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...

As some of Britain's best comedians prepare for a benefit in aid of free speech, William Cook asks them about their own experiences of standing up to censorship.

Written by William Cook. The Independent, 28th July 2015

West End play The Mentalists, starring comedian and The Office writer Stephen Merchant, is to close one month earlier than planned on 29 August.

BBC News, 28th July 2015

MUJU's new show, Come In! Sit Down!, is not afraid to tackle pretty gritty issues, discovers Bruce Dessau.

Written by Bruce Dessau. The Evening Standard, 28th July 2015

There may not be any Wilde-quality lines in Moran's latest show that will still be quoted 100 years from now, but for tonight at least, it was wild enough.

Written by Craig Platt. The Sydney Morning Herald, 28th July 2015

A fantastic night of comedy from a man with endless charisma and confidence.

Written by Josh Coulson. Guide 2 Bristol, 28th July 2015

The revival of The Mentalists had been planned to run at the Wyndham's Theatre for three months, ending on September 26. But now it has been announced that the show will end on August 29.

Chortle, 27th July 2015

FĂ©ile an Phobail has said controversial comedian Frankie Boyle will appear at the festival despite the heavy criticism and extra tickets have been put on sale for the show.

Written by Judith Hill. UTV, 27th July 2015

In the new issue of Attitude, we chat to rising comedian Joe Lycett about dating, his sexuality, and his top 10 placing in this year's Attitude HOT 100. The 26 year-old, who is a regular face on TV, admits that being bisexual "presents its own challenges", but that he's finally feeling ready to settle down.

Attitude Magazine, 26th July 2015

This week, as I fail to find the time to get all that needs writing, written; I spare a thought for St Paul. The days and weeks he put in, writing letters to everyone from the Romans to the Corinthians, must have been staggering.

Written by Rob Gilroy. Giggle Beats, 26th July 2015

When Irish comedian Dylan Moran visits New Zealand he wants to find out more about the country's prime minister John Key because three terms at the helm is "quite something".

Written by Laura Walters. Stuff.co.nz, 25th July 2015

Anna Behrmann talks to Hampstead resident Bentley Browning ahead of his show, How to stay lonely and keep your Star Wars collection.

Written by Anna Behrmann. Ham and High, 25th July 2015

Still banging the drum for grumpy old women, comic and writer Jenny Eclair talks to Hannah Stephenson about staying sane, stage fright and her latest novel.

Written by Hannah Stephenson. The Scotsman, 25th July 2015

Kerry Godliman is bemoaning the state of the modern day social media-obsessed culture.

Written by Laura Enfield. Enfield Independent, 24th July 2015

A ten-day festival of comedy, music and dance will kick off its inaugural year in York later.

BBC News, 24th July 2015

After early success writing for the National Theatre and for Alan Partridge, Patrick Marber's career stalled. As he returns with two plays, he explains how Lewes FC, Turgenev and an escape from country life helped him rediscover his voice.

Written by Andrew Dickson. The Guardian, 24th July 2015

Paul Chowdhry is full of questions as he hacks his way through the jungle of political correctness.

Written by Charles Hutchinson. York Press, 24th July 2015

Hebburn TV star Steffen Peddie is hoping to help people solve their problems as he brings his latest stand-up show to South Shields.

Written by Vicki Newman. The Shields Gazette, 23rd July 2015

The Irish funny-man, known for Father Ted, is the first comedy festival headliner to be announced.

Written by Claire Flynn. The List, 23rd July 2015

Vikki Stone is to perform at the home of the large hadron collider - as part of their series of TED talks.

Chortle, 23rd July 2015

The comic had to cut his performance short at Derry's Millennium Forum on Friday after being blighted by a persistent heckler. Now his representatives have said that he is donating his takings from the show to local charity Children In Crossfire.

Chortle, 22nd July 2015

This autobiographical tale of two Londoners battling with depression becomes a truly affecting piece through its brutal honesty, desire to smash taboos and potent message. With both tears and laughs, Fake It 'Til You Make It: Special Latitude Edition is an important work to see.

Written by Laura Stevens. A Younger Theatre, 21st July 2015

Of course, every night will be different and there's a real spark of potential here that could make for a great, fast-paced, hour of entertainment. Tonight just wasn't the night.

Written by Jo Beggs. The Public Reviews, 21st July 2015

The comedian has just written his first children's book, and is joining us to answer your questions from 1pm BST onwards on Thursday 30 July - post them in the comments below.

The Guardian, 21st July 2015

The former England cricketer makes an affable, but hit-and-miss, comedian, says Chris Bennion.

Written by Chris Bennion. The Daily Telegraph, 21st July 2015

This Muslim-themed comedy night, featuring performances from Sol Bernstein, Shazia Mirza and Nabil Abdul Rashid, was refreshing, edgy and indisputably British, says Sameer Rahim.

Written by Sameer Rahim. The Daily Telegraph, 21st July 2015

Kevin Bridges was forced to abandon a stand-up show because of a persistent heckler. The Comic walked off stage of the Millennium Forum in Derry following repeated abuse from a woman in the audience.

Chortle, 21st July 2015

A small-scale festival of a rare standard, Barnard Castle's first comedy festival is an incontestable success, and proof that comedy really can work anywhere, when it's done right.

Written by Nic Wright. Giggle Beats, 20th July 2015

Ian Hall isn't keen on his name. Once in the top ten of boys' names, it's now number 174. No Ian's, he says, have really made their mark on the world.

Written by Jo Beggs. The Public Reviews, 20th July 2015

He hasn't been to Latitude for nine years, and hasn't played any other outdoor festivals in the meantime, but it's not for want of appreciation. The audience here love him, no matter what his level of cool.

Written by Steve Bennett. Chortle, 20th July 2015

I won't go into too much detail about James Acaster's Latitude set because it was clearly an excerpt from his forthcoming Edinburgh show, Represent. I will say for starters though that if you are going to Edinburgh and don't have a ticket yet get one quickly.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 20th July 2015

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The comedians involved in new channel Dave show Taskmaster talk about taking part in the bizarre challenges. Read

Crackanory - Series 3

Crackanory - Series 3

Dave has confirmed the commissioning of Crackanory Series 3, with star readers set to include Christopher Lloyd. Read

Robert Lindsay sitcom

Robert Lindsay sitcom

Robert Lindsay and Maureen Lipman will head up the cast of Bull, a TV sitcom set in an antiques shop. Read

Hank Zipzer Series 3

Hank Zipzer Series 3

Happy Days star Henry Winkler is to return to CBBC for a third series of Hank Zipzer. Read

You're Back In The Room

You're Back In The Room

Phillip Schofield will return to ITV with four new episodes of comedy game show You're Back In The Room. Read

Spitting Image to return?

Spitting Image to return?

Spitting Image producer John Lloyd says he wants to bring back the satirical puppet format, maybe as an online show. Read

Bluestone 42 ends

Bluestone 42 ends

The writers of the army-based BBC Three comedy Bluestone 42 have confirmed that the sitcom has ended. Read

Absolutely back on Radio 4

Absolutely back on Radio 4

Absolutely, the comedy sketch group who starred in their own Channel 4 show, are making a series for Radio 4. Read

Big School ends

Big School ends

Big School, the sitcom created by David Walliams, has ended. The star is now working on a sketch show. Read

Do The Right Thing

Do The Right Thing

The hit comedy panel show podcast is back for a fifth series, with guests including Katherine Ryan. Listen

Greg James interview

Greg James interview

Radio 1 DJ Greg James talks to BCG about how proud he is to have written his own BBC sitcom pilot. Read

Grindah and Beats interview

Grindah and Beats interview

Grindah and Beats, the main two characters in BBC mockumentary People Just Do Nothing, talk to BCG: Read

Yonderland interview

Yonderland interview

The cast of Yonderland talk about the return of the fantasy comedy series, and the labels put on their show. Read

Blog: Creating Fishbowl

Blog: Creating Fishbowl

Writer Andrew Mettam lists out seven reasons why his sitcom pilot Fishbowl is great, but he can't take credit. Read

New sitcom Rovers

New sitcom Rovers

Sky1 is making Rovers, a sitcom set in the clubhouse of a lower league football club. Sue Johnston stars. Read

Agatha Raisin to return

Agatha Raisin to return

Ashley Jensen will return to Sky1 for 8 more episodes of Agatha Raisin, the show based MC Beaton's books. Read

Very British Problems on TV

Very British Problems on TV

The popular Twitter feed 'Very British Problems' has been given a three-part TV series by Channel 4. Read

The Brittas Empire returns

The Brittas Empire returns

Chris Barrie has revealed that a new episode of the leisure centre sitcom The Brittas Empire is being written. Read

Hypnotic prank show pilot

Hypnotic prank show pilot

Channel 4 has ordered Look Into My Eyes, a comedic prank show starring 21 year-old hypnotist Archie Manners. Read

Shirley Ghostman is back

Shirley Ghostman is back

Marc Wootton is bringing back his psychic character Shirley Ghostman for two live shows this October. Read

Audible creates 5 sitcoms

Audible creates 5 sitcoms

Audible, the company that sells audio downloads, has produced five British sitcom pilots for free. Read

Sitcom Geeks podcast

Sitcom Geeks podcast

Here's a new podcast series in which James Cary and Dave Cohen talk about the art of sitcom writing. Listen

Brian Pern to return

Brian Pern to return

Brian Pern, the comedy series starring Simon Day as an art rocker, has been given a third series by BBC Four. Read

John Finnemore's new show

John Finnemore's new show

John Finnemore, the creator of Cabin Pressure, is working on a series called The John Finnemore Project. Read

The John Dredge Show

The John Dredge Show

Series 4 of the insanely silly podcast series has now launched. Check out this funny and surreal sketch show. Listen

Miles Jupp hosts News Quiz

Miles Jupp hosts News Quiz

Miles Jupp will take over from Sandi Toksvig as the new host of The News Quiz when it returns. Read

Not Safe For Work interviews

Not Safe For Work interviews

The cast of Channel 4's new office-based comedy drama Not Safe For Work talk about making the show. Read

Joanna Lumley sitcom

Joanna Lumley sitcom

Joanna Lumley is working on a new show for Sky Television. Thought to be a sitcom, the title is Harmony. Read

Missing Hancocks to return

Missing Hancocks to return

Radio 4 has given the greenlight for five more lost Hancock's Half Hour episodes to be re-recorded this July. Read

David Walliams sitcom

David Walliams sitcom

David Walliams is reportedly working on a sitcom based around a TV talent show, inspired by Britain's Got Talent. Read

Bernard Righton's Gold show

Bernard Righton's Gold show

John Thomson, in character as Bernard Righton, will present an archive stand-up show on TV channel Gold. Read

Sharon Rooney interview

Sharon Rooney interview

Sharon Rooney, the star of My Mad Fat Diary, talks about the final series of the comedy drama. Read

Catastrophe a global hit

Catastrophe a global hit

Catastrophe, the sitcom created by Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, has been sold to TV stations across the world. Read

Gein's Family Giftshop

Gein's Family Giftshop

Sketch group Gein's Family Giftshop talk to BCG ahead of recording their first radio series. Get free tickets too: Read

Comedy Awards to move

Comedy Awards to move

It has been confirmed The British Comedy Awards are leaving Channel 4, to move to a new network this December. Read

Nick Frost's memoir

Nick Frost's memoir

Nick Frost's is writing a book about his life. Truths, Half Truths and Utter Bullshit will be released in October. Read

Hoff The Record blog

Hoff The Record blog

What's it like working on a sitcom with David Hasselhoff? Here's a blog from Hoff The Record actor Fergus Craig: Read

Julie Bower: So Awkward

Julie Bower: So Awkward

Julie Bower, the creator of new CBBC sitcom So Awkward, talks about how the show was developed. Read