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...

For many it's no laughing matter - but comedy star Sarah Millican is still looking on the bright side of life after turning 40.

The Shields Gazette, 30th May 2015

Comedian turned therapist Ruby Wax is bringing her one woman crusade to Crawley - to help us cling onto our sanity. Ruby's latest tour Sane New World, based on her bestselling book of the same name, is coming to The Hawth next month and she promises the audience will get more than a standard stand up gig.

Crawley News, 30th May 2015

The Carry On star delivered an enjoyable look back on his long career, says Claire Allfree.

Written by Claire Allfree. The Daily Telegraph, 29th May 2015

Moran has always been spellbinding but often frustratingly uneven.

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

Oh dear, oh dear. Kids TV stars Barry and Paul Elliot, remembered for their catch phrase 'To me, to you', are poised to grace The Big Top at this September's festival on the Isle of Wight.

Written by Ellie Walker-Arnott. The Radio Times, 29th May 2015

He's billed as being too outrageous for TV and his live show even has a warning slapped on it to ward off the easily offended. But when I touch on the subject of sacred cows in comedy, Roy 'Chubby' Brown said it's up to the individual stand up to 'edit themselves'.

Written by David Morgan. Warrington Guardian, 29th May 2015

The Jesterval comedy festival returns to Gateshead Quays in June. We sent all of the comics on the bill one question to answer.

Written by Sam Wonfor. The Journal, 29th May 2015

Comedy fans now have the chance to laugh their way right around Liverpool - with the return of the city's Comedy Coach Tour.

Written by Catherine Jones. The Liverpool Echo, 29th May 2015

Previews of David Cross, Danny Bhoy and Richard Herring.

Written by James Kettle. The Guardian, 29th May 2015

Making people laugh made him famous, but in real life, anxiety attacks once threatened Dom Joly's career.

Written by Hannah Stephenson. Yorkshire Post, 29th May 2015

After a decade-long struggle with alcohol abuse and depression, Rob Delaney found solace by becoming a scatological stand-up. As he takes his latest show on the road, the Twitter titan talks hangovers and sex positions with Stephanie Rafanelli.

Written by Stephanie Rafanelli. Evening Standard, 29th May 2015

The standup, actor and author talks about stage fright, life after Father Dougal, being the son of a politician and how he prefers to snipe from the sidelines.

Written by Paul Fleckney. The Guardian, 29th May 2015

Chris Ramsey has compared meeting Tom Hanks to what he imagines meeting God would be like and added that he was like "charisma on a stick".

The List, 29th May 2015

Hilarious questions from the audience complemented a sparky panel, says Rupert Hawksley.

Written by Rupert Hawksley. The Daily Telegraph, 28th May 2015

In this week's My Peccadillo, comedian Alex Horne on going from the Countdown board game to the real thing.

The Big Issue, 28th May 2015

A few weeks ago, I was a judge on the Last Minute Comedy Comedian of the Year awards. The winner was Philip Simon. "You mentioned in your act at the Awards," I told him in Borehamwood this week, "that you look a bit like David Mitchell." "I don't get mistaken for him in the street but, when I say it in gigs, there's enough people who go: Ah! That's what it is!"

Written by John Fleming. John Fleming's Blog, 28th May 2015

The Mock The Week star launches a joke-rich rallying call for a better Britain.

Written by Andy Parsons. The Guardian, 27th May 2015

Eighty minutes of daft songs, stupid prop gags and one-liners reveal Tim Vine's ingenuity.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 27th May 2015

I laughed so much I thought at one point my last sight on Earth would be Mike McShane sitting imperiously as a King, waxing lyrical in perfect Shakespeare about an imaginary fish flapping at his feet, while Lee Simpson adopted the guise of a Geordie to trick the Princess into marrying him. Utter comedy genius.

Written by Dave Jennings. British Theatre Guide, 26th May 2015

They got in, got the laugh, and got out again. 90 minutes of pure fun.

Written by Lucy Ricketts. A Younger Theatre, 26th May 2015

Sorry to those who loved him but I didn't think he was all that funny.

The Gloucester Citizen, 26th May 2015

In spite of innovative staging and an uptight spinster played by a man, Told by an Idiot's version of this 1922 chiller aims for laughs over edge-of-your-seat horror.

Written by Lyn Gardner. The Guardian, 26th May 2015

The former National Theatre and Carry On stalwart brings Just Jim Dale to the Vaudeville Theatre from tonight.

What's On Stage, 26th May 2015

Reviews of Michael Redmond, Iain Stirling, Jamie MacDonald, Loretta Maine and Dave Johns.

Written by Stephen Watt. Mumble Comedy, 26th May 2015

Occasionaly it felt a bit rehearsed, but he was at his best when he was chatting, working the crowd and being spontaneous. This is when we got to see his quick clever wit and the room was filled with belly laughs. After a long, eventful week, laughter really is the best medicine and this was the perfect tonic.

Written by Zoe Gwynne. Mumble Comedy, 26th May 2015

Modesty is perhaps not what you would expect from an all-round Scottish entertainer with four decades in the industry under his belt. But it personifies 58-year-old Glaswegian actor and mimic Jonathan Watson, who is touring Scotland in the National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) satire Yer Granny.

Written by Julie Currie. Falkirk Herald, 26th May 2015

When it is good, it is an anarchic, exciting and hilarious experience, unlike anything else you will see. But in those moments it does not work, it becomes laboured and the audience loses interest very fast.

Written by James Lillywhite. A Younger Theatre, 25th May 2015

As he prepares to return this weekend, Ken Dodd looks back on his 80-year love affair with Southport.

Written by Kate Lally. Southport Visiter, 25th May 2015

When comedy fans John Oliver and Claire Merriman walked through the doors of Malvern theatres for a comedy gig on Friday night, little did they imagine they would come out engaged to be married.

Written by Robert Hale. Worcester News, 25th May 2015

Where his Still Game character Winston called for the Milton-born actor to age up twenty years, his latest role takes Paul back to the seventies when was a teenager.

Written by Brian Beacom. Glasgow Evening Times, 24th May 2015

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Greg Davies interview

Greg Davies interview

Comedy giant Greg Davies talks about the second series of his hit Channel 4 sitcom, Man Down. Read

Del Boy's autobiography

Del Boy's autobiography

Ebury will publish the autobiography of Peckham businessman Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter in October. Read

Antiques shop sitcom Bull

Antiques shop sitcom Bull

UKTV Gold is to film Bull, a new studio audience sitcom about a man who runs an antiques shop. Read

New sitcom Marley's Ghosts

New sitcom Marley's Ghosts

UKTV channel Gold has ordered Marley's Ghosts, a 3-part sitcom about a woman who can speak to the dead. Read

Gold making Henry IX sitcom

Gold making Henry IX sitcom

Porridge writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais have written Henry IX, a new sitcom for UKTV Gold. Read

Vicious 2 interviews

Vicious 2 interviews

The cast of Vicious talk about the return of the sitcom, and how the topic of gay marriage crops up in the show. Read

Buzzcocks axed

Buzzcocks axed

BBC Two has decided to end Never Mind The Buzzcocks after 18 years and 28 series on air. Read

Trigger Happy TV to return

Trigger Happy TV to return

Channel 4 has confirmed it is in talks to bring back Dom Joly's hidden camera comedy format Trigger Happy TV. Read

Ben Miller Horrible Science

Ben Miller Horrible Science

Ben Miller is to star in Horrible Science, a new children's comedy-entertainment series for Children's ITV. Read

Sketchorama Series 4 acts

Sketchorama Series 4 acts

Isy Suttie will host acts including The Penny Dreadfuls, Frisky & Mannish, and Gein's Family Giftshop. Read

Catherine Tate's Nan

Catherine Tate's Nan

Catherine Tate is to return as her foul-mouthed OAP character Nan. She is set to record two specials for BBC TV. Read

Cast for BBC thriller Stag

Cast for BBC thriller Stag

Reece Shearsmith, Rufus Jones, Tim Key and Sharon Rooney are amongst the cast for BBC2 comic thriller Stag. Read

Morecambe & Wise sitcom

Morecambe & Wise sitcom

Historian Graham McCann has revealed an aborted Morecambe & Wise sitcom pilot. Read

Flat TV gets full series

Flat TV gets full series

Tom Rosenthal and Naz Osmanoglu's Comedy Feeds sitcom Flat TV has been commissioned for a full series. Read

Room To Write interview

Room To Write interview

Laura Marks, the producer and director behind the BBC's Room To Write video sketches, shares some advice: Read

Cuckoo returns for Series 3

Cuckoo returns for Series 3

BBC Three's Cuckoo is to return for a third series. Greg Davies & Taylor Lautner will reprise their roles. Read

BBC Comedy Feeds 2015

BBC Comedy Feeds 2015

The BBC has announced six new pilots - SunnyD, Radges, People Time, Fishbowl, Dead Air and Funz And Gamez. Read

Why We Need Ethnic Comedy

Why We Need Ethnic Comedy

In this article, comedy performer Inder Manocha discusses how ethnic comedy relates to the mainstream. Read

Trollied gets a Series 5

Trollied gets a Series 5

Sky1 sitcom Trollied will be back for a fifth series, star Jason Watkins (aka store manager Gavin) has confirmed. Read

'Making it' in comedy

'Making it' in comedy

Barry Ferns writes on the topic of what it means to 'make it' in comedy. Think carefully about your end goals. Read

Whose Line? is coming back

Whose Line? is coming back

Some of the stars of hit 1990s TV format Whose Line Is It Anyway? are reuniting for a series of live shows in London. Read

BAFTA TV Awards 2015

BAFTA TV Awards 2015

The winners of the BAFTA TV Awards 2015 have been revealed, including Jessica Hynes and Detectorists. Read

Not Going Out will return!

Not Going Out will return!

Lee Mack has revealed that his hit sitcom Not Going Out has not ended. It will return for a Christmas special. Read

Crims dropped by BBC Three

Crims dropped by BBC Three

BBC Three sitcom Crims has been dropped after just one series, the broadcaster has confirmed. Read

Nick Park's new film

Nick Park's new film

Nick Park and Aardman Animation, the creators of Wallace & Gromit and Shaun The Sheep, are making Early Man. Read

No Offence interviews

No Offence interviews

A guide to No Offence, the police-based comedy drama from the creator of Shameless. Lots more info: Read

David Mitchell interview

David Mitchell interview

David Mitchell talks about comedy and politics, as he prepares to co-host Channel 4's Alternative Election Night. Read

Tom Davis interview

Tom Davis interview

We talk to comedy actor Tom Davis about his funny new improvised comedy series for BBC3, Murder In Successville. Read

Pub Landlord interview

Pub Landlord interview

We talk to the Pub Landlord as his drive for electoral victory comes to a head. Will he be voted in as an MP? Read

Red Dwarf XI & XII

Red Dwarf XI & XII

Good news. Dave has ordered two more new series of the cult sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf, to air in 2016 and 2017. Read

Steve Pemberton interview

Steve Pemberton interview

Steve Pemberton discusses the reaction to the second series of Inside No. 9 and his hopes for a third series. Read

UKIP versus HIGNFY

UKIP versus HIGNFY

UKIP says comments made about Nigel Farage on Have I Got News For You have been biased against him. Read

Peter Kay's 2.8m car share

Peter Kay's 2.8m car share

Peter Kay's Car Share has broken a BBC record, with the show being streamed 2.8m times on iPlayer. Read

Counterfeit Cat

Counterfeit Cat

Counterfeit Cat, a new animated comedy from Disney XD, will feature Marc Wootton and Kayvan Novak. Read

Russell Howard interview

Russell Howard interview

Russell Howard introduces his new TV show in this quick interview. There's also a funny preview clip here. Read

Hoff The Record again

Hoff The Record again

UKTV has ordered a 2nd series of David Hasselhoff mockumentary Hoff The Record before the 1st has been seen. Read

Kayvan Novak's R4 show

Kayvan Novak's R4 show

Fonejacker star Kayvan Novak is making The Celebrity Voicemail Show, a new comedy series for Radio 4. Read

Keith Harris dies aged 67

Keith Harris dies aged 67

Comedy entertainer Keith Harris, best known for his ventriloquist performances with his puppet Orville, has died. Read