Beyond The Joke HQ has been having a post-Fringe clear-out and has come across a previously undiscovered box containing pristine copies of Beyond A Joke, the book that helped to inspire this website. The Sunday Times called the book "an intriguing history of humour's bad boys that claims that...
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So many comedians, so little time. I nippped away on a small break after the Fringe and took my notebook with me. I did some adding up the other night. I saw nearly 100 shows in three weeks and reviewed 12 shows for the Evening Standard and 21 shows for Beyond The Joke. And no, I'm not a lazy arse...
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Reports are coming in that 81-year-old comedian Joan Rivers has been hospitalised. She was reportedly having her vocal chords checked when she suffered respiratory problems and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital. The latest news is that her condition is stable.Rivers was put into a medically...
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Eddie Izzard headlines a fundraiser for the Labour Party on September 21 at Manchester Opera House. The full bill for Stand Up With Labour has now been confirmed. Izzard is to be joined by Phill...
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The live comedy scene is usually pretty quiet at the end of August and the start of September. Most comedians are recovering from their Edinburgh hangovers. But not Ant & Dec, who have already...
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The 2014 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award winner John Kearns will be playing an extended run of his prize-winning show Shtick in London this autumn. Kearns will be at the Soho Theatre from September...
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David Walliams, Catherine Tate, Frances De La Tour, Joanna Scanlan, Philip Glenister and that bloke form the BT adverts. You can’t fault the cast of Big School, which returns for a second run. The...
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Comedy loves misery. That’s the theory. That’s why grumpy Tony Hancock was so funny. That’s why Les Dawson made a hit out of rarely cracking a smile. And more recently Jack Dee’s perma-scowl has been...
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