Anna Lowman
Celebrating the weird and the wonderful

Celebrating the weird and the wonderful

Edinburgh Fringe 2012
Published August 2012

Anna Lowman takes a look at the nominees for the Edinburgh Comedy Award 2012, and determines that the two shortlists are, excitingly, populated by a lovely group of comics this year. Read

Alternative Comedy Memorial Society review

Alternative Comedy Memorial Society review

Published September 2011

Anna Lowman reviews ACMS - a fortnightly North London gig hosted and curated by John-Luke Roberts and Thom Tuck. Read

Laughing Boy gig review

Laughing Boy gig review

Published September 2011

Anna Lowman reviews the Live At The Apollo warm-up gig at the Laughing Boy Comedy Club in London, featuring Mark Watson, Andi Osho, Seann Walsh, Shappi Khorsandi, Jason Byrne and Andrew Maxwell. Read

Comedy Gold club night in Angel - review

Comedy Gold club night in Angel - review

Published July 2011

Anna Lowman reviews a night at Comedy Gold, which is in the Angel area of London. With James Redmond, Matt Kirshen, Pippa Evans, headliner Tom Stade and Daniel Rigby as MC. Read

Pajama Men review

Pajama Men review

Published June 2011

Anna Lowman gives a five star review to The Pajama Men... Read

The Comedy Crawl 2011: Review 1

The Comedy Crawl 2011: Review 1

Published May 2011

Anna Lowman has our first review from The Comedy Crawl. It turned out to be a weekend of excellent acts, logistical issues, lovely moments, and a sense of generally good-natured chaos... Read

Review: Josie Long and Friends

Review: Josie Long and Friends

Published April 2011

Anna Lowman reviews Josie Long and Friends at the Bush Hall. With James Acaster, John-Luke Roberts, Arnab Chanda and Tom Basden. Read

Big Sketch Bash review

Big Sketch Bash review

Published March 2011

Anna Lowman reviews the Big Sketch Bash at the 100 Club, with Ed Weeks, Totally Tom, Anna & Katy, The Three Englishmen, Pappy's and The Penny Dreadfuls. Review

John-Luke Roberts and Thom Tuck interview

John-Luke Roberts and Thom Tuck interview

Published March 2011

John-Luke Roberts and Thom Tuck talk to Anna Lowman about their new alternative comedy night. Warning: this interview contains a record number of annotations and footnotes. Read

Why producers should be fighting over Gutted

Why producers should be fighting over Gutted

Published February 2011

Anna Lowman gives five reasons why producers should be getting their wallets out for Gutted, the comedy musical... Read

Knock2Bag gig review

Knock2Bag gig review

Published January 2011

Anna Lowman reviews a Knock2Bag gig, featuring Colin Hoult, Daniel Simonsen, Cardinal Burns, Neil Dagley, Totally Tom and Paul Foot. Read

Gig Review: Live at the Chapel

Gig Review: Live at the Chapel

Published May 2010

Anna reviews a Live at the Chapel stand-up gig, starring Tom Basden, Angelos Epithemiou, Sean Hughes and Mark Watson. Read

The Ricky Gervais Show - preview

The Ricky Gervais Show - preview

Published February 2010

Anna Lowman previews The Ricky Gervais Show, the animated TV series based on the record-breaking podcasts. Read

Beyond The Pole review

Beyond The Pole review

Published February 2010

Anna Lowman reviews Beyond the Pole, a British comedy film starring Stephen Mangan and Rhys Thomas. Read

James Sherwood review

James Sherwood review

Published January 2010

Anna Lowman reviews a 2010 performance by musical comedy performer James Sherwood. Read

Christmas Comedy 2009 - How was it for you?

Christmas Comedy 2009 - How was it for you?

Published December 2009

Anna Lowman reviews the Christmas specials that were on TV over this festive period in 2009, including Victoria Wood, The Royle Family, Catherine Tate and Outnumbered. Read

Tim Key's 'Instructions' book: An attempted review

Tim Key's 'Instructions' book: An attempted review

Published December 2009

Anna Lowman reviews tautologously titled Tim Key's new book. Read

Introducing Anna Lowman

Introducing Anna Lowman

Published December 2009

Anna Lowman introduces herself and reveals her favourite comedians, sitcoms and sketch shows. Read


Brought up on Blackadder, The Fast Show and, er, The High Life, Anna is a comedy fan through and through. A freelance arts critic, she has written about live and TV comedy for various publications including The Guardian, TV Scoop and MusicOMH.com, making her a very lucky lass indeed.

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Radio 4's Cardboard Heart

Radio 4's Cardboard Heart

The cast has been announced for Richard Marsh: Cardboard Heart, a Radio 4 sitcom about a man who writes poetry. Read

Musical Comedy Awards final

Musical Comedy Awards final

Profiles of the six comedians who will take part in the 2015 Musical Comedy Awards 2015 final in London in April. Read

No Pressure To Be Funny

No Pressure To Be Funny

The latest episode of the political panel show podcast. It includes a discussion about what satire is. Listen

No more Up The Women

No more Up The Women

Jessica Hynes's suffragette sitcom Up The Women will not return for a third series. BBC2 has given it the axe. Read

'This Made Me Laugh' films

'This Made Me Laugh' films

The Barbican has invited eight stars from the world of comedy to select their favourite classic comedy films. Read

ITV's Play To The Whistle

ITV's Play To The Whistle

Holly Willoughby has signed up to present Play To The Whistle, a sports-based comedy panel show for ITV. Read

Ray Peacock: taboo comedy

Ray Peacock: taboo comedy

Ray Peacock explains why he has decided to open up about his suicide attempt in his latest stand-up show. Read

Dad's Army only just made

Dad's Army only just made

A speech by TV executive Huw Wheldon revealed that the BBC nearly didn't make the Dad's Army series. Read

Lemon is Back To The Future

Lemon is Back To The Future

Keith Lemon is to star in a one-off special on ITV2 celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Back To The Future film. Read

Charlie Brooker special

Charlie Brooker special

Charlie Brooker will return to BBC Two in the run-up to the Election with a new hour-long Wipe special. Read

Graham Fellows interview

Graham Fellows interview

Graham Fellows will celebrate his 30th year as John Shuttleworth with a big gig - but could it be his last hurrah? Read

Russell Howard's new show

Russell Howard's new show

Russell Howard's Stand Up Central, which launches in April, will feature guests including Joe Wilkinson. Read

Frankie Boyle's new show

Frankie Boyle's new show

Frankie Boyle will follow his 2014 Scottish independence referendum special with a new iPlayer election show. Read