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I probably have seen a worse television programme than The Generation Game but I have to be honest, nothing immediately springs to mind. I used to love the Bruce Forsyth version and I quite liked the... more
The mockumentary format seems to be an established sitcom style now. I don't know if The Office was the first to do it - but the shadow of David Brent hangs heavy over this new series about the two... more
Maybe there was a fanfare somewhere but I managed to miss it. Episodes returned for its fifth series this week, slipping out on BBC2 at exactly the same time that the more heavily promoted Lee &... more
Write about what you know they say. Or failing that get some writers in to write about what you know. In The Long Run, set on a London council estate in the 1980s is based on the childhood of its... more
Not one, not two, not three, but four James Acaster shows have just started streaming on netflix under the overall banner of Repertoire. There is Recognise (2014), Represent (2015), Recognise (2016)... more
Over a 100 acts applied to be in this year's Sketch Off Competition and after heats it was whittled down to a final ten. Compere Colin Hoult, in the guise of waspish thespian Anna Mann, described... more
There is stand-up comedy, there is theatre and then there is this different kind of phenomenon that seems to have emerged in recent years where people not connected to either genre pitch up onstage... more
I don't know how many times I've been to gigs at the Leicester Square Theatre but I know one thing. I haven't been to a gig as eagerly anticipated as Maria Bamford's first-ever London show*. There... more
Stewart Lee's latest show is to be filmed for DVD release and download and, according to his latest newsletter, also for BBC broadcast.No further information has been released by Lee at this stage... more
The opening night of the Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival made a splash last Thursday with big gigs from Katherine Ryan and Love Island’s Iain Stirling. By the time I made it... more

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