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...
I'm an idiot for the whole show. I'd urge people to YouTube me before buying tickets.
Written by Catherine Jones. Liverpool Echo, 15th September 2014
There's nothing better than squirming awkwardly whilst something goes disastrously wrong in a show, but that's exactly what Mischief Theatre want you to do in their raucously funny production.
Written by J.M.. So So Gay, 14th September 2014
Written by Susannah Clapp. The Guardian, 14th September 2014
Need help deciding? Let the worlds of art, theatre, comedy, books and music lend a hand.
Written by David Pollock. The List, 12th September 2014
With the threat of air disasters, shark attacks and the many perils of the pedalo cruise, travelling with the family is one of the most stressful things you can do.
Written by Hal Cruttenden. The Guardian, 12th September 2014
Previews of Celia Pacquola, Henning Wehn and Robert Newman.
Written by James Kettle. The Guardian, 12th September 2014
Ha Ha Hood and The Prince of Leaves is a very funny show. I for one hope the team return to The Lyceum, they'd be welcomed back.
Nantwich News, 12th September 2014
Dave Spikey chats about live comedy, his love of local news headlines, animal welfare work, working on Phoenix Nights, and whether the hit sitcom is indeed returning for Comic Relief next year.
Written by Hilary Wardle. Giggle Beats, 11th September 2014
Paul Zerdin is one of the UK's top ventriloquists. He has entertained the troops, sold out at the Edinburgh Festival and Las Vegas and appeared on the Royal Variety Performance.
Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 11th September 2014
The comedian started gigging while at uni. She urges you not to do the same.
Written by Fern Brady. The List, 11th September 2014
"When I was arrested and in the run-up to that arrest, when I knew that something was going on, it made me look inside myself."
Reading Post, 11th September 2014
GQ's comedian of the year John Bishop's success emanated from his blunt, measured stand-up routines about the humdrum existence of a working-class father of three, but he has had a year that doesn't exactly scream 'every man'.
Written by James Mullinger. GQ Magazine, 11th September 2014
Director Paulette Randall and the cast of Rudy's Rare Records led by Lenny Henry were out in force at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre last night.
What's On Stage, 11th September 2014
Starring Lenny Henry, this is a funny, humane play that celebrates the diversity of Britain.
Written by Dominic Cavendish. The Telegraph, 11th September 2014
British stand-up Chris Turner is to record his first US special. The relatively unknown comic is taping his first solo show, Pretty Fly, at the Hollywood Improv in Los Angeles and will release it as a CD later this year on the Comedy Dynamics label.
Written by Jay Richardson. Chortle, 10th September 2014
Rudy's Rare Records, a play written by comedian Lenny Henry, which was inspired by a Birmingham record shop, has been premiered in the city.
BBC News, 10th September 2014
Lenny Henry's reggae romp has the audience roaring.
Written by Michael Billington. The Guardian, 10th September 2014
The term 'community theatre' is often the kiss of death for many ostensibly noble productions. It smacks of political correctness and limited horizons. But for Danny Robins and Lenny Henry's glorious radio comedy set in a dusty Handsworth record store, it is the kiss of life.
Written by Neil Norman. The Stage, 10th September 2014
Does my swearing sound worse because I am a working class Scottish woman? If I was an Oxbridge graduate swearing onstage would it be seen as 'urban and gritty' like a hipster getting angry at a flat tyre but in my accent does it sound really harsh and filthy and all you hear is a slovenly washer woman taking us back years with her filthy language?
Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 10th September 2014
Hot on the heels of Monty Python at the O2, Palin's latest offering is mildly amusing but his bricolage offers no surprises.
Written by Brian Logan. The Guardian, 10th September 2014
The circuit favourite and Live at the Apollo star reveals his favourite comics.
Time Out, 9th September 2014
Sick of stand-up? London's character comedy circuit has never been better. We profile four rising stars who aren't always themselves. Includes profiles of Ali Brice, Beth Vyse, Joseph Morpurgo and Charles Booth.
Written by Ben Williams. Time Out, 9th September 2014
When most people think of Cheltenham, they envisage Regency buildings befitting of a spa town with a rich heritage. For comedian Mark Steel, however, his lasting memory is witnessing a bar fight with a prostitute.
Written by Cheranne Hack. Gloucestershire Echo, 9th September 2014
What is alternative comedy? Does such a thing exist anymore and, if so, does it require a new label? As a child, or parasitic growth, of the age of alternative comedy, I wonder what defines it.
Written by Robin Ince. Giggle Beats, 8th September 2014
Catherine Tate will lead the cast of Jamie Lloyd's Assassins which opens at the Menier Chocolate Factory on 21 November 2014.
Written by Rosie Bannister. What's On Stage, 8th September 2014
No other nation is as funny as we are, thanks to the punk revolution, the Edinburgh fringe - and the legacy of Thatcherism.
Written by Brian Logan. The Guardian, 8th September 2014
What is alternative comedy? Does such a thing exist anymore and, if so, does it require a new label?
Written by Robin Ince. 7th September 2014
Family matters are very much at the heart of Little Victories, Alan Davies' new stand-up show.
Luton On Sunday, 7th September 2014
From wink-murder Hamlet to Swingball to kissing, audience participation is hard to predict. Shrinking violets beware: the joke this autumn could be you.
Written by Brian Logan. The Observer, 7th September 2014
Alfie Brown is maturing offstage and on. He has always had promise and now he is starting to weave together his different textures.
Written by Alfie Brown. Evening Standard, 6th September 2014
Stand-up John Cooper has launched a Kickstarter drive to fund a calendar of his stand-up comic strips. Read
Details have been released about More Fool Me, the candid new memoir book from Stephen Fry. Read
Acclaimed actor Sir Donald Sinden, star of Two's Company and Never The Twain, has died at the age of 90. Read
John Cleese is to tour the UK in a series of live shows themed around his autobiography. Read
Siblings, the sitcom starring Charlotte Ritchie and Tom Stourton, is to return for a 2nd series. Read
Video in which Rik Mayall talks about Crackanory and explains what makes a great storyteller. Watch
A blog from Anna Morris, one of the actors going undercover in in the new ITV2 show Bad Bridesmaid. Read
Michael Palin will narrate a revived series of classic animated series Clangers. Read
Mark Heap and Peter Serafinowicz are amongst those involved in Good Omens on Radio 4. Read
A new category to recognise the best online comedy videos is being added to The British Comedy Awards. Read
Frankie Boyle is to present a one-off comedy show on the iPlayer about the Scottish Referendum. Read
TV channel Gold has commissioned a 90 minute documentary film about Monty Python's live shows. Read
COFILMIC Comedy Film Festival has teamed up with Wildseed Studios to offer a £10,000 Award. Read
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Newspaper reports suggest that Peter Kay is working on bringing Phoenix Nights back for live shows. Read
Bill Kerr, who played Tony Hancock's dim-witted Australian sidekick, has died at the age of 92. Read
David Walliams, Catherine Tate, Philip Glenister and Frances de la Tour talk about Big School Series 2. Read
Lord Alan B'Stard, First Marquess of Haltemprice, has died at the age of 58, it has been confirmed. Read
Frankie Boyle has blasted TV commissioning, Mock The Week, panel show booking, & other topics. Read
John Kearns, Alex Edelman and Phil Ellis are winners of the Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2014. Read
Plot details have been released about the 2nd series of James Corden and Mathew Baynton's comedy. Read
BBC One has ordered a comedy drama series based on the best-selling book, The Tent, The Bucket and Me. Read
BBC One has ordered six episodes of Mountain Goats, a sitcom about a mountain rescue team. Read
Sky1 is making Agatha Raisin And The Quiche Of Death, a crime comedy drama starring Ashley Jensen. Read
Channel Dave has ordered 10 more episodes of comic chat format Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled. Read
ITV2 has commissioned a brand new sketch show starring Leigh Francis's alter-ego, Keith Lemon. Read
E4 has ordered a new comedy series called Chewing Gum, written by and starring Michaela Coel. Read
A police camera has caught comedian Roy Chubby Brown reading a newspaper whilst driving. Read
Jack Whitehall and his dad will move to BBC Two for a second series of Backchat. Read
BBC Three has ordered a new comedy series called Together. The show is written by & stars Jonny Sweet. Read
BBC Three has ordered Top Coppers, a 'silly, gag-filled, action comedy' which follows two police detectives. Read
Fried, a BBC Comedy Feeds sitcom pilot set in a low-rent fast food chain shop, has been given a series. Read
BBC Three has ordered a full series of Josh, the sitcom starring and co-written by Josh Widdicombe. Read
Harry Hill will host a reboot of singing show Stars In Their Eyes. ITV wants to do more comedy too. Read
The sketch group WitTank, stars of Live At The Electric, are now developing a sitcom project for E4. Read
Outnumbered star Hugh Dennis is to appear in You Should See My Family, a new hybrid comedy format. Read
Channel 4 are to pilot a new panel show format hosted by Adam Hills called Welcome To My World. Read