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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
Liam Neeson Rev
A funny thing happened to me when I was watching the penultimate episode of Rev the other week. When Liam Neeson appeared in a shell suit as God and reassured Adam Smallbone that he would always be... more
Cardinal Burns
Well, of course I don't hate sketch comedy. But, heck, it’s a crowded market out there, I’ve got to get you to click on the link somehow. So now I’ve got your attention I’ll explain and expand.... more
Hindsight is a wonderful thing.  The news that I Can’t Sing! is to close after only two months has been swiftly followed by people saying that they are not surprised that it did not turn out to... more
Beyond A Joke
A few years ago I wrote a book about the history of comedians, homing in on the “sad clown” phenomenon and wondering why so many comedy greats from Grimaldi to Hancock and beyond seemed to be... more
David Threlfall
I'm really looking forward to Not Like That, Like This on Monday. I wrote about the subject of the drama, Tommy Cooper, in Beyond A Joke, my study of comedy's flawed heroes. As I discovered during my... more
Pam Ann
I see Pam Ann got a, how shall we put it, mixed review in the Guardian this week. Brian Logan gave the show at the Leicester Square Theatre two stars and called it "the comedy of casual smut and... more
W1A
The world seems determined to laugh at itself at the moment. Co-producer Simon Cowell is sending himself up rotten in I Can’t Sing! while the BBC is ensuring that it is the butt of the joke in W1A on... more
Pub Comedy
Update: Following the publication of this piece I was told about an Alcohol Concern charity gig at the Leicester Square Theatre on September 17. Dry Humour's line-up includes Stewart Lee, Miles... more

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