy => Ahmed Ahmed Joined Rabbi Bob Alper in Stand Up Tour

Ahmed Ahmed Joined Rabbi Bob Alper in Stand Up Tour

Thursday, 11 August 2011

The stand up comedian Ahmed Ahmed teamed up with Rabbi and stand up comedian Bob Alper in 2004 and went in a tour called "One Arab, One Jew, One Stage". The ground breaking stand up comedy show’s purpose was to share with the world how many things Arabs and Jews have in common.

Stand-up comedy => Ahmed Ahmed Won the First Annual Richard Pryor Award for Ethnic Comedy!

Ahmed Ahmed Won the First Annual Richard Pryor Award for Ethnic Comedy!

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Egyptian American actor and stand up comedian Ahmed Ahmed was the first stand up comedian to win the Annual Richard Pryor award for ethnic comedy. In the summer of 2004 took place the first annual Richard Pryor award for ethnic comedy at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.

Stand-up comedy => Adam Ferrara Is Engaged to Actress Alex Tyler

Adam Ferrara Is Engaged to Actress Alex Tyler

Tuesday, 09 August 2011

The stand up comedian Adam Ferrara is engaged to indie actress Alex Tyler. The actress also appears on the cover of Adam Ferrara’s stand up comedy DVD Funny as Hell, impersonating “The Devil”.

Stand-up comedy => Adam Ferrara is Chief "Needles" Nelson on Rescue Me!

Adam Ferrara is Chief "Needles" Nelson on Rescue Me!

Monday, 08 August 2011

Italian-American stand up comedian Adam Ferrara plays the role of Chief “Needles” Nelson on the popular FX’s drama series Rescue Me, alongside Denis Leary. The series that premiered on the FX Network on July 21, 2004 focuses on the professional and personal lives of a group of New York City firefighters in the fictitious Ladder 62 / Engine 99 firehouse.

Stand-up comedy => Billy Connolly Won a BAFTA Award

Billy Connolly Won a BAFTA Award

Friday, 05 August 2011

Stand up comedian Billy Connolly, or The Big Yin is a famous stand up comedian who entertained the world for 46 years and he continues to do what he does best. Connolly’s talent and passion weren’t left unacknowledged and in 2003 the BAFTA presented him with a Lifetime Achievement award.

Stand-up comedy => Billy Connolly Gave Up His Boilermaker Career for a Folk Career!

Billy Connolly Gave Up His Boilermaker Career for a Folk Career!

Thursday, 04 August 2011

Stand up comedian Billy Connolly was a simple Scottish man. At age 15, he left St. Gerard's Secondary School with an engineering qualification but he was a year too young to work in the shipyards. Billy worked as a delivery boy and when he was 16 changed his job and worked as a boilermaker at Alexander Stephen and Sons Shipyard in Linthouse.

Stand-up comedy => Billy Connolly- The Big Yin

Billy Connolly- The Big Yin

Thursday, 04 August 2011

Scottish stand up comedian Billy Connolly is also known, especially in his native Scotland, as “The Big Yin” (The Big One). But where did this name came from? The story of the stand up comedian’s nickname goes back to his childhood days when people had to differentiate between him and his father.

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Wednesday, 03 August 2011

On June 16, 1993, stand up comedian Bill Hicks was diagnosed with leaver cancer, extended from his pancreas. Shortly after that, he started chemotherapy sessions on a weekly basis, but he still continued with his work and his life. The stand up comedian did not stop touring with stand up comedy shows and he continued recording his album, Arizona Bay, with Kevin Booth.

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Wednesday, 03 August 2011

Stand up comedian Louis C.K. stared and created a sitcom called Lucky Louie in June 2006. Originally aired on HBO, the sitcom was about family life and Louis C.K. plays a part time mechanic- Louie. Lucky Louie was filmed before a live studio audience, in a multiple-camera setup, being a first for HBO.

Stand-up comedy => Louis C.K. Won Emmy Award for Writing the Chris Rock Show!

Louis C.K. Won Emmy Award for Writing the Chris Rock Show!

Monday, 01 August 2011

Stand up comedian Louis C.K.’s first Emmy Award was for his writing at the Chris Rock Show in 1999. The category was "Best Writing in a Variety or Comedy Series". For the same show, the stand up comedian and writer was nominated three times, the final nomination being his winning one.

Stand-up comedy => Chris Rock makes his debut in a  Broadway play !

Chris Rock makes his debut in a Broadway play !

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Chris Rock makes his debut in a Broadway play called "The Motherfucker With the Hat," a.k.a “Hat” by Stephen Adly Guirgis. The play is set to premiere at the Schoenfeld Theater in April.

Stand-up comedy => Chris Rock's stand up Bigger & Blacker won the American Comedy Awards!

Chris Rock's stand up Bigger & Blacker won the American Comedy Awards!

Friday, 16 July 2010

Chris Rock's stand up Bigger & Blacker brought the comedian in 2000, the American Comedy Awards for the Funniest Male Performer in a TV Special.

Stand-up comedy => Eddie Izzard Dress To Kill released in two different versions!

Eddie Izzard Dress To Kill released in two different versions!

Friday, 16 July 2010

Eddie Izzard's Dress To Kill stand up comedy show was released in two different versions. The CD version on Eddie Izzard's Dress To Kill stand up album differs from the DVD, because it was recorded on a different night.

Stand-up comedy => Chris Rock's stand up Bigger & Blacker won the second Grammy Award

Chris Rock's stand up Bigger & Blacker won the second Grammy Award

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Chris Rock's stand up Bigger & Blacker won the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Comedy Album in 1999, being the comedian's seconds Grammy after the 1998 Best Spoken Comedy Album for Roll With the New.

Stand-up comedy => Eddie Izzard Dress to Kill received a second Emmy Award! FULL video online!

Eddie Izzard Dress to Kill received a second Emmy Award! FULL video online!

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Eddie Izzard's Dress to Kill stand up comedy received in 2000, the Emmy Award for Writing In A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program in 2000. This was the second Emmy Award received for Dress to Kill in the same year.

Stand-up comedy => Chris Rock stand up Bring The Pain - two Emmy Awards

Chris Rock stand up Bring The Pain - two Emmy Awards

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Chris Rock's stand up Bring the Pain won in 1997 two Emmy Awards. Chris Rock's stand up comedy special Bring The Pain was awarded at two categories: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special and Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program.

Stand-up comedy => Eddie Izzard Dress to Kill received Emmy Award

Eddie Izzard Dress to Kill received Emmy Award

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Eddie Izzard's Dress to Kill stand up comedy received in 2000, the Emmy Award for Individual Performance In A Variety Or Music Program. Eddie Izzard Dress To Kill is the British comedian's fifth stand up comedy show and the one that marked his breakthrough in Canada and USA.

Stand-up comedy => Chris Rock stand up comedy album won Grammy Award

Chris Rock stand up comedy album won Grammy Award

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Chris Rock's stand up comedy album Roll With the New won the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Comedy Album in 1998. Chris Rock's stand up comedy album was released one year earlier, in 1997, when the comedian won also two Emmy Awards for the Bring The Pain HBO special, which you can watch in our Video Section.

Stand-up comedy => Tracy Morgan's diet!

Tracy Morgan's diet!

Monday, 28 June 2010

30 Rock's star lost 10 Punds with NutriSystem and Pilates. "I use NutriSystem" Tracy Morgan stated for USMagazine.com and he lost 10 punds in two weeks. The statement wa made at the Friars Foundation to Honor Legend Smikey Robinson in NYC.

Stand-up comedy => Bill Maher's movie: Religulous

Bill Maher's movie: Religulous

Monday, 12 October 2009

Bill Maher's movie, Religulous, is a comedy/political film and documentary, written by and starring Bill Maher himself and directed by Larry Charles. Bill Maher's movie, Religulous, mocks organized religion, one of the comedian's favourite topic, which you can trace in almost every and each of Bill Maher's stand up comedy shows.

Stand-up comedy => Richard Pryor comedy style and topics

Richard Pryor comedy style and topics

Monday, 28 September 2009

Richard Pryor's comedy style influenced almost every other stand up comedian that came after him, including George Carlin, Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy or Robin Williams. On George Carlin's last HBO special, performed on MArch 1, 2008 an image of Richard Pryor can be seen in the background.

Stand-up comedy => Chris Rock's comedy style and topics

Chris Rock's comedy style and topics

Monday, 05 October 2009

Chris Rock's comedy style was first influenced, according to the comedian, by the performing style of his grandfather, the preacher Allen Rock. Latter Chris Rock's stand up comedy style was influenced also by Richard Pryor, George Carlin or Bill Cosby.

Stand-up comedy => Eddie Izzard's transvestite look

Eddie Izzard's transvestite look

Monday, 28 September 2009

Eddie Izzard's transvestite apparel didn't raised any questions until the Bristish stand up comedian dismisses claims that he is a male homosexual, stating that he is a "straight transvestite or a male lesbian".

Stand-up comedy => Jeff Dunham DVDs - huge sales

Jeff Dunham DVDs - huge sales

Monday, 21 September 2009

Jeff Dunham's DVDs were some of the top selled stand up comedy DVDs, by March 2009, the numbers reaching over four million DVDs and seven million dollars more, in merchandise sales.

Stand-up comedy => George Carlin Braindroppings

George Carlin Braindroppings

Monday, 07 September 2009

George Carlin's Braindroppings is one of the best books of the comedian, including some of his best comedy material, like two famous monologues: Baseball vs Football and A Place for My Stuff.

Stand-up comedy => George Carlin Class Clown

George Carlin Class Clown

Monday, 31 August 2009

George Carlin's Class Clown is the comedian's third comedy album, recorded on the 27th of May 1972, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. George Carlin's comedy album Class Clown was released the same year and is the album that proved the comedian's irrefutable talent.

Stand-up comedy => George Carlin's books

George Carlin's books

Monday, 24 August 2009

George Carlin's books includes: Sometimes a Little Brain Damage Can Help, published in 1984, Brain Droppings, which was a best seller, being published in 1997, Napalm and Silly Putty, another of Carlin's huge success released in 2001, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?, published in 2004 and Three Times Carlin: An Orgy of George, published in 2006.

Stand-up comedy => George Carlin's comedy style and topics

George Carlin's comedy style and topics

Monday, 17 August 2009

George Carlin's comedy topics include subjects like: everyday life, drug use or American culture. But the comedian's favourite subjects are human behavior, religion, American politics.

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