News: Richard Herring Announces UK Tour

Richard Herring has announced a UK tour for his latest show, Lord of the Dance Settee, following a successful Edinburgh run. The tour officially starts on October 15, 2014 in Manchester and ends on May 29, 2015 in Redhill. The tour includes six consecutive nights at London’s Leicester Square Theatre from Monday December 1.

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Opinion: Ricky Gervais and Truth In Comedy

If we have learnt one thing this week it is that it doesn’t matter what you do, if you put something on your computer the chances are people will see it even if you delete it. Ricky Gervais has been in trouble for tweeting about famous people’s nude pictures being leaked, writing “Celebrities, make it harder for hackers to get nude pics of you from your computer by not putting nude pics of yourself on your computer.” 

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Free Books!!

Beyond The Joke HQ has been having a post-Fringe clear-out and has come across a previously undiscovered box containing pristine copies of Beyond A Joke, the book that helped to inspire this website. The Sunday Times called the book "an intriguing history of humour's bad boys that claims that almost every great comedian is a damaged soul ...

Review: Edinburgh Round-Up

So many comedians, so little time. I nippped away on a small break after the Fringe and took my notebook with me. I did some adding up the other night. I saw nearly 100 shows in three weeks and reviewed 12 shows for the Evening Standard and 21 shows for Beyond The Joke. And no, I'm not a lazy arse, don't forget I also had to see all of those shows and eat. And write news stories and contentious opinion pieces.  It was an odd festival though.

Film Review: Obvious Child

Obvious Child pretty much has hip US indie hit running through it like the word Blackpool running through a stick of sugary seaside rock. Real-life comedian Jenny Slate plays Donna Stern, a struggling comedian who seems to spend most of her stage time in too-cool-for-school Williamsburg clubs talking a little too honestly about her dirty knickers and her personal problems. Perhaps it is no surprise that her boyfriend ditches her in the first reel.

News: Lena Dunham Comes To UK

Lena Dunham, the creator of hit TV comedy Girls, is coming to London for a one-off appearance onstage at the Royal Festival Hall on October 31 with Caitlin Moran. Tickets go on sale today.

Opinion: How Important Are Funny Faces In Comedy?

Here is a picture of Foster’s Award winner John Kearns pulling a comical face. I don’t know if it was his choice or if the photographer coaxed him into it, but it feels like the kind of thing that comedians have to do sometimes to earn a crust. You never get politicians being asked to gurn like a loon during a photoshoot.

News: Franken, Hill, Buckley Hill & Slayer Win Barry Awards

Will Franken has won Best Performer in the inaugural Barry Awards, the new prize for Fringe performers voted for by Fringe performers. Bec Hill, who set out to write an award-winning show after she drunkenly told the Superman actor Dean Cain that she was an award winner, won the award for Best Show*And Peter Buckley Hill and Bob Slayer tied for the award for Best Person.  Here is a full list of the results, plus quotes from the winners.

Edinburgh Review: Funz and Gamez

News: Gilded Balloon To Open Glasgow Venue

Scotland’s longest running comedy club – The Gilded Balloon – is expanding west with the launch of a brand new club in Glasgow, opening on Friday, August 29.

Hosted in collaboration with Drygate Brewing Co – the UK’s first experiential craft brewery – Gilded Balloon Comedy at Drygate looks to bring together the very best craft beer and comedy under one roof.  

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