News: Louis CK Plays Comedy Club Gig In London

American comedy superstar Louis CK played a low-key club gig in London on Sunday night.

He popped into the Angel Comedy club/pub in Islington and reports say that after chatting to some of the acts on the bill did a 15-minute set at the end of the night. Needless to say he was phenomenal, according to a witness.

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News: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 – Award Winners

Allen Wright Award
Winner, Features: Arusa Qureshi
Runner Up, Features: Gillian Furmage
Winner, Reviews: Kate Wyver
Runner Up, Reviews: Arusa Qureshi

News: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 – Final Figures

After 53,232 performances of 3,398 shows in 300 venues across Edinburgh, the curtain falls on the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The 2017 Fringe included performances in a swimming pool, a boat, a bathroom, a football ground, a tunnel and a racecourse, and featured shows that addressed themes of belonging, identity, grief, Brexit, Trump, fake news, the Syrian conflict, gender and activism.

News: Bumper Fringe For Big Four Venues

The Edinburgh Fringe's four main venues – Assembly, Gilded Balloon, Pleasance and Underbelly – have announced record-breaking ticket sales across the festival, with 1,520,435 tickets sold, an increase of 15% on Fringe 2016. 

Accounting for 56% of all tickets sold at the Fringe, Assembly, Gilded Balloon, Pleasance and Underbelly collectively run 83 venues, present 798 shows and employ more than 1600 staff, making them the largest grouping of venues on the Fringe.

News: Russell Brand Marries Laura Gallacher

The BBC has reported that Russell Brand married his partner Laura Gallacher in Henley-on-Thames on Saturday.

The comedian said on his Radio X podcast: "I'm living a married life now...I'm domestic."

David Baddiel, Jonathan Ross and Noel Gallagher were among the guests.

More here.

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News: UK Tour For Nathan Caton

Following the success of last year's Straight Outta Middlesex tour, the prolific Nathan Caton is back. He's keeping it real and keeping it funny, dissecting all things from the personal to the political in his brand new show The Pursuit Of Happiness.

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Edinburgh Fringe Review: Kai Humphries, Gilded Balloon

Kai Humphries might not be a household name, but if you live in his hometown of Blyth in the north-east, where his family runs the Punch-Drunk comedy club, he sounds like something of a legend. His show is a truly-heart-warming tale of as community pulling together thanks to comedy. And thanks to two brothers thumping the shit out of each other in the boxing ring.

Edinburgh Fringe Review: Jordan Brookes, Pleasance Courtyard

Update 23/8/17: Jordan Brookes has been nominated for a lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show. See nominees here.

Edinburgh Fringe Review: Chris McGlade, Just The Tonic @ The Caves

I get the impression that Chris McGlade is always an in-your-face comedian, but never more so than at this performance. Despite playing one of the major Just The Tonic venues there were only two people in the audience the night I was in, so I got something of a personal performance, with McGlade pouring himself a mug of tea and doing his material right in front of me. Apologies if this is not the most detailed review.

Quacks, BBC2

The middle of August is probably not the normal time to launch a new sitcom, but then Quacks is not a normal sitcom. It is a medical sitcom set in Victorian times when surgery was a messy, bloody business but some pioneers were making major breakthroughs as well as painful mistakes.

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