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Eddie Izzard headlines a fundraiser for the Labour Party on September 21 at Manchester Opera House. The full bill for Stand Up With Labour has now been confirmed. Izzard is to be joined by Phill Jupitus, Ian Stone, Sara Pascoe and host Stephen K Amos. All proceeds from the event will go to the Labour Party.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 1st September 2014

New comedy venue, downstairs at the iconic Magnet on Hardman Street, opens its doors just in time for the Liverpool Comedy Festival next month.

Written by Catherine Jones. Liverpool Echo, 31st August 2014

Omid Djalili gives great cuddles. I know this because, after an hour spent giggling and listening intently in a cosy corner of a private members' club as he recounts tales from his early life, I pluck up courage to ask for a hug.

Written by Kate Whiting. Belfast Telegraph, 30th August 2014

Decisions, Decisions - which comes to The Lowry for two nights from September 6 - is based around half a dozen key moments in Tom Stade's past that illustrate his lack of influence on life choices, and how decisions can be neither good or bad.

Manchester Evening News, 29th August 2014

More women stand-ups are making us laugh - and in many different ways says Sarah Crompton.

Written by Sarah Crompton. The Daily Telegraph, 29th August 2014

Two years ago she delivered her standup routine to 10 people in a strip club. Now she's a star of the Edinburgh Fringe and touring the country. She talks biros, big families and why the new pope is 'bloody marvellous'.

Written by Mark Lawson. The Guardian, 29th August 2014

Previews of Tig Notaro, Neil Hamburger and Milton Jones.

Written by James Kettle. The Guardian, 29th August 2014

This gloriously old-fashioned celebration of the juggler harks back to the golden age of variety and vaudeville.

Written by Lyn Gardner. The Guardian, 29th August 2014

Bolton comedy legend Peter Kay will be switching on the "big light" in Blackpool tonight.

The Bolton News, 29th August 2014

Jack Whitehall has gone from the downstairs bar at the Royal Court to the ECHO arena in just four years on the circuit.

Written by Kirsty McHale. Liverpool Echo, 28th August 2014

We challenged the comedian Lloyd Langford to ditch technology for 48 hours. Could he cope?

Written by Robbie Griffiths. The Big Issue, 28th August 2014

I'm Wearing Two Suits Because I Mean Business is a very fine hour of sketch and character comedy.

Written by Veronica Lee. The Arts Desk, 28th August 2014

Billed as a cultural celebration, JW3 will feature performances from Sol Bernstein, Josh Howie and David Baddiel.

Written by Nick Clark. The Independent, 27th August 2014

From Monty Python legends to rap battles in people's living rooms, here's what you can expect to see at this year's Liverpool Comedy Festival

Written by Kirsty McHale. Liverpool Echo, 27th August 2014

'This is the first time I've gone on tour as a happy person. Fingers crossed that something goes wrong'

Written by Brian Donaldson. The List, 27th August 2014

Felicity Ward, Aisling Bea, Alfie Brown, Romesh Ranganathan and Stuart Goldsmith announced.

Written by Brian Donaldson. The List, 27th August 2014

Raskopoulos has acting flair, an eye for vivid character and deftness in handling and discomfiting his audience.

Written by Brian Logan. The Guardian, 27th August 2014

During the show I learnt a lot about the stage and different ways that it is adapted to fit a show.

Written by Emelia Pasternak-Albert. Arts Award Voice, 27th August 2014

Interview with ventriloquist Paul Zerdin.

Written by Maria Virto. Get Surrey, 26th August 2014

Comedy wrestler Grado, real name Graeme Stevely, is set to say 'it's yersel' to a worldwide audience after landing his big break in America.

Written by Paul English. The Daily Record, 24th August 2014

Glee founder talks Michael McIntyre, Lee Evans mahem, accidents, launches and deaths.

Written by Paul Cole. Birmingham Mail, 24th August 2014

Last year it was Ha Ha Holmes with Joe Pasquale. This year it's Ha Ha Hood, Prince of Leaves. Ben Langley, proud begetter of the Ha Ha series, has some advice for the audience - "Lower your standards!". And, we might add, turn back the clock. It's as if the last thirty years never happened, and we're back in the Eighties, when Hi-de-Hi was a highlight of the telly schedules, with Cannon and Ball over on the other side.

Written by Michael Gray. The Public Reviews, 24th August 2014

Comedian and Phoenix Nights co-creator Dave Spikey joins Good Morning Britainto talk about his upcoming tour, Punchlines.

Good Morning Britain, 21st August 2014

The Monty Python star is one of the highlights of this year's comedy festival line-up.

Written by Catherine Jones. Liverpool Echo, 21st August 2014

"In television, making a sitcom, you have a team of people around you, and there's a bit of structure in your life," Lee Mack admits. "Touring live means you're driving round eating a pasty at four in the morning at a service station. It's a little bit less conducive to family life."

Written by Ebhan Loughlin. Galway Advertiser, 21st August 2014

A London comedian has said he is on a mission from God to make church sermons more fun. Bentley Browning said about 50 members of the clergy had so far attended his free course which teaches them how to tell jokes.

BBC News, 20th August 2014

There are funny moments in Lee Evans new show, but he should try less hard.

Written by Dominic Cavendish. The Telegraph, 19th August 2014

The West End production of Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, is to close four months early.

BBC News, 19th August 2014

The stand-up gig planned to take place on Everest next month has been postponed. Rhys Darby, Craig Campbell, Glenn Wool, Tommy Tiernan and Ardal O'Hanlon are now scheduled to leave London on September 22, 2015.

Chortle, 17th August 2014

Heard the one about the rubber-faced funnyman and pioneering electronic musician who had their first hit on a Lancashire swing park?

Written by Malcolm Wyatt. Longridge News, 16th August 2014

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