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Edinburgh Fringe Review: So You Think You're Funny? Final, Gilded Balloon

The first thing the judges agreed on when discussing this year’s So You Think You’re Funny? final was that comedians are getting more efficient. There was no drying up, no fluffing of lines, even the comedians who didn’t get a placing were able to deliver their seven-minute sets with impressive confidence.

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News: Contestants Announced For Taskmaster Series 5

The five contestants have been announced for the fifth series of Taskmaster.

They are Nish Kumar, Sally Phillips, Bob Mortimer, Aisling Bea and Mark Watson. 

Meanwhile Noel Fielding has been crowned champion of Taskmaster Series 4, due in part to thwacking a Babybel a remarkable distance with a snooker cue.

The fifth series will air later this year on Dave, overseen as ever by Greg Davies and Alex Horne.

News: London Comedy Film Festival Line-Up Announced

The line-up of the 6th LOCO London Comedy Film Festival at BFI Southbank has been announced. Highlights include new films featuring Julian Barratt, Noel Fiedling, Julia Davis, Alice Lowe, Aisling Bea, Brett Goldstein and Roger Allam.

The festival runs from May 4 - 7 and opens with the UK premiere of The Hippopotamus, based on Stephen Fry’s bestselling black comic novel and directed by John Jencks, starring Roger Allam, Tim McInnerny, Fiona Shaw, Matthew Modine, Emily Berrington and Russell Tovey.

Video: Watch Brett Goldstein & Aisling Bea Just for Valentine's Day

A short film starring Brett Goldstein and Aisling Bea has been released online and is available to view only on Valentine's Day.

In Bullet To The Heart, co-written by Goldstein, Bea and director Jon Drever (who directed Goldstein in SuperBob) the two stars play a cop and a villain having a shoot-out in a warehouse. But at the same time they also seem to build up a bond which comes to a head when they take a break from the gunfire to share a ham and cheese sandwich.

Competition: Win Free Tickets For Francesca Martinez & War On Want Benefit

Next week on Tuesday, May 12 some of our finest comedians are gathering at the Union Chapel to support the charity War on Want, which fights against the root causes of poverty and human rights violation as part of the worldwide movement for global justice. 

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Aisling Bea

Aisling Bea won the So You Think You're Funny? competition at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2012 and has quickly risen through the comedy ranks thanks to a mix of energy, charm, intelligence and quickfire quips. She trained as an actor, but has a natural wit and sharp tongue which has stood her in good stead in the stand-up circuit's toughest bearpits.

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New BBC Comedy Feeds Announced

A new batch of BBC Comedy Feeds pilots, due to be released in July, have been announced today. All nine comedy pilots have been commissioned for iPlayer and BBC Three by Shane Allen, Controller BBC Comedy, Victoria Jaye, Head of TV Content for BBC iPlayer and Zai Bennett, former Controller BBC Three. 

This year’s Comedy Feeds include:

Review: Cat Laughs Festival, Kilkenny, Part 2

One of the funny things about this year's festival was that one of the highlights was not a stand-up gig at all in the conventional sense. The Mitch Hedberg Tribute Show paid homage to the cult comedian who died, aged 37, in 2005. I don't think Hedberg ever played London or Edinburgh but I was lucky enough to see him in Kilkenny in 1999. In was in Kytelers Bar I think, just after Phill Jupitus had done a routine about spiders.

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