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...

Previews of Stewart Francis, Liam Williams and Josh Howie.

Written by James Kettle. The Guardian, 18th April 2015

Being at the forefront of political musical comedy is all well and good, but Jonny Donahoe and Paddy Gervers yearn to be more puerile.

Written by Brian Donaldson. The Scotsman, 18th April 2015

Here's one we didn't see coming. Stewart Lee has contributed to a new compilation album featuring covers of folk singer Shirley Collins, released for Record Store Day (April 18). The record also features Blur's Graham Coxon, Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, Bonnie Prince Billy, Johnny Flynn and Trembling Bells, to name a few. How'd Lee come to be involved in 'Shirley Inspired' then? We caught up with the comedian to find out.

New Musical Express, 17th April 2015

With her riotous mane of tumbling hair and giddy enthusiasm, Moran owned the stage from the off.

Written by Kirstie McCrum. Wales Online, 17th April 2015

Just when you think stand-ups have gigged everywhere they find another place to perform. A group of comics have launched a project called Wonky Zombie and are doing gigs on London Underground trains. They did their first gig on a Victoria Line train on March 27 and have just released the footage on YouTube.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 17th April 2015

Stand-up comic Stewart Lee compared the Battersea Arts Centre fire to watching "the house you grew up in burn down" as he prepared for a star-studded gig to fund its restoration.

Written by Ben Morgan. Evening Standard, 17th April 2015

I met Mr Twonkey in the Soho Theatre Bar yesterday. He was on a two-day trip to London from Edinburgh to see the opening night of his play Jennifer's Robot Arm, which is on for three days at the Bread & Roses venue in Clapham.

Written by John Fleming. John Fleming's Blog, 17th April 2015

Janey Godley has accused Irn-Bru of 'ripping off' a punchline she improvised during an audition for the soft drink's latest advert.

Written by Jay Richardson. Chortle, 17th April 2015

Comedy Club The Hyena will move from the venue on Leazes Park Road to The Terrace Bar at St James' Park to create a new night with Manford.

Written by Katie Davies. The Newcastle Chronicle, 16th April 2015

It's outrageous, politically incorrect and probably offensive to residents of several countries but the stage musical version of Mel Brooks' comedy movie The Producers is a jaw-aching laugh-a-minute, irreverent and often barmy two-and-a-half hours of perfect entertainment.

Written by David Guest. Crawley Observer, 16th April 2015

To be an idea inside Noel Fielding's head must feel like being a ball in a pinball game, never knowing where you will be flicked, what you will hit or bounce off, whether you will light up the game or dribble into oblivion.

Written by Baz Blakeney. The Herald Sun, 16th April 2015

The audience, always leaning forward to figure out what is going on through the layered complexities of his soul-searching, are mostly won over, initial reservations dissolving as they buy into his unconventionally endearing wit.

Written by Steve Bennett. Chortle, 16th April 2015

We met at the Manchester Met School of Theatre in 2009 and discovered a shared day of birth and a love of dark and surreal comedy.

Comedy Blogedy, 15th April 2015

Interview with Phil Wang, Jason Forbes and George Fouracres from Daphne.

Comedy Blogedy, 15th April 2015

Comedy is an instantly rewarding sort of performance, so as long as you're getting laughs, it's hard to dislike any moment of it.

Comedy Blogedy, 15th April 2015

The three of us got together and created Bosh & Babbs in February last year and have been gigging since April last year.

Comedy Blogedy, 15th April 2015

We've been gigging for just over a year now. Our first gig was January 2014.

Comedy Blogedy, 15th April 2015

I gig full time now but past life (Jaysus that sounds like I've died) experiences definitely do come into my material.

Comedy Blogedy, 15th April 2015

Usually it will start with a note on my phone, then I'll expand and mess around with it with a pen and paper to find the structure and the framework of the joke.

Comedy Blogedy, 15th April 2015

The fantastic Nish Kumar brought his completely brilliant 2014 show, Rumination on the Nature of Subjectivity to Manchester last week. We caught up with him before his stint at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, previewing his new show Long Word... Long Word... Blah Blah Blah... I'm So Clever.

Written by Molly Stewart. Giggle Beats, 15th April 2015

Catriona Knox is one of the most hilarious LGBTI comics working in the UK today. She's battled the streets of Edinburgh for the fringe festival for years, leading to a sell-out, critically acclaimed run of her show Thinks She's Hard Enough in August 2014. A character comedian, she is the star of BBC Radio 4's Sketchorama and Mission Improbable among others, and is now bringing the show back for a short run in London.

Written by Joe Morgan. Gay Star News, 15th April 2015

There are some particularly well-crafted set-pieces.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 15th April 2015

Simon Amstell is back in the States this month for a series of stand-up shows.

Written by Josh Modell. AV Club, 15th April 2015

Playing in front of a large Town Hall crowd, the experienced comic demonstrates his comfort on stage by performing an accomplished relaxed set filled with wry observational humour.

Written by Ian McNeal. Gazette Live, 15th April 2015

How do people remember bits of advice they've been given? I can't even remember what happened last week.

Standard Issue, 15th April 2015

Award-winning comedian Lee Ridley, aka Lost Voice Guy, says jokes help people to understand how he lives with disabilities, at a time when discrimination and prejudice are rife.

Written by Mary O'Hara. The Guardian, 15th April 2015

When you're physically moving around your brain works faster, it's something to do with our ancestors hunting dinosaurs...

Comedy Blogedy, 14th April 2015

My first ever gig was in 2009 at the National Student Drama Festival in Scarborough, where I was violently forced to take part in an Open mic event. I started it for real in June 2012 though.

Comedy Blogedy, 14th April 2015

Interview with Musical Comedy Awards 2015 best newcomer Faye Treacy.

Comedy Blogedy, 14th April 2015

Interview with musical comedian Luke Courtier.

Comedy Blogedy, 14th April 2015

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Frankie and Benny

Frankie and Benny

Robert Ross celebrates the memories of Frankie Howerd and Benny Hill, who died on Easter weekend 1992. Read

Jan Etherington interview

Jan Etherington interview

We talk to one of the writers of Lynda Bellingham sitcoms Second Thoughts & Faith In The Future, now on DVD. Read

Friday Night Dinner 4

Friday Night Dinner 4

Channel 4 has ordered a fourth series of Robert Popper's award-winning sitcom Friday Night Dinner. Read

Have you made a short film?

Have you made a short film?

Short Com is open for comedy film submissions for its 2015/2016 touring schedule of screenings. Read

Win a comedy writing book

Win a comedy writing book

We have three copies of Masterclass: Writing Comedy, the new tutorial book by Lesley Bown, to hand out. Enter

Get Started In Stand-Up

Get Started In Stand-Up

We've got some copies of Logan Murray's great tutorial book Get Started In Stand-Up to hand out to comedians. Enter

Dave's Election Night

Dave's Election Night

Channel Dave is to broadcast a one-off documentary focusing on Al Murray as he lobbies in the General Election. Read

Alan Partridge book sequel

Alan Partridge book sequel

A sequel to Alan Partridge's smash hit autobiography, I, Partridge, will be published in 2016. Read

Zig and Zag are back!

Zig and Zag are back!

CBBC has ordered a 26-part animated sitcom series focused around former Big Breakfast characters Zig & Zag. Read

Kevin McHale interview

Kevin McHale interview

Kevin McHale talks about how he nearly said no to hosting Virtually Famous, and panel shows in the USA. Read

BAFTA nominations

BAFTA nominations

The shortlists for the 2015 BAFTA Television Awards have been announced. Here's the comedy nominees: Read

Blake Harrison gets Tripped

Blake Harrison gets Tripped

The Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison will take the lead role in Tripped, a comedy drama series for E4. Read

E4 orders Aliens comedy

E4 orders Aliens comedy

E4 has ordered Aliens, a show about a group of extra-terrestrials forced to live in a segregated community. Read

Max & Ivan on their R4 show

Max & Ivan on their R4 show

Comedy double-act Max & Ivan attempt to introduce their Radio 4 series to us in this funny article written by them. Read

Sue Perkins panel show

Sue Perkins panel show

Sue Perkins will host the pilot episode of Insert Name Here, a new comedy panel show format for BBC Two. Read

As Yet Untitled - Series 3

As Yet Untitled - Series 3

Unscripted chat format Alan Davies As Yet Untitled is to return to Dave for a third series. There'll be 10 episodes. Read

David Mitchell's new sitcom

David Mitchell's new sitcom

David Mitchell has signed up to play William Shakespeare in Upstart Crow, a sitcom pilot for BBC Two. Read

You, Me & Them interviews

You, Me & Them interviews

Seven members of the cast of UKTV Gold sitcom You, Me & Them talk about the second series of their show. Read

The Interviews - new series

The Interviews - new series

Kenneth Williams and The Two Ronnies are amongst the comedians profiled in new Gold series The Interviews. Read

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

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

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

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