New Interview: Doc Brown

Ben Bailey Smith, aka Doc Brown, is becoming an increasing familiar face on our TV screens as an actor. He has appeared in shows as diverse as Derek with Ricky Gervais to Law & Order alongside Bradley Walsh. But I first came across him in the guise of Doc Brown when he broke through at the Edinburgh Festival in 2010 with his stand-up show Unfamous.


News: Gary Delaney Extends UK Tour

Stand-up comedian Gary Delaney has extended the 2014 UK tour of his latest show Purist, adding further dates this autumn.  

The master of the pithy one-line gag is a regular on BBC2’s Mock The Week and BBC 5 Live’s 7 Day Saturday. He is also a double Sony Award Winner and Chortle Award Nominee.

Delaney says that most shows don’t contain enough jokes and he is trying single­handedly to redress the balance.

News: Greg Davies Becomes Taskmaster Host

Greg Davies is to host a TV version of Taskmaster, the live show devised by Alex Horne in which comedians compete against each other in a series of unlikely challenges. The show will be broadcast by Dave. Horne will appear as right-hand man and also has a credit as producer.

The idea is to demonstrate how creative and seriously competitive comedians are.  Rivalry will be encouraged, dodgy tactics rewarded and bribes will be accepted in what is set to be the most the most dogged, hard-fought and ridiculous comedy show on TV.

News: Aziz Ansari Comes To London

Following his sold-out show last year, American television star and acclaimed comedian Aziz Ansari returns to London’s Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on 30th November. Tickets will go on sale from 10am on Friday 19th September 2014 (pre-sale from 18th September 2014).


News: Dave Green Wins Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2014

Dave Green has been crowned the Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2014. Dave beat more than 160 London acts over the last year to make it into the final twelve and on the big night shone through with his off kilter burst of unique humour.


News: Dave Announces New Police Comedy

UKTV channel Dave has announced that it is making a brand new comedy series, entitled Undercover, starring Daniel Rigby.


NEWS: Tony Law – UK Tour

Following another sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, madcap nonsense-maker Tony Law is back on the road, bringing his brand new stand-up comedy art show: Enter the Tone Zone to venues across the UK from Falmouth to Glasgow and many more in between. The tour starts at the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff on September 30.

News: Sean Hughes Extends UK Tour

Following a successful tour earlier this year, Sean Hughes has added further UK performances for his latest show, Penguins. He kicks off this leg of the tour on September 19 at the Didcot Cornerstone. 

This autobiographical show goes back to Hughes' childhood in Ireland and explores the utter awkwardness of teenage life, weaving in his family, his school days, the business of friendship and tying it all in to the present. You'll have to see the show for yourself to find out what Penguins have got to do with it.   


News: Andrew Lawrence UK Tour

Following his Edinburgh 2014 run, Andrew Lawrence heads back on the road with a UK tour of Reasons To Kill Yourself, starting in Kendal on September 24. 

Dark and uncompromising with a fantastic instinct for killer punchlines, gloriously funny rants, lightening-witted audience interaction and inspired social commentary, Lawrence has  always been distinctive, ground-breaking and original. 


TV Review: Jon Richardson Grows Up, C4

There has been a bit of a trend for sending comedians off to do things in pairs recently. There have been all those scariest-car-journey-in-the-world docs and the other week Simon Day and John Thomson did a gaucho thing. And, of course, Coogan and Brydon put their own twist on buddy banter in The Trip. 


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