Katherine Ryan

News: Impressive Line-Up For British Summer Time Comedy

The Barclaycard British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park has announced its comedy line-up for June 22 –  25.

Preview: This Comedian – Live, Duchess Theatre

I wrote recently about how sometimes it can be a frustrating for people who see a lot of comedy to hear the same comedians – however brilliant – do the same material every time you see them. This Monday’s all-star, must-see gig at the Duchess Theatre seems to have come up with the answer.

News: Producer Bans Critics From Gigs

Producer David Johnson has written that he is banning Telegraph comedy critics from his upcoming gigs. This follows the publication of the five "best jokes" at the recent Laughing Point charity gig on the Telegraph website.

TV Review: Frankie Boyle's Referendum Autopsy

Is the BBC so scared of Frankie Boyle offending viewers that they have banished him to iPlayer for this one-off post-mortem? Or have they decided that now that the Scottish Referendum is done and dusted not enough people are interested in the subject to warrant putting this out in the traditional way? Or maybe it’s a sneaky plan to drive viewers online. I’d have certainly thought this semi-serious talking shop deserved to be aired on Scottish television.

Preview: Latitude Festival

I thought I had the best job in the world. And then I met Tania Harrison. Tania is head of arts and comedy at Festival Republic, the UK’s leading festival and event promoter. One of her jobs is to organise the comedy for the upcoming Latitude Festival, which runs from July 17 - 20. This year’s headliners, Kevin Bridges, Simon Amstell and Dara O’Briain, really do need no introduction. Nor do Al Murray, Milton Jones, Sara Pascoe and Josie Long.


Edinburgh Fringe Preview: Katherine Ryan

I’m afraid this is another of those Edinburgh Fringe Previews that isn't quite what it seems. London-based Canadian Ryan is doing a short run in Edinburgh but has already completed a proper run at the Soho Theatre with her latest show, Glam Role Model. I saw it on the very first night and it felt like a bit of a work-in-progress then, a potentially great set in search of a suitable ending. Word has it that Ryan has found the ending since then.


Preview: The Week Ahead June 9 - 15

Pretty spoilt for choice at the Soho Theatre this week. As well as Stewart Lee doing yet more work-in-progress shows, there are two very different shows opening on Tuesday. I haven't seen Tom Rosenthal do stand-up for a while now but I’ve seen plenty of him on television.

Interview: Pappy's

Hold on to your takeaway pizzas, Matthew Crosby, Ben Clark and Tom Parry return to BBC3 on June 2 for the second series of Badults, in which they play three flat-sharing, prank-playing, fun-loving mates Matthew, Ben and Tom. Live comedy fans will know the trio as Pappy's – last year they picked up a Foster's Comedy Award nomination at the Edinburgh Festival, where they have a following bordering on the fanatical. Beyond The Joke asked the trio ten questions to find out more about the new series and their future plans.

News: Badults Returns For Second Series

Badults, the flatshare sitcom starring Foster’s Award nominees Pappy’s, is due to return to BBC3 for its second series next month. The anarchic comedy, fronted by Matthew Crosby, Ben Clark and Tom Parry, poses a number of new dilemmas for the trio, such as where's the best place to watch the World Cup?  What happens if you live your life by the roll of the dice? Are the neighbours Russian spies? And what's the best talent: magic, poetry or trampolining? The series was filmed in front of a live studio audience in Glasgow.

Preview: The Week Ahead April 21 - 27

Some truly interesting comedy for you this week. Adam Buxton is at the Duchess Theatre for five nights from April 21 as part of the two-week Invisible Dot season, with his acclaimed show Kernel Panic, mixing puerile humour with sophisticated spoofery, David Bowie skits and inspired takedowns of YouTube comments.


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