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“It’s just not funny enough.” This was a comment that I kept hearing during the Edinburgh Fringe this year. Not necessarily about the newly-crowned lastminute.com Best Comedy Show winner Richard Gadd... more
The lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Award shortlist will be announced at lunchtime today. In previous years I’ve had a go at predicting the nominations. In some years I’ve been pretty close and... more
OK, so I need to start out by declaring that in a past life, before being a performer, I have been a reviewer. I was young, I needed the money (well, the free tickets to bands I was too skint to go... more
For me, and maybe for many others, Caroline Aherne will always be inextricably linked with the north. The umpteen obituaries and tributes have quite rightly placed her in lineage tying together... more
It’s Pete Sinclair that I feel sorry for. Among others of course. He is one of the writers of C4’s Power Monkeys and as if it wasn’t hard enough already to write a whole sitcom episode in a day, he... more
One of Rik Mayall’s very last projects was to play a modern version of Fagin. In the months leading up to his sudden death on June 9, 2014 Mayall had been collaborating on a script with American... more
“Don’t give too many flyers out, they are quite expensive. Also don’t give any to Spanish people, they won’t come”A small bald man, wearing a two piece suit, with a garish yellow t-shirt emblazoned... more
About five years ago, while compering new material night at the Hob in Forest Hill I saw an act I didn’t think I’d seen before. He was so good I couldn’t wait for him to come off stage so I could... more
What is stand-up comedy? I thought I knew, but I’m starting to wonder. Earlier this week I reviewed David Baddiel’s show My Family: Not The Sitcom at the Menier Chocolate Factory for the Evening... more
If your Facebook feed is anything like mine you’ll have spent the last few days reading about how good Dave Johns is in the new Ken Loach film I, Daniel Blake. It’s a serious role for the seasoned... more

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