Nish Kumar is one of those crafty comedians who has been getting better by stealth. There has been no landmark breakthrough show, he has simply improved every year. He is a smart funny storyteller who has sensibly moved on from the inevitable tales of being a disappointment to his parents because...
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The return of The Alternative Comedy Experience has got to be a Good Thing. Even though maybe its job is already done. When the first series went out last February it was championing the kind of comedians who don’t fit into shows such as Live at the Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow so...
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"Ever since I can remember, comedy was the thing that I wanted to do,” says comedian, writer, actor and director Ben Miller. “I loved studying for my PhD [in solid-state physics], but I never really had any intention of having a career in it, so I started doing more writing, stand-up and acting,...
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In the first instalment in an occasional series, Beyond The Joke takes a look at three comedians heading to Edinburgh who have something unlikely in common. First up we take a look at comedians who...
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Headline acts at Latitude usually do abridged versions of a current show or an imminent show. Dara Ó Briain was a particularly appealing star attraction on the festival’s opening night because...
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Putting the right show together for the Edinburgh Fringe is no walk in the park. Ask Tony Law. He has been coming to the Fringe ever since before I could grow facial hair. He tried all sorts. He did...
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It’s a relatively quiet week for stand-up in London, with a lot of comedians putting the final touches to their Edinburgh shows. Look out for our regular previews and round-ups during the week. There...
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I was intrigued, surprised and generally horrified to read that John Sessions is a UKIP supporter. The interview in The Guardian didn't make as big a deal out of it as I would have thought. Which was...
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