News: Newsjack Returns

The eleventh series of Newsjack, the BBC’s open-door sketch show, starts tonight. This is the only topical comedy show that anyone can write for by submitting sketches and one-liners. It is on Radio 4 Extra at 10.30pm and then continues every Thursday night for 5 weeks.

News: Jon Ronson Appears At Invisible Dot

Jon Ronson will be appearing at the Invisible Dot comedy club in London in October. The writer/broadcaster/filmmaker has announced two dates there. A matinee on October 19 and an evening show on November 7. His new non-fiction book So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, his follow-up to The Psychopath Test, will be published in the Spring of 2015. Accordng to Ronson's tumblr account, "this event is Jon’s attempt to work out how to talk about it to an audience.


News: UK Tour for Jason Cook

Comedian Jason Cook has announced an autumn tour of the UK for his latest show, entitled Broken. The winner of the ‘Best Drama’ at the Royal Television Awards for his BBC2 series ‘Hebburn’ starts his tour on October 3 at the Gala Theatre in Durham and finishing on November 11 at the Edinburgh Stand.   

News: Jayde Adams Wins Funny Women Awards Final

Jayde Adams has won this year's Funny Women Awards Final at the Leicester Square Theatre. Second place went to Aine Gallagher and third place went to Lauren Pattison. The winner for Best Comedy Writing went to Sophie Fletcher and Megan Heffernan for In These Shoes and the winner of Best Short went to Sally Camcello for Time Again!


New Interview: Angela Barnes

Just before the Edinburgh Festival I wrote that Angela Barnes is the best mainstream female comedian I’ve seen since Sarah Millican. She had a great Edinburgh and I was surprised that she didn't figure in the Foster's Awards shortlists. It doesn't really matter though, she is clearly going to make it big. She has gradually been building up an impressive following wind since winning the BBC New Comedy Award in 2011.


TV Review: Jon Richardson Grows Up: Episode 2 – Money

After last week’s show on relationships, the second part of Jon Richardson’s trilogy discovering how to be a happy adult looks into the subject of money. Does wealth make you happy? he asks. It’s a well-worn question but the episode is a corker, mainly because Richardson has clearly given the matter a lot of thought: “I would rather save a pound than earn a tenner,” he muses in one of his Seinfeldian comic interludes.

News: Richard Ayoade Appears With Former Archbishop

Comedian and film director Richard Ayoade will be one of the highlights of the forthcoming Art & Humanities Festival at King’s College London, which runs for 15 – 24 October. The theme of the festival this year is "Underground"

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.


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