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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?

Preview: December Comedy Guide

Even stand-up comedians have to have a bit of a holiday at Christmas, if only to count up all the royalties they've made on their DVD sales. But in the run-up to Yuletide there are still plenty of alluring live shows in December. So put on your scarves, grab your gloves and get out to the following...

Opinion: Live at the Apollo – A Force for Good or Bad?

Live at the Apollo returns to BBC1 tonight. This has left me feeling conflicted. On the one hand I love the fact that stand-up gets more exposure on television. On the other hand I hate the fact that stand-up gets more exposure on television. Now that's what I call conflicted.

Review: Brighton Comedy Festival Opening Gala, Brighton Dome

The Brighton Comedy Festival is the first really notable festival after Edinburgh and brings a number of Fringe hits to the south coast this year, such as Bridget Christie and Sara Pascoe, alongside innovative new shows. This year's fun started in familiar style with the big guns from management company Off The Kerb helping to raise funds for local HIV charity Sussex Beacon. 


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