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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...

Stand-up comedian Russell Brand's cell phone was stolen during his latest visit to India.

The Times of India, 7th July 2015

Stalwart of BBC television and radio panel games, Phill Jupitus, like many of his comedy peers, wasn't quite so mainstream when starting out in the mid 1980s.

Written by Jo Beggs. The Public Reviews, 7th July 2015

Panto is much loved, and there are problems with parodying it, in that the form parodies itself, and is aimed at children. Inevitably, then, Peter Pan Goes Wrong, which finishes its national tour at the Theatre Royal this week, feels safer than The Play..., which took the mick out of murder mysteries.

Nottingham Post, 7th July 2015

Stephen Merchant is used to being noticed. At 6ft 7in tall it is difficult for him to be inconspicuous as he arrives at his publicist's Covent Garden office. Walking into the conference room he ducks to avoid a beam. He has probably been ducking since puberty.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 6th July 2015

The Play That Goes Wrong has won a legion of fans and an Olivier Award since transferring to the West End last year, and now it may be heading to New York.

Written by Tom Eames. Digital Spy, 6th July 2015

The outspoken standup talks about teenage bad behaviour, panel shows and the 'stubborn' iPhone pest who inspired her Manchester international festival show.

Written by Brian Logan. The Guardian, 6th July 2015

We are regularly told that comedy is dumbing down, but over the last few years it has actually brained up.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 6th July 2015

HE'S delivered thousands of jokes over the past 25 years to sold out audiences around the world, but there's one comment Jimeoin made on stage that he still regrets to this day...

News.Com.Au, 6th July 2015

Radio 4 regular, Jo Caulfield started her career writing for Graham Norton and has gone on to make numerous stand-up shows and TV warm up gigs - she's a constant at the Fringe and is one very funny woman.

Written by Ella E Walker. Cambridge News, 6th July 2015

Irish stand-up and best mate of Dara O'Briain, Ed is known for his quick observations, floppy hair and those Carphone Warehouse adverts.

Written by Ella E. Walker. Cambridge News, 5th July 2015

Barry Cryer is not only a long established comedian, but has been a writer to a who's who of British Comedy and a few notable American ones.

Written by Nigel Filby. Diss Express, 5th July 2015

The comedian made a name for himself as one half of double act Lee & Herring in the 90s and has gone on to become a comedy writer, performer and a bonafide "pioneer" of podcasting.

Written by Ella E. Walker. Cambridge News, 4th July 2015

Alex Horne and his merry band of musicians combined hoovers, audience participation and, of course, music, to hilarious effect in the run up to this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Written by Jon Pritchard. Nottingham Post, 3rd July 2015

Rob Delaney is not a fan of architects, though if a building is designed in such a way that he is able to spy on overweight people indulging in an S&M orgy, then that's probably OK.

Written by Brian Donaldson. The Scotsman, 3rd July 2015

The latest person I have chosen as my Comedian of the Month is the multi-talented Ellie Taylor, who recently performed stand up on The John Bishop Show as well as hosting two series of BBC Three's Snog Marry Avoid in the past.

Written by Becca Moody. Moody Comedy, 3rd July 2015

The character comic is charismatic and subtle, but his attempts to get the audience to deliver the laughs sometimes fall flat.

Written by Brian Logan. The Guardian, 3rd July 2015

Previews of Dave Chappelle, Bristol Comedy Garden and Steen Raskopoulos.

Written by James Kettle. The Guardian, 3rd July 2015

Rufus Hound has joined the cast of The Wars of the Roses at the Rose Theatre Kingston.

Written by David Hutchison. The Stage, 3rd July 2015

Three or four comedians will perform their shtick at each show, with multiple shows each day, doled out between The Big Top and The Apple Top stages.

Written by Will Noble. Londonist, 2nd July 2015

Sure, at times, the humour felt a little dated. But, going back to that Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac analogy, you're only really there to see the greatest hits.

Written by Ryan Butcher. Gay Times, 2nd July 2015

Roy 'Chubby' Brown has called off a performance tomorrow night after undergoing an operation.

Chortle, 2nd July 2015

It has been nearly 30 years since squeaky-voiced comedian Joe Pasquale's TV breakthrough on New Faces and his appeal has not diminished.

Written by Jim Palmer. Kingston Guardian, 1st July 2015

Red Redmond's debut stand-up DVD is a warm, smart and wholly loveable fifty minutes from an amazingly personable comic.

Written by Molly Stewart. Giggle Beats, 1st July 2015

IT'S NOT hard not to hate actor/writer David Ireland.

Written by Brian Beacom. Herald Scotland, 30th June 2015

Robin Ince on what he will and won't miss about stand-up comedy.

Written by Ben Williams. Time Out, 29th June 2015

Whether you remember it from TV or not, catching the live stage version of Whose Line is it Anyway? is an absolute must - warning: will make your face hurt/

TNT Magazine, 29th June 2015

I'm not sure if I have ever been to a gig as contradictory as this one. People were walking out while others were rushing to the stage to show their devotion. One act was surly while others were adorable. It was all very strange, but also great fun.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 29th June 2015

He thinks at some point, he'd like to come to America for a year and build a new set from the ground up, working smaller clubs.

Written by Nick A. Zaino III. Boston Globe, 28th June 2015

The UK's hottest comedy club is leading the charge up north.

Written by Stephen Armstrong. The Sunday Times, 28th June 2015

As Stephen Merchant stars on the West End stage, he tells Chris Harvey why having an opinion is now a dangerous business.

Written by Chris Harvey. The Daily Telegraph, 27th June 2015

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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

Win The Delivery Man DVD

Win The Delivery Man DVD

We have three copies of new ITV sitcom The Delivery Man to give away. It stars Darren Boyd as a midwife. Enter

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

BBC New Comedy Award

BBC New Comedy Award

The BBC Radio New Comedy Award is back. The form to enter the 2015 contest is now available to fill in. 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

10 first date checks

10 first date checks

Maddy Anholt provides a checklist of the top ten things you need to know about your possible future spouse. Read

Shush! comes to Radio 4

Shush! comes to Radio 4

Radio 4 is making Shush!, a sitcom set in a library. The show will star Morwenna Banks and Rebecca Front. Read

Prof Brian Cox panel show

Prof Brian Cox panel show

BBC Two is to pilot Six Degrees, a science-based comedy panel show. Professor Brian Cox will host it. Read

RHLSTP with Bob Mortimer

RHLSTP with Bob Mortimer

Bob Mortimer is the first guest on the new series of Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast. Listen

Episodes Series 5

Episodes Series 5

Episodes, starring Matt LeBlanc, Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan, gets another series. Read

CBeebies orders 2 comedies

CBeebies orders 2 comedies

CBeebies is making Go Jetters and Spot Bots, two animated series which aim to teach children via sketches. Read

Drifters gets a 3rd series

Drifters gets a 3rd series

Drifters, the E4 sitcom about three young women struggling to find good jobs, is to return for a third series. Read

Raised By Wolves Series 2

Raised By Wolves Series 2

Channel 4 has ordered a second series of Caitlin and Caroline Moran's sitcom Raised By Wolves. Read

Angela Barnes radio series

Angela Barnes radio series

Radio 4 has ordered a four-part stand-up series from 2011 BBC New Comedy Award winner Angela Barnes. Read

So On & So Forth interview

So On & So Forth interview

An interview with So On & So Forth, the comedy group behind the new Radio 4 sketch show series. Read

Safeword for ITV2

Safeword for ITV2

Rick Edwards will host new ITV2 panel show Safeword with team captains Katherine Ryan & David Morgan. Read

Paul O'Grady interview

Paul O'Grady interview

Paul O'Grady, who is presenting Bob Monkhouse: The Million Joke Man, talks about how he knew the star. Read

Doc Martin US remake

Doc Martin US remake

Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman is developing a US adaptation of hit ITV comedy drama Doc Martin. Read

Lee Mack interview

Lee Mack interview

Lee Mack talks about the future of his hit BBC sitcom Not Going Out in this honest and open in-depth interview. Read

Brotherhood cast interview

Brotherhood cast interview

The cast of Brotherhood, including Sarah Hadland, Johnny Flynn and Ellie Taylor, talk about the show. Read

Croft & Pearce interview

Croft & Pearce interview

Ahead of the recording of their debut Radio 4 series, Hannah Croft and Fiona Pearce talk to BCG: Read