Ever since The Thick Of It there has been a trend for smartarse, slightly superior sitcoms without laugh tracks to tell you when to giggle. W1A was a smartarse sitcom skewering the BBC, while Getting On did for the NHS what The Thick Of It Did for Westminster office politics. Rev frequently did a...
Review
Beyond The Joke can exclusively reveal that comedy writer Graham Linehan will be taking part in the forthcoming Big Comedy Conference as one of the headline speakers on Saturday, November 29. The event, organised by the British Comedy Guide, will features talks and advice on how to get on in TV and...
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Mark Thomas is pretty much a comedy legend. He’s been around for three decades and is as busy and vital as ever. And unpredictable. Just as you think you have him pigeonholed as a satirist he goes and does a brilliant personal show such as Bravo Figaro! This year he is back with Cuckooed, a show...
Interview
I guess your thoughts on Lee Evans announcing his retirement from stand-up comedy depends on what you think of him as a stand-up comedian. I’ve been a big fan of his for years, but like a number of...
Opinion
I’ve just realised why so many comedians hate Live at the Apollo. There are a heck of a lot of comedians out there who haven’t been asked to appear on the show. Never mind a woman scorned, there is...
Review
Sitcoms have a habit of swerving off in a direction you can’t necessarily predict from the first episode. That was definitely with the case of Detectorists, which preceded Puppy Love in the same slot...
Review
Just when you think the mockumentary genre has been done to death along comes What We Do In The Shadows – a mockumentary about the undead. WWDITS is a fly-on-the-wall mock doc about a group of...
Review
Daniel Kitson is to perform his acclaimed two-hander Tree in London. The performances will take place at the Old Vic from January 5 - 31, 2015.The piece, co-starring Tim Key, was first performed at...
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