News: New Comedy Magazine Launches

New Comedy Magazine Stand & Deliver has just been launched. Issue 1 costs £5 plus postage and features Tony Law on the cover. It also features quite a lot of Tony Law inside. An interview with him, some of his doodles and a children’s story written by Law.

That’s not all though. The magazine also includes a piece on comedy in Germany, a piece on dressing up in comedy and a comedians’ guide to festivals. Other comedians featured include Seymour Mace, Matt Roper, Gavin Webster and Jojo Smith.


News: New Sitcom From Mackenzie Crook

Detectorists, BBC Four’s brand new six-part sitcom, will be broadcast on Thursdays at 10pm, from October 2. 

Mackenzie Crook, (The Office, Pirates of The Caribbean) and Toby Jones (Harry Potter, Finding Neverland, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) star in the new show which has been filmed in Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex. Written and directed by Crook, this realistically penned TV series tells the story of an unlikely male friendship. 

News: Dylan Moran – New 2015 Tour Dates

Comedian and actor Dylan Moran returns to stand-up with a new show and a major UK tour in 2015. The tour, entitled Off The Hook, starts at Caird Hall, Dundee on March 4 and ends with two nights at the Eventim Apollo in London on May 29 & 30.


Opinion: Close Encounters With Joan Rivers

Every comedy journalist will have their own memories of Joan Rivers. Here are a couple of mine.  I had an insight into her real personality behind the bulletproof onstage confidence when I watched the acclaimed 2010 documentary about her life, A Piece Of Work. Part of the fly-on-the-wall doc followed her as she performed her one-woman play in London at the Leicester Square Theatre, A Work in Progress By a Life in Progress. After the press performance she was filmed reading her reviews in the back of a car.


News: Comedy Writer Writes Book

Comedy writer David Quantick is working on a novel entitled The Mule and is looking for funding via publishers Unbound. According to the author "it’s a book about a book. It’s also about murder, violence, Paris and just a little bit of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. When a book with photos of a murdered lady appears, this very worried (and very not dead) lady turns to translator Jacky for help."


News: UK Tour Dates For YouTube Star Miranda Sings

US online superstar Miranda Sings has announced her debut UK tour this November. The tour starts on November 5 at Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall and finishes on November 16 at Glasgow City Hall. This follows her sold-out five-night debut at the Edinburgh Festival. She is also doing two shows at London’s Cadogan Hall on September 19 & 20 which are already sold out.


News: Curb star Larry David to make Broadway acting debut

It has been confirmed that Larry David is to make his Broadway acting debut early next year. The Curb Your Enthusiasm star will appear in his own play, Fish in the Dark, which  will also star Rosie Perez, Jayne Houdyshell, Jake Cannavale, Jonny Orsini and Jerry Adler. It will be directed by Anna D Shapiro who also directed the award-winning August: Osage County.


News: Richard Herring Announces UK Tour

Richard Herring has announced a UK tour for his latest show, Lord of the Dance Settee, following a successful Edinburgh run. The tour officially starts on October 15, 2014 in Manchester and ends on May 29, 2015 in Redhill. The tour includes six consecutive nights at London’s Leicester Square Theatre from Monday December 1.


Opinion: Ricky Gervais and Truth In Comedy

If we have learnt one thing this week it is that it doesn’t matter what you do, if you put something on your computer the chances are people will see it even if you delete it. Ricky Gervais has been in trouble for tweeting about famous people’s nude pictures being leaked, writing “Celebrities, make it harder for hackers to get nude pics of you from your computer by not putting nude pics of yourself on your computer.” 


Free Books!!

Beyond The Joke HQ has been having a post-Fringe clear-out and has come across a previously undiscovered box containing pristine copies of Beyond A Joke, the book that helped to inspire this website. The Sunday Times called the book "an intriguing history of humour's bad boys that claims that almost every great comedian is a damaged soul ...


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