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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...

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing both Jack Barry and James Acaster perform their routines and look forward to seeing them again in the future, maybe with a more encouraging audience that can give this excellent comedy the platform it deserves.

Written by Becca Moody. Moody Comedy, 25th October 2014

It's a brave stand-up comedian whose encore is to invite questions from a crowd that has been, up until now, notably restless.

Written by Frances Taylor. Digital Spy, 24th October 2014

Yesterday, someone drew my attention to a copy of The Stage dated 26th April 1990. One article was headlined: "ARTISTS FEAR HECKLERS' REVENGE" and started: "Alarmed entertainers fear violence from rowdy club audiences may be on the increase after a series of ugly scenes which have put artists at risk on stage."

Written by John Fleming. John Fleming's Blog, 24th October 2014

Previews of John Shuttleworth, Dapper Laughs and Noel Fielding.

Written by James Kettle. The Guardian, 24th October 2014

Ivo Graham might as well have "future star" written through him like "Blackpool" through a stick of rock purchased in a famous seaside resort in the north-west.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 24th October 2014

Zoe Lyons puts some coin in the Standard Issue jukebox to share her favourite songs.

Written by Zoe Lyons. Standard Issue, 24th October 2014

Sally-Anne Hayward loves being asked what it's like to be a woman in comedy. Really. Loves it. So go ahead and ask her. Just don't forget to duck before the punchline.

Written by Sally-Anne Hayward. Standard Issue, 24th October 2014

At the age of 28, life has changed for comedian Seann Walsh since moving in with his girlfriend.

Written by Helen Blow. The Citizen, 24th October 2014

The first half was the funnier but also a little messy, a mixture of stand-up that strives (at times a bit too hard) for the strange, while laying down the beginning of an overarching plot. Part two - based around the idea that Noel has been kidnapped - shows that he is more than capable of making the most of audience interaction, before wrapping things up with a slice of hipster pantomime.

Written by Teddy Jamieson. The Herald, 24th October 2014

The one thing the production undoubtedly has going for it is a fantastic naturalistic set where the cast really do emerge from a chilly lake as they reach the island and the people in the front row are supplied with emergency ponchos to shield them from rogue spume. But for me that's the main splash this damp comedy makes.

Written by Simon Edge. The Express, 23rd October 2014

Amiable comic races through a disappointing set.

Written by Veronica Lee. The Arts Desk, 23rd October 2014

Comedian Andrew Maxwell is putting on a paean to London over the next few weeks with a show marking 20 years of his living in the capital, full of anecdotes and social commentary, plus special guests to add something a bit different.

Written by Rachel Holdsworth. Londonist, 23rd October 2014

For all his manic sketches and borderline certifiable characters, Dustin Demri-Burns, one half of award-winning comedy duo Cardinal Burns, takes a serious approach to his craft.

Written by Marion Sauvebois. Swindon Advertiser, 23rd October 2014

Not all of the new Museum of Comedy's neighbours in Bloomsbury have seen the funny side after it revealed plans for an alcohol licence.

Written by William McLennan. Camden New Journal, 22nd October 2014

Award-winning Welsh comedian Matt Rees is competing in the Funniest Person in the World competition in Los Angeles

Written by David Owens. Wales Online, 22nd October 2014

"I haven't had a break in so long I wouldn't know what to do with it."

Written by Rachel Bishop. The Wharf, 22nd October 2014

Neil Morrissey has described the set of his new West End comedy Neville's Island as the most uncomfortable he has ever worked on.

BBC News, 22nd October 2014

'It's nice to have a big muscly guy being funny and stupid'

Written by Brian Donaldson. The List, 22nd October 2014

Comic has extended her critically acclaimed show exploring sexual anthropology and falling in love.

Written by Murray Robertson. The List, 22nd October 2014

In a show inspired by men she met on Tinder, with supporting roles for her family and her dog, the Invisible Dot's Natasia Demetriou elevates her anxieties to an art form.

Written by Ryan Gilbey. The Guardian, 22nd October 2014

Tim Minchin talks Hollywood dinner parties, GM foods - and the real enemy of science.

Written by Steven Mackenzie. The Big Issue, 21st October 2014

Aussie comic with a colourful, creative streak Bec Hill enters the spotlight.

London Is Funny, 21st October 2014

"Comedy is for nerdy guys who don't have the guts for confrontation."

Written by Theo Merz. The Telegraph, 21st October 2014

Publishing stand-ups' one-liners is cheap clickbait that does comedians - and their gags - no favours.

Written by Brian Logan. The Guardian, 21st October 2014

Welsh Unsigned Stand Up Award winner Bethan Roberts from Gilfach Goch is to sign with a leading talent agency.

Written by David Owens. Wales Online, 20th October 2014

Phil Jerrod is a Brighton local and this is an appreciative home crowd, but he is a talent who, on this impressive debut, seems destined to become a comedy connoisseurs' favourite, despite never quite hitting the upper echelons in the new act competitions that he's been through so far.

Written by Steve Bennett. Chortle, 20th October 2014

This is comedy that time forgot - meticulous, gag-heavy tomfoolery with a great sense of attack.

Written by Brian Logan. The Guardian, 20th October 2014

I was interested to read in The Observer yesterday that Ade Edmondson is not a big fan of stand-up comedy. Apart from his other gripes he said that shows were too long: "Twenty minutes is all right, you know, but then I wish they'd bring on the spoon-bender or the dancers or do something else - make a variety show of it."

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 20th October 2014

Daniel Sloss is working on material he won't be ashamed to look back on.

Written by Jay Richardson. The Scotsman, 20th October 2014

"This show is my most personal show yet. It's me revealing that I am, and always have been, an undercover cop infiltrating a gang of drug dealers who are providing drugs to comedians."

Written by Ella Walker. Cambridge News, 20th October 2014

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Miranda Hart has confirmed that the two Christmas specials of her hit sitcom will be the show's finale. Read

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Brendon Burns on RHLSTP

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Still Game Live on TV

Still Game Live on TV

Hit stage show Still Game Live will be broadcast on television in November, on BBC Scotland. Read

Kirsty Wark sketch show

Kirsty Wark sketch show

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Boy In The Dress cast

Boy In The Dress cast

Jennifer Saunders, Tim McInnerny and Meera Syal are amongst the cast for The Boy In The Dress. Read

How Do I Get Up There?

How Do I Get Up There?

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Jenny Bede interview

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ITV returns to Palladium

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Cofilmic Festival workshops

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The Dawson Bros US sitcom

The Dawson Bros US sitcom

British writing team The Dawson Brothers are working on The Spencer Tapes, a sitcom for NBC. Read

The IT Crowd USA 2

The IT Crowd USA 2

A second attempt is to be made to re-work Channel 4 sitcom The IT Crowd for American audiences. Read

Teckle Books interview

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Moone Boy USA

Moone Boy USA

Moone Boy, the Sky sitcom created by Chris O'Dowd, is to be re-made by the US television network ABC. Read

10 O'Clock Live axed

10 O'Clock Live axed

Channel 4 has confirmed that its topical comedy show 10 O'Clock Live will not return for Series 4. Read

LOTSW policemen spin-off

LOTSW policemen spin-off

A Last Of The Summer Wine spin-off starring the policemen Cooper and Walsh is in development. Read

Mark Gatiss podcast

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Sky Living has ordered a second series of Doll & Em, the show from Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells. Read

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Him & Her stars Sarah Solemani and Kerry Howard are reuniting to write a new BBC One sitcom. Read

Russell Howard's rom-com

Russell Howard's rom-com

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Give Out Girls interview

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Alan Carr interview

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Ardal O'Hanlon is to star in a Radio 4 sitcom about an angel sent to Earth in human form. Read

Katherine Ryan podcast

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Richard Herring's hit interview show is back for a new series. The first guest is Katherine Ryan. Listen

Dad's Army - new cast

Dad's Army - new cast

Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon, Toby Jones, and Catherine Zeta Jones are in the new Dad's Army film. Read

John Cleese video interview

John Cleese video interview

Ahead of the publication of his new book, John Cleese talks to Eddie Izzard about various comedy topics. Watch

Musical Comedy Awards 2015

Musical Comedy Awards 2015

Entry is now open for the WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards 2015. The heats start in mid-January. Read

Christmas gags competition

Christmas gags competition

TV channel Gold has launched its 2014 search for the best new Christmas cracker jokes. Read

League Of Gents reunion?

League Of Gents reunion?

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Miranda Hart's BBC show

Miranda Hart's BBC show

Auditions for contestants to take part in a BBC One show hosted by Miranda Hart are being organised. Read