News: Martin Hughes On Sean Hughes – "Winning the Perrier Award made him but it also began the disintegration of him."

The brother of Sean Hughes has spoken movingly and honestly about his awarding-winning sibling who died last month aged 51.

In an interview with the radio station ABC Radio Melbourne Martin Hughes, who lives in Australia, suggested that huge success at such a young age may have played a part in his early death.

Martin Hughes ended up living in Australia after visiting the country as Sean's guest when he appeared at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

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Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Jon Pointing

Jon Pointing's Edinburgh show Act Natural was one of the underground hits of the Fringe this summer. And it may be about to go overgound with a run at the Soho Theatre. Pointing plays Cayden Hunter, an actor who will "demonstrate the importance of selflessness and sharing through this (non-participatory) workshop." The audience is his acting class as he offers them a lecture that is just a whisker away from feeling like a real lecture.

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News: Al Porter Faces Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Comedian Al Porter is facing allegations of sexual misconduct.

According to reports in the Irish edition of the Times four male performers have made allegations. The claims relate to groping or putting his hand down their trousers. He stopped when they reprimanded him.

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News: Date Revealed for Taskmaster Champion Of Champions

The date has been revealed for the Taskmaster Champion of Champions special edition.

The first of two shows will be broadcast on Dave on December 13 at 9pm. The second show will follow at the same time on December 20.

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News: Richard Herring Launches New Kickstarter Drip Campaign

Comedian Richard Herring is one of the first people to be part of a new crowdfunding scheme from Kickstarter entitled Drip, a way to fund artists regularly through subscriptions. Comedian/musician Reggie Watts is also one of the initial 100 people involved in the concept..

In return for monthly donations of £3 subscribers will get various extras including the following:

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News: UK Tour for Award Winner John Kearns

The only winner of both the Best Show and Best Newcomer Edinburgh Comedy Awards, John Kearns is taking his new bold, funny and thought-provoking show, directed by Jon Brittain, on tour in 2018 after a successful sold out run at the Soho Theatre. The tour starts on January 28 in Coventry and ends on May 27 in Wells.

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News: Second Series For Back With Mitchell & Webb

News: Shappi Khorsandi Joins I'm A Celebrity

Comedian Shappi Khorsandi has joined the line-up for this year's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!

Khorsandi landed in Australia yesterday and is presumably hoping her appearance will give her career the kind of boost Joel Dommett enjoyed last year when he finished as runner-up.

She says: "I am dreading not being able to drink a cup of tea."

The other celebrities taking part are as follows. 

Youtuber, Jack Maynard

Actor, Jamie Lomas

News: UK Run for Jen Kirkman

US comedian, author and podcaster Jen Kirkman is returning to UK soil for a six-night run with her latest stand-up show ‘The All New Material, Girl Tour’. She is at the Soho Theatre from 29th January to 3rd February. 

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Preview: Bobby Mair Headlines Benefit Gig

UK-based Canadian stand-up Bobby Mair is headlining a fundraiser at the Colour House Theatre in Abbey Mills on November 29.

Mair has appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and more recently with his wife Harriet Kemsley in their own reality TV series Bobby And Harriet Get Married.

The show is a benefit gig for comedian Caroline Bridgewater, who has been diagnosed with cancer. The money raised will go towards treatment unavailable on the NHS.

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