Previews

Comedian Joe Lycett will make his first appearance as the new host of BBC Radio 4’s It’s Not What You Know on Thursday 29 September. He takes over from Miles Jupp, who now hosts Radio 4’s... more
Update: Labour leadership contender Owen Smith pulled out of his appearance last night and was replaced by Labour MP Alan Johnson...Matt Forde has been one of the rising stars of political comedy in... more
Jimmy Carr has got previous when it comes to taking comedy seriously. He co-wrote with Lucy Grieves The Naked Jape: Uncovering The Hidden World Of Jokes, which was published in 2006. Like Bob... more
Cardiff-based indie comedy DVD label Go Faster Stripe heads east along the M4 this weekend to occupying The Bloomsbury Studio for two nights, bringing six shows with them. The Go... more
It must be a good Fringe, my list of must-see shows is now longer than it was when I arrived. Here’s a run down of shows I’m still determined to find the time to see. In, I should add, no particular... more
As usual I’ve seen more shows than I’ve had time to write about, so here is a round-up of my favourite shows so far. Some I’ve reviewed for the Evening Standard, some I’ve reviewed for beyondthejoke... more
It is hard to find a month in the year when there isn’t a comedy festival going on somewhere. With Edinburgh fast approaching, however, the Great Yorkshire Fringe has slipped in and found space for a... more
I don’t know how nervous performers get but I get pretty nervous sitting in the audience. Particularly when it is a relatively unknown comedian doing a free gig in a large venue that they hadn’t... more
One of the most memorable shows in Edinburgh last summer was Beth Vyse’s As Funny As Cancer. Or maybe that should be mammarable. The show was about Vyse’s experience of breast cancer. Ho hum, you... more
These are dark days indeed. David Bowie dead, Brexit and the BBC not recommissioning Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle. It is precisely at times like this that we need Lee on a major mainstream platform.... more

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