Review: BBC iPlayer Funny Valentines – Katy Wix: Dear Jean-Pierre

Katy Wix’s romantic short film is a tear-stained Dear John letter, or rather a Dear Jean-Pierre letter, as her ex-lover she is breaking the news to is a French man who doesn’t speak any English. In fact in the film he doesn’t speak at all. The story is told through flashbacks recreating Wix’s memories as she recalls them and writes them down.

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Review: The Play That Goes Wrong, Duchess Theatre

The Play That Goes Wrong is the kind of theatrical fairy story that producers dream about. What started off as a modest fringe production in a pub has grown and grown and is now a bona fide West End hit in a proper theatre. This farcical tale of onstage calamity during a production of a provincial murder mystery transferred to the Duchess last autumn and is still booking well ahead so I thought I’d better play catch-up.

TV Review: Count Arthur Strong, BBC1

Last week when the end of the year round-ups were being bandied around Reece Shearsmith bemoaned the fact that Inside No 9 was being forgotten because it went out way back at the start of the year. Will Steve Delaney, the creator of glorious comedy dimwit and ham actor Count Arthur Strong, be similarly bypassed at the end of 2015? I sincerely hope not.

Opinion: Can Dapper Laughs Come Back?

As comedy goes it could not have been more meta if Stewart Lee had made a cameo appearance. Just when we thought we’d seen the last of him Dapper Laughs released a new video on YouTube on Christmas Day in which he returned to earth from a buxom wench-filled heaven and put his creator, Daniel O’Reilly in his place for attempting to kill him off by donning an existentialist’s black polo neck and appearing on Newsnight.

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News: Midlands Comedy Awards Nominations Announced

The nominations have been announced for the inaugural Midlands Comedy Awards. Every major comedy promoter in the Midlands was asked to nominate their favourite comedians and comedy clubs in seven categories for the awards, which are organised by comedian Jay Islaam and Pod Comedy. Islaam received responses from 25 different promoters of live comedy and their opinions have decided the shortlist for 2014.

News: Noel Fielding Tour Dates Rescheduled

News is coming through that all of the dates on the additional 2015 UK Spring leg of Noel Fielding's current solo tour are to be rescheduled. The dates were added due to the success of the initial dates in 2014, but will now be rearranged for later in the year. The tour will now run from November 12 to December 13. Here is the official statement:

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News: Writers Guild Nods for Up The Women, Him & Her, House of Fools

House of Fools, penned by and starring Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, is one of three shows on the shortlist for Best Situation Comedy in the Writers Guild Awards, announced today. The other two nominees are Up The Women, written by Jessica Hynes and Him & Her, written by Stefan Golaszewski.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas is pretty much a comedy legend. He’s been around for three decades and is as busy and vital as ever. And unpredictable. Just as you think you have him pigeonholed as a satirist he goes and does a brilliant personal show such as Bravo Figaro! This year he is back with Cuckooed, a show about betrayal that is both personal and political.

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Opinion: Essential Tips For New Comics By James Woroniecki

James Woroniecki is the Director of the 99 Club, which runs Comedy Clubs across London and has been awarded Best London Club at the Chortle Awards for the last four years running. He has an enviable record of nurturing new talent as well as playing host to some of the biggest names in comedy such as Jack Whitehall and Russell Howard.

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Interview: Jayde Adams

This year's winner of the Funny Women Final is Jayde Adams. I went to interview her in Walthamstow last week and came away completely knocked out by her energy and charisma. She is bursting with talent. I wrote about her for the Evening Standard here, but she said so much more I've decided to run a transcript of the whole interview below.

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