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News: Michael McIntyre Breaks O2 Arena Record

Michael McIntyre has been presented the keys to The O2 after reaching the milestone of 21 performances at the venue. The record, first established by Prince in 2007, was equalled and subsequently smashed by the legendary comedian during his current seven-night run. 

Preview: The Comedy Week Ahead – Dec 15 - 21

Robin Ince’s Christmas shows in London have become a bit of an institution, but he has slightly reinvented them this year, rebranding them as Christmas Science Ghosts. The line-up will be fairly familiar though - the likes of Tony Law, Sara Pascoe, Josie Long and Stewart Lee will be among the rotating bills, though there will also be some curveballs too. Tonight historian Mary Beard joins the lineup.

News: Michael McIntyre Adds 7th O2 Arena Date

Michael McIntyre has added a seventh night at London's O2 Arena as part of his 2015 Happy & Glorious UK tour. Tickets for the new date on Sunday October 4 go on 02 pre-sale on 10 December and on general sale from December 12.

His London run is still not as long – yet – as his last run. His 2012 Showtime tour played to over 640,000 people including a record-breaking ten-night residency at London’s O2 Arena matching the pop-superstar Rihanna’s 2011 record. 

News: Michael McIntyre Halts Gig

Michael McIntyre walked offstage during his gig last night due to a noisy women in the front row. The show, at Darlington Civic Centre, was a warm-up for his forthcoming Happy & Glorious arena tour.

According to the Northern Echo McIntyre asked security to intervene, having spotted a woman at the front who had reportedly been talking and using her mobile phone while he was performing.

Review: The Michael McIntyre Chat Show, BBC1

Just what the people of Britain have been storming Parliament for. Another chat show. Wouldn't it be great to say that The Michael McIntyre Chat Show is so different, so refreshing from Norton, Ross, Carr. Well, it isn't. It even looks like the BBC has taken Ross's old desk out of storage and paired it with a DFS armchair. But that doesn't mean the show is not worth watching.

Opinion: Could A Comedians' Union Ever Work?

There has been talk recently about forming a comedians' union. Small clubs have been closing, others are cutting their pay rates and others have been slow to pay up, making it harder and harder for the grafting comedian to earn decent wage. There must be something attractive about stand-up though, because enough people still insist having a bash at it.

News: Superagent Addison Cresswell Dies

It is not an understatement to say that the British comedy world was rocked as well as shocked to hear yesterday that Addison Cresswell, one of the industry's most powerful agents, had suddenly died. He suffered a suspected heart attack in his sleep on Sunday night. He was 53. I think that the last time I saw him was at the British Comedy Awards earlier this month. I only caught a glimpse of him but he seemed to be his usual self, talking fifteen to the dozen to various comedy and media movers and shakers. 

Opinion: Jack Whitehall And The Big Tour Warm-Up Problem

There has been a bit of a kerfuffle over the announcement that Jack Whitehall is to play a big work-in-progress gig at the Hammersmith Apollo in February in the the run-up to his UK tour. I can't see what all the fuss is about. Tickets will only be £20 whereas when he comes to Wembley Arena in March tickets, including booking fee, will be £32.25.

Opinion: Comedy Snobbery

Comedian Dave Twentyman recently posted an interesting piece on Facebook about snobbery in the comedy industry towards comedians who play the weekend club circuit. Stand-ups who make their living from gigs at stag and hen parties and office parties etc are viewed, said Twentymen, as hack and unimaginative.

Preview: The Week Ahead Dec 15 - 21

Christmas might be hurtling towards us but the comedy circuit is showing little sign of slowing down. This week there are two major runs in London as well as two massive one-offs. On Monday night The Boy With Tape On His Face presents Cornucopia - a huge variety bill at the Palace Theatre. But how can the silent star introduce his guests when he doesn't speak?

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