The 2019 Preview

2019’s looking like it’ll be a pretty great year for comedy, with new shows from Armando Iannucci, Neil Gaiman, Gregg Araki, Toby Jones, Sarah Kendall and Steve Coogan, and the return of Rick and Morty, Catastrophe, Archer, American Dad and You’re The Worst. There’s also new films from Chris Morris, Vic and Bob, Paul Feig, Lord and Miller and Richard Linklater, and a huge amount of live comedy from the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Daniel Kitson, Laura Lexx, Michael Brunstrom, Paul Foot, Rachel Parris and many, many more. The following is a list of all of the things we’re looking forward to the most.


It’s looking like it’ll be a pretty special year for tv comedy with a great deal of returning shows hitting our screens and new series which actually sound really fun.

Back next year are Corporate, Catastrophe, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, I’m Sorry, Jon Glaser Loves Gear, Friends From College, Future Man, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Grace and Frankie, Crashing, High Maintenance, Smilf, Broad City, Soft Focus With Jena Friedman, and Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television, which are all debuting in January, and coming up during the rest of the year are The Good Place’s 4th season, American Dad, At Home With Any Sedaris, Documentary Now, what will probably be the final ever episodes of Arrested Development, Taskmaster, the final ever episodes of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and You’re The Worst, Fleabag’s second season, Archer’s final season, Better Things season 3, Bojack Horseman season 6, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The End of the F***ing World, Kidding, the final series of the BBC sitcom Mum, Nirvanna The Band The Show season 3, Rick and Morty Season 4, Succession Season 2, and the final series of Still Game.

New shows to look forward to include Black Monday, Fam, The Other Two, Pen15 from The Lonely Island gang, Gregg Araki’s Now Apocalypse, Shrill, Armando Iannucci’s sci-fi comedy Avenue 5, Steve Buscemi as God in Miracle workers, the tv version of Four Weddings And A Funeral, the animated series Alien News Desk, John Robertson’s fringe hit The Dark room will make it on to our screens, Toby Jones in Don’t Forget The Driver, Sarah Kendall’s Frayed, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens, Mel and Sue in Hitmen, Harry Enfield as Richard Branson in Island Of Dreams, Greta Lee’s K-Town, Paul Rudd’s Living With Yourself, Spencer Jones’ Mister Winner, Danny McBride and John Goodman’s The Righteous Gemstones, the animated comedy Star Trek: Lower Decks, Tig Notaro’s Thicker Than Water, This Time With Alan Partridge, and the What We Do In The Shadows tv series.


There’s a lot of comedy coming to your cinema screens next year, not all of them will be worth catching but there should be a good few which should be essential.

The Day Shall Come – Chris Morris finished filming his second feature back in 2017 so I’m not sure why it’s taken so long to be released but it’s title has just been revealed and when it does finally come out I’ll be first in line at the cinema. Starring Anna Kendrick, Denis O’Hare, Jim Gaffigan and Kayvan Novak it’s apparently about “A FBI agent who comes into conflict with her superiors, and an FBI operation gone wrong”, but little else is known about the project.

Vic and Bob’s The Glove – Reeves and Mortimer are to make their first film which should hit cinema screens before the end of the year.

Toy Story 4 – Most likely the final film in the series this will see Woody and Buzz searching for the lost Bo Peep.

What Men Want – Taraji P. Henson, Tracy Morgan, Max Greenfield, Aldis Hodge, Wendi McLendon-Covey all star in this gender flipped remake of What Women Want, it’ll probably be awful but you never know.

Zombieland Too – Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg all return for a second bout of zombie killing fun which will hopefully be as enjoyable as the first film.

The Lego Movie 2 – The first was an enormous amount of fun and a real surprise as to how good it was, can Lord and Miller repeat the success of it? I’m cautiously optimistic that they can.

Bill & Ted Face The Music – Will Bill and Ted finally return to our screens after all these years? I’ve my doubts but Cosmopolitan have included it in their 2019 preview so it’s possible, if unlikely.

Between Two Ferns – The Movie – Somehow this chat show with Zach Galifianakis is being turned in to a narrative based film, plot details are scarce but the crew behind it suggest it should be great.

Happy Death Day 2 U – This horror comedy take on Groundhog Day gets a rushed sequel that plausibly might be funny.

Flarsky – Warm Bodies director Jonathan Levine helms this comedy which some suggest will be good, and the cast includes Charlize Theron. Alexander Skarsgård, Bob Odenkirk, Andy Serkis, and O’Shea Jackson Jr. which makes us hopeful. Seth Rogen also stars, but hopefully he won’t ruin it.

Shazam! – DC’s attempt at a lighthearted superhero comic might be good? Maybe? Stranger things have happened after all.

Men In Black International – Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth star as the new Men In Black, and presumably Women In Black too, with Liam Neeson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall, Rebecca Ferguson and Emma Thompson also set to feature, so the cast is strong at least.

Farmageddon: A Shaun the Sheep Movie – The pleasingly sweet Shaun The Sheep gets a sequel which sees him abducted by aliens.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Richard Linklater’s latest stars Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, Billy Cruddup and Judy Greer and according to Wikipedia “Bernadette hates people, she hates leaving the house, and more than anything, she hates the other parents at her daughter Bee’s school. When she disappears, it’s Bee’s mission to find out where she’s disappeared to and what really happened to her.”

The Hustle – Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson and Alex Sharp star in this comedy from British director Chris Addison which is a female-centric remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

The Beach Bum – Harmony Korine of all people is directing Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efforn, Jonah Hill and Isla Fisher in this mainstream sounding flick which little is known about despite the fact that it’s released in March.

The Addams Family – Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Allison Janey all provide voices for this animated version of the classic series, but it’s from the directors of Sausage Party so could be terrible.

Fighting With My Family – Stephen Merchant’s written and directed this film which stars Florence Pugh, Lean Headey, Nick Frost and Dwayne Johnson, based on the career of WWE wrestler Paige.

Untitled Danny Boyle Musical Comedy – Himesh Patel, Lily James, Kate McKinnon, Ed Sheeran, Ana de Armas and Lamorne Morris star, with a script from Richard Curtis, with the film set to be released in May.

Limited Partners – Chuck and Buck director Miguel Arteta returns with a comedy based around a group of women setting up a beauty company together, with it starring Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne, and Salma Hayek.

Sonic The Hedgehog – It looks terrible so could be fun to mock.

Frozen 2 – Disney’s much loved musical comes back for a second round in November.

Last Christmas – Paul Feig is directing another female led comedy with a script by Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings and a cast which includes Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh and Thompson herself.

Jumanji 2 – The original was surprisingly decent so let’s hope the sequel is too.

Wicked – Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry is bringing the broadway hit to the cinema screens just in time for Christmas next year.

Live Comedy:

As always the live scene is thriving in the UK, and these are the comedians we’re most looking forward to catching. Not that we can afford them all, but hey, maybe we’ll win the lottery or something.

Daniel Kitson – Is performing Keep at the Battersea Arts Centre in January, we’ve already bought tickets for this and can’t wait to see it.

Andrew Bird – Is doing his first ever tour.

Henning Wehn – is touring for what looks like the entire year.

James Acaster – Will be performing Cold Lasagne Hate Myself from the 12th of September through to the 5th of December.

Eddie Izzard – His new show Wunderbar can be seen from 15th Sep to 16th Dec.

Michael Brunstrom – His new show is entitled World Of Sports which he’ll be premiering in Leicester in February and more dates will hopefully follow.

Simon Munnery – Is taking The Wreath on the road from February Until May.

Sofie Hagen – You can see Bubblewrap, Happy Fat from April through to June.

Joseph Morpurgo – Is devising a new show which should have been previewed in December but was cancelled due to filming commitments, but we hope a new date is announced soon.

The Catherine Tate Show Live – is playing at Wyndham’s Theatre in London through most of January.

Olga Koch – Is doing her show Fight from the 14th of January until the 23rd of March.

Ian Lane – His new show which is partially about his father being in the SAS will be performed during 2019.

Paul Foot – is touring in February and then in September and October.

John-Luke Roberts – All I Wanna Do Is can be seen across the country from January through til May.

Mark Steel – Is doing his show Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright from the 22nd of February through to the 1st of June.

Mark Thomas – This probably depressing show is called Check-Up – Our NHS @ 70 and is on tour from February until May.

Rachel Parris – is on tour in March and April.

Bill Bailey – Is taking his Larks In Transit on tour in May and June.

Terry Alderton – Is doing two shows at the Leicester Square Theatre in February.

Felicity Ward – Is at the Leicester Square Theatre in March.

Ben Elton – Is touring for the first time in fifteen years in September, October and November.

Kieran Hodgson – Is doing his show “75” at the Soho Theatre in January and February.

Rose Matafeo – Is doing her show “Horndog” at the Soho Theatre in January.

Jena Friedman – Is doing a work in progress at the Soho Theatre in January and February.

Count Arthur Strong – Is on the road in September and October with a new show.

Jerry Seinfeld – Is doing four shows in July, but they’re short and expensive so unless you’re a huge fan we wouldn’t recommend it.

Rhod Gilber – Is performing his new show The Book Of John from February through to July.

Garret Millerick – Is at the Soho Theatre in February.

Kiri Pritchard-McLean – As is Kiri.

Laura Lexx – As is Laura, doing her show Trying. Man it’s going to be an expensive month.

Steen Raskopoulos – Is at the Soho Theatre in May doing his show Stay.

Limmy – Is at the Leicester Square Theatre in April.

Michelle Wolf – The US comic is at the Leicester Square Theatre in July.

Harriet Kemsley – Is at the Soho Theatre in March performing “Slutty Joan”

Neil Hamburger – Is also on at the Soho Theatre again, in June.

Jerry Sadowitz – Is doing a few dates at the Leicester Square Theatre in January.

Sara Pascoe – You can see her show Ladsladslads at the London Paladium in March.

Adam Kay – The show based on This Is Going To Hurt (Secret Diaries Of A Junior Doctor) can be seen live from the 8th of January through to the 1st of June.

Bill Burr – Is back in the UK in late February early March performing new show 50.

The Mae Martin Experiment – Is at the Soho Theatre in January

The Delightful Sausage – Are at the Soho Theatre in February.

We’ve probably missed loads of people out too, sorry if that applies.

Alex Finch.

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