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It's less than two years since One Man Two Guvnors last played the Royal and it is a mark of its popularity that it has returned so soon.

Written by Gordon Barr. Newcastle Chronicle, 29th July 2014

The hit West End comedy One man, two Guvnors is on at Newcastle's Theatre Royal for a week as part of a national tour.

ITV, 28th July 2014

Not getting on the box means female comics don't earn the money to tour and hone their skills.

Written by Victoria Coren Mitchell. The Observer, 27th July 2014

Previews of Felicity Ward, Anthony Jeselnik and Danielle Ward.

Written by James Kettle. The Guardian, 25th July 2014

Outspoken Scottish comic Frankie Boyle is to get top billing at this year's Edinburgh International Television Festival despite his career being blighted by a string of high-profile controversies.

Written by Brian Ferguson. The Scotsman, 25th July 2014

Increasingly, big-name comedians are swapping the usual stand-up format for something that seems more intimate, honest and a bit of a get-out.

Written by Brian Logan. The Guardian, 25th July 2014

Flight of the Conchords man Rhys Darby's onstage anecdotes are vivid and energetically delivered but he still runs into a few too many dead ends.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Evening Standard, 24th July 2014

Watson decided that he liked being in the middle of the floor surrounded by discarded pizza boxes and plastic glasses so much he would do the whole gig there.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 24th July 2014

When it comes to a star-studded line-up, The Hobgoblin Cheltenham Comedy Festival has raided the night sky.

Written by Jonathan Whiley. Gloucestershire Echo, 23rd July 2014

Random Accomplice's marathon effort takes a swipe at the city's festivities, creating a new play about the day's sporting efforts every evening.

Written by Mark Fisher. The Guardian, 23rd July 2014

There was an end-of-school, pressure-off, demob happy feel to their nonsense. They didn't seem to have a care in the world.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 23rd July 2014

Punters walked out of a comedy club in disgust after maggots started falling from the ceiling. The Jongleurs show at Oceana nightclub in Nottingham on Friday night descended into chaos as the grubs rained down on the front rows from the air conditioning.

Chortle, 23rd July 2014

Madame Magenta told us that we have an anxiety about overpriced yoghurts, and that we should deal with it by killing ourselves.

Written by Richard Unwin. Gay Times, 23rd July 2014

BEASTS - Owen Roberts, James McNicholas and Ciaran Dowd - have already become one of the UK critically acclaimed sketch group creating a dynamic sketch show that blends their unique brand of dark comedy into an hour of pretty damn fine frolicking fun one won't forget in a hurry.

The New Current, 23rd July 2014

The beauty of Lampeart’s act is the shambling impulsiveness of it all; when you’re as naturally funny as he is, it really doesn’t matter whether he’s on topic or not.

Written by Andrew Dipper. Giggle Beats, 22nd July 2014

Aisling Bea is the victim of hate crime. Or so she feels, as an Irish woman having been booked to perform on an afternoon of twenty-something degree heat.

Written by Nic Wright. Giggle Beats, 22nd July 2014

Angela Barnes is making being a single, childless thirty-something hilarious.

Written by Nic Wright. Giggle Beats, 22nd July 2014

Amstell's set was a shortened version of the show he will be touring in the autumn. It’s painfully funny, but, boy, does he plough a furrow to death.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 22nd July 2014

As Holes opens in London, the playwright talks about the loneliness of standup, his affection for his characters and having a plane-crash comedy open at the time of a real air disaster.

Written by Stephanie Merritt. The Guardian, 22nd July 2014

An interview with Josephine Lacey.

Comedy Blogedy, 22nd July 2014

After 10 years as a top performer, what next for the affable Dave Twentyman?

St Helens Reporter, 22nd July 2014

It’s a big booking for 17-year-old Elliot Steel, a virtual unknown taking a primetime slot in Latitude’s vast comedy tent.

Written by Steve Bennett. Chortle, 21st July 2014

Alexis Dubus, the man beneath the black rollneck, writes plenty of artful, epigrammic one-liners for his self-centred alter-ago, intolerant of anything that fails to fall outside his narrow focus of how the world should be. And that includes children.

Written by Steve Bennett. Chortle, 21st July 2014

Some of this material debuted at the Melbourne comedy festival earlier this year, but it's been tightened, tweaked and expanded â€" all work towards the next tour and DVD, no doubt.

Written by Steve Bennett. Chortle, 21st July 2014

Cornish comedian Jethro is to sell his cabaret club north of Tavistock on the border of Cornwall and West Devon.

Plymouth Herald, 21st July 2014

Plymouth Comedy Club's big summer show, the Night of Headliners, coincided with an electrical storm hitting the city - appropriate as there was plenty of lightning wit inside the Holiday Inn.

Plymouth Herald, 21st July 2014

Jupp’s set did seem under-appreciated by this festival crowd, who tended to let sparkling lines wash gently over them, rather than reacting with the guffaws such brilliant writing deserved.

Written by Steve Bennett. Chortle, 20th July 2014

This loud, brash camp extravaganza has all the subtlety of a Trident missile, with bawdy double entendres and cheesy, prophetic asides loudly telegraphed and never knowingly undersold.

Written by Steve Bennett. Chortle, 20th July 2014

Tiernan might have dropped more f-bombs in his first five minutes than in Quentin Tarantino’s entire ouvre, but he makes a convincing argument for why swearing is such an implicit, explicit part of the Irish tongue.

Written by Steve Bennett. Chortle, 20th July 2014

There are some splendidly inventive ideas in Cariad Lloyd and Louise Ford’s character show, getting a 40-minute run-through at Latitude before the polished version hits Edinburgh in a few days’ time.

Written by Steve Bennett. Chortle, 20th July 2014

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Comic Relief darts series

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Steve Coogan Outtakes

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Give Out Girls switches

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Female directors funding

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Shaun The Sheep wins

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People Just Do Nothing

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Top 10 from Monty Python

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Rhod Gilbert's new job

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Dead Ringers is back!

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E4 to screen Almost Royal

E4 to screen Almost Royal

E4 is to show Almost Royal, the BBC America comedy series in which two actors pretend to be royalty. Read

Mrs Brown's Boys chat show?

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Horrible Histories 6?

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Stephen Merchant on the USA

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I Live With Models pilot

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David Mitchell is amongst the stars reading stories for Series 2 of Crackanory. The full list here: Read

You, Me & Them again

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Mid Morning Matters 2

Mid Morning Matters 2

The second series of Alan Partridge's Mid Morning Matters is now being filmed, plus a 'hard-hitting special'. Read

New Fighting Talk team

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Yonderland - Series 2

Yonderland - Series 2

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