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Opinion: My Comedy Year 2014

“How many comedy shows do you see every week?” After “do you like Michael McIntyre?” it’s the question I get asked the most when I tell people what I do for a so-called job. Well now I can sort of answer it, I’ve just counted up my ticket stubs for 2014 and the results are in. 

News: Take Part In Comedy Survey & Win Prizes

Do you live and breathe comedy? Do you go to comedy gigs every night? What kind of comedy do you watch and how do you watch it? Have you ever been to a comedy festival? How would you like to see the comedy world change?

Preview: The Comedy Week Ahead – Nov 3 – 9

Bridget Christie broke box office records at the Soho Theatre with her last show A Bic For Her. She is back this week with her latest show, An Ungrateful Woman. It repeats the same smart formula of daft, self-deprecating clownish jokes and hard-hitting feminist politics, so it will be interesting to see if it repeats the same ticket-shifting success. It certainly deserves to.

News: Al Murray Tops Benefit Bill

Al Murray headlines a one-off benefit gig at the Comedy Store on Monday, November 3 organised by John Moloney (pictured) and The Comedy Store. Murray's Pub Landlord is joined by Wayne Deakin, Zoe Lyons, Alistair Barrie, Fred Macaulay and The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Review. John Moloney will be the compere. 

Edinburgh Preview: Everyone's A Winner

I know that Edinburgh should be about looking forward rather than looking back, but 2014 may be the year that more previous Edinburgh Comedy Award winners are appearing at the Festival than ever before. Of course, there are more Edinburgh Comedy Award winners than ever before, but there does seem to be a plethora of them returning. Is it to cash in on their fame? Is it to show the young whippersnappers how it’s done? Is it just sentiment and trying to recapture the spirit they had when it all began? Is it all that and more?

News: Phoenix Fringe Announces Line-Up

After a successful first flight in August 2013 and a Winter Weekender that kept the comedy embers burning over the cold, bleak months, the Phoenix Fringe is rising again. Among those appearing at this year's festival, which runs from August 2 - 9, are Frankie Boyle, Al Murray, Aisling Bea and Nick Helm.

The Phoenix Fringe hatched from a Tiffany Stevenson hangover. As the ‘fizzy pink’ haze cleared, the night’s reflections on the dwindling outlets for new, inventive and alternative comedy retained their significance.

News: Al Murray Pub Landlord Adds Extra Dates Due To Demand

Al Murray, The Pub Landlord, has added a further 40 dates to his forthcoming One Man, One Guvnor tour. The tour will now run from September 3, 2014 to May 30, 2015.

The show marks the twentieth anniversary of the Pub Landlord, who first appeared as the host/drummer in Harry Hill’s Pub International band at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1994. Since then the Landlord has become a British comedy institution, playing sold out theatres across the UK, winning the Perrier Award in 1999 and selling out the 02 Arena in 2009.

News: Latitude Comedy Line-Up Announced

The Latitude Festival, which takes place in Henham Park, Suffolk from July 17 - 20, has announced the bulk of its comedy line-up today. The main attractions are Dara O'Briain and Milton Jones, while Al Murray will be hosting his Saloon Show, featuring special guests. 

Opinion: The Wrong Kind of Audience Participation

Tommy Tiernan had one of those people in last night at the Soho Theatre. You know, the ones who insist on interrupting your seamless routine and think that they are helping you out. I think she said she was from Lettermore, though after a while I began to think that she wasn't even sure where she was from herself.

Book Review: Watching War Films With My Dad by Al Murray

Al Murray has always had a thing about the military. There is, of course, the Pub Landlord's wobbly grasp of European history, but before that Murray used to do a precision-tooled sound effects act in which he impersonated various machine guns and rifles. And before that, as Watching War Films With My Dad reveals, his childhood was filled with typical WW2 ephemera, from Airfix models to Sunday afternoon viewings of A Bridge Too Far with his father.

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