Last night L.A. hosted the inaugural British Comedy Awards which celebrated the best of 2007′s t.v. and theatrical comedies. Guests in attendance include one of my favorite singers Joss Stone and Cat Deeley.
A special honor was given to Scottish actor Billy Connolly for Lifetime Achievement Award for Comedy. Billy says he was only given a weeks notice of the award so he wonders who was their first choice who obviously turned them down! He used to be on an old show here called Head of the Class.
Actor Simon Pegg, who was nominated for Best British Comedy Film and Best British Comedy Performer, flew in especially for the event. This guy is so funny! Most American audiences were introduced to him via Run Fatboy Run which is not one of the best examples of his work. He will be in the Star Trek movie playing the role of Scotty.
The jetlagged star insisted American and British humor isn’t so different, saying: “There’s much made of the supposed difference between us, but we all find the same things funny I think.”
Ashley Jensen was also in attendance. She is currently on the show Ugly Betty but is better known I think for her role as the clueless Maggie on the show Extra’s. During some Q & A she hinted that writers Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant haven’t completely ruled out a return for the show.
Last year’s Christmas special, which featured Ricky’s character Andy rejecting his fame after appearing on Celebrity Big Brother, was believed to be the show’s final episode.
Ashley says if Ricky and Stephen do pen another episode, she’ll be on the first plane back to Britain.
“They’re onto various other projects already but I would love to do another one because it’s such a fun character to play, and it’s just such a beautifully written piece of work that I’m really fortunate to have been in and that I’m really proud to have been in,” said Jensen.
We hope to hear some good news about Extra’s soon!
P.S. If anyone saw the Christmas episode, I am still looking for that ringtone that was played during the scene at Carphone Warehouse!