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Diane Morgan

Originally from Bolton, Diane Morgan began stand up in 2004. Two years later she was runner up in the Hackney Empire New Act Of The Year and Funny more...

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Past Events

Here are the most recent UK tour dates we had listed for Diane Morgan. Were you there?

  • Mar 27 2017 London, Leicester Square Theatre Victoria Coren-Mitchell, Diane Morgan, Sarah Millican, Jessica Hynes
  • Nov 17 2016 London, The Tommyfield Always Be Comedy - Kennington Joe Lycett, Adam Hess, Angela Barnes (2), James Gill, Joe Wilkinson…
  • May 19 2016 Manchester, The Dancehouse Theatre Mrs Barbara Nice (Janice Connolly), Diane Morgan, Jeremy Hardy, Maxine Peake, Francesca Martinez, Steve Gribbin, Jack Caroll, Grace Petrie …
  • Mar 11 2016 London, Sanctum Soho Hotel Diane Morgan, Ian Moore, Greg Burns, Pierre Novellie, Alex Zane
  • Mar 06 2016 Brighton, Komedia Diane Morgan, Andrew Doyle, Pippa Evans, Zoe Lyons
  • Feb 12 2016 London, Royal Albert Hall Diane Morgan, Matt Winning, Ed Gamble
  • Dec 17 2015 Brighton, Sticky Mike's Frog Bar Greg Davies, Diane Morgan, Brian Gittins
  • Nov 17 2015 Brighton, Sticky Mike's Frog Bar Brian Gittins, Greg Davies, Diane Morgan, Charles Petrescu
  • Oct 31 2015 London, Arts Theatre Diane Morgan, Colin Chadwick, Nathan Willcock, Benji Waterstones, Mark Dolan
  • Sep 30 2015 Belfast, Mandela Hall Sara Pascoe, Diane Morgan, Colin Murphy

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10 things you may not know about diane morgan.

10 Things You May Not Know About Diane Morgan

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There is no one quite like Philomena Cunk, the hilariously deadpan interviewer played by Diane Morgan in various Charlie Brooker specials and now, her own standalone shows. "Where does your lap go when you stand up?" she once asked a human biology expert. With her new mockumentary Cunk on Earth premiering on Netflix, we're getting to know Morgan, the talented comedy actress also known for her roles in After Life , Mandy , and Sundance Now's Motherland . Here are 10 things you may not know about this utterly unique performer. 

1. Her partner is comedy producer Ben Caudell.  

Caudell's credits include numerous Charlie Brooker and Philomena Cunk specials, Motherland , Peep Show , and The Cleaner . They have been a couple since 2015 and live in Bloomsbury, central London.

2. She has had a wide variety of jobs.

Morgan's undeniably varied résumé includes stints selling tea towels, packing dog worming tablets in a factory, and peeling potatoes in an old-school British chippie. "If you do those awful jobs you realize what people have to go through on a daily basis and how much they need to laugh," she told The i . "You meet real people in those jobs. You get loads of ideas for real characters."

3. She studied at East 15, an acting school known for producing method actors .

But it wasn't necessarily for her. "Some classes were pointless," she told The Observer , "you know, throwing bean bags around. That sort of rubbish." Morgan was even banned from one class after making fun of an exercise in which students were handed a shoe, then asked to tell their classmates how they felt. "I took the shoe," Morgan recalled, "and said I felt really angry that I'd wasted money doing this crap."

4. Her career took off when she finally tried standup.

In an interview with The Observer , Morgan admitted that she "put it off for years" even though people kept telling her she was a natural standup comic. "Then 30 was approaching and I thought, s**t, I’d better do something with my life, so I gave it a go and started gigging," Morgan continued. "I was working in telesales at the time and it seemed incredible to me that I could earn the same money for 20 minutes on stage. Casting directors came to gigs, so I started to get bits and bobs. But it wasn’t until I auditioned for Charlie Brooker that everything changed overnight."

5. She is happy, however, to have left her standup career behind now.

As soon as TV work came flooding in, Morgan never looked back. "I never wanted to do, like, an hour of standup in Edinburgh [Festival]," she told Rolling Stone last year. "That’s the natural progression as a standup: you build up a 20-minute set and then you do an hour in Edinburgh. I can’t think of anything worse than doing an hour of standup, especially if you're dying. The thought of being five minutes in, the audience not being with you. They’re looking at their phones and chatting."

6. She currently has 500 adult diapers taking up space in her garage.

Morgan explained why, in her trademark deadpan style, during her 2022 appearance on The Graham Norton Show .

7. Though she stars in Motherland , she has no intention of becoming a mother herself.

"I've never wanted kids. I think I was born not wanting kids," Morgan told The Times last year. "Never for a split second have I ever thought I wanted them." She does, however, have a rescue dog called Bobby. "I wanted a dog for ages and Ben was, like, 'No, I don’t want a dog,'" Morgan added. "And then after my dad died I was, like, 'I really need a dog now.' I'll tell you what, as a cure for grief, he was such a lovely distraction."

8. She is related, albeit rather distantly, to three notable British actors.

Namely: Frank Finlay , who was Oscar-nominated for his role as Iago in Laurence Olivier 's 1965 film of Othello ; Jack Wild , who played the Artful Dodger in the 1968  Oliver!  movie, and Julie Goodyear , who starred in the popular British soap opera Coronation Street .

9. She is longtime friends with Maxine Peake.

They grew up in the same town, Bolton near Manchester, and bonded over a shared love of comedy.  Morgan has admitted she was incredibly jealous when Peake landed a part in Dinnerladies , a late-1990s sitcom by their comedy hero Victoria Wood. "It was all I’d ever wanted, and she’d gone and done it," Morgan told The Guardian . "And she knew it, she knew it. We used to sit on her bed and read Victoria Wood books together and read out her sketches. But it all worked out in the end."

10. Her most famous character, Philomena Cunk, was originally going to speak with an upper-class English accent.

Because another character in Charlie Brooker's Wipe  series, Barry Shitpeas, spoke with a Cockney accent, Brooker wanted Cunk to sound posh. "He thought that people might think we're taking the p**s out of working-class people," Morgan told The i . However, Morgan was convinced that using her own accent was the way forward. "I thought it would sound so much funnier in a Bolton accent. It just does, I don’t know why. It flattens the words out," she said.

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Clunky title aside, 'Cunk on Earth' is a mockumentary with cult classic potential


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Ill-informed TV correspondent Philomena Cunk (Diane Morgan) travels around the world in Cunk on Earth. Andrea Gambadoro/Netflix hide caption

Ill-informed TV correspondent Philomena Cunk (Diane Morgan) travels around the world in Cunk on Earth.

Diane Morgan stars in the new five-part Netflix mockumentary series Cunk on Earth , but viewers in the U.S. might not recognize her — unless they saw her as one of the supporting players in the Ricky Gervais comedy series After Life . But in Great Britain, Morgan's been on TV for years, especially playing one recurring character.

Ten years ago, Black Mirror co-creator Charlie Brooker wrote and hosted a British comedy series, Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe. It was a satirical review of the week's news — part The Daily Show , and part, if you want to go way, way back, That Was the Week That Was . Morgan was one of the featured players on Weekly Wipe, playing a TV correspondent named Philomena Cunk. Cunk isn't very well-informed, and she's prone to mispronunciations and malapropisms, but she says what she thinks — and what she thinks is often very, very funny.

In the U.K., the character was then spun off into several sequels, either limited series or one-shot specials: Cunk on Shakespeare , Cunk on Britain , Cunk and Other Humans . They all have the same winning formula: Philomena is sent to real exotic locations around the world, to offer her observations and interview actual experts — all of whom are polite and befuddled in equal measure.

Cunk on Earth is in the same sweeping, visually stunning tradition of such historical documentaries as Civilisation or Connections – except the correspondent and interviewer is less Kenneth Clark or James Burke, and more Borat or Jiminy Glick. That's the setup — and you don't have to have any prior exposure to Philomena Cunk to get up to speed instantly.

The opening of Cunk on Earth cuts between scenes of Philomena standing amid quiet nature and loud city streets, establishing the premise of her newest TV show. Over the show's five episodes, she travels from Pompeii to Russia to the Pyramids in Egypt. Philomena shoots one segment in front of the Mona Lisa , and, for another, descends into a cave to look at ancient cave paintings, just as Werner Herzog did in one of his documentaries. But he was in awe. Philomena, shining her flashlight onto the crude drawings of animals and people, is so unimpressed, she turns her flashlight off.

Despite her lack of enthusiasm and perspective, Cunk on Earth does contain a lot of actual information — thanks to the endlessly patient experts, who gently correct her misconceptions. Morgan's delivery is deliciously dry, and her improv skills, reacting to what historians say in their interviews with her, are formidable. She gets a writing credit for additional material, and absolutely deserves it.

Black Mirror came over from England as an oddball series and an acquired taste, and quickly grew into a cult hit. This new, wider Netflix platform for Cunk on Earth may accomplish the same thing. It's a terrible title — but it's a really funny show.

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The 101 Best Things in Comedy We Were Witness To in 2023 in No Particular Order

Sorry for the delay and getting this on the 2nd. As always, we wanted to be thorough and not miss out on anything in late December like other lists (and, boy howdy, there were). Anyhow after working tirelessly through New Year’s Day up until now, here is our grand list of the 100 best things in comedy we saw/heard/etc. in 2023, in no particular order.

*An egregious error has been made in not including Gary Gulman’s brilliant new hour special. It’s so egregious that we are, for this one time only, expanding from 100 to 101. May Gary forgive us for the tardy inclusion.

  • Jerrod Carmichael turned awards hosting on its head with his performance at The Golden Globes (kind of like he did with his SNL monologue and he should be hosting way more things).
  • In addition to stealing every scene that they were in for Joy Ride , Sabrina Wu has more than put themselves on their map as a stand-up, especially with a stand out set on Netflix’s Verified Stand-Up .
  • Cole Escola might have just outdone Eddie Murphy in regards to how many characters you can comically play on screen at the same time with their “lost” pilot for the Western “drama”, Our Home Out West .
  • Diane Morgan’s Philomena Cunk has reached Alan Partridge status with  Cunk on Earth .
  • Between her interview with George Santos and her seminal collection of essays, Black Friend ,, Ziwe ‘s iconic status continues to grow and Showtime will look more and more stupid for cancelling her show.
  • LBJ the Play achieves comedic brilliance while also, somehow, bridging the wide gap between President Lyndon B. Johnson and gender identity.
  • The Perfect Amount of Wrong by Mike Bridenstine gives a great portrait of how kindred spirits in a comedy scene, specifically North Chicago alt-comedy, can evolve into some of the most celebrated performers of our time (and make you wonder what the magical ingredients are in 2024 to make that sort of thing happen again).
  • The hysterical Rachel Kaly attempted to get back on Conan after appearing as a child with jokes that she wrote when she was a child. The journey was thankfully all captured in the blisteringly hilarious short film ATTN: CONAN O’BRIEN .
  • Everyone who got to see Ben Wasserman do what will likely the best show to ever happen at a funeral home/mortuary/cemetery with Live After Death has been forever changed for the better.
  • Yorgos Lanthimos outdid himself again with the exquisite, towering, fairy tale satire that is Poor Things featuring a career defining turn from  Emma Stone  (and  Ramy Youssef ).
  • Kyle Kinane ‘s Shock and Struts delivered the goods, almost in the way that the truck in a 20+ min. closing story delivered him and his truck out of the desert.
  • Michael J. Feldman ‘s solo show  No, But I’m Definitely in a Better Place Than I Been in a Long Time is the solo show we both all deserve (and can revel in as it hits that gallows humor nerve perfectly).
  • Addie Weyrich must have set some sort of record by having the overwhelming majority of the audience at The Addie Show individually take part of the show (complete with one of over 100 note cards with specific instructions on it).
  • Addi Somekh made us rethink both balloon hats and the world arounds us with Inflatable Planet .
  • Sure, Meg Ryan made a return to form in a rom com this year, but  Rye Lane , the feature debut of Raine Allen Miller , in our minds, is the top of the pops for romantic comedies in 2023.
  • Mae Martin plus a forest of trees on stage plus Abbi Jacobson directing equals Sap , one of the most dreamy comedy specials in recent memory.
  • Mark Vigeant never ceases to amaze with his commitment to the bit, cleverness to go meta, and his vulnerability, all on wondrous display with his solo show, Mark Pleases You .
  • Chad Damiani ‘ s half hour of silent improv is a ridiculous treat, even as shirts come off, sweat flies everywhere, and the narrative thread is often illusory.
  • Scout Durwood pulls out all the stops for the marvelously off-the-rails cabaret/variety show Everybody Go Go and you should take up every opportunity to see it wherever and whenever you can.
  • The songs, the moves, and the sharp comedy of Drew Lausch and Zach Teague are a force to be reckoned with.
  • Greg Barris offers both a restorative emotional experience and a deluge of silliness with his latest album  Deep Healing .
  • The Other Two will forever be remembered as having some of the very best industry jokes of any comedy of all time. It’s almost worth working some awful Hollywood desk to enjoy every bit on the show.
  • In a comedy world of unrelenting truth tellers and edgelords, one Tyler Jackson opts to revel in purely absurd bits and is masterful at it.
  • Rachel Mac’s Teacher of the Year makes a case for Rachel Mac being one of the funniest teachers working today, which is saying a lot because, whether you know it or not, many teachers live a double life as a comedian.
  • We got witness the top-to-bottom brilliance of Richard Perez with his solo show,  I Have To Do This , and he has made new romances just a little more tolerable/bearable though this collection of (somewhat) grounded rom com vignettes.
  • Joe Zimmerman’s special Cult Classic faithfully holds up the torch for classical, observational stand-up comedy without sounding like Seinfeld and being able to find a refreshing angle on killing baby Hitler.
  • The fact that Bottoms is the second Emma Seligman/Rachel Sennott feature length film and that the first one was Shiva Baby should prove to you that they have a lot more delightful, hysterical havoc to wreak on the big screen in the not so distant future.
  • May your very first special be as on point as Blake Wexler’s Daddy Long Legs .
  • Cam Gavinski: how to make everything about you forever and always is yet more evidence of Cam being someone who has so much ambition and vision with their comedy, but has the rare ingenuity to actually pull it off.
  • Very few people break down comedy and analyze it at the molecular level quite like Jesse David Fox does. The Vulture editor and long time host of Good One conclusively summarizes all of his succinct and astute observations on comedy in his appropriately titled  Comedy Book: How Comedy Conquered Culture-and the Magic That Makes It Work by Jesse David Fox .
  • Greta Gerwig’s take on Barbie was a feat on so many levels (financially, philosophically, tonally) all while being so damn fun. Don’t be surprised if comedy runs the table again this awards season.
  • Being unapologetically genuine and exuberant are a great pairing for comedy and Rachel Coster is a perfect example of that.
  • As far as taking big swings for specials, very few swung as big as Alison Stevenson with making up a streaming service for her special VUBITV+ Presents: Alison Stevenson: H*rny B*tch: A Comedy Special to “premiere” on and do a bunch of BDSM bits on top of it. It’s such a good time because of it.
  • Tina Friml is a shining gem amidst a field of angrily smoldering embers and you should go seek out her stand-up whenever you can.
  • It’s called Hell , but Chris Fleming and his groovy attire front what might be the silliest special on a major streaming platform. Kudos to Fleming keeping true to being utterly ridiculous.
  • The imagination of Sam Walt Jones is wonderfully bigger than most as shown, just this year, by doing an entire live parody series of Survivor  that actually spans several weeks and feels like a splendidly mutated  Wonderland  version of the show.
  • LA got a wonderful addition to its scene this year with one Katherine Blanford whose warmth and cleverness ought to see her go real far in Tinseltown.
  • The sultry voice of Leslie Liao blends comedically so well with her frank observations about herself and it has been a true joy to see her rise out of the ranks.
  • Langston Kerman and David Gborie seem to be able to do no wrong with their podcast My Momma Told Me even though it’s dedicated to parsing out (and “legitimately” considering) some of the most ridiculous conspiracy theories out there.
  • Richelle Meiss had a hit on her hands with an unauthorized musical parody of  The Bachelor and she did an equally pitch perfect send up of Real Housewives this year. We would love if she just took on all trash TV with her musical parody prowess.
  • Moses Storm got back to his more experimental comedy roots this year and devised a solo show,  Perfect Cult , where he created a cult with the audience. Storm’s mixing of his own experiences, which, in turn, inform how he creates this in-show cult is so fun that you might just want to follow Storm wherever he goes.
  • Veronica Osorio put all of her being, experiences, desires, and penchant for mischief into her Venezuelan Shamanic clown show, Medicine Woman , and made for one of the most enchanting, mystifying, original solo shows we saw all year long.
  • Kyle Ayers is unfortunately afflicted with Trigeminal Neuralgia (AKA “Suicide Disease”) and yet, through his own indomitable comedic will, made a non-stop laughs solo show, Hard to Say .
  • Beth Stelling ‘s latest special If You Didn’t Want Me Then is so undeniably good (kind of like  Girl Daddy ) it should be the calling card for Beth to be in anything and everything that she wants to be.
  • Kristoffer Borgli ‘s Dream Scenario is one of the most radical movies of the year and did so by having Nicholas Cage play one of his most unassuming roles in his entire career. For our money, it’s the best and most original comedy about dreams since Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind .
  • Julia Sweeney ‘s story about the death of her mom, when we heard it at UnCabaret , is one of the best, purest distillations of a comedian’s archetypal relationship with their parents.
  • So much comedy on the big screen this year had wonderful bite to it, but American Fiction might have some of the most devastatingly funny lines delivered perfectly by Jeffrey Wright and crafted by Cord Jefferson .
  • Mo Welch went above and beyond in going meta and daring with Dad Jokes , a half stand-up special/half docu-special with super dark dad jokes and then trying to reconnect with your estranged dad.
  • Alex Edelman infiltrating a White Nationalist meeting as a Jew and turning it into Just For Us is every bit as illuminating and hilarious and resonant as you think it could be (and then some).
  • As one can see from Live from the Big Dog , the comedic power of Blair Socci will not be denied.
  • The Academy Museum’s exhibit John Waters: Pope of Trash is an ornate tribute to the auteur and one of the best displays of camp cinema/humor/etc. we’ve ever seen.
  • How Hasan Minhaj handled the controversy around his New Yorker interview highlighted so much about comedy that people should never forget .
  • Joe Pera’s first hour special Slow & Steady is a perfect distillation of Joe’s calming and politely off-kilter comedy that is the perfect salve for these times. Also, Joe has the best audience cutaway to the security guard of any special ever.
  • LA now has its own, postmodern bouffant troupe Il Fungo and, as a postmodern bouffant troupe is wont to do, they bridge the sublime and the silly wonderfully.
  • While comedians riffing off each other is well-mined territory in podcasts, Mae Martin, Fortune Feimster, and Tig Notaro hanging out on The Handsome Podcast has a magical quality to it.
  • Julian Velard has the most amazing existential song about being a piano player being asked to play Billy Joel’s Piano Man in his marvelous musical solo show Julian Velard… Is in the Middle of Something .
  • John Early is up to his meta hijinks in his HBO special Now More Than Ever that dresses up his hilarious stand-up in the middle of a classic rock doc. Also, bonus points go to John for the way he points out his parents in this hour
  • A very special Green Room with Paul Provenza happened this year as it was all in Paul’s backyard and showed how comedy can shine the through darkest of traumas with Doug Stanhope, Andy Andrist, Kristine Levine, Annie Lederman, and Henry Phillips.
  • Though Demi Adejuyigbe isn’t doing his September videos anymore, he is still dishing out brilliance in other forms as he did in 2023 with his declaration for 2023 Halloween costumes .
  • For all the talk about The Boys , best not sleep on a UK satire on super powers from Emma Morgan , Extraordinary , which is decidedly less explicit and (maybe more) charming, in the keep-calm-and-carry-on British manner.
  • As far as a classical looking and sounding comedy special goes in 2023, it doesn’t get much better than Nate Craig: Live at the Green Mill .
  • For a show that’s so unpredictable and existentially rapturous, let’s all hold hands and take a moment for the final season of How to With John Wilson coming to a close last year.
  • NYC comedy darling James Hamilton put out one hell of a debut album with I Don’t Deserve These Deals ; the sort of album that makes you wonder how wrong the Grammys are about their nominations for Best Comedy Album.
  • Thank goodness for the doc following Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett ‘s fake strongman duo Chop & Steele and capturing how you might have to go, legally, to defend looking stupid on TV for fun.
  • Let the hilarious weirdness of the life of one Jessica Sele wash over you with her debut album Weird Vibes .
  • The new, new, new, NEW Futurama , believe it or not, is pretty damn good (and fully aware of how many times it has been revived).
  • Albert Brooks: Defending My Life is a great and necessary reminder of how much Albert Brooks is a comedy pioneer as a performer/actor/director as well as a touching tribute from one of his best friends, Rob Reiner .
  • Joe Kwaczala not only delivers on his album’s title of Funny Songs & Sketches , but cleverly delivers a grand variety of ingenious, innovative bits that points to Joe perhaps deserving a full on sketch show somewhere.
  • While Barbie rode high this year, let us not forget the R-rated comedy of 2023, Joy Ride (that also a touching story about identity, adoption, and taking the baton from  Crazy Rich Asians and running wild with it).
  • Harley Quinn , now in its 4th season , continues to be a bright, hysterical, subversive light in the imploding world of comic book based IP.
  • The NYC branch of Comedians You Should Know really made moves this year and one of those moves was one of its heads, David Drake , putting out his very first special that hit the perfect mark of self-deprecation with That’s It .
  • At this point, you’d wonder how John Oliver could possibly up the ante with his prank calls to action with Last Week Tonight. Then, John went ahead and fixed a New Zealand bird election for the Pūteketeke and gave us an answer.
  • If you want to see victory and self-acceptance and healing and an irresistibly funny solo show, look no further than Jackie Johnson: How To Get a Second Husband .
  • Clay Tatum and Whitmer Thomas’ Civil Dead is a charming lowkey twist on what it means to be a ghost and/or the buddy comedy.
  • Protected Under Parody might be the best sketch show going in LA even though it happens in the bar area of a hip movie theater.
  • If you don’t already know the name Steph Tolev , you best know it now and remember it fully. The self-ascribed “Queen of Filth” is playing all over the country now and she’s as good at going blue and working a crowd as anyone out there.
  • Josh Sharp and Aaron Jackson made one of the most unhinged, unapologetically queer comedy of the year with Dicks: the Musical , doing A24 proud for their first musical. Let it be known that 2023 could be called the “Year of Dicks and Bottoms”.
  • Countless hours of comedic observations have been dished out about generational differences, but the amazing Jenny Zigrino has some of the best and sharpest jokes in that realm in her special Jen-Z .
  • Marc Maron pulled a hat trick with his latest hour in offering one of his most touching, darkest, and best specials yet with From Bleak to Dark .
  • The only saving grace of Mike Lindell existing is that James Adomian keeps getting to play him brillliantly on Kimmel as he did throughout the year and even over this past holiday season.
  • Even though Molly Gordon, Ben Platt, and Nick Lieberman had a touching, laugh riot of a tribute to theater kids everywhere with Theater Camp , this feature debut of Gordon and Lieberman is the definitive mockumentary of 2023.
  • If you’ve mowed through dozens of specials and wondered if comedy has become stale/complacent/hollow, get a shot in the arm with Ben Roy ‘s latest hour Hyena and rest easy (after laughing a whole damn lot).
  • Brad Wenze l and his latest hour, joke. joke. joke. shows that the art form of the one liner, a corner of comedy that often seems to be of yesteryear, is alive and well (and can thrive in the 2020s).
  • All hail the best sketch show on television, I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson , full stop. No further explanation should be needed.
  • Her book Raw Dog , in our minds, has elevated Jamie Loftus into the status of comedy luminary (and is the sort of humor that the Mark Twain Prize actually seeks to honor if you read the award’s mission statement).
  • The series of IG reels/ Tik Tok It’s Not an Issue with Ever Mainard and their Mom on is simply blissful ridiculousness between a mom and their non-binary adult child.
  • Wes Anderson retains his pristine symmetrical comedy auteur status with his most self-reflexive (and cheeky) work yet, Asteroid City .
  • If they were a wing of a modern art museum dedicated to video art as dramedy, it should have the entire season of Carol & The End of the World playing on a loop. Hats off to Dan Guterman for creating a beautiful existential valediction to 2023 in the form of an adult animated series.
  • As time passes, the comedic observations about pandemic times have become more and more worn, but such original and insightful and personal voices like those of Hari Kondabolu make for something special as he did with Vacation Baby .
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Enjoy UK Comedy Star Diane Morgan on Seth Meyers Becoming an American Comedy Star Because of Cunk on Earth

The names Diane Morgan and Philomena Cunk as well as the title Cunk on Earth may not be familiar to your Yankee ears, but we hope that changes from the time you finish reading this post forward. Morgan, not unlike Steve Coogan has done with Alan Partridge , has become synonymous with a certain extremely aloof, easily mistaken, yet fully confident presenter. The name of said presenter is a comically rich tapestry of syllables, Philomena Cunk. Throughout several series and specials, Morgan has taken on sending up every documentary series that is perhaps too self-serious and thus played Cunk as dryly as possible while often saying the most idiotic things she can say, often to real life field experts.

Cunk on Earth is the latest work from Diane as Philomena and a grand exploration of the history of mankind, but done with the lens of someone who assuredly thinks they’ve got the right take, but has less veracity to their facts than non-peer reviewed pages on Wikipedia (though there are some piercingly funny truths that she points out like Europe’s insistence on their innovation of the printing press when that existed in Asia well before that time). The result is so damn funny, often ratcheted up through the absurdity and awkwardness with history professors and art historians that have to deal with Philomena and her quest to ask “dumb questions”.

See for yourself in the Cunk on Earth trailer here .

Also,  Cunk on Earth is likely the first American exposure that Cunk has gotten as the series is streaming on Netflix and is gaining traction through the platform. As such, Morgan appeared on Seth Meyers last night to talk up the series, show herself as the perfect person to play Philomena since Diane hates most history, and generally show off how wonderfully dry she is.

Right, you should go watch all of Cunk on Earth (it’s a short binge, we promise) right now and make your week better.

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Black Mirror Creator Charlie Brooker Is Making a Netflix Mockumentary Comedy Special, “Death to 2020”

Without question, 2020 has been one of the worst years that anyone alive has been living. It will very likely be the worst year that many of us (who have many years of living ahead of them) will have lived through in our lifetime. COVID-19, Trump, climate change, and the uprisings from systemic/racial/misogynistic/classist/transphobic oppression have made 2020 a terribly tragic year on a historic level.

With that in mind, master of dystopia Charlie Brooker, creator of  Black Mirror , is going to do a very special mockumentary style comedy special dedicated to how especially awful this year has been. Brooker is very aptly calling it  Death to 2020 .

Outside of it being a mockumentary Netflix “comedy event” and the cast including Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Grant, Lisa Kudrow, Tracey Ullman, Leslie Jones, Diane Morgan, Cristin Milioti, and Joe Keery , there’s not very many other details to be had at this time as you can see in this teaser here .

As far as 2020 goes, it makes total sense that someone who is responsible for giving you nightmares about robotic dogs hunting humans to extinction would be doing a comedy special about this year.

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UK comedian Diane Morgan’s beloved Philomena Cunk character is returning to the BBC and Netflix for a mockumentary unlocking the mystery of human civilization to discover humankind’s greatest achievements.

Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones’ indie Broke & Bones is behind  Cunk on Earth,  which will see Morgan reprise the role that placed her on the comedy map with BBC2’s Cunk on Britain.

Long-time Brooker collaborator Morgan was most recently seen in Broke & Bones’ Netflix comedy special Death to 2021  and  Cunk on Earth  is the first time the Motherland star’s show has been co-produced for the BBC and Netflix, with the U.S. streamer taking rights outside of the UK and Ireland.

From virtually nothing to virtual reality, Cunk will comically tell the story of our greatest inventions such as the wheel, the Mona Lisa and nuclear power. Along the way, she will ask experts hard-hitting questions about humanity’s progress, as well as standing near impressive old ruins, or inside museums.

Brooker is co-writing and exec producing, with Ben Caudell, Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris also writing and Jones and Ali Marlow also exec producing. Death To 2021 lead writer Caudell is shortly to take up a Commissioning Editor role in Jon Petrie’s BBC comedy team and had a stint working temporarily in the team last year. Sam Ward is producing and Christian Watt is directing.

“A huge thank you to Diane and the incredibly talented team at Broke & Bones for braving everything from Ancient Rome to the wilds of Silicon Valley in this fantastic new series,” said BBC Head of Comedy Tanya Qureshi, who is commissioning editor on the show.

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After a festive special, Diane Morgan brings back hapless Mandy for a welcome second season – and the job hunt continues. This time, she tries her hand at being a tour guide at Brompton Hall and ends up accidentally serving nibbles at a cult gathering. Michelle Greenidge and Tom Basden also star in this 15-minute dose of silly (read: secretly very clever) fun. Hollie Richardson

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Usually, Jay Blades and the team carefully strip down heirlooms before building them back better. Tonight, a grandfather clock arrives already in bits, requiring a lot of TLC from the horologist Steve Fletcher. Other items getting a painstaking glow-up include a pair of speedway boots and a kaput 60s electric organ. Graeme Virtue

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Tonight, a couple in Lincoln are at loggerheads over how best to find more space for their growing family. Luckily, the property gods Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer are on hand to try to settle a five-year debate and advise on whether Eric and Carly should extend their bungalow or move. HR

Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs

In need of a pick-me-up on the year’s first Wednesday? Paul O’Grady and the staff of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home are on hand to give us plenty of furry faces to coo at – including eight-year-old Paul, a shih-tzu with an extreme case of bladder stones, and a feisty chihuahua not easily charmed by the host. HR

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Gregg Wallace shows no signs of dropping off our screens in 2022, as Inside the Factory rumbles on. Tonight, he and the historian Ruth Goodman dig deep into all things malt loaf – the squidgy cake that, apparently, Britons eat about 130m times a year. HR

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Lee the broker is tasked with selling off one of the jewels of Hampstead: the £17.5m Huxley House on The Bishops Avenue (AKA “Billionaire’s Row”). But the really romantic draw tonight is a 100ft double-decked houseboat, the Flamant Rose, once owned by Edith Piaf; it was the site of her liaisons with a French professional boxer. Ali Catterall

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The comedian and actor best known for playing philomena cunk discusses curries, aussie cuisine and her favourite fish and chip shop..

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I used to work in a chippy in Bolton called Le Chipparee . I think it was meant to sound all French and posh, but they kept the spuds in a bath. I used to have to shovel them into the chipper, which was quite satisfying. I wasn’t very good, though, because I was too thick to use the till, so I didn’t last long there. There aren’t as many chip shops down south but I’m lucky enough to live near The Fryer’s Delight in Bloomsbury, which does amazing fish and chips. It’s all original 1960s decor too.

Growing up, I was lucky to have a mum who made really good home-cooked meals. My brother would put me off my vegetables, though, so I went through a phase of either pocketing them and flushing them down the toilet, or sneaking them underneath the table to the family dog.

Aussies make the most perfect coffee, and the food is delicious. I went to Sydney last year to film Frayed for Sky and I loved it. There was a surprising lack of chains — they were mostly independent places where the owner was on the premises and really cared about the food.

If I was on death row and had to choose a last meal, I’d go for a chicken bhuna. Or maybe KFC because, let's face it, I wouldn’t be thinking about my health if I was on death row.

The curry in Kerala was exquisite. I remember eating some fish that looked disgusting (they all had weird faces), but they were honestly the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten. It’s the spices! You could probably curry a pencil case and it would taste delicious.

I live near a superb Indian restaurant. It’s called Little India , in Holborn. Their curries are the best I’ve ever tasted, and as I said, I’ve been to India. Chicken bhuna, sag paneer, mushroom rice, peshwari naan… delicious.

I’m trying not to eat red meat. I’m mainly veggie, but I do allow myself the odd bit of chicken and fish. I do a good salmon traybake, but having to think up different meals every day is exhausting — I don’t know how my mum did it. Luckily, my chap, Ben, is a bit of a dab hand in the kitchen.

Cheese is the one thing I couldn’t live without. If it wasn’t for cheese, I could probably try going vegan. It’s very good for improving a bland meal.

I can’t stand sushi. I don’t think we should be eating raw fish; it just feels wrong. And I hate prawns — or, as I call them, ‘dirty sea worms’.

I’d love Philomena Cunk to have her own cookery programme. I think she’d only have very bland, simple meals that involve minimal use of pans. It’d be nice to see things being burnt and scraped into a bin, too. I’ve not seen that kind of behaviour since Keith Floyd, and I really miss him.

Diane Morgan can currently be seen in Frayed on Now TV, The Cockfields on Gold and Mandy on BBC iPlayer.

Published in the Jan/Feb 2020 issue of National Geographic Traveller Food

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"Which was more culturally significant: the Renaissance, or Single Ladies by Beyoncé?"

It's a question presenter Philomena Cunk poses to British art historian Martin Kemp during her new series Cunk on Earth — one of the many now-viral moments that are seeing the BBC Two series reach a global audience. 

So who is Philomena Cunk? Do these professors know she's just having a laugh? And what's the 1989 Technotronic hit Pump Up the Jam got to do with it?

What on earth is Cunk on Earth?

Cunk on Earth is a five-part "landmark" mockumentary series starring tour guide slash hapless field reporter Philomena Cunk, who charts the history of civilisation.

Throughout the series, Cunk travels "as far as COVID restrictions and the production budget" allow her, before putting the big questions to historians and experts, including, why pyramids are shaped like that ("is it to stop homeless people sleeping on them?"), and was Jesus the first victim of cancel culture?

The series was created by presenter and satirist  Charlie Brooker , and written in collaboration with British comedian Diane Morgan .

Brooker might not be a household name here in Australia, but there's a decent chance you've stumbled upon his other works, like Black Mirror .

Is Philomena Cunk a real person?

No, which is unfortunate as it's a great name. 

Philomena Cunk is a fictional character created by Morgan, who you might recognise from the dark comedy series After Life .

Morgan's been playing Philomena on and off for about a decade.

She first debuted the character on Brooker's Weekly Wipe , and then later on Cunk on Britain , where her ill-equipped alter ego, armed with spotty research and rock-solid obliviousness, explored British history.

If Philomena isn't real, are the experts real?

The interviewees in Cunk on Earth are real, genuine experts. 

Throughout the five episodes, Cunk speaks to British classicist and academic Nigel Spivey , archaeologist Paul Bahn , global politics professor Brian Klaas , and award-winning composer Shirley Thompson , among others.

Klaas and Thompson have even shared their appreciation for being included.

Surely the experts are in on the bit, then?

They are indeed. 

Despite Philomena's baffling line of questioning, the experts take her "silly" queries seriously.

For example, historian Kemp gently begins his answer to the Renaissance versus Beyoncé question with: "They both had their time."

When asked about the experts during a Q&A session with the British Film Institute, Brooker confirmed "they know that it's a comedy show", adding: "They work best when they are very earnest."

"They don't know what I'm going to say," Morgan added, joking that the "real poncey" academics had not seen the series because they were too intellectual to own a television.

Philomena peers down at an actor playing Aristotle, who is looking through a telescope.

OK, but how is Pump Up the Jam involved?

Historical documentaries series don't often feature Eurodance interludes, so that's exactly why Technotronic's Pump Up the Jam plays a part in Cunk on Earth.

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Used as a marker for the measurement of time, the "unrelated Belgian techno anthem" grows from being a joke to a running gag that can appear at any moment.

Cunk on Earth's success has rubbed off on the song too, with search interest for Pump Up the Jam spiking since the show was recently released worldwide on Netflix. It was first aired on the BBC last year.

What are critics saying about Cunk?

The Hollywood Reporter describes Cunk on Earth as a "consistently droll, frequently delightful series that mixes high and low comedy at a breakneck pace."

Vulture calls it "so perfectly stupid", saying it subverts its formula by being "deceptively smart", while Rolling Stone describes Philomena as an "irresistible idiot". 

The New York Times notes Cunk "feels somewhat different" to mockumentaries that have come before it, saying the show "isn't necessarily trying to make a specific point about politics, academia or even the documentary form. Its first priority is silliness".

Where can I watch it?

Cunk on Earth is currently streaming on Netflix, which is where you'll also find Brooker's Black Mirror, and where you'll spot Morgan in After Life.

With five half-hour episodes, you'll knock the series over within a couple of hours. 

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British actress and comedian Diane Morgan frequently graces our screens, whether it's as Philomena Cunk on Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe, Liz in the BBC Two sitcom Motherland, or Kath in Ricky Gervais' critically acclaimed Netflix series After Life.

But as it turns out, Diane, 46, isn’t the only person in her family who has found success in the film industry. The comedian has previously referred to her family as a “dynasty” of actors listing her distant relations to Julie Goodyear (Bet Lynch in Coronation Street), Oscar-nominated Frank Finlay (Iago in Othello) and Jack Wild (Artful Dodger in Oliver!).

“There were a few actors on my dad’s side of the family,” she told the Observer. “What a dynasty. We’re like the Redgraves.”

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However, fans may be surprised to learn that the actress rose from humble beginnings and has seemingly tried every profession under the sun. From packaging worming medicine at a factory and peeling potatoes at a chip shop to selling makeup and working as a dental assistant, Diane's done it all. After starting in the film industry as Dawn in Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights, she then attempted stand-up comedy and became the runner-up in the 2006 Funny Women Awards.

A few years later, in 2015, Diane met BBC comedy producer Ben Caudell, 46, who she now lives with in Bloomsbury. Unlike his partner, Ben prefers to be behind the camera and has worked on shows such as 10 o’clock Live, Charlie Brooker’s Wipe, Comedy Lab, and Peep Show. The pair do not have any children and do not intend on ever doing so.

Despite ironically acquiring fame through Motherland, a series based around the challenges of parenting, Diane told the Guardian: “I never wanted them. When I was younger, I thought, maybe I’ll change when I get older, but I haven’t. Occasionally, people come up to me with kids and they’ll say, ‘Seriously, don’t have them. They ruin your life.’ But even if they didn’t say that, I’ve made my mind up now, and I’m with someone who doesn’t want kids as well, which is glorious. It’s really good luck.”

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Diane has always been upfront about prioritising quality shows over money. In one interview, she told the Guardian: “I’ve got no money. I’ve never had money but I’m not that bothered about money. I don’t want a swimming pool. I’m happy as I am. I don’t need much to be happy, and I’ve got what I want. I just want to do some good work now. I just want to do work that I’m not ashamed of. That’s all I want.”

The actress will be making an appearance on the Graham Norton Show where some of the biggest stars of film, TV, and music are welcome for chat, performances, and comedy. Graham has hosted everyone from Taylor Swift to Hugh Jackman since 2007 when the series was first aired.

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This book explores the evolutionary history and fascinating biology of the manatee, asking questions such as, why do they have solid bones and marching molars? Big tummies but no blubber? Lots of friends and no enemies? And other queries like, are manatees invasive? Do they speak or squeak? Why do they have whiskers? Are they dangerous? How can we help them thrive again? This book answers these—and many more—questions about this very special mammal.

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Diane Morgan has written or over 42 books, mostly on dogs (she is a five-time winner of the Maxwell Award for Dog Writing) but also Eastern religions, horses, cats, and gemstones.She has volunteered with the Save the Manatee Club, Sirenian International, the Manatee Observation and Education Center at Fort Pierce, Florida, and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute’s Manatee Project. She has also participated in manatee and whale rescues. In her other life she teaches English at Indian River State College in Florida and Philosophy and Religion at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

  • Print length 136 pages
  • Language English
  • Publisher Pineapple Press
  • Publication date April 1, 2023
  • Dimensions 7.03 x 0.32 x 9.79 inches
  • ISBN-10 1683343484
  • ISBN-13 978-1683343486
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Here’s how to see Leanne Morgan live on tour in 2024

One of comedy’s biggest up-and-coming stars is 58-years-old.

Leanne Morgan, a mother of three and grandmother to two, released her first Netflix special last year and is now embarking on the second leg of her nationwide ‘Just Getting Started Tour.’

Along the way, she’ll perform back-to-back headlining spots at Buffalo, NY’s UB Center For The Arts on Saturday, March 16 and then a week later, she’ll drop into Red Bank, NJ’s Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre for a pair of shows on Saturday, March 23.

“I’ll be sharing more stories of my real life, my family and my experiences and I hope people will still come away from this new hour saying, ‘this is my life- is Leanne spying on me?,’” said Morgan in a statement.

If that sounds like the show for you, it isn’t too late to grab tickets to see Morgan at one of her 48 gigs from January through June.

You won’t have to spend that much either.

At the time of publication, the lowest price we found on tickets was $40 before fees on Vivid Seats.

Most other shows had seats starting anywhere from $45 to $70 before fees although there were a few outliers where tickets prices began over $100.

Looking for a few more details before smashing that buy button ?

We’re here to help, Leanne fans.

Our team has everything you need to know and more about the ‘Just Getting Started Tour’ below.

All prices listed above are subject to fluctuation.

As noted above, Morgan has a whopping 48 shows lined up this year.

That includes stops in major markets like Las Vegas (Feb. 2), Cleveland (March 15), Greensboro (April 4-5), Baltimore (May 18) and Detroit (June 22).

Also, she’s slated to headline at the second-ever Netflix is a Joke Festival in Los Angeles on May 4.

Wondering if she’s headed to a city near you?

You can find a complete calendar including all ‘Just Getting Started Tour’ dates, venues and links to the cheapest tickets available here .

From May 1-12, 2024, the  Netflix is a Joke Festival  is returning to Los Angeles for over 300 (!) shows spread out across 35 venues.

And yes, many of your favorite comedians will be there along with Morgan.

Just a few of the mega names on this year’s lineup include  Chris Rock ,  Bill Burr ,  David Letterman ,  Trevor Noah  and controversial crowd work wunderkind  Matt Rife .

They’ll be joined by household names  John Mulaney ,  Jon Stewart ,  Ali Wong ,  Seth Rogen  and  Sarah Silverman .

Best of all, seven-time Super Bowl winner  Tom Brady  will be on hand for ‘The Greatest Roast of All Time,’ where  Jeff Ross  and celebrities will poke fun fun at the former NFLer.

As of now, over 100 acts have been announced for the  sprawling, mega event , the first since 2022.

You can get tickets for the show of your choosing  here .

Based on our findings, Morgan has two hours under her belt.

Here’s how you can see them ASAP before catching her live this year.

“So Yummy” (2017) is streaming on Amazon

“I’m Every Woman” (2023) is streaming on Netflix

While not every comic will have you asking “are they spying on me?!” there are quite a few relatable performers on the road this year.

Here are just five of our favorites you won’t want to miss live these next few months.

•  Tina Fey with Amy Poehler

•  Chelsea Handler

•  Wanda Sykes

•  Paula Poundstone

•  Nikki Glaser

Who else is pounding the pavement? Check out our list of the 50 biggest concert tours in 2024 here to find out.

Vivid Seats is the New York Post's official ticketing partner. We may receive revenue from this partnership for sharing this content and/or when you make a purchase.

Here’s how to see Leanne Morgan live on tour in 2024


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