Interviews

Steve Bugeja
It is never easy being the last act on the bill in a comedy competition, but Steve Bugeja won the BBC Radio New Comedy Award in 2013 when he closed the show. His performance was so striking he felt... more
sofie hagen
I didn’t realise how much reviews could hurt until Sofie Hagen reviewed me. Having given her a lukewarm write-up – I think I said that she talked too much about her sex life – she tweeted that I... more
Michael Legge
Irishman Michael Legge is a riddle trapped inside an enigma. Or something. He does his own stupid shows, he also does angry stupid shows with library-on-legs Robin Ince. He can also get into a right... more
Writing That Sitcom
Writing the perfect sitcom is the Holy Grail of comedy. Get it right and you will be carried through the city on people’s shoulders. Get it wrong and you might as well go and hide under a stone. Look... more
Joe Lycett
It’s really only a matter of time before Joe Lycett becomes a household name. The Birmingham-born comic has been building up a right old head of steam over the last few years. He has become a TV... more
Steve Hall
I'm going to keep this short because Steve Hall, the zany arse, has provided Beyond The Joke with its longest-ever answer (on the thorny subject of laughter on TV). That's not the only record he... more
Will Durst
At last a voice of reason amid the babble of insanity. Will Durst picked up an Edinburgh Comedy Award way back in 1989. He is the epitome of the sharp, eloquent jokesmith who sets out to get laughs... more
Pierre Novelli
Pierre Novellie is undoubtedly the finest stand-up comedian with a degree in Anglo-Saxon Norse and Celtic history to come out of South Africa via the Isle of Man. Scrub that. Forget the sub-clauses.... more
Brendan Burns
I think it’s got the stage now where we can officially call Brendon Burns a legend. Just have a read of this illuminating interview where the salty stand-up shares his views on his life, his work and... more
Stephen Merchant mentalists
Stephen Merchant is used to being noticed. At 6ft 7in tall it is difficult for him to be inconspicuous as he arrives at his publicist’s Covent Garden office. Walking into the conference room... more

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