I know I spend most of my time as a critic judging comedy but in recent weeks I really feel as if I have been judging comedy. I’ve been a panellist at two comedy competitions and reviewed another one... more
I went to see Bill Bailey at the Vaudeville Theatre last night. I reviewed the show for the Evening Standard and gave it four stars. During a brief email exchange with a sub-editor I mentioned that... more
Arnab Chanda
This is an edited version of an excellent piece by BBC producer/writer/actor Arnab Chanda. If you like it read the full article here. Throughout my life, even though we’ve never met, Aziz... more
comedy bubble
If you slavishly follow social media like I do you would usually think that the comedy world is in absolute rude health. Every night my Twitter and Facebook feeds are clogged up with comics who have... more
Screaming with laughter
I was amused to hear that Doug Stanhope was cheesed off about a baby being in his audience at one of his European gigs recently. According to reports Stanhope wanted the infant ejected, but the... more
kevin Bridges
It has been interesting to see that Kevin Bridges had trouble with hecklers at a recent Edinburgh Playhouse gig. Reports have suggested that noisy audience members spoilt an otherwise excellent show... more
logan murray
So you want to be a comedian? Should you do a comedy course? It’s a question I’m often asked at comedy conferences.The recent blog post by Jay Islaam questioning the wisdom of doing comedy courses... more
jay islaam
Three months ago I attended a paid “workshop” in Bristol, which promised to help new comedians improve their chances of winning comedy competitions. One by one, more than a dozen of us got up... more
maxine jones
Billy Connolly is back on the road, doing what he loves best - stand-up. His Parkinson’s Disease means he can no longer play the banjo, but despite ill health he has clung on to that most precious of... more
It is still too early to say whether Jeremy Corbyn’s landslide victory will be good for the country but one thing is certain. It will be good for comedy. If there were not enough jokes already... more


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