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Maybe there was a fanfare somewhere but I managed to miss it. Episodes returned for its fifth and final series this week, slipping out on BBC2 at exactly the same time that the more heavily promoted... 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
Come to the opera they said. The English National Opera. Well the only ENO I know is Brian, who used to be in Roxy Music. But I'll try anything once. And I was particularly tickled to hear that the... more
TV comedy seems to be particularly full of idiots at the moment, from the youthful lovers in Mum to the shell-suited clowns in The Young Offenders. But my favourites – although it's a close run thing... more

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