I heard recently that a rising comedy star had split up with her boyfriend, a fellow comedian. Nothing unusual about that, you might say. Relationships sadly come and go. But it did strike me as unusual because at the moment stand-ups seem to be doing a lot more coupling than consciously uncoupling...
Opinion
Joan Rivers might be dead but she briefly returned today when sponsored posts appeared on her Facebook and Instagram accounts singing the praises of the newly launched Apple iPhone 6. According to reports Rivers had written a message saying that “This badass is being replaced by an iPhone 6 (not...
News
Ben Bailey Smith, aka Doc Brown, is becoming an increasing familiar face on our TV screens as an actor. He has appeared in shows as diverse as Derek with Ricky Gervais to Law & Order alongside Bradley Walsh. But I first came across him in the guise of Doc Brown when he broke through at the...
Interview
Sometimes it feels as if the Beyond The Joke preview section is an in-house website for the Soho Theatre, which tends to hoover up the best shows in London. This week, however, there is an...
Preview
Picture the scene, I walk out of a gig at Edinburgh Fringe, it's raining and I am laughing and saying goodbye to some folks and I get straight into a cab as someone shouts "Loved the show Janey" and...
Opinion
Schooldays are the happiest days of your life? Well, there are plenty of belly laughs in the BBC3 classroom with the third series of Bad Education. It’s the new term and the kids have come down with...
Review
I haven’t seen many reviews of Michael Palin’s latest volume of diaries, which covers the globetrotting years from 1988 - 1998. This might be because reviewers are still wading through the 500-plus...
Review
As well as being a formidable stand-up comedian Hannah Gadsby is also an expert on classical art. She brings these two skills together in her latest show, The Exhibitionist, which opens at the Soho...
Preview