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Interview: Tim Key On New C4 Series Gap Year

The last time I saw Tim Key he was onstage at the Old Vic in Art. The next time I will be seeing him is onscreen. Key plays Greg in E4’s new eight part comedy-drama Gap Year.

Preview: BBC Launches YouTuber Comedy Pls Like

BBC Three is to launch a new mockumentary, Pls Like, about the search for the next megastar vlogger. Produced by Left Bank Pictures, the weekly series follows struggling comedian Liam (Williams) as the unlikely victor who must undertake a series of challenges in order to win a £10,000 prize. 

News: All Star Old Vic Benefit For Calais Migrants

Daniel Kitson is compering a benefit that has been hastily arranged to raise money to provide humanitarian aid for those who are and have been stuck in the Calais Jungle migrants’ camp. It is at the Old Vic in London on October 13.

News: The Mighty Bush – Fielding, Buxton, Key & More Play Mini-Fest

Noel Fielding, Adam Buxton and Tim Key are among the acts due to play a four-day mini-festival later this month.

The shows will take place from February 15 - 20 at the Bush Theatre in West London, a small venue in Shepherds Bush better known for staging fringe theatre plays rather than comedy. The shows have been arranged by the management agency PBJ. 

The full line-up of Comedy at the Bush  is as follows:

Monday Feb 15: Rory Bremner & Mark Dolan

Wednesday Feb 17: Adam Buxton

Live Review: Battersea Arts Centre Phoenix Fundraiser, RFH

The fire at Battersea Arts Centre on Friday, March 13 may have been devastating, but you can rely on comedians to find the funny side. Last night’s sold out benefit at the Royal Festival Hall kicked off with Stewart Lee, who came on to a live rendition of Burning Down The House played by Kneehigh Theatre’s band. 

Review: Tree by Daniel Kitson, Old Vic

New dates announced - skip to bottom for details.

When Daniel Kitson’s two-hander with Tim Key opened at Manchester's Royal Exchange in 2013 reviews compared it to Samuel Beckett. Two comedic blokes. A tree. Some waiting. There has to be a Godot influence lurking in there. The play has finally landed in London for a prestigious run at the Old Vic and I can’t really see the connection myself. There's a bucket, but no Beckett.

News: Another New Show From Daniel Kitson...

Daniel Kitson has confirmed that he will be performing a new show in 2015. Polyphony will be premiered at the Northcote Hall in Melbourne  from March 25 to April 19 as part of the Melbourne Comedy Festival. The show will then tour Australia and New Zealand. This follows his Christmas story show in London and his forthcoming performance of Tree at the Old Vic with Tim Key. 

Preview: The Comedy Week Ahead – Dec 22 - 28

Not a big week for live comedy in London unless you are Jewish or like Jewish humour. The two most notable gigs are Bennett Arron’s Rabbi Santa show tonight at the King’s Head, featuring Arron, Mark Maier, Sol Bernstein and Joe Bor.

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.

Opinion: Why I Hate Sketch Comedy

Well, of course I don't hate sketch comedy. But, heck, it’s a crowded market out there, I’ve got to get you to click on the link somehow. So now I’ve got your attention I’ll explain and expand. Sketch comedy is probably my least favourite form of comedy. When I go to gigs I prefer stand-up. When I’m watching TV I prefer a sitcom. I’ll frequently watch sketches on YouTube, but the quality is so inconsistent my laptop is invariably in danger of being lobbed out of the window before you can say "buffering".


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