Bobby Mair
The UK comedy circuit has a habit of embracing comedians from around the globe with dark tales. Doug Stanhope and Jim Jefferies spring to mind and I suspect we will soon add Bobby Mair to that list.... more
Susan Calman
Susan Calman is smart, funny and probably the finest comedian on the circuit who can stand upright in a black taxi cab. Her Edinburgh show a couple of years ago, in which she revealed a mild... more
Bridget Christie
As Edinburgh previews go, this one is pretty unmissable. To draw a topical analogy it’s a bit like Germany playing Brazil, but with more laughs. Christie won the Foster’s Comedy Award in 2013 with A... more
lindsay sharman
I’m tentatively obsessed with relative newcomer Lindsay Sharman. I first saw her in the final of the Piccadilly Comedy Cub New Comedian of the Year final in 2013. I was intrigued by her posh tales of... more
"Ever since I can remember, comedy was the thing that I wanted to do,” says comedian, writer, actor and director Ben Miller. “I loved studying for my PhD [in solid-state physics], but I never really... more
Brett Goldstein
I’ve had a soft spot for Brett Goldstein ever since I first reviewed him at a stand-up gig and he had to deal with one of the most difficult audiences I’ve ever seen, which included a drooling devil... more
James Acaster
No pressure on James Acaster, but I’ve been hearing really good things about his new Edinburgh show, Recognise. Kettering’s very own king of comedy has been getting better and better every year. In... more
Francesca Martinez
A lively week for comedy, kicking off with a major benefit at the Eventim Apollo tonight. Stand Up Against Austerity has been put together by Francesca Martinez and campaigning group The Peoples... more
Shappi khorsandi
I’ve been intrigued by Shappi Khorsandi ever since she first made waves on the stand-up circuit around a decade ago. She has a fascinating background – coming to the UK as an Iranian refugee because... more
Liam Williams
Sometimes a comedian from a sketch group does a solo show and presents a whole new side of themselves. Justin Edwards did this when he took a break from The Consultants to let rip as booze-sodden... more


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