Edinburgh Fringe 2014
Before the Edinburgh Fringe Festival started officially on August 1 I couldn’t help noticing how many previews there were in London. There seemed to be more than ever before, with some acts seeming... more
john sessions
I was intrigued, surprised and generally horrified to read that John Sessions is a UKIP supporter. The interview in The Guardian didn't make as big a deal out of it as I would have thought. Which was... more
Robert Newman
The Balham Comedy Festival kicks off tonight with Robert Newman delivering his comedic-professorial Theory of Evolution show. Marcus Brigstocke is also on tonight and future attractions include Susan... more
OK, so now that Python is done we can get back to the real business of going out and watching comedians who go out and gig all the time. But before I move on I’ll just say a few things about the... more
My editor on the Evening Standard was deciding whether to run a review of Dawn French’s touring show in Brighton last night and asked me who had reviewed it already. I replied that I didn’t really... more
Micky Flanagan
I was amused to hear Alison Moyet on Desert Island Discs this week saying that she put her foot in it when she met her hero Elvis Costello after one of his storming gigs. She meant to say how... more
Monty Python
I have to say I thought everything by the soon-to-return Monty Python was on the internet by now, but I was reminded of something this morning and went to check and it doesn't seem to be online. Back... more
Never throw anything away. I was reminded of this when I was watching a BBC2 documentary about journalist Lynn Barber recently. At one point interviewer Alan Yentob and Barber visited the north... more
I went to see Ricky Gervais as David Brent fronting his fictional band Foregone Conclusion at the weekend at the Hammersmith Apollo, sorry, Eventim Apollo (lovely venue, terrible name). I’m writing a... more
Russell Brand
Children’s writers beware. It seems as if comedians are coming over here taking your bloody jobs. Yesterday it was announced that David Baddiel’s first novel for children, The Parent Agency, is to be... more


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