A gig in a Bolton pub had to be cancelled last night when a Land Rover crashed through the wall of the venue where it was due to take place. Comedian Ian Fox was one of the acts due to perform at the Dog & Partridge but found out the show had been cancelled when he arrived.The Landlord of the...
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Musical comedian Vikki Stone is planning to enter the competition to represent the United Kingdom in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.  Stone told Beyond The Joke about her plans. "The BBC has an open submissions policy for the first time in years. Every year I watch Eurovision I...
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One of the bits of fall-out from the whole Andrew Lawrence furore is that he told me on Facebook that I am not welcome at his forthcoming London shows. Not much change there though. There was no press ticket for me for his last London run at the Bloomsbury Theatre. Or the one before that at the...
Opinion
Improvisation is the flared trousers of comedy. It goes in and out of fashion but never completely goes away. The Comedy Store Players was not the first impro group in the world, but it was the first...
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Ivo Graham might as well have "future star" written through him like "Blackpool" through a stick of rock purchased in a famous seaside resort in the north-west. He won the Gilded Balloon's So You...
Interview
Sitcom buffoon Count Arthur Strong has announced a UK tour for 2015. The ‘Somebody Up There Licks Me!’ tour will start at the Norwich Playhouse on February 5 and finish with two nights at the...
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So a gathering of members of the music industry, a business famous for its bad behaviour, felt that a comedian went too far? Apparently so, according to reports of the response to Jimmy Carr’s jokes...
Opinion
I was interested to read in the Observer yesterday that Ade Edmondson is not a big fan of stand-up comedy. Apart from his other gripes he said that shows were too long: “Twenty minutes is all right,...
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