News: Women In Comedy Festival Announced

The first 100 shows in this year’s Women In Comedy Festival have been announced. The annual Festival, which started last year, takes place around Greater Manchester from October 11 - 26 in over 16 venues.

News: Win A Free Book

Following last week’s competition I have had another rummage in my cupboard and found some pristine copies of my biography of Rowan Atkinson. This is the first major overview of Atkinson’s career tracing his development from his early live work with Richard Curtis to Not The Nine O’Clock News, Blackadder, Mr Bean and Hollywood. One customer on Amazon described it as “fantastically detailed”, another described it as “trash”. There’s only one way to find out who is right.

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News: New Comedy Festival For York

The city of York is to launch a new comedy festival in 2015. The Great Yorkshire Fringe will run from July 24 to August 2.

The timing – immediately before the start of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – means that there is a strong chance that the organisers will be able to attract top Fringe comedians putting the final touches to their Edinburgh shows.

News: New Comedy Magazine Launches

New Comedy Magazine Stand & Deliver has just been launched. Issue 1 costs £5 plus postage and features Tony Law on the cover. It also features quite a lot of Tony Law inside. An interview with him, some of his doodles and a children’s story written by Law.

That’s not all though. The magazine also includes a piece on comedy in Germany, a piece on dressing up in comedy and a comedians’ guide to festivals. Other comedians featured include Seymour Mace, Matt Roper, Gavin Webster and Jojo Smith.

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News: New Sitcom From Mackenzie Crook

Detectorists, BBC Four’s brand new six-part sitcom, will be broadcast on Thursdays at 10pm, from October 2. 

Mackenzie Crook, (The Office, Pirates of The Caribbean) and Toby Jones (Harry Potter, Finding Neverland, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) star in the new show which has been filmed in Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex. Written and directed by Crook, this realistically penned TV series tells the story of an unlikely male friendship. 

News: Dylan Moran – New 2015 Tour Dates

Comedian and actor Dylan Moran returns to stand-up with a new show and a major UK tour in 2015. The tour, entitled Off The Hook, starts at Caird Hall, Dundee on March 4 and ends with two nights at the Eventim Apollo in London on May 29 & 30.

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Opinion: Close Encounters With Joan Rivers

Every comedy journalist will have their own memories of Joan Rivers. Here are a couple of mine.  I had an insight into her real personality behind the bulletproof onstage confidence when I watched the acclaimed 2010 documentary about her life, A Piece Of Work. Part of the fly-on-the-wall doc followed her as she performed her one-woman play in London at the Leicester Square Theatre, A Work in Progress By a Life in Progress. After the press performance she was filmed reading her reviews in the back of a car.

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News: Comedy Writer Writes Book

Comedy writer David Quantick is working on a novel entitled The Mule and is looking for funding via publishers Unbound. According to the author "it’s a book about a book. It’s also about murder, violence, Paris and just a little bit of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. When a book with photos of a murdered lady appears, this very worried (and very not dead) lady turns to translator Jacky for help."

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News: UK Tour Dates For YouTube Star Miranda Sings

US online superstar Miranda Sings has announced her debut UK tour this November. The tour starts on November 5 at Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall and finishes on November 16 at Glasgow City Hall. This follows her sold-out five-night debut at the Edinburgh Festival. She is also doing two shows at London’s Cadogan Hall on September 19 & 20 which are already sold out.

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News: Curb star Larry David to make Broadway acting debut

It has been confirmed that Larry David is to make his Broadway acting debut early next year. The Curb Your Enthusiasm star will appear in his own play, Fish in the Dark, which  will also star Rosie Perez, Jayne Houdyshell, Jake Cannavale, Jonny Orsini and Jerry Adler. It will be directed by Anna D Shapiro who also directed the award-winning August: Osage County.

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