Malcolm Hardee

The Tunnel Palladium, Greenwich

Nick Revell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Nick Revell

It was hard not to feel at least a little pulse of dread across your guts whenever you saw The Tunnel coming up in the diary. The audience was volatile and unpredictable. Often they'd be good as gold, but if they decided to heckle, you could expect anything from brilliant and witty to mob aggression or flying objects.

UK Comedy Legend Malcolm Hardee - Irresponsible, Thoughtless or Malicious?

John Fleming | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK Comedy
John Fleming

Today is the eighth anniversary of the death by drowning of comedian Malcolm Hardee.

Irish YouTube Sensation Rubberbandits in Shock BBC Jimmy Savile Revelation

John Fleming | Posted 24.03.2013 | UK Comedy
John Fleming

I thought it would be jolly to chat to Rubberbandits for this blog, because I thought there might be a chance they would pay me money in a belated, after-the-event bribe to win the increasingly prestigious Malcolm Hardee Comedy Award.

Feared UK Comedy Critic Kate Copstick Has Links With African Criminals and Deals Drugs in Kenya

John Fleming | Posted 06.01.2013 | UK Comedy
John Fleming

Every year, 100% of any money collected at the awards show goes to Copstick's Mama Biashara charity, which helps poor people in Kenya - mostly women - start up their own small businesses.

The Malcolm Hardee Award Winners Announced

The British Comedy Guide | Posted 27.08.2012 | UK Comedy

Last night saw the madcap Malcolm Hardee Awards Show give out its gongs for 2012, the awards which aim to "represent the true anarchic spirit of the E...

Edinburgh Fringe Becomes Laughing Stock as Comedians and Critics Attack

John Fleming | Posted 10.07.2012 | UK Comedy
John Fleming

Richard Herring explained to me yesterday: "I was told I couldn't use the words 'dick' and 'fuckinghamshire' in the 40 words. I wasn't too surprised about the 'fuckinghamshire' ("honourable member for fuckinghamshire" was the line) even though that isn't a swear word and presumably means you have to censor 'Scunthorpe' too.

The 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Concentrates on Comedy Testicles and Abhors Bad Grammar

John Fleming | Posted 03.07.2012 | UK Comedy
John Fleming

Now, make no mistake, I love the Edinburgh Fringe. One thing I like about it is its freewheeling, hands-off nature. Anyone can perform at the Fringe; ...

Christmas With Malcolm Hardee: Strange Beer and Falling Fish

John Fleming | Posted 23.02.2012 | UK Comedy
John Fleming

I will be spending a quiet time at home on Christmas Day. I asked 'Digger Dave', a friend of the late 'godfather of British comedy' Malcolm Hardee if he had any memories of spending Christmas with Malcolm. Perhaps this was a mistake.

The Death Yesterday of Joan Hardee, Mother of British Alternative Comedy's Godfather Malcolm Hardee

John Fleming | Posted 30.01.2012 | UK Comedy
John Fleming

Joan was 84. I met her over perhaps 25 years. She was feisty, redoubtable and with a mind so sharp you could cut cheese with it. She doted on Malcolm and, when he drowned in 2005, it - as you would expect - affected her greatly for the rest of her life. She died from pneumonia, peacefully, in a nursing home near Deal in Kent.

What Links Dead Comedian Malcolm Hardee, Gangster Mad Frank Fraser & a British Political Sex Scandal?

John Fleming | Posted 05.12.2011 | UK
John Fleming

Yesterday, someone sent me a Facebook message telling me he had posted on Flickr ninety-five... count 'em that's ninety-five... photographs he took i...

Why the Malcolm Hardee Awards are the REAL Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Awards

John Fleming | Posted 21.10.2011 | UK Comedy
John Fleming

I organise the Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards. I hate to be bitchy, but those other Edinburgh Fringe comedy awards - the ones that used to be called th...