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New Interview: Reece Shearsmith & Steve Pemberton

Be still my beating heart. Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith return to our screens with Inside No 9, six self-contained comedies with some delicious shocks and surprises. They talk about the series, their other plans and the inevitable prospect of a League of Gentlemen reunion.

BD: Six one-off comedy chillers? How exciting. Does it feel like a departure for you?

Review: Inside No 9: Sardines, BBC2

For those that were sorry to see the end of the brilliant Psychoville after two series the good news is that Inside No 9 is possibly even better. Certainly just as horribly funny in places. The BBC is clearly behind Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton's new six-part series of self-contained stories, airing plenty of trailers to tantalise the viewer. And it definitely starts off in style with a chilling, claustrophobic chamber piece entitled Sardines.

News: More Tim Key London Shows

Tim Key's dates at the Soho Theatre here have now sold out. But good news - he's added a run of his new show Single White Slut, at the Arcola Theatre from March 10 - 20. Details here. If you don't know Key what on earth have you been doing with your life?

News: Edinburgh Comedy Awards – Exclusive Pictures

So that's Edinburgh done for another year. Here are some pictures from Saturday's Foster's Comedy Awards ceremony. I don't even remember taking most of them so I must have been having a good time. All pics © copyright Bruce Dessau/Beyondthejoke.










Interview: Josie Long

Josie Long (pictures by Idil Sukan at Draw HQ) was one of my favourite comedians even before she co-founded Arts Emergency to help students study arts degrees. I don't always agree with her but I admire the way that she throws herself headlong into everything she does, whether it is her pursuit of social justice or her hobby of outdoor swimming.

Preview: The Week Ahead June 17 - 23

An early Week Ahead this week, as it involves a big gig at the start of the week that might take some forward planning. Bill Bailey's recent tours have taken in venues of contrasting sizes, from arenas – or "enormodomes", as I think he was the first to dub them – to the Royal Albert Hall,  Leicester Square Theatre and larger West End Theatres.


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