Bridget Christie

News: Radio 4 Comedy Commissioner Quits

Caroline Raphael, Commissioning Editor Comedy and Fiction, BBC Radio 4 and Commissioning Editor, BBC Radio 4 Extra has decided to leave the BBC early next spring.

Raphael has worked across BBC Radio for three decades and is currently responsible for commissioning Radio 4’s Comedy and Fiction programmes as well as Book At Bedtime and Short Stories.

Preview: The Week Ahead – Sept 8 - 14

As well as being a formidable stand-up comedian Hannah Gadsby is also an expert on classical art. She brings these two skills together in her latest show, The Exhibitionist, which opens at the Soho Theatre tonight. Gadsby is Australia-based, but expect to be hearing more of her in the UK in the near future.

News: John Kearns To Play London Shows

The 2014 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award winner John Kearns will be playing an extended run of his prize-winning show Shtick in London this autumn. Kearns will be at the Soho Theatre from September 24 to October 18. Last year's Foster's Award winner Bridget Christie broke box office records when she brought her acclaimed show, A Bic For Her, to the same venue. Foster's Best Newcomer Alex Edelman is also expected to announce dates at the Soho Theatre for his show, Millennial.

News: Bridget Christie Announces UK Tour

Bridget Christie will be touring the UK this Autumn with this year’s Edinburgh show An Ungrateful Woman, as well as her 2013 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning show, A Bic For Her.

Edinburgh Fringe Preview: Bridget Christie

As Edinburgh previews go, this one is pretty unmissable. To draw a topical analogy it’s a bit like Spain playing a pre-World Cup friendly, but with more laughs. Christie won the Foster’s Comedy Award in 2013 with A Bic For Her and follows it up this year with An Ungrateful Woman. Tonight's show at the Camden Head, however, is still very much a work-in-progress.

News: ARGComFest Line-Up Announced

The line-up for ARGComFest, aka Actually Rather Good Comedy Festival, has just been announced. The two-day Fringe Preview festival is returning for a third year over the weekend of July 5 & 6. There will be 32 Edinburgh previews in two days, this year moving from last year's venue in Camden Town to The Garage, Highbury Corner, in Islington. One ticket covers access to all shows - there are either daily or weekend tickets. The festival is organised by James Lowey with the help of Matthew Crosby's contacts book.

Opinion: Equal Rights For Panel Games

So the world of BBC panel games has finally entered the 20th Century. Women don't just have the right to vote now, there is more good news. BBC Director of Television Danny Cohen has been quoted in the Observer as saying that  "We're not going to have panel shows on any more with no women on them. You can't do that.

News: Sky Arts Awards For Bridget Christie & Nick Helm

2013 Foster's Award Winner Bridget Christie and Nick Helm have been victorious today at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

Competition: Win Alternative Comedy Experience DVDs

If you like stand-up comedy Beyond The Joke has a treat for you. We have three copies of the DVD of series one of Comedy Central's The Alternative Comedy Experience to give away. The series was transmitted earlier this year and was acclaimed as an antidote to the shiny floor stand-up of Live at the Apollo. Comedy guru Stewart Lee was involved in selecting the acts and he appears on the DVD interviewing acts backstage at The Stand Club in Edinburgh where the series was filmed.

Opinion: Keeping It Real By Keeping It Small

Everybody must surely have a fantasy version of what the perfect stand-up comedy gig would be. This is mine. A smart, funny comedian sets up shop in London somewhere. A small club, where instead of doing a one-night stand they can settle into a relaxed run and play regularly to appreciative audiences.

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