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...

King of the one-liners Gary Delaney talks to us about zombie films, stolen jokes, and stage fright.

Written by Laura Enfield. Epping Forest Guardian, 27th February 2015

So it's clear Lucy Porter likes to keep busy. "I give that impression, but actually the truth of it is I delegate a lot, and try to do as little as I can!"

Written by Tara Pardo. Bristol Post, 26th February 2015

Having perfected the character over thirty years, Steve Delaney is now no longer dramatically younger than the Count is presumably supposed to be himself. But rest assured, in Count Arthur Strong he has created a comedy character as enduring as Steve Coogan's Alan Partridge and whether appearing on stage, radio or TV, he remains very funny.

Written by Chris Hallam. The Express and Echo, 26th February 2015

'A funny, heartwarming tale for anyone who has endured heartache growing up -- which is probably everyone,' says Bruce Dessau.

Written by Bruce Dessau. The Evening Standard, 26th February 2015

While it's common for comics to test new jokes on tour audiences, his reading of the skits directly from notes he'd brought with him just seemed a bit slapdash. The delivery was affected and it was a break from his confident, riffing style. But overall, Welcome To My World was a funny, surprising show.

Written by Samantha Robinson. The Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 26th February 2015

Kendall's engaging yarn about her gawky adolescence draws in secrets, misunderstandings and abuse, but keeps the audience laughing along.

Written by Brian Logan. The Guardian, 26th February 2015

"It is pure, powerful theatre, veering from rib-ticklingly funny to achingly sad"

Written by Stuart Brennan. The Manchester Evening News, 26th February 2015

Lenny Henry will star in a revival of Educating Rita at Chichester later this year, as part of the venue's newly announced season.

Written by Theo Bosanquet. What's On Stage, 26th February 2015

It is hard to say which is the bigger catastrophe for Thomas, the macrocosm or the microcosm. The personal and the political blur and, perhaps intentionally, the failure of our government and police systems to protect our civil liberties begins to take on the sharp edge of a personal injustice under Thomas' glaring interrogation lamp.

Written by Hannah Hiett. The Public Reviews, 26th February 2015

Tiff is currently touring her latest show Optimist, where she discusses the harsh realities of adulthood while also trying to dissect her own personal outlook on the world. I asked her these seven questions to delve a little deeper...

Written by Becca Moody. Moody Comedy, 25th February 2015

The Edinburgh-based Irish comic gets down and dirty with technology.

Written by Brian Donaldson. The List, 25th February 2015

Now at the ripe old age of 32, Josie Long is something of a comedy veteran, having started performing as a stand-up aged just 14 and winning the BBC New Comedy Award at 17.

Written by Steve Haines. Nottingham Post, 25th February 2015

The gloriously anarchic Silly Billies Comedy is the monthly alternative night that has been taking The Cumberland Arms by storm over the last 18 months, and now it has graduated to a new home at the Live Theatre on Newcastle's Quayside.

Written by Elliott Clarke. Giggle Beats, 24th February 2015

Below is a post that originated on my website and was shared with a comedian's forum on Facebook. My intentions were to start a debate, increase the attendance at my dwindling comedy gig, get more views than normal, and to annoy the easily angered internet user. Mainly the latter happened.

Written by Ben Morgan. The Huffington Post, 24th February 2015

The laconic comic's current show sees him ponder everything from Snapchat to soup.

Written by Brian Donaldson. The List, 24th February 2015

Manchester's most inexhaustibly cool monthly comedy club Sham Bodie has only existed for just over a year, but suddenly on the eve of a radio show and a music festival, the next few months look incredibly exciting for them. Host and co-founder Ben Tonge very kindly answered our questions and gave us the headlines.

Written by Molly Stewart. Giggle Beats, 24th February 2015

Josie Long has a policy not to read reviews. But when it comes to her latest show, Cara Josephine, I really think she should make an exception.

Written by Sam Wonfor. The Journal, 24th February 2015

Chippendales they may not be, but I'd rather see this blue steel production any day. Who would have thought unemployment, loss of self-esteem and rocky relationships could be so utterly and thoroughly uplifting?

Written by Katy Wheeler. Sunderland Echo, 24th February 2015

Paul Foot took a calculated risk when he abandoned his plans to become an accountant in favour of life on stage as a comedian.

Crawley News, 24th February 2015

This was clearly never going to be an ordinary interview. Carving a career out of being political incorrect, it is surprising that I catch Roy in a moment of calm.

Scunthorpe Telegraph, 24th February 2015

As Bernard Black, he banned mobile phones from his shop in Black Books, and as himself, Dylan Moran is more to likely to be seen sketching a sparrow than sending a tweet.

Written by Brian Donaldson. Giggle Beats, 23rd February 2015

Ten years ago, Mark Thomas discovered a man he trusted as a friend and fellow campaigner was actually a corporate spy sharing the secrets of the organisation they were members off with a huge multi-national organisation - and it's only now that he's found a way to cope with it.

Written by Sarah Walters. The Manchester Evening News, 23rd February 2015

You can't accuse Mark Thomas of not giving value for money. Although he claims he does his own warm up act to save money, his first act stand-up routine, ahead of the headline second act performance of his play Cuckooed, provides arguably the highlight of the evening.

Written by Glen Pearce. The Public Reviews, 23rd February 2015

Chat show host likes to yap on stage as much as he does on telly.

Written by Brian Donaldson. The List, 23rd February 2015

Canadian stand-up brings his unique brand of surreal and deadpan one-liners to King's Theatre, Glasgow.

Written by Brian Donaldson. The List, 23rd February 2015

A small audience at the Belmont Hotel enjoyed a side order of tea and cakes as they listened to Ben, the son of the late David Hatch, head of BBC Radio, being interviewed, chat show-style by Alison Dunne.

Written by Cheslyn Baker. Leicester Mercury, 23rd February 2015

Geoff Rowe, the mastermind behind Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival, is smiling.

Written by A. Troughton. Leicester Mercury, 23rd February 2015

Review of John Thomson, Andrew O'Neill, Mick Ferry and Darrell Martin.

Written by Linda Steelyard. Leicester Mercury, 23rd February 2015

If this all sounds wholly inappropriate for a kids' show, that's because it is. But this is the genius of Funz and Gamez - the most inappropriate gags fly over the little ones' heads but keep the adults sniggering like naughty children themselves. In short, this was a wickedly fun hour.

Written by Paul Banks. Leicester Mercury, 23rd February 2015

People can only consume content through numerical lists so I have decided to explain (in a Buzzfeed style) why I am quitting stand-up comedy.

Written by Ben Morgan. 22nd February 2015

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Funz And Gamez on TV

Funz And Gamez on TV

Funz And Gamez, the award-winning live comedy show hosted by Phil Ellis, is to be piloted as a TV show by the BBC. Read

BBC Scotland's 2015 shows

BBC Scotland's 2015 shows

BBC Scotland has unveiled its comedy plans for 2015. They include a full series for Two Doors Down. Read

RTS Awards nominations

RTS Awards nominations

Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse lead the comedy-based nominations in the Royal Television Society Awards. Read

Top Coppers filming now

Top Coppers filming now

Production is underway on Top Coppers, a new BBC comedy series starring John Kearns and Steen Raskopoulos. Read

Matt Lucas interview

Matt Lucas interview

Matt Lucas talks about filming Pompidou, the visual comedy series for the BBC in which he plays an aristocrat. Read

Would I Lie To You? - S9

Would I Lie To You? - S9

Following strong ratings, the BBC has ordered 10 more episodes of its panel show Would I Lie To You?. Read

Do you run a funny blog?

Do you run a funny blog?

Do you write a funny blog, curate an amusing website or joke a lot on Twitter? If so, here's a competition: Read

Russell Brand's podcast

Russell Brand's podcast

Russell Brand has announced he is to launch a new podcast. The Russell Brand Podcast will be a 24-part series. Read

I Live With Models interview

I Live With Models interview

The main cast members involved in new Comedy Central sitcom I Live With Models introduce themselves. Read

Rik Mayall snowman series

Rik Mayall snowman series

Radio 4 Extra is to mark Rik Mayall's birthday by broadcasting The Last Hurrah - Interview With The Snowman. Read

Margaret Thatcher podcast

Margaret Thatcher podcast

Check out our funny new satirical comedy podcast. It's hosted by our former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher! Listen

Craft of Comedy Conference

Craft of Comedy Conference

Llandudno in North Wales is hosting The Craft of Comedy Writing Conference on the 24th and 25th April 2015. Read

Old Comedian Of The Year

Old Comedian Of The Year

The Museum of Comedy has a competition for 'comics who've been around long enough to know better'. Read

Dick Emery at 100

Dick Emery at 100

On what would have been his 100th birthday, we look at the life and work of character comic Dick Emery. Read

Chortle Awards nominees

Chortle Awards nominees

The nominees for the 2015 Chortle Awards have been revealed, with Funz And Gamez leading the pack. Read

Mark Steel's In Town 6

Mark Steel's In Town 6

The sixth series of radio comedy Mark Steel's In Town will be recorded between March and May. Read

Basil Brush is now online

Basil Brush is now online

Classic children's TV character Basil Brush is moving online, with a 32-part sketch show broadcasting on YouTube. Read

Shaun The Sheep facts

Shaun The Sheep facts

Here's some interesting facts about Shaun The Sheep Movie. For example, there are 1589 'baa' sounds in the film. Read

Hunderby to return

Hunderby to return

Julia Davis's black comedy Hunderby is to return later this year to Sky Atlantic for a two-part special. Read

ITV2 orders Job Lot Series 3

ITV2 orders Job Lot Series 3

ITV2 sitcom The Job Lot, starring Russell Tovey and Sarah Hadland, will return for a third series. Read

Valentine's Day puns

Valentine's Day puns

Some pun-based jokes for Valentine's Day from Darren Walsh. Plus some additional themed cartoon illustrations too. View

Valentine's Day sketches

Valentine's Day sketches

A bunch of new sketches from British comedy groups, all of which are related to love and Valentine's Day. Watch

Funny Valentine's comedies

Funny Valentine's comedies

The BBC have released a collection of nine Valentine's-related original short comedy films exclusive to BBC iPlayer. Watch

Jack Docherty - TV pilot

Jack Docherty - TV pilot

Stop/Start, a Radio 4 sitcom by Jack Docherty about three married couples, is to be piloted for TV soon. Read

Leo Kearse: Pun Champion

Leo Kearse: Pun Champion

Leo Kearse has been named as the winner of the UK Pun Championships 2015. Read some of his gags here: Read

Detectorists award noms

Detectorists award noms

Nominations have been revealed for the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards 2015. Read

Bad Robots to return for S2

Bad Robots to return for S2

E4 hidden-camera prank series Bad Robots will return for a second series. Read

E4 orders Crashing sitcom

E4 orders Crashing sitcom

E4 has commissioned a sitcom about six 20- and 30-somethings living in a disused hospital. Read

Goodness Gracious Me return

Goodness Gracious Me return

The team behind hit sketch show Goodness Gracious Me are to re-form again to make another special. Read

Lee & Herring podcast

Lee & Herring podcast

Stewart Lee and Richard Herring chat about their 1990s TV show, This Morning With Richard Not Judy. Listen

ITV's new puppet show

ITV's new puppet show

ITV is to launch Newzoids, a new satirical puppet show which is being dubbed 'a modern day Spitting Image'. Read

Vic & Bob live shows?

Vic & Bob live shows?

Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer say they are planning to tour the UK with a live show later this year. Read

Rich Hall search pilot

Rich Hall search pilot

Rich Hall will host the pilot episode of Search History, a new comedy format based around the internet. Read

Channel 4 making The Cloud

Channel 4 making The Cloud

Adam Buxton and Graham Linehan are working together to write a new Channel 4 sitcom set on a spaceship. Read

Taskmaster line-up revealed

Taskmaster line-up revealed

Taskmaster, the new comedy show for channel Dave starring Greg Davies, will feature guests like Tim Key. Read

Comic Relief statues

Comic Relief statues

A series of statues of comedians has been unveiled by Comic Relief. The models will appear in shopping centres. Read

Nick Helm interview

Nick Helm interview

Nick Helm talks about the return of Uncle, and explains why he would love to swear at his young co-star. Read

Top 10 OFAH catchphrases

Top 10 OFAH catchphrases

Lovely Jubbly! A poll has determined the top 10 most used phrases from Only Fools And Horses. Cushti. Read