News: John Cleese Book Tour

John Cleese is supporting publication of his memoir, So, Anyway… with a nationwide book and theatre tour this autumn.

News: Stewart Lee Plays Secret Comedy Gig

Stewart Lee will be appearing at an innovative secret gig in a graveyard on October 4. A Soirée in a Cemetery is an interactive variety night set in a secret Victorian cemetery. The location will only be revealed on the day. 


News: Top Comedian and Drama Producer form New Company

Award-winning writer/performer Sharon Horgan (Pulling, Dead Boss) and award-winning producer Clelia Mountford (A Young Doctor’s Notebook, Cockroaches) have announced the launch of Merman Films. 


New Interview: Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin

America's Got Talent star Paul Zerdin is one of the UK’s top ventriloquists. He has entertained the troops, sold out at the Edinburgh Festival and Las Vegas and appeared on the Royal Variety Performance. He is regularly accompanied by his three unruly puppets. Sprightly old timer Albert is ruining Paul’s love life with his hard-of-hearing ways. Meanwhile gobby pre-pubescent Sam is looking to step out of his master’s shadow and branch out on his own and Baby is up to his usual antics. Pictures by Steve Ullathorne.



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.


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.


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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