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Review: Comedy Playhouse: Monks

Well they haven’t uncovered another Steptoe & Son or Are You Being Served? but this recent revival of the BBC’s sitcom-spotting Comedy Playhouse strand has definitely been interesting. Over To Bill tried to mix broad humour with Curb Your Enthusiasm inappropriateness, while Miller’s Mountain felt like Mrs Brown’s Boys stuck up a Scottish hill. So what about the final instalment, Monks?

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News: Kate Lucas Wins Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year

Musical comedian Kate Lucas has won this year's hotly contested Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year competition. The final was held this evening (Saturday) at the Y Theatre as part of Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival. Lucas wins £1000 and a bottle of champagane and, according to host Rob Rouse, the Sainsburys bag it came in. Phil Jerrod was second and Mark Silcox was third.

Preview: The Week Ahead Feb 2 - 8

Seann Walsh seems to have been earmarked for stardom from the moment he emerged, shaggy-haired and hyperactive, from the Brighton club scene in the late noughties, but after a bit of tinkering under the bonnet he has now officially been annointed as one of comedy's next big things.

News: Seann Walsh Announces UK Tour

2014 is shaping up to be a busy year for Seann Walsh. The Brighton-bred comedian has just announced UK dates for his Foster's Award-nominated show The Lie-In King. The tour includes a short run at the Soho Theatre from February 3 - 8. Full details below. 

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Preview: The Week Ahead Oct 28 - Nov 4

There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth recently about the decline of comedy clubs. In fact I've written about it myself. But two clubs open in London this week, bucking the trend, albeit with the aid of some top quality TV talent. 

Opinion: Booze v Comedy

To the opening night of Micky Flanagan's London arena stint last night. Three nights at Wembley plus seven nights at the O2 Arena might not quite be a record but it wouldn't surprise me if the cockney comic broke the record for bar takings yesterday. The show started late because people were still buying drinks and during the interval - and I've never seen this before - one could not walk through the corridors because of endless multiple snaking queues of fans topping up before the second half.

Preview: The Week Ahead Sept 23 - 29

Some strong shows opening at the Soho Theatre this week.

Interview: Seann Walsh

Just before the Edinburgh Fringe started I interviewed Seann Walsh for The Independent on Sunday on the ups and downs of drinking. Walsh has something of a reputation as an imbiber.

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