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TV: Brexit Stage Left, Viceland

Given that most comedians are sticking Brexit material into their act faster than you can say “Conservative minority” it is quite canny of broadcaster Viceland to come up with the four-part Brexit Stage Left, in which a group of comics – Jamali Maddix, Alfie Brown, Fern Brady and Sean McLoughlin – travel to Europe to see what we are going to be missing in a few years and also get to do a gig.

Opinion: Do Critics Review The Show Or The Performer?

Are critics reviewing the performance we see or the performance that should be taking place? It’s an issue that has troubled me for a while and came to a head this week when I reviewed James Acaster. I called him a “comic genius” so somebody quite fairly asked me why I had only given him four stars rather than five. 

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Alfie Brown

Alfie Brown is different to other comedians. I thought that the first time I saw him and he spent much of his set arguing about whether he was being sexist with his audience. He is painfully, brutally honest, baring his soul onstage, but always in a very funny way. In fact just to underline that honesty, he is the first person to answer my question below about earnings by coming up with an actual figure. Though maybe he needs to have a chat with his agent.

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Preview: The Week Ahead Aug 31 - Sept 7

The live comedy scene is usually pretty quiet at the end of August and the start of September. Most comedians are recovering from their Edinburgh hangovers. But not Ant & Dec, who have already been busy taking a live version of the ITV Takeaway show around the UK. After shows at the O2 Arena they come to Wembley Arena tonight with special guests including Rick Astley.

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Preview: The Week Ahead Jan 6 - 12

What's in a name? When Debbie Harry decided she wanted to be taken seriously as a musician she started calling herself Deborah Harry. When Rob Newman decided he wanted to be seen as a more mature comedian he started being billed as Robert Newman. But it is probably Newman's material more than his monicker that has cast him in a new light.

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