Today, June 24, is the 47th anniversary of the death of Tony Hancock. The "lad himself" may be gone but he lives on, however, in various tributes. The latest is The Missing Hancocks, which will be... more
Christian O'Connell
Christian O'Connell is probably best known as the quickfire Absolute Radio DJ, but he harbours a dark secret. Before he got his radio break he was a stand-up comedian. And as if to prove that stand-... more
Paul Sinha
Paul Sinha is one of our finest purveyors of smart stand-up comedy. Armchair quiz fans may well know him as the trivia king from The Chase, but Sinha still gigs regularly. His latest show, ... more
Diane Chorley
Diane Chorley is a legend. In the 1980s she ran the Essex nightclub The Flick, fronted her band The Buffet and was dubbed the Duchess of Canvey. Until misdeeds were uncovered and she was banged up... more
Mark Watson
Mark Watson is best known for his marathon comedy shows. His last one, for Comic Relief this year, lasted 27 hours and featured a fake goat, a man making models of Morph non-stop, another man writing... more
jackie mason
Jackie Mason used to joke that he was rich enough to retire: “I have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I buy something.” Well he must have bought something because the 83-year-old... more
Alistair Barrie
Alistair Barrie is one of the comedy circuit's smartest, most versatile stand-ups. He can be political, he can be personal, he can tackle the everyday. You name it, he’ll find the funny. He is just... more
Josh Widdicombe
I was recently commissioned to ask comedians and writers for the tricks of their trade by the Independent on Sunday. Their responses offered readers a fascinating insight into the creative mind.... more
Aisling Bea
Aisling Bea won the So You Think You're Funny? competition at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2012 and has quickly risen through the comedy ranks thanks to a mix of energy, charm, intelligence and quickfire... more
Tiernan Douieb
If anyone out there thinks comedians have an easy life, frittering away their days on Twitter and working for just an hour in the evening a few days a week, meet Tiernan Douieb. He is not only a hard... more


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