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...

Stephen Fry is the latest celebrity name to sign up to Bristol's Slapstick Festival.

Written by Natalie Banyard. Bristol Post, 31st October 2014

"'A young comedian, with hair, who wears a T-shirt' - that's quite a broad group to be in," Chris scoffs. "People on the circuit have a go as well, but I've got thousands of people coming to see me, I've got hundreds of thousands of followers on Twitter and people forget, as well, that I got nominated for the Foster's Comedy Award in 2011."

Written by Andrew Johnston. Belfast Telegraph, 31st October 2014

British comedian Eddie Izzard is in the midst of what he refers to as "the most extensive comedy tour in the history of the world".

Written by Georgia Wilson. ABC Australia, 31st October 2014

He's the former footballer who's gone on to become one of Britain's best-loved comedy stars. We speak to John Bishop as he heads to Cardiff.

Written by James Rampton. Wales Online, 31st October 2014

The 21-year-old salesman from North West London had South Street's sell-out crowd in stitches with his hilarious anecdotes last Thursday.

Written by Caroline Cook. Reading Post, 30th October 2014

Newman's performance is slick and well-rehearsed with little or no deviation from the script which gives this show a more play like feel. The subject matter can at times be a little difficult to keep up with but the passion that it is delivered with cannot be questioned.

Written by Paul Downham. The New Reviews, 30th October 2014

Matt Parker is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences.

Written by Simon Usborne. The Independent, 30th October 2014

...but we've no idea if it helps!

Written by Robin Ince. Giggle Beats, 30th October 2014

One of the bits of fall-out from the whole Andrew Lawrence furore is that he told me on Facebook that I am not welcome at his forthcoming London shows.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond The Joke, 30th October 2014

Tickets to see comedy queen Sarah Millican at Pocklington Arts Centre have sold out in just six minutes, a record time for the venue.

Pocklington Post, 30th October 2014

THE singing dustman from Only Fools And Horses has joined forces with comedy writer and presenter Rory McGrath for a new musical show. A Bridge Over Troubled Lager - Volume 2 will see McGrath and Philip Pope call in at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, on December 12 and the Bridport Arts Centre on December 13.

Bridport & Lyme Regis News, 30th October 2014

Funny Geordie boy Chris Ramsey first appeared at the South Holland Centre as part of his 2013 stand-up tour Feeling Lucky. The star of BBC Two's Hebburn, and regular guest on Celebrity Juice, returns to the South Holland Centre on the second leg of his 2014 national tour The Most Dangerous Man on Saturday Morning Television (so called for getting booted off the Soccer AM sofa for misbehaving) and squeezed us in for a quick chat during his busy schedule.

Spalding Guardian, 30th October 2014

Even in middle-age, Fielding remains ambitious and inventive, creating a world that works on its own logic yet resonates with ours - and includes some gloriously funny moments only he could have designed.

Written by Steve Bennett. Chortle, 30th October 2014

Viz co-creator Simon Donald has been talking to The Independent newspaper about his battle with multiple sclerosis (MS), the same condition that took his mother's life. Below are some of the highlights.

Written by Andrew Dipper. Giggle Beats, 29th October 2014

WaterAid is proud to announce the inaugural World Toilet Day: It's No Joke! Comedy Festival, coming to a loo near you this November!

Written by Neil Cheesman. London Theatre1.com, 29th October 2014

Stand-up, novelist, Fighting Talk regular, snappy dresser, dressing room pacer and "English grump in rural France", Ian Moore, shares his tips.

Written by Ian Moore. London is Funny, 29th October 2014

Most people know Noel Fielding best as his eccentric zoo-keeper alter ego, Vince Noir, from The Mighty Boosh. However, in the years since that particular smash hit series, Noel has continued to bring his distinctive surreal style of comedy to the stage and screen - he is currently on the road with a massive UK tour, An Evening with Noel Fielding.

Written by Georgina Langford. Beyond the Joke, 29th October 2014

Pacquola has an extremely winning personality and she needed it last night. It was one of those occasions when there was a, how can I put this? oh, I know, bell end in the audience, who seemed to want to have a one-to-one conversation with the performer mid-gig.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 29th October 2014

She has enjoyed a 30-year career in comedy, but Helen Lederer has admitted she gets so scared of performing that she'll need hypnotherapy before her upcoming book tour. The comic said that her time as a stand-up was "truly, utterly and honestly quite terrifying" and that she would torture herself over her overwhelming fear of "fluffing the act" or "f*cking-up a gag".

Chortle, 29th October 2014

Noel Fielding, The Mighty Boosh surrealist funnyman, is taking his unique brand of Luxury Comedy on a massive tour of the UK.

The Herald, 29th October 2014

Motivational guru L Vaughan Spencer has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his new live DVD, entitled Don't Be Needy Be Succeedy. Spencer is recording the show at the Comedy Store in London on November 17 and has said that this may be his last-ever live performance, though he may still be available for corporate bookings. L Vaughan Spencer is the creation of Comedy Store Player and actor Neil Mullarkey.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 29th October 2014

He is enormously great company--like the funniest guest you would long to have at a party, and at over an hour and fifteen minutes, still never outstays his welcome, barely pausing to catch his breath once. Could that be said about the obnoxious Frankie Boyle? The naughty wee man from East Kilbride has smashed it again, and the Tron just melts.

Written by Lorna Irvine. Across the Arts, 29th October 2014

It might have been a charity event, but all the laughs were genuine as eight amazing volunteers did stand-up in front of hundreds of people after just 10 hours' training.

The Star, 29th October 2014

An evening of laughs, nostalgia, cheap sets and wonderfully over the top acting make this production anything but a Knightmare, a wistful trip down memory lane for those with an interest and no doubt an eye opening 'walk through dungeons deep and chasms dark' for those with none.

Written by Seb Farrell. The Public Reviews, 29th October 2014

A comedy festival due to be held for the eighth year in Hull - which will be City of Culture in 2017 - has been cancelled.

The Yorkshire Post, 28th October 2014

Celia Pacquola has charmed audiences at shows and festivals across the world with a laidback effortless style of comedy that isn't afraid to delve into the personal.

Laugh Out London, 28th October 2014

"I don't have a blog today," I told Matt Roper this afternoon. "You'll have to give me one. I always tell people that, as a boy, you were bounced on Bernard Manning's knee and you say you weren't. There must be a blog in that."

Written by John Fleming. John Fleming's Blog, 28th October 2014

Sane New World is in many ways an interesting and enlightening experience, but it sits slightly awkwardly somewhere between entertainment, a lecture and a therapeutic workshop. Don't go expecting hilarity, you need to be prepared to roll with whatever emerges in the room, and every night must throw up a whole new set of thoughts to take away.

Written by Jo Beggs. The Public Reviews, 28th October 2014

Ruby Wax follows up Losing It with this new piece, to tie in with her book. Kristy Stott admires the themes of the show at the Lowry.

Written by Kirsty Stott. What's On Stage, 28th October 2014

As well as addressing hard-hitting topical things such as sexism, she tackles one topic in particular that could be seen in bad taste, that being abortion.

Written by Megan Downing. The National Student, 28th October 2014

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Stand-up course diary

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Still Game Live on TV

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Kirsty Wark sketch show

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Win signed Detectorists DVD

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Boy In The Dress cast

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