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josie long
When I interviewed Josie Long (picture by Idil Sukan at Draw HQ) in the run-up to her Arts Emergency fundraiser at the Hackney Empire last week she told me off-the-record that they were hoping to... more
blackadder
A bumper crop of gongs for our comedy brethren in the Queen's Birthday Honours List this morning. Tony "Baldrick" Robinson gets a knighthood for his public and political work and Rowan Atkinson is... more
Would i lie to you?
After a hard stressful week isn't it delightful to slip into something nice and funny and not likely to get the Daily Mail huffing and puffing and hot under the collar? I resisted Would I Lie To You... more
Russel Brand
Next Thursday Russell Brand is a guest on Question Time on BBC1. Now that's what I call interesting. The panel show has upped its game in recent years, regularly inviting comedians to take part to... more
billy bragg
I enjoyed Billy Bragg's latest album Tooth & Nail when it came out earlier this year and now, thanks to Johnny Vegas, Kevin Eldon, Stewart Lee, Ross Noble, Ricky Grover, Phill Jupitus, Neil... more
jack carroll
So tonight's the night that Jack Carroll either makes it big on Britain's Got Talent or heads back to obscurity. Nothing of the sort of course. The 14-year-old sit-down-sometimes stand-up has become... more
phil kay
Update - Re below, Kay's book is out now and he plays the Soho Theatre on 18 & 19 Oct. Details here. People talk about the likes of Simon Munnery, John Hegley and Malcolm Hardee as being... more
judah friedlander
There are no bad comedy gigs, just bad comedy audiences. I'm not sure if that's what Judah Friedlander said after his opening night at the Soho Theatre on Tuesday, but maybe the thought did occur to... more
cat laughs
I'm currently at the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in Kilkenny, which is now in its 19th year. This year's new sponsor is Sky, but apart from the ubiquitous Sky banners and numerous broadband/TV adverts... more
bill pertwee
Ah well, there goes another one. The death of Bill Pertwee, aka ARP Warden Hodges from Dad's Army has died, aged 86. Cue tributes, trending on Twitter and Tweets which are variations on the theme of... more

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