Reviews

It might have been a Sunday but it was no day of rest for the comedians at the Machynlleth Festival. One of the reasons that the weekend is so laid back is that there are no Foster’s-style prizes, so... more
“It’s all gone downhill. It’s not what it was.” The first comedian I bump into in Machynlleth’s high street is Stewart Lee who, typically, (ironically) mocks the rampant commercialism of the... more
I feel like I’m being stalked by Tim Key. In the last couple of months he has popped into my life as the creepy murderer in Inside No 9, then onstage in Single White Slut the day after I’d spotted... more
No Such Thing
Are you always stuck for something to say at dinner parties? Are you lost for words when trying to conjure up conversational gambits? Then No Such Thing As A Fish* may be just the podcast for you.... more
on the beach
“You know it’s not comedy right?” When I was arranging tickets for this double bill the promoter warned me that it was not a comedy show. OK, it’s not going to be on Live at the Apollo any time soon... more
David Elms
The Musical Comedy Awards Final always feels slightly different to most other comedy awards finals and last night was no exception. There were only five finalists, they had longer than the usual 7 -... more
Woody Allen set the benchmark pretty high for comedic love letters to Humphrey Bogart when he wrote Play It Again, Sam. But this playful production has a pretty good crack at both sending up and... more
Liam Williams
Channel 4 has released its latest batch of Comedy Blaps. These are short, pocket-sized online pilots featuring some of the best up-and-coming talent from the comedy world plucked and polished up.... more
The Trip to Italy
Follow that. It's a particular problem for comedies. Once a successful formula has been established does one break away or stay in the same groove? We've just seen W1A start on BBC2 and while the... more
I Can't Sing
Well, as one of the songs nearly goes, blow me, it's fabulous. Well maybe not quite, but after all the negative stories about recalcitrant scenery and overrunning scripts I Can't Sing! The X Factor... more

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