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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...

Some young comedians are angry. Some young comedians like to shock. Carl Hutchinson is neither of these.

Written by Iain Sykes. The Public Reviews, 26th January 2015

In all, this was probably the strongest NATYs final in years, suggesting the immediate future of comedy should be interesting.

Written by Steve Bennett. Chortle, 26th January 2015

The avuncular Rick Wakeman, yes he of 70's prog-rock-capes-synths-and-all, then gave a fantastically vaudevillian piano dressing to Stan and Ollie's Big Business from 1929, every note capturing the hilarity of this tit-for-tat classic.

The Bristol Post, 26th January 2015

"I don't think there's any reason religion and comedy can't go together. I think people take the wrong things seriously a lot of the time. I have more of a problem with comedians making personal attacks on people who aren't in the spotlight and didn't ask for attention."

Written by Jo Gilbert. Crawley News, 26th January 2015

The work, titled Polyphony, will see Kitson playing opposite about 20 characters all voiced by pre-recorded cassettes played on a retro tape-desk.

Written by John Bailey. The Sydney Morning Herald, 26th January 2015

Irish comedian Daniel Duffy (alias Michael Stranney) has won "top-of-the-bill" at this year's NATYS competition at the Bloomsbury Theatre this evening. Joint second were Jenny Collier and The Herbert (alias Spencer Jones). 3rd place went to Francis Foster.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 25th January 2015

I urge everybody to race to the theatre to catch this show, it's a night unlike any you will ever experience in the theatre. Totally perfect in every way.

Written by Dylan Emery. The Public Reviews, 25th January 2015

Sham Bodie returned this month to an inexplicably cool new venue with a fabulous line-up that included Foster's Comedy Award nominees Gein's Family Giftshop, character comedian Jayne Edwards and the incomparable Spencer Jones, who made his Sham Bodie debut.

Written by Molly Stewart. Giggle Beats, 25th January 2015

Our feature on the top comedy promoters in the UK continues, as we talk to Hilarity Bites founder Neil Jollie. Since 2007, Neil has programmed hundreds of shows in the North East and North Yorkshire featuring comedy giants such as Tim Vine, Sarah Millican, Chris Ramsey and Russell Kane, as well as the annual Darlington Comedy Festival. He chats to Andrew Dipper about his very first show - booked via MySpace! - the key to longevity, the decline of live stand-up, moving into act management and more.

Written by Andrew Dipper. Giggle Beats, 25th January 2015

On the whole though, The House Of Fun is a harmless evening of variable entertainment, and one which could quite easily be enjoyed if enough alcohol were to be consumed throughout.

Written by Fergus Morgan. The Public Reviews, 24th January 2015

If you like your comedy delivered at hypersonic speed then you will love a Robin Ince gig.

Written by Paul Downham. The Public Reviews, 24th January 2015

Phil Kay is a bit of a legend around these parts.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 24th January 2015

I wrote recently about how sometimes it can be a frustrating for people who see a lot of comedy to hear the same comedians - however brilliant - do the same material every time you see them. This Monday's all-star, must-see gig at the Duchess Theatre seems to have come up with the answer.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 24th January 2015

A choir boy, a fire engine fanatic, a man who can do a brilliant impression of sellotape... Lloyd Griffith.

Written by Becca Moody. Moody Comedy, 24th January 2015

Stand-up comedy is a very male domain. That's okay. There are lots of areas that attract one gender more than the other. It's also worth saying that the majority of male acts and promoters are decent and respectful men, many of whom I now consider to be my friends. But there is enough sexism to create a struggle at times.

Written by Helen Keeler. Huffington Post, 24th January 2015

When Ross Noble takes to the stage he has no more of an idea what he's going to say than the bloke in row Q. He just wings it. The result is invariably a bizarre, ludicrous and hilarious evening of Noble's cheerfully twisted psyche, as he lurches from one surreal flight of fancy to another.

Southern Daily Echo, 23rd January 2015

The news that Pub Landlord is to contest this year's election in Nigel Farage's constituency might be blurring the distinction between comedy and politics, but Mark Thomas has been traversing the line between the two since his performance career began, with serious intent.

Written by Tommy Holgate. Chortle, 23rd January 2015

A comedy night has just kicked off at The Stand Comedy Club in Edinburgh that aims to put satirical comedy in the shop window. But is it worth buying into? Bobby Finn puts his money on the table.

Written by Bobby Finn. Wow 247, 23rd January 2015

Karen White on what he learned leaving, and returning to, the circuit.

Written by Karen White. Chortle, 23rd January 2015

Previews of Nina Contip, Harry Hill and Dane Baptiste.

Written by James Kettle. The Guardian, 23rd January 2015

The only thing the three acts had in common was the same management. It was all pretty normal until Wilkinson appeared.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 23rd January 2015

When Milton Jones looked out into his audience during one stand-up show, the last person he expected to see was footballer Mario Balotelli.

Written by Catherine Jones. Liverpool Echo, 22nd January 2015

I have been doing stand-up comedy for five years and I love it. I've met lots of great people; friendly people, clever people, socially aware people. People who explore issues, politics and injustice through comedy. And people who are just plain funny. But I've also come up against sexism like never before in my life.

Written by Helen Keeler. Giggle Beats, 22nd January 2015

'Legitimate comedian' Phil Ellis' made a fabulous return to XS Malarkey this week for, in his own words, 'a rollercoaster ride of emotion' - while wearing a coat that kept getting him mistaken for a doorman.

Written by Molly Stewart. Giggle Beats, 22nd January 2015

The comedy seems to be of the lowest order, based on the "I'll do a joke of yours and comment on how I can't believe this is your act" kind.

Written by Iain Sykes. The Public Reviews, 22nd January 2015

Given that Holly Burn's viral Victoria Beckham clip is all about asking questions we thought it was only fair that we asked Holly Burn some questions of our own.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 22nd January 2015

He's a stand-up comedian who also works for a disability charity - which probably explains why James Murphy is putting on a charity comedy night.

Written by Emma Higginbotham. Cambridge News, 22nd January 2015

It was 20 years ago this year that Al Murray introduced the world to the Pub Landlord, his pompously loveable, slightly jingoistic, opinionated font of 'common sense', who espouses a 'Thank God I'm an Englishman' view of the world and hopelessly in love with being British!

Written by Kernan Andrews. Galway Advertiser, 22nd January 2015

Jeffrey Holland became known to millions when he played the role of Spike in Hi-de-Hi!. His new role is as the station master in Arnold Ridley's comic thriller The Ghost Train.

Basingstoke Gazette, 22nd January 2015

She has also been offered acting roles and this spring will star as "a mad, drunk woman who likes men a lot", in Brotherhood, a new sitcom on Comedy Central.

Written by Jenny Lee. Irish News, 22nd January 2015

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Comedy.co.uk Awards 2014

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Arthur Strong interview

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BCG chats to Count Arthur Strong. Somehow he gets the impression we've booked him for Just A Minute. Read

New reality TV panel show

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ITV2 has ordered a brand new panel show focussed on the world of reality television. Read

iPlayer: Funny Valentines

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The BBC has announced a set of 9 new iPlayer comedy programmes to mark Valentine's Day 2015. Read

Moone Boy Series 3 stars

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The Walshes axed

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The BBC has axed new sitcom The Walshes, prompting writer Graham Linehan to complain. Read

Rich Fulcher's new TV pilot

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Mr Bean is to return

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Rowan Atkinson is to return as the hapless character Mr Bean for a new sketch for Comic Relief 2015. Read

Katherine Ryan gets pilot

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Canadian comic Katherine Ryan is to host a pilot episode for her own series, The Katherine Ryan Show. Read

Catastrophe interview

Catastrophe interview

Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney talk about how Catastrophe, their new Channel 4 show was conceived. Read

Stephen Mangan is pregnant

Stephen Mangan is pregnant

Episodes star Stephen Mangan is to play a pregnant man in Birthday, a comic drama coming to Sky Arts in 2015. Read

Inside No. 9 - Series 2

Inside No. 9 - Series 2

The second series of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton's anthology show is filming now. More details here: Read

Fresh Meat - final series

Fresh Meat - final series

Channel 4 has confirmed it has ordered eight final episodes of university-based comedy drama Fresh Meat. Read

Al Murray, MP?

Al Murray, MP?

The Pub Landlord - aka Al Murray - is to stand in the election as an MP against UKIP leader Nigel Farage. Read

Chris Ramsey pilot

Chris Ramsey pilot

Chris Ramsey is working on a new comedy format for Channel 4 called Too Much Information. Read

Cockroaches interview

Cockroaches interview

The cast of ITV2's post-apocalyptic sitcom Cockroaches talk about the show. Jack Whitehall explains it's unique. Read

Most repeated shows 2014

Most repeated shows 2014

Here's a list of the ten British comedy shows that were repeated the most in 2014. LOTSW was top. Read

The Unbelievable Truth

The Unbelievable Truth

We've selected 10 great facts from David Mitchell's Radio 4 show The Unbelievable Truth. Have a look: Read

Pappy's Flatshare Slamdown

Pappy's Flatshare Slamdown

The hit panel show podcast returns. Pappy's are joined by guests Alex Brooker and Angela Barnes. Listen

Apocalypse Slough

Apocalypse Slough

Sky has ordered a comedy drama about characters from Slough, faced with a comet hurtling toward Earth. Read

Bad Education film

Bad Education film

Jack Whitehall is working on a film version of his BBC Three sitcom Bad Education, according to his father Michael. Read

Impractical Jokers pilot

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Comedy Central has commissioned a pilot episode for a new version of the comedy format Impractical Jokers. Read

Rowan Atkinson as Henry 8th

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Rowan Atkinson is to return to TV comedy with a role in CBBC sketch show Horrible Histories. Read

Milton Jones podcast

Milton Jones podcast

Milton Jones joins Richard Herring to discuss killer heckles, when gigs go wrong and more besides. Listen

Jeremy Lloyd RIP

Jeremy Lloyd RIP

Jeremy Lloyd OBE, the co-creator of Are You Being Served? and 'Allo 'Allo!, has died at the age of 84. Read

David Walliams interview

David Walliams interview

David Walliams talks about bringing another one of his books, The Boy In The Dress, to television. Read

High Hopes returns in 2015

High Hopes returns in 2015

High Hopes, the BBC Wales sitcom which ran for six series between 1999 and 2008, is to return. Read

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BBC New Comedy Award 2014

BBC New Comedy Award 2014

Lee Ridley, a stand-up comedian with cerebral palsy, has won the BBC New Comedy Award 2014. Read

Richard Osman podcast

Richard Osman podcast

Pointless star Richard Osman joins Richard Herring for an entertaining chat. Watch or listen here: Listen

New Christmas Cracker jokes

New Christmas Cracker jokes

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No Pressure To Be Festive

No Pressure To Be Festive

Alistair Barrie and Nick Revell host a festive edition of the No Pressure To Be Funny political podcast. Listen

Pun Championships 2015

Pun Championships 2015

Check out some of the puns from the comedians who will take part in the UK Pun Championships 2015. Read

Christmas TV Guide 2014

Christmas TV Guide 2014

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Christmas Gift Guide 2014

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Channel 4 pilot Space Ark

Channel 4 pilot Space Ark

Channel 4 has commissioned Space Ark, a new sci-fi sitcom pilot about a crew living on a spaceship. Read