External Press

On this page we link to the latest external interviews and reviews related to stand-up and sketch acts performing on the UK live comedy circuit...

Worry enough at a joke, says Milton Jones, and you can make it work.

Written by Stephanie Bunbury. The Sydney Morning Herald, 27th March 2015

Dylan Moran on quitting smoking, being about as sexy as the Pope and why comedy panel programmes are 'c*ck shows'.

Written by Helen Nianias. The Independent, 26th March 2015

"When you arrive at an empty theatre, the potential is immense. You think, 'This is going to be magical'. Then, when the show starts and you hear those waves of laughter in the auditorium, it's just so enjoyable. It's a huge rush."

Written by Tara Pardo. The Bristol Post, 26th March 2015

Rules for Living at times borders on being the funniest and truest comedy I've seen in ages, but it's also the strangest and most strained. It shouldn't really work at all. That it does, just about, is a testament to the talented array of actors that director Marianne Elliott has assembled - among them Deborah Findlay, Miles Jupp and Stephen Mangan - and the bravura bonkers nature of playwright Sam Holcroft's conceit, which boasts a hefty Big Idea even if it almost capsizes itself.

Written by Dominic Cavendish. The Daily Telegraph, 26th March 2015

Comedy was first to be the new rock'n'roll and judging by the reaction to the first live outing of Burnistoun, it has reclaimed that title.

Written by Lorraine Wilson. The Herald, 26th March 2015

When she first started using masks a few years ago, she had a stooge in the audience. "It worked great, but it was cheating."

Written by Stephanie Bunbury. Sydney Morning Herald, 26th March 2015

Dave Spikey is back on the road again with the second half of his Punchlines tour.

Yorkshire Evening Post, 26th March 2015

My name is Simon Morley and I am a creator of the comedy show Puppetry Of The Penis, which I see is causing somewhat of a storm in town.

Bournemouth Echo, 26th March 2015

The on-stage chemistry between Florence and Connell makes thir live performing look so easy.

Written by Paul English. The Daily Record, 26th March 2015

Stephen Mangan and Miles Jupp are a joy.

Written by Michael Billington. The Guardian, 25th March 2015

Everything is a jangly show that never quite seems to start properly. Then again, this doesn't seem too much of a problem. Tonight, watching Iain Stirling is like seeing an MC find that it's all going so swimmingly there's little point bringing on the headliner.

Written by Ben Venables. The Skinny, 25th March 2015

Married comedians Bridget Christie and Stewart Lee are to headline a fundraising event for Battersea Arts Centre.

Written by Matthew Hemley. The Stage, 25th March 2015

Lean, keen and assured Bridges sets up a night of contrasting comedy in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Evening Standard, 25th March 2015

Kim Noble exposes himself on stage - sometimes literally - in an act that is shocking, frightening, unethical and hilarious.

Written by Shazia Mirza. The Guardian, 25th March 2015

The Treason Show comedy troupe is hosting a fundraiser to replace props lost in fire.

The Argus, 25th March 2015

'I've seen a couple of these touring vehicles now and this is by far the lamest of the bunch, a case of milking the whole thing to within an inch of its life', says Dominic Cavendish.

Written by Dominic Cavendish. The Daily Telegraph, 24th March 2015

Like the Centre Pompidou and roadkill, new material comedy nights are fun because you get to see all the guts on the outside. Comedians have to test out new jokes somewhere and yesterday the Amused Moose comedy club chose to inaugurate its cosy new venue above the Arts Theatre near Leicester Square with a packed night -- 12 comics including surrealist superstar Noel Fielding -- offering up freshly-minted gags for a lively and (mostly) sympathetic young crowd.

Written by Stu Black. Londonist, 24th March 2015

An interview with stand-up Ellie Taylor.

Written by Simon Wilson. Nottingham Post, 24th March 2015

Most comics just pick Richard Pryor and Bill Hicks and be done with it. Not Robins. Read on!

Written by John Robins. London is Funny, 24th March 2015

"Ireland is - and I mean this in the most positive sense - we're peasants," says Tommy Tiernan. "Even rich people in Ireland are peasants - rich peasants - and you can tell this from how they spend their money."

Written by R. Garratt. The National, 24th March 2015

Of all the comedy shows I've been to, and that's a lot, I can't honestly recall an occasion when I have laughed so much.

Written by Kayleigh Millen. Portsmouth News, 24th March 2015

Coronation Street star Les Dennis has revealed that he would love to make a return to stand-up comedy.

Hampshire Chornicle, 24th March 2015

Simon Amstell on his journey to be free and why his 13-year-old self was a 'deranged lunatic'.

Written by Ben Williams. Time Out, 23rd March 2015

Performances from Stewart Francis, Sean McLoughlin, George Egg, Andy Doyle and Dan Evans.

Written by Neil Burkett. Northamptonshire Telegraph, 23rd March 2015

Comedian Marc Jennings has an unusual way to thwart muggers and plenty to say on new health trends in Glasgow - perhaps we should have titled his column My Clydebank.

Written by Marc Jennings. The Skinny, 23rd March 2015

Is this a thing now? Comedians doing their old shows, getting the gang (or, in this case, gags) back together for one last hurrah?

Written by Rachel Holdsworth. Londonist, 23rd March 2015

Barnard Castle is to get its own comedy festival this summer, Giggle Beats can reveal. The historic market town in County Durham will welcome some of the world's top stand-ups for a jam-packed day of funnies at The Witham arts centre on Saturday 18 July 2015.

Written by Andrew Dipper. Giggle Beats, 23rd March 2015

Although a political movement might be the name of the cerebral show, the format is much more physical with satirical homage to the film Fight Club. Liam Williams sees himself as a depressive, Kinder Bueno-chomping, left-wing activist, although his "activism" often results in a more passive approach.

Written by Marianne Gunn. The Herald, 23rd March 2015

A committed socialist, Jeremy Hardy brought sharp wit and a sense of justice to his left wing comedy.

Written by Marion Codd and Annie Morgan. Matlock Mercury, 23rd March 2015

Mark Steel is the latest in the rich line of comics that Shetland has been treated to in recent months.

Shetland Times, 23rd March 2015

More Things To Read...

In The Press

TV & Radio Press

Our main clippings page, for general news, & links related to TV & radio.

Live Comedy

Latest Live Coverage

See the homepage of our 'live' area for the latest gig reviews & interview features.

TV Features

TV & Radio Features

See our 'features' area for interviews and articles linked to TV and radio.

News

Latest News

To find out what's going on in the world of British comedy check our news section.

Shop

Shop Reviews

We review the latest products - particularly DVDs - in the shop section of our website.

Make It

How To Make Comedy

Interviews with writers, producers & industry people in our 'Make It' section.

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

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

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

Doc Martin Series 7 filming

Doc Martin Series 7 filming

Martin Clunes and the rest of the Doc Martin cast are now in Cornwall to film Series 7 of the hit ITV show. Read

Laura Aikman interview

Laura Aikman interview

Laura Aikman talks about joining the cast of Bluestone 42, and how she was 'liquid sweat' filming the show. Read

ITV2 orders Plebs Series 3

ITV2 orders Plebs Series 3

ITV2 has ordered more Plebs, the Ancient Rome sitcom starring Tom Rosenthal, Joel Fry and Ryan Sampson. Read

Jack Dee's Help Desk on TV

Jack Dee's Help Desk on TV

BBC Two has ordered Jack Dee's Help Desk, a series starring Jack Dee and a panel of comedians. Read

Michael McIntyre new shows

Michael McIntyre new shows

Michael McIntyre is working on two new series for BBC One, however his chat show format won't return to TV. Read

Images from '50 Comics'

Images from '50 Comics'

Check out some striking pictures from photographer Matt Crockett's book of comedian portraits, 50 Comics. View

Harry & Paul win RTS Awards

Harry & Paul win RTS Awards

Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse have won two gongs at the Royal Television Society Awards. Read

Jeremy Clarkson HIGNFY

Jeremy Clarkson HIGNFY

Jeremy Clarkson is still currently booked to act as a presenter on the next series of Have I Got News For You. Read

Rik Mayall - legend award

Rik Mayall - legend award

Rik Mayall has been named as the recipient of the Leicester Comedy Festival 'Legend Of Comedy' award. Read

Harry & Paul to tour

Harry & Paul to tour

Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse are planning their first ever live tour together - Harry & Paul: Legends. Read

Prof Branestawm to return

Prof Branestawm to return

Harry Hill will return as eccentric inventor Professor Branestawm for another one-off BBC special this Christmas. Read

Chortle Award winners

Chortle Award winners

Bridget Christie and James Acaster are amongst the winners at the 2015 Chortle Awards. Full results here: Read

Ben Miller's science show

Ben Miller's science show

Ben Miller, Romesh Ranganathan and Rachel Riley will front the pilot of ITV science show Out Of This World. Read

The Week That Wasn't pilot

The Week That Wasn't pilot

Jolyon Rubinstein and Heydon Prowse will host the pilot episode of The Week That Wasn't, a new topical format. Read

Raised By Wolves interview

Raised By Wolves interview

Sisters Caitlin Moran and Caroline Moran talk about creating Raised By Wolves, their Channel 4 sitcom. Interview

Learn improv in London

Learn improv in London

A group of established comedians have set up a new theatre company and school - one devoted entirely to improv. Read

Enter Amused Moose comp

Enter Amused Moose comp

Entry is now open for the 2015 Amused Moose Laugh Off, a stand-up comedy competition for new acts. Read

Stewart Lee discusses axe

Stewart Lee discusses axe

Stewart Lee has talked about the axing of his Comedy Central show, The Alternative Comedy Experience. Read

Birds Of A Feather S12

Birds Of A Feather S12

Hit sitcom Birds Of A Feather will return for a 12th series, its third since a highly successful revival by ITV. Read

Carry On Forever

Carry On Forever

ITV3 will broadcast a new Carry On documentary series, including unseen behind-the-scenes clips. Read

Comic Relief's No Direction

Comic Relief's No Direction

Boy band One Direction have revealed the comics who will be impersonating them as spoof group No Direction. Read

Russell Brand back on XFM

Russell Brand back on XFM

Russell Brand will be back on the XFM radio station after a two year hiatus, with a podcast highlights show. Read

Keith Lemon - more sketches

Keith Lemon - more sketches

ITV2 has ordered a second series of The Keith Lemon Sketch Show, the latest TV comedy vehicle for Leigh Francis. Read

The Kennedys filming now

The Kennedys filming now

Katherine Parkinson and Dan Skinner will star in The Kennedys, the new BBC One comedy series. Read

Dapper Laughs films sitcom

Dapper Laughs films sitcom

Daniel O'Reilly - aka controversial comedy character Dapper Laughs - has posted a new sitcom pilot online. Read

Peter Kay in new comedy

Peter Kay in new comedy

Peter Kay will play Danny Baker's dad in a new comedy series based on his autobiography: Cradle To Grave. Read

Michael McIntyre at Easter

Michael McIntyre at Easter

Stand-up comedian Michael McIntyre will host a one-off Easter special for BBC One. Read

Phoenix Nights cast

Phoenix Nights cast

We take a look back at what the Phoenix Nights cast have been doing since the sitcom ended in 2002. Read

Lord of the Dance Settee 3

Lord of the Dance Settee 3

A brand new third episode of Richard Herring's latest podcast series, Lord of the Dance Settee. Listen

Ronnie Barker Lecture

Ronnie Barker Lecture

The BBC has announced the creation of an annual Ronnie Barker Comedy Lecture. Read

New Ben Miller sitcom

New Ben Miller sitcom

Ben Miller will be reunited The Worst Week Of My Life writers for new BBC One sitcom I Want My Wife Back. Read

Tracey Ullman back at BBC

Tracey Ullman back at BBC

Tracey Ullman is to make a brand new series for the BBC, more than 30 years since last working for them. Read