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Opinion: Is Comedy Too Busy Laughing To Bare Its Teeth?

The world seems determined to laugh at itself at the moment. Co-producer Simon Cowell is sending himself up rotten in I Can’t Sing! while the BBC is ensuring that it is the butt of the joke in W1A on BBC2.

Opinion: British Comedy Movies v US Comedy Movies

I'm getting increasingly excited by the prospect of The World's End coming out this summer. The trailers are tantalising, the cast is a classy roll-call of comedy's top brass and the team behind it has already made some of the few recent truly successful British comedy movies.

Review: Brian Gittins, Soho Theatre

It's comedy, but not as we know it. Brian Gittins has been on the circuit for a few years now, but his popularity has gained some purchase recently, thanks to his appearance in the Ricky Gervais series Derek as sad, sex-obsessed loser Kev. He might be playing a small room in the Soho Theatre but he has just extended his run. I recommend you go, but I also recommend you get there early enough to grab a seat at the back.

Review: Russell Howard's Good News, BBC3

Russell Howard's Good News can hardly be called one of TV's best kept secrets. It has regularly topped the BBC3 ratings and is one of the most viewed programmes on iPlayer. It was voted BBC3's Best Ever Show by Digital Spy and Howard was voted the number one Weird Crush by Heat Magazine earlier this year. Not sure if that last one is a compliment or not.

Opinion: Brilliant Show, But There Are Two Sides To The Story

Brilliant Harry hill gig at the Hammersmith Apollo last night. This was a show that I reviewed two weeks ago but it was so good I decided to see it again on my night off. Nobody mixes old-school vaudeville and new school surrealism as well as Hill and after a lengthy period away from the stage he was madder and more magnificent than ever.

Preview: The Week Ahead April 8 - 14

I was a little worried when I heard that Harry Hill was going back on the road after eight years away. Would it be a case of a deluded boxer returning to the ring thinking he could still cut it? Would it be like Bjorn Borg making his comeback with an old wooden tennis racquet? I didn't need to worry. I saw Hill's Sausage Time spectacular – and spectacular is the only word for it – on its first night in London a few weeks ago and, if anything, the lunacy was sharper than ever.

Classic Interview: Harry Hill

When I decided to republish this interview with Harry Hill that appeared in The Times in October 2004 I was torn between running old or new pictures of the former GP. In the end it barely matters. The pictures here (left, (c) Andy Hollingworth Archive @andyholl) are pretty timeless. Once Hill perfected his high-collared, multi-penned look he has stuck with it. If it ain't broke don't fix it. And with Hill it certainly ain't broke.

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