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Sketch group The Beta Males recently announced that they were quitting live sketch comedy. Along with their bombshell announcement there was a passing remark that maybe the multi-person genre was not... more
I’m not quite sure why Mark Watson isn’t a bigger star. He is a classic, nervy, neurotic stand-up enraged by life's little things and also a master improvisor who is great at spontaneous crowd banter... more
Tony Law was always a funny comedian. But it was when he started messing with his facial hair that things really took off. It was in 2012 when he was rocking his pre-hipster 1908 arctic explorer... more
I think this is what they call a “no brainer”. James Acaster has notched up four consecutive Edinburgh Comedy Award nominations and a version of his new show, Reset, has already received glowing... more
I will be honest. The first time I saw Spencer Jones I didn’t get it. He was in the New Act of the Year final and I thought he must be a mate of the promoter or just someone who had wandered in from... more
I think I laughed more when I was at the Edinburgh show by Adam Hess than at any show last summer. I have to qualify that, however, by saying that I couldn’t remember many of the actual jokes... more
There was a real buzz around young, upcoming London comic Sarah Callaghan in Edinburgh last summer. Her breakthrough show, about dreaming of escape from her humdrum life, set out her stall as a sharp... more
Sometimes overnight success takes years. Seymour Mace has been bouncing around on the comedy circuit for well over a decade now, but it was only last year that he picked up an Edinburgh Comedy Award... more
When you go to a lot of comedy competitions you start to see the same faces popping up in the finals. I spotted the very talented Bilal Zafar about a year ago and earlier this year he won the New Act... more
Daniel Kitson has called Rob Auton "entirely compelling to watch". What more recommendation do you need? Auton is a cross between a minstrel and a poet whose shows are dreamy thought bubbles about... more

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