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Review: The Week Ahead May 20 - 26

With bands constantly reuniting maybe the next stage in the comedy-as-rock-and-roll phenomenon is for double acts to reunite. Not much chance of Baddiel and Newman getting back together though as both are currently gearing up for a full-on return to solo work after a break.

Opinion: In Praise of Michael McIntyre

You don't get to be a comedy superstar by accident, by having a bit of luck or by having a canny manager. i'm sure all of those things help, but i've seen Michael McIntyre twice in the last week and both occasions have confirmed that there is a simple reason why he is one of the biggest comedians in the country if not the biggest.

Opinion: What's Better, New Gags or Old Classics?

I went to see Terry Alderton at the Bloomsbury Theatre last night. Great fun and a full review will be in the Evening Standard on Tuesday. But one particular thing struck me. Alderton was ostensibly doing a new show, but various bits in it came from previous shows. Not just his general multi-personality style, but actual gags and routines.

Classic Interview: Doc Brown

2013 is shaping up to be good year for Doc Brown. He appeared alongside Ricky Gervais in C4 comedy Derek and the professional relationship continued when Brown co-starred with David Brent in the Comic Relief video Equality Street. I interviewed Brown in 2010 when he first made a splash at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Preview: The Week Ahead April 29 - May 5

As I've written about elsewhere, May seems to mark the kick off of the comedy charity season. So why not start the month as you mean to go on by supporting a worthwhile cause while also having a laugh.

Review: Louis CK, Hammersmith Apollo

Well, he came, he saw, he played the wrong venue, didn't do much in the way of advance press, but he conquered. After all the fuss about Louis CK jumping from the Bloomsbury Theatre on his last UK visit to the Hammersmith Apollo and the O2 Arena, the reviews gave him a unanimous thumbs up.

Classic Interview: Louis CK

Louis CK plays the O2 Arena on March 20 and two shows at the Hammersmith Apollo on March 21. You can buy tickets here. That is a hell of a jump from 2008 when I interviewed him for The Times. Back then he was coming over to do some shows at the 160-seater Soho Theatre. So what went right? Well, he has a hit TV show, Louie, currently airing on Fox.

Review: Kerry Godliman, 99 Club

The best thing about Derek. It's the opinion that is already being expressed widely about Kerry Godliman's portrayal of tough-yet-good-hearted manager Hannah, and the Ricky Gervais series set in a care home only started on C4 last week following a controversial one-off last year. The imminent acclaim for Godliman will come as no surprise to regular comedy club goers.


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