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...

Mock The Week star Ed Byrne is an established touring favourite, and despite his youthful looks the Irishman recently marked up 20 years as a comic.

Written by Veronica Lee. Giggle Beats, 30th August 2015

The rapper, comedian, actor and screenwriter on Slow West, Ray Celestin's The Axeman's Jazz, The Waters by Mick Jenkins and the magic of Kermode and Mayo.

Written by Jessica Murray. The Observer, 30th August 2015

You've got to admire the master of the pithy putdown, someone who can take complete control of an audience of 500 plus without a crack in his persona.

Written by Graham James. Bournemouth Echo, 28th August 2015

"With arena shows, the material doesn't evolve. You don't want to take the gamble of trying out new stuff in front of 12,000 people."

Written by Roz Laws. Belfast Live, 19th August 2015

Scottish comedian Alex 'Happy' Howden has died, close to his 76th birthday.

Chortle, 17th August 2015

The man behind telly comedy Limmy's Show opened his book reading with a brief megamix of characters from his TV series, addressing audience expectation.

Written by Paul English. Daily Record, 14th August 2015

The gala night in October will raise funds for The Royal Variety Charity.

What's On Stage, 12th August 2015

The stars will join Richard O'Brien for a one-off special gala performance on 17 September.

Written by Emily Cole. What's On Stage, 12th August 2015

Simon Evans is one of the country's most stylish stand-up comedians. And I'm not just talking about his bespoke suits.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 10th August 2015

Julian Clary, the star of a new ITV show, is less camp in real life than his screen persona but has no intention of toning down his double entendres, he tells Matthew Stadlen.

Written by Julian Clary. The Daily Telegraph, 9th August 2015

If any of you are lucky enough to have experienced Colin Hoult live, you'll know why we're getting a bit over-excited that he has a new show starting next week at Soho Theatre. Messing about with Ouija Boards is described by the theatre as "the terrifying true tale of what happened when Colin Hoult's mum made contact with the spirit world."

Written by Mog. The Velvet Onion, 8th August 2015

When it comes to the haters, there seems to be little reasoning with them.

Written by Dominic Cavendish. The Daily Telegraph, 7th August 2015

Richard Herring doesn't know the meaning of slowing down. The stand-up comic will stage his 12th new show in 15 years later this month, but that's not all.

Written by Tom Eames. Digital Spy, 7th August 2015

Comedy fans can now vote to choose three more finalists for the Magners New Comedy Act 2015.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 6th August 2015

Roy Chubby Brown is set to speak in south Leeds about his rise to prominence.

Yorkshire Evening Post, 4th August 2015

The Telegraph invites proud pet owners to take our version of the famous Proust personality questionnaire on behalf of their animals. This week, Dom Joly and his pig, Wilbur.

Written by Olivia Parker. The Daily Telegraph, 3rd August 2015

What your younger self would make of you today: comedian, actress and writer Jenny Eclair looks back...

Written by Anna Tyzack. The Daily Telegraph, 3rd August 2015

Bill Bailey is a comedian, musician, actor, TV and radio presenter, author and documentary maker, as well as a supporter of many charities and a committed feminist. He lives in west London with his wife, Kristin, and their son, Dax.

Written by Emily Hourican. Independent Ireland, 3rd August 2015

What's it like when both you and your partner are stand-ups?

Written by Alice Jones. The Independent, 1st August 2015

At an hour long this show is a perfect treat for just about any child or anyone who enjoys a few poo jokes.

Written by Tom Finch. The Public Reviews, 31st July 2015

It's Izzard's work in both politics and charity that sets him apart from his peers: In 2009 he completed 43 marathons in 51 days for Sport Relief and earlier this year, Eddie revealed plans to run for Mayor of London in 2020.

Written by Jon Hornbuckle. Attitude Magazine, 31st July 2015

Jesse Armstrong, the writer of Peep Show and The Thick of It debuts his first novel, which mixes the personal with the political.

Edinburgh Festivals, 30th July 2015

Modern India collides with the UK's hidden trade in overseas surrogacy in Meera Syal's new novel about motherhood.

Edinburgh Festivals, 30th July 2015

Performances from Des Clarke, Robert Florence, Iain Connell, Greg McHugh, Sanjeev Kohli, Michael Redmond, Jane Godley and Tom Stade.

Written by Robert Mitchell. The Daily Record, 30th July 2015

Newcastle sketch group Hot Gulp are to make their live debut in the city tomorrow night.

Written by Andrew Dipper. Beyond the Joke, 30th July 2015

Our Kid Critic Edward Macneill, aged 10, gives the lowdown on the third instalment of Barmy Britain.

Written by Edward Macneill. What's On Stage, 30th July 2015

Students' union Safe Space policies, which limit potentially offensive speech, make this kind of experimentation impossible.

Written by Luke Terry. Spiked, 29th July 2015

As some of Britain's best comedians prepare for a benefit in aid of free speech, William Cook asks them about their own experiences of standing up to censorship.

Written by William Cook. The Independent, 28th July 2015

West End play The Mentalists, starring comedian and The Office writer Stephen Merchant, is to close one month earlier than planned on 29 August.

BBC News, 28th July 2015

MUJU's new show, Come In! Sit Down!, is not afraid to tackle pretty gritty issues, discovers Bruce Dessau.

Written by Bruce Dessau. The Evening Standard, 28th July 2015

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Susan Calman's first book

Susan Calman's first book

Susan Calman has signed a deal to write her first book, about living and coping with depression. Read

Royal Albert Hall comedy

Royal Albert Hall comedy

The world famous Royal Albert Hall is launching a series of late night gigs in its Elgar Room. Full details: Read

Boy Meets Girl interviews

Boy Meets Girl interviews

Rebecca Root and Harry Hepple talk about taking on the lead roles in the BBC's new sitcom Boy Meets Girl. Read

Cradle To Grave

Cradle To Grave

Writer Jeff Pope introduces BBC series Cradle To Grave, and we hear from some of the key cast members too. Read

New Al Murray MP sitcom

New Al Murray MP sitcom

A new Al Murray sitcom is in development, which would see his Pub Landlord character become an MP. Read

Dapper Laughs gets live DVD

Dapper Laughs gets live DVD

Controversial comedian Dapper Laughs is to release his own live stand-up DVD later this year. Read

Sam Simmons wins Foster's

Sam Simmons wins Foster's

Sam Simmons, Sofie Hagen and Karen Koren's Gilded Balloon have won the 2015 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Read

The Making Of Dad's Army

The Making Of Dad's Army

The BBC is to dramatise the story of how writers Jimmy Perry and David Croft made Dad's Army. Read

The Bun Club

The Bun Club

Justin Edwards, Mel Giedroyc and Jim Howick are set to star in new Radio 4 show Bun Club. Read

Frank Skinner documentary

Frank Skinner documentary

Frank Skinner and Suzy Klein will present Thank You For Being A Lovely Audience, a new BBC Four documentary. Read

ITV2 orders 4 comedies

ITV2 orders 4 comedies

ITV2 has ordered four shows: Sniggaz, All About The Bants, Comedy Basement and The Ty And Ky Show. Read

Olivia Colman in new sitcom

Olivia Colman in new sitcom

Channel 4 has commissioned a full series of Flowers, a new sitcom starring Olivia Colman & Julian Barratt. Read

Cold Feet revival rumours

Cold Feet revival rumours

ITV is reportedly in talks to bring back Cold Feet, its popular comedy drama about three Manchester couples. Read

BBC axes House Of Fools

BBC axes House Of Fools

House Of Fools, the sitcom written by and starring Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, has finished after two series. Read

Bad Robots Series 2

Bad Robots Series 2

Ben Spiteri, the writer-producer of Bad Robots, talks about creating Series 2. Read

Blackadder revival rumours

Blackadder revival rumours

Sir Tony Robinson has given one of the strongest hints yet about a possible Blackadder revival. Read

Andrew Lawrence sitcom

Andrew Lawrence sitcom

Andrew Lawrence is to star in his own BBC Radio 4 sitcom, There Is No Escape, alongside Diane Morgan. Read

Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb

TV channel Gold has commissioned a one-off hour long comedy drama starring Catherine Tate and Miles Jupp. Read

Chris Ramsey interview

Chris Ramsey interview

Stand-up comedian Chris Ramsey is taking part in C4 series Time Crashers. He admits he found it hard to film: Read

Steen Raskopoulos interview

Steen Raskopoulos interview

Steen Raskopoulos talks to BCG about playing John Mahogany in BBC Three's spoof police drama Top Coppers. Read

Stephen Lewis dies aged 88

Stephen Lewis dies aged 88

Comedy actor Stephen Lewis, best known for playing Inspector Blake in On The Buses, has died. Read

David Nobbs dies aged 80

David Nobbs dies aged 80

Reginald Perrin creator David Nobbs has died at the age of 80. Many comedy stars have paid tribute to his talents. Read

2 more Dave Gorman series

2 more Dave Gorman series

Dave has commissioned a fourth and fifth series of Dave Gorman: Modern Life Is Goodish, ahead of Series 3. Read

Holy Grail 40th anniversary

Holy Grail 40th anniversary

Monty Python And The Holy Grail is to be re-released in October for its 40th anniversary. Read

Gordon the Gopher returns

Gordon the Gopher returns

Phillip Schofield's former sidekick Gordon the Gopher is the star of a new online comedy pilot. Read

George Cole dies aged 90

George Cole dies aged 90

Actor George Cole, best known as Minder's Arthur Daley and St. Trinian's Flash Harry, has died aged 90. Read

Rob Brydon & Tom Jones plan

Rob Brydon & Tom Jones plan

Rob Brydon is set to host a BBC Children in Need concert featuring comedy about Sir Tom Jones. Read

Taskmaster interviews

Taskmaster interviews

The comedians involved in new channel Dave show Taskmaster talk about taking part in the bizarre challenges. Read

Crackanory - Series 3

Crackanory - Series 3

Dave has confirmed the commissioning of Crackanory Series 3, with star readers set to include Christopher Lloyd. Read

Robert Lindsay sitcom

Robert Lindsay sitcom

Robert Lindsay and Maureen Lipman will head up the cast of Bull, a TV sitcom set in an antiques shop. Read

Hank Zipzer Series 3

Hank Zipzer Series 3

Happy Days star Henry Winkler is to return to CBBC for a third series of Hank Zipzer. Read

You're Back In The Room

You're Back In The Room

Phillip Schofield will return to ITV with four new episodes of comedy game show You're Back In The Room. Read

Spitting Image to return?

Spitting Image to return?

Spitting Image producer John Lloyd says he wants to bring back the satirical puppet format, maybe as an online show. Read

Bluestone 42 ends

Bluestone 42 ends

The writers of the army-based BBC Three comedy Bluestone 42 have confirmed that the sitcom has ended. Read

Absolutely back on Radio 4

Absolutely back on Radio 4

Absolutely, the comedy sketch group who starred in their own Channel 4 show, are making a series for Radio 4. Read

Big School ends

Big School ends

Big School, the sitcom created by David Walliams, has ended. The star is now working on a sketch show. Read

Do The Right Thing

Do The Right Thing

The hit comedy panel show podcast is back for a fifth series, with guests including Katherine Ryan. Listen

Greg James interview

Greg James interview

Radio 1 DJ Greg James talks to BCG about how proud he is to have written his own BBC sitcom pilot. Read