The Week Ahead: Sept 22 - 28

This is a really big week for comedy, kicking off on Monday with the Funny Women Final at the Leicester Square Theatre. Unfortunately this is invite-only this year, but BTJ will be letting you know who has won as soon as the results are in. You can read a full preview here.

News: Film Screening & Fundraising Gig

2014 Musical Comedy Awards winner David Elms has made a short film entitled Swag about a man whose life is changed when he buys a new hat. There will be a screening of the film at the Pleasance in London on September 29 followed by a fundraising comedy gig.

The 12-minute silent film has just been completed and after this screening the plan is to submit it to festivals all over the world. The aim of this event is to help to pay for production costs and festival submissions.

Opinion: Stand-Up's Other Type Of Double Acts

I heard recently that a rising comedy star had split up with her boyfriend, a fellow comedian. Nothing unusual about that, you might say. Relationships sadly come and go. But it did strike me as unusual because at the moment stand-ups seem to be doing a lot more coupling than consciously uncoupling.

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.


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