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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.

Report: The Big Comedy Conference

Is it possible to learn to be a comedian?  A lot of people obviously think so. Well over a hundred were prepared to pay between £99 and £150 for a one-day intensive and very enjoyable crash course in the subject on Saturday.

Preview: The Week Ahead Oct 7 - 13

This is one of those crazy busy comedy weeks that makes it worth living in London. You could easily see a top show every night – if you can afford it – and still not catch everything, so without further ado I'll rattle through your options.

Opinion: The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of...Amateur Performers

I went to see Adam Hills film his new live DVD at the Hammersmith Apollo last night. There was a hiccup with the ticketing which meant that Hills started an hour late. You'd expect this to put the audience in a pretty humourless mood, but with Hills it had the opposite effect. After a brief apology it was on with the show and everyone was more delighted than ever that the gig had started. Maybe it helped that the great British comedy audience had extra drinking time, but I suspect that it was just Hills' winning personality.

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