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...
Along with Billy Connolly, I hope to remain involved with comedy till the end.
Written by Maxine Jones. Beyond the Joke, 3rd October 2015
It would have been hard to call a winner from these finalists - until Josh Pugh came on to make the decision easy.
Written by Steve Bennett. Chortle, 3rd October 2015
Janey published her jaw-dropping best-selling autobiography Handstands in The Dark in 2005 and also started blogging regularly in early 2005. So, during the podcast, we talked about her widespread social media presence.
Written by John Fleming. John Fleming's Blog, 3rd October 2015
The Iranian-born comedian on youthful rebellion, and the sanctity of Billy Bragg.
Written by Oscar Quinn. The Independent, 3rd October 2015
You won't see another comedy show as English and middle class as this all year.
Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 3rd October 2015
Such wide appeal isn't easy to capture, and Happy And Glorious will sate those many fans.
Written by Steve Bennett. Chortle, 2nd October 2015
Big questions aside - it's a really fun night out, genuine belly laughs and not too much thought involved. You can go and have a good time and come out knowing they are masters of their craft.
Written by Lucy Ricketts. A Younger Theatre, 2nd October 2015
Bill Bailey is difficult to categorise. Which is just the way the musician, comedian, eco-warrior and actor likes it, he tells Janet Christie ahead of the Scottish leg of his UK tour.
Written by Janet Christie. The Scotsman, 2nd October 2015
If most of this show is almost a send-up of a "dark" comedian, then the transformation is masterful. Regardless, it reaffirms his potential as a storyteller, suggesting he may well eclipse his teenage promise.
Written by Jay Richardson. The Scotsman, 2nd October 2015
When it comes to accolades John Lloyd isn't short of a few, having devised the brainbox panel show QI and BBC Radio 4's long-running The News Quiz, and produced Blackadder, Not The Nine O'Clock News and Spitting Image.
Written by Duncan Hall. The Brighton Argus, 2nd October 2015
Richard Gadd's Waiting for Gaddot was one of the most talked about shows at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer. It won an Amused Moose award, but how it didn't pick up at least a Foster's Award nomination I don't know.
Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 2nd October 2015
Previews of Sam Simmons, Mark Thomas and Comedy Couplets.
Written by James Kettle. The Guardian, 2nd October 2015
The comedian delivers a decidedly unadventurous set, but manages to fashion unpromising raw material into killer lines and vivid comic images.
Written by Brian Logan. The Guardian, 2nd October 2015
This crowd-pleasing improv juggernaut finally makes it to the West End.
Written by Andrze Lukowski. Time Out London, 1st October 2015
Alan Carr has titled his latest live show Yap, Yap, Yap! Because, he says as the show opens, everyone has too much to say these days, much of it - such as the stuff on Twitter - not worth listening to. Coming from the host of Channel 4 chatshow Chatty Man, that's comically rich. But such is Carr's genuine likeability that the audience overlook that and settle in to enjoy the evening. I wish I could say I enjoyed it as much as they did.
Written by Veronica Lee. The Arts Desk, 1st October 2015
"Part of the prize for winning So You Think You're Funny?" Luca told me, "is to go to Montreal and appear in a showcase for British comedy and I will have the spot as the up-and-coming British comedian."
Written by John Fleming. John Fleming's Blog, 1st October 2015
The Showstoppers may not produce the greatest musical you ever saw (though they might!) but they do make sure that you have fun.
Written by Howard Loxton. British Theatre Guide, 1st October 2015
Judging by the preview night, he may have overestimated the size of his fan base - but then the triumph of optimism over expectation is often the hallmark of his sharp, middle-class comedy.
Written by Steve Bennett. Chortle, 1st October 2015
The Showstoppers bring their 'satirical ingenuity' to the West End for the first time since forming in 2007.
Written by Michael Coveney. What's On Stage, 1st October 2015
Fred MacAuley is, undoubtedly, one of the best Scottish comedians around.
Written by Helen Jones. The Reviews Hub, 1st October 2015
Showstopper!... is (and seems likely to be at every performance) a joyful celebration of both the glories and and the glorious absurdities of musical theatre. So good you need to see it (at least) twice.
Written by Stephen Bates. The Reviews Hub, 1st October 2015
Showstopper! might be the only West End show you ever need. With the promise of an entirely different musical every night, the fully improvised production could do a roaring trade in repeat business and still keep surprising a returning audience.
Written by Steve Bennett. Chortle, 30th September 2015
My chum comedienne Janey Godley's weekly podcast has a new signature tune from today, written by the wildly prolific Paul Boyd. "It's the same tune," he told me yesterday at the Tower of London, "I just brushed it up a bit, because I thought: They've had it for five years now. I didn't want to have an outcry from all her fans if I changed it too much."
Written by John Fleming. John Fleming's Blog, 30th September 2015
There's plenty of nonsense to be had in this hilarious lark, although it falls a little short of perfect.
Written by Lucy Corley. The Public Reviews, 30th September 2015
Harriet Kemsley is a delightful stand up comedian with an undeniably sinister edge.
Written by Becca Moody. Moody Comedy, 30th September 2015
Though it feels loose, his use of sound cues in the show suggests there's more forward planning than it would first appear, and the themes of death and decay recur. But Mumbo Jumbo lacks the tight focus - and, therefore, the impact - of his previous offerings.
Written by Steve Bennett. Chortle, 30th September 2015
For his new BBC3 series, the London-based comedian went to Sri Lanka to explore his roots and basically sweat a lot. Here are six things he 'learned'.
Written by Romesh Ranganathan. The Guardian, 30th September 2015
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical has been a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe for nearly 10 years but, for the first time, it will play a full-length run at a West End theatre, having been partly crowdfunded.
Written by Kev Geoghegan. BBC News, 30th September 2015
Even in this putative stage, these are routines that are unafraid to fail, sometimes on purpose, in the cause of taking the audiences to places they could never expect. And that's what great art - including great comedic art - should surely be striving for.
Written by Steve Bennett. Chortle, 29th September 2015
We caught up with Nish to find out what he likes to watch to relax between shows...
Written by William Martin. Cult Box, 29th September 2015
Read about how Danny Wallace got started in the world of writing, and what he'd do if he was starting now. Read
Classic BBC sitcom Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em could return to screens for new episodes in 2016. Read
10 years since his death, we remember Ronnie Barker and his route to comedy stardom. Read
Filming has begun on the third, highly-anticipated Bridget Jones film: Bridget Jones's Baby. Read
David Walliams's Billionaire Boy adaptation is to star John Thomson and Rebecca Front. Read
We spoke to The Job Lot star Sarah Hadland - who plays Trish in the job centre sitcom - about Series 3: Read
Friends's David Schwimmer will co-star with Julia Davis and Nick Mohammed in their new Channel 4 sitcom. Read
Greg Davies has confirmed that his sitcom Man Down will return to Channel 4 for a third series next year. Read
E4 has ordered Wasted, a new six-part sitcom series about four friends living in a West Country village. Read
GameFace, a sitcom in which Roisin Conaty plays a hapless woman muddling through life, to get a full series. Read
Pompidou, the charming visual comedy series starring Matt Lucas, is coming out on DVD. Win a copy here: Enter
The four adult stars of new sitcom The Kennedys talk about the series and their characters. Read
The cast of You, Me And The Apocalypse talk about their involvement in Sky's big budget comedy drama series. Read
Danny Wallace published the book Yes Man 10 years ago. We talk to him here about how it changed his life. Read
Netflix has ordered 12 new episodes of Charlie Brooker's dark comedy drama Black Mirror. Read
iPlayer has announced a film about the 1970s-80s snooker rivalry between Alex Higgins and Steve Davis. Read
Greg Davies and Alex Horne will return to Dave for second and third series of hit comedy format Taskmaster. Read
Jo Joyner talks to BCG about returning to comedy to play the role of the vicar in Gold sitcom Marley's Ghosts. Read
Jon Richardson and Matt Forde are to present The Warm Up, a football-based radio show on talkSPORT. Read
Matt Lucas will take on the role of Bottom in a BBC verious of Shakespeare's classic play A Midsummer Night's Dream. Read
Production is underway on I Want My Wife Back, a new sitcom from the team behind The Worst Week Of My Life. Read
BBC One is to celebrate the comedy career of Peter Kay in a new documentary, Peter Kay: 20 Years Of Funny. Read
BBC1 has announced it will broadcast an episode of Mrs Brown's Boys live to launch its Landmark Sitcom Season. Read
BBC One has announced a 'Landmark Sitcom Season', marking 60 years of Hancock's Half Hour on TV. Read
Archie Manners, the star of E4's comedy hypnotism pilot Look Into My Eyes, talks to BCG about the show. Read
Yonderland, Sky1's fantasy-comedy series starring the former Horrible Histories team, looks set to return. Read
Richard Wilson is to reprise his role as grumpy One Foot In The Grave character in a one-off stage performance. Read
British ventriloquist Paul Zerdin has won America's Got Talent. He collects a $1m prize. See his performances: Read
Two previously lost episodes of important 1967 comedy At Last The 1948 Show have been discovered. Read
eBay has revealed that Only Fools And Horses is the British sitcom that has the most merchandise traded online. Read
Ryan Sampson, star of Plebs, has been given his own ITV2 sketch-prank show. Find out more about Glitchy: Read
David Jason will return for a second series of Still Open All Hours, the modern revival of the classic BBC sitcom. Read
Daniel Ryan talks about Series 5 of Mount Pleasant, in which his character Dan has various adventures ahead. Read
Backchat, the chat show fronted by Jack Whitehall and his father, will return later this year for Series 3. Read
Jack Dee is to host the companion show to The Apprentice. Romesh Ranganathan will be a regular panellist. Read
1970s sitcom Citizen Smith is not going to return. Robert Lindsay said it was coming back, but it won't. Read
David Walliams is to pilot a new sketch show starring Morgana Robinson, Mike Wozniak and Joanna Lumley. Read