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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

A stage version of the Radio 4 comedy is bit like Steptoe & Son with musical interludes.

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

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Comic calendar Kickstarter

Comic calendar Kickstarter

Stand-up John Cooper has launched a Kickstarter drive to fund a calendar of his stand-up comic strips. Read

Stephen Fry's new book

Stephen Fry's new book

Details have been released about More Fool Me, the candid new memoir book from Stephen Fry. Read

Sir Donald Sinden dies

Sir Donald Sinden dies

Acclaimed actor Sir Donald Sinden, star of Two's Company and Never The Twain, has died at the age of 90. Read

John Cleese tour

John Cleese tour

John Cleese is to tour the UK in a series of live shows themed around his autobiography. Read

Siblings Series 2

Siblings Series 2

Siblings, the sitcom starring Charlotte Ritchie and Tom Stourton, is to return for a 2nd series. Read

Rik Mayall interview

Rik Mayall interview

Video in which Rik Mayall talks about Crackanory and explains what makes a great storyteller. Watch

Bad Bridesmaid filming blog

Bad Bridesmaid filming blog

A blog from Anna Morris, one of the actors going undercover in in the new ITV2 show Bad Bridesmaid. Read

Palin to narrate Clangers

Palin to narrate Clangers

Michael Palin will narrate a revived series of classic animated series Clangers. Read

Good Omens on Radio 4

Good Omens on Radio 4

Mark Heap and Peter Serafinowicz are amongst those involved in Good Omens on Radio 4. Read

British Comedy Awards vote

British Comedy Awards vote

A new category to recognise the best online comedy videos is being added to The British Comedy Awards. Read

Frankie Boyle's Autopsy

Frankie Boyle's Autopsy

Frankie Boyle is to present a one-off comedy show on the iPlayer about the Scottish Referendum. Read

Monty Python live film

Monty Python live film

TV channel Gold has commissioned a 90 minute documentary film about Monty Python's live shows. Read

Cofilmic's cash prize

Cofilmic's cash prize

COFILMIC Comedy Film Festival has teamed up with Wildseed Studios to offer a £10,000 Award. Read

Win Cuckoo Series 1

Win Cuckoo Series 1

Win a copy of Series 1 of Cuckoo on DVD, the sitcom starring Greg Davies and Andy Samberg. Enter

Phoenix Nights to return?

Phoenix Nights to return?

Newspaper reports suggest that Peter Kay is working on bringing Phoenix Nights back for live shows. Read

Bill Kerr dies aged 92

Bill Kerr dies aged 92

Bill Kerr, who played Tony Hancock's dim-witted Australian sidekick, has died at the age of 92. Read

Big School interviews

Big School interviews

David Walliams, Catherine Tate, Philip Glenister and Frances de la Tour talk about Big School Series 2. Read

Obituary: Lord Alan B'Stard

Obituary: Lord Alan B'Stard

Lord Alan B'Stard, First Marquess of Haltemprice, has died at the age of 58, it has been confirmed. Read

Frankie Boyle's big speech

Frankie Boyle's big speech

Frankie Boyle has blasted TV commissioning, Mock The Week, panel show booking, & other topics. Read

Edinburgh Comedy Awards

Edinburgh Comedy Awards

John Kearns, Alex Edelman and Phil Ellis are winners of the Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2014. Read

The Wrong Mans 2

The Wrong Mans 2

Plot details have been released about the 2nd series of James Corden and Mathew Baynton's comedy. Read

Emma Kennedy's comedy

Emma Kennedy's comedy

BBC One has ordered a comedy drama series based on the best-selling book, The Tent, The Bucket and Me. Read

BBC1 gets Mountain Goats

BBC1 gets Mountain Goats

BBC One has ordered six episodes of Mountain Goats, a sitcom about a mountain rescue team. Read

Ashley Jensen - new comedy

Ashley Jensen - new comedy

Sky1 is making Agatha Raisin And The Quiche Of Death, a crime comedy drama starring Ashley Jensen. Read

Another series Alan Davies

Another series Alan Davies

Channel Dave has ordered 10 more episodes of comic chat format Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled. Read

Keith Lemon's sketch show

Keith Lemon's sketch show

ITV2 has commissioned a brand new sketch show starring Leigh Francis's alter-ego, Keith Lemon. Read

E4 gets some Chewing Gum

E4 gets some Chewing Gum

E4 has ordered a new comedy series called Chewing Gum, written by and starring Michaela Coel. Read

Roy Chubby Brown is bad!

Roy Chubby Brown is bad!

A police camera has caught comedian Roy Chubby Brown reading a newspaper whilst driving. Read

Backchat moves to BBC Two

Backchat moves to BBC Two

Jack Whitehall and his dad will move to BBC Two for a second series of Backchat. Read

Jonny Sweet's BBC3 series

Jonny Sweet's BBC3 series

BBC Three has ordered a new comedy series called Together. The show is written by & stars Jonny Sweet. Read

BBC Three gets Top Coppers

BBC Three gets Top Coppers

BBC Three has ordered Top Coppers, a 'silly, gag-filled, action comedy' which follows two police detectives. Read

Fried gets a series

Fried gets a series

Fried, a BBC Comedy Feeds sitcom pilot set in a low-rent fast food chain shop, has been given a series. Read

BBC3 orders Josh series

BBC3 orders Josh series

BBC Three has ordered a full series of Josh, the sitcom starring and co-written by Josh Widdicombe. Read

Harry Hill's new show

Harry Hill's new show

Harry Hill will host a reboot of singing show Stars In Their Eyes. ITV wants to do more comedy too. Read

WitTank get E4 sitcom pilot

WitTank get E4 sitcom pilot

The sketch group WitTank, stars of Live At The Electric, are now developing a sitcom project for E4. Read

New show for Hugh Dennis

New show for Hugh Dennis

Outnumbered star Hugh Dennis is to appear in You Should See My Family, a new hybrid comedy format. Read

Adam Hills new panel show

Adam Hills new panel show

Channel 4 are to pilot a new panel show format hosted by Adam Hills called Welcome To My World. Read

Lee Evans iPhone game

Lee Evans iPhone game

Lee Evans has launched 5 Minutes Mr. Evans!, a game for the iPhone/iPad. Get him to his gig on time. Read