Janey Godley
Picture the scene, I walk out of a gig at Edinburgh Fringe, it's raining and I am laughing and saying goodbye to some folks and I get straight into a cab as someone shouts "Loved the show Janey" and... more
Werner Herzog
German film-maker Werner Herzog has revealed that he will be appearing in the seventh series of the sitcom Parks & Recreation. At a Q&A at the Brooklyn Academy of Music he said that he had... more
Joan Rivers
Every comedy journalist will have their own memories of Joan Rivers. Here are a couple of mine.  I had an insight into her real personality behind the bulletproof onstage confidence when I... more
Ricky Gervais or David Brent?
If we have learnt one thing this week it is that it doesn’t matter what you do, if you put something on your computer the chances are people will see it even if you delete it. Ricky Gervais has been... more
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... more
John Kearns
Here is a picture of Foster’s Award winner John Kearns pulling a comical face. I don’t know if it was his choice or if the photographer coaxed him into it, but it feels like the kind of thing that... more
John Kearns
So John Kearns won the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award today. The first ever Best Newcomer to win the main prize in the following year and, perhaps more significantly, the first Free Fringe performer... more
The Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award winner is announced at lunchtime today in a ceremony starting at 12.30pm, so I guess I’d better have a crack at picking a winner. I suggested five nominees earlier... more
Foster's Award
You can’t please everyone. That’s the conclusion I come to almost every year when the Foster’s Award nominations are announced. This year's shortlist is no exception. Despite choosing seven of the... more
Tim Vine
To quote jokes or not to quote jokes, that is the perennial question for comedy critics. This has particularly been bothering me in the last couple of days after I ran a rave review of Bec Hill and... more


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