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...

Daniel Kitson at the height of his comedy storytelling powers, the return of comedy's funniest feminist voice and eight other highlights ... Brian Logan shares his picks in this latest instalment of our Stage critics' top 10 lists.

Written by Brian Logan. The Guardian, 22nd December 2014

The line-up of this year's New Act of the Year Top-of-the-Bill showcase has been confirmed. The 15 acts below will appear at the Bloomsbury Theatre on January 25, 2015.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 21st December 2014

The name Josie Long is one that every comedy lover will know, and is a name that brings a smile to the faces of many, including myself.

Written by Becca Moody. Moody Comedy, 20th December 2014

To understand more about just what it's like to contribute to such a great show I spoke to three audience members who were pulled onstage by Adam to see how they felt about being such an active part of the evening's proceedings and how it compared to Adam's experience.

Laugh Out London, 20th December 2014

Previews of Seann Walsh, Al Murray and Russell Howard.

Written by James Kettle. The Guardian, 20th December 2014

This family-friendly variety show features silliness that young children will adore.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Evening Standard, 19th December 2014

Key revels in puncturing the feelgood festive spirit in this baggy Christmas stocking of a show.

Written by Brian Logan. The Guardian, 19th December 2014

Michael McIntyre's exuberant delight in the business of Crimbo proves wholly infectious.

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

While Dodd's type of traditional music-hall act may seem dated to some modern audiences, he still has legions of admirers. He said: "A variety show is the best type of performance you can see. You get to see a range of different skills performed by people who have spent a lifetime perfecting their craft."

Written by Libby Wilkinson. The Sentinel, 19th December 2014

Most comedy gigs offer audiences something to laugh about. Robin Ince's annual Bloomsbury package also offers something to think about.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Evening Standard, 18th December 2014

Eric and Ernie's are big shoes to fill, the iconic double act having shared a hugely successful career spanning three decades leading them to fondly be thought of as the nation's pride.

Written by Cavelle Leigh. The Public Reviews, 18th December 2014

Helm's festive outing is painful, self-pitying and aggressive, but the musical numbers provide structure and pace.

Written by Brian Logan. The Guardian, 18th December 2014

The Burning Duck Comedy Club started only a few months ago, but already has drawn in quite the crowd - and no wonder: their selection of alternative comedy is a delight.

Written by Louise Jones. The York Press, 17th December 2014

Nick Helm's stand-up persona is the tragic loser, taking it out on his crowd by bellowing in their faces or getting them up onstage.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Evening Standard, 17th December 2014

Kevin Bridges was the most popular comedy act of 2014, according to Ticketmaster.

Chortle, 17th December 2014

Ahead of his run at Soho Theatre, chirpy brain-box Nish Kumar conjures up his dream comedy night...

Written by Nish Kumar. London Is Funny, 17th December 2014

You laughed, you cried, you heckled: Brian Donaldson breaks down the best acts of the year.

Written by Brian Donaldson. The List, 16th December 2014

Comedian joyrides the festive season through the Arches by declaring War on Christmas.

Written by Gareth K Vile. The List, 16th December 2014

The Never Mind The Buzzcocks captain and comedian, 41, discusses steam with Stephen Fry and wallpaper with Courtney Love as he takes us through his photo album...

Written by Emma Jones. The Daily Mirror, 16th December 2014

Not The Messiah is no serious work, but it is, at moments, seriously beautiful nonetheless

Written by Richard Patterson. Exeunt Magazine, 16th December 2014

Ben Rosen is a stand-up comedian based in New York and a Creative for Buzzfeed.

Comedy Blogedy, 15th December 2014

As Flanagan joins the ranks of comedians doing travel-themed TV series, he says comics aren't looking to do well at the expense of others.

Written by Emma Daly. The Radio Times, 15th December 2014

Lee Ridley is a stand-up who can't speak. The Newcastle comedian - who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at six months old and has never been able to talk - tells jokes using a text-to-speech app on his iPad, with hilarious results. This week, he performs in the final of the prestigious BBC New Comedy Award, competing alongside five other stand-ups for the chance to win £1000 and their own BBC Radio pilot. How does he fancy his chances at beating the odds once again? Andrew Dipper finds out.

Written by Andrew Dipper. Giggle Beats, 15th December 2014

One of the landmarks of Manchester's clubland is up for sale. The World Famous Embassy Club in Harpurhey was owned by the late controversial comedian Bernard Manning.

BBC News, 15th December 2014

It shouldn't work; she shouldn't have such control over a crowd but she cajoles even the most heartless into a smile, a dance and a song.

Written by John Stansfield. The Skinny, 15th December 2014

Exeter has a new venue for top comedy if Friday night's entertainment was anything to go by. Review of Paul Ricketts, Geoff Alderman, Rick Right and Toju.

Written by Simon Larkins. Exeter Express and Echo, 15th December 2014

Adding to a list of marketing catastrophes the team has accrued since moving into the Duchess Theatre earlier this year - which includes printing adverts upside down and a rather lame attempt at a Christmas photo (below) - the motley crew of amateurs sent a letter from 594 years in the past to invite us to their production of The Ploy that Goes Wrong.

Written by Ben Hewis. What's On Stage, 15th December 2014

This comedian is not at his best when in a forced humour situation. In fact, early on in his act Bishop admits that jokes aren't really his thing but he hopes that amusing things happen to him so he can pass the stories on to the fans. On this showing it's working.

Nottingham Post, 13th December 2014

Comedians are human, they make mistakes (quite frequently actually) but after bringing so much laughter to the world we should forgive them. And most important of all, learn to laugh because after all - they are just jokes!

Written by EC Birkett. Blasting News, 12th December 2014

James Acaster was on Radio 5, and while he was there ostensibly to plug his extended Soho Theatre run, you could almost hear the cogs in his brain whirring as he suddenly realised that with the DJ bigging him up so much he might be attracting gangs of Doreen-from-accounts-in-deely-boppers drunken Christmas office parties to his show.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond The Joke, 12th December 2014

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