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The 2015 Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival will pay tribute to the late comic legend Norman Wisdom by opening on what would have been his 100th birthday.

Written by P. A. Warzynski. Leicester Mercury, 24th November 2014

Big spectacles? Check. Big-collared white shirt? Check. Talking sideburns belonging to an Olympic cycling champ? Check. In these exclusive behind-the-scenes clips from his first live DVD in almost 10 years, Harry Hill gets ready for his Sausage Time shows.

The Guardian, 24th November 2014

Lee Mack tells stories of his life, like the best northern comedians, but it was the way he came up with killer lines in response to the crowd that showed off his true star quality.

Blackpool Gazette, 24th November 2014

Ross Noble is a brilliantly original comedian but the man who got the biggest laugh at the Sands Centre tonight was a Cumbrian businessman who had managed to turn up to the gig a year early.

Written by Nick Turner. Cumbria Live, 24th November 2014

It's the way he sets up the way more far out second half that's cleverest of all, drip feeding us the bizarre cast we'll encounter from Luxury Comedy.

Written by Sarah Walters. Manchester Evening News, 23rd November 2014

The death of her father from alcoholism doesn't immediately sound like the best subject for a comedy show. It's hardly a barrel of laughs, yet Vikki Stone insists it is funny as well as poignant.

Birmingham Mail, 23rd November 2014

Some gigs you just are not going to win. Some gigs are built on ancient cursed burial grounds where the lost spirits of comics haunt the stage in bitterness, where humour has died and any unfortunate soul that thinks they can tell a few jokes and get a laugh will have misfortune bestowed upon them.

Written by Keith Carter. Liverpool Echo, 23rd November 2014

As the comedian and occasional Observer columnist Stewart Lee prepares to tour his show A Room With a Stew, here's your chance to ask him anything you like.

Written by Kathryn Bromwich. The Observer, 23rd November 2014

Although Fielding seems slightly directionless without his Mighty Boosh partner, there's plenty of madcap whimsy and wit.

Written by Stephanie Merritt. The Observer, 23rd November 2014

Television is often cited as one of the main contributing factors to the death of music hall and variety, and I think it's pretty obvious what a crock this is. For a start, it's fairly well documented that greedy venue managers started to realise that they could book a couple of these new-fangled rock & roll bands into their hall.

Written by Mat Ricardo. 22nd November 2014

Ross Noble on the Newcastle arts scene, funding cuts, his favourite venue.

Written by Andrew Dipper. Giggle Beats, 22nd November 2014

An Evening With Noel Fielding is an incredibly diverse spectacle.

Written by Becca Moody. Moody Comedy, 22nd November 2014

"At the risk," said Richard, "of sounding like a bitter and twisted old bastard about not being famous, if I can get someone to kill me, then people will think: Oh, he must have been brilliant. Let's look at all his old shit on the internet."

Written by John Fleming. John Fleming's Blog, 22nd November 2014

The lack of ad-libbing nous on display was the key failing of this show.

Written by Brian Donaldson. The Scotsman, 22nd November 2014

He found TV fame young and, at 28, has already put his vices behind him. Now the comic has austerity Britain in his sights.

Written by Paul MacInnes. The Guardian, 22nd November 2014

"I've been wanting to do it for about ten years. I've got a lot of tattoos and I used to have lots of piercings but I'm crap with piercings."

Written by John Fleming. John Fleming's Blog, 21st November 2014

It takes a special sort of person to make a cardboard unicorn, the dark side of the moon and teabags laugh-out-loud funny.

Written by Lucy Wood. Grimsby Telegraph, 21st November 2014

Previews of Lee Mack, Susan Calman and Sam Simmons.

Written by James Kettle. The Guardian, 21st November 2014

It's a testament to Frank Skinner's skill that he can keep performing for 27 years and still keep developing sets.

York Press, 21st November 2014

"Have I improved?" he cries. "If anything I feel I'm probably worse now. If you're ignorant and you do something, that's one thing ... but it's far worse if you know, and you still do it. And I know it."

Nottingham Post, 20th November 2014

Three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee James Acaster is zipping about on the radio, in the online series Sweet Home Ketteringa, and touring his show Recognise around the country. Last week he performed at Nottingham's Glee Club; and so, with a face inexplicably redder than any face has ever been, I asked him some questions.

Written by Molly Stewart. Giggle Beats, 20th November 2014

The events that led to the Equal Pay Act are inspirational, yet the stage production fails to make a lasting impression.

Written by Louise Kingsley. TNT Magazine, 20th November 2014

The organisers of Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival hope to be laughing all to the bank as they try to publish a book about the event.

Written by A. Troughton. Leicester Mercury, 20th November 2014

Last year, I wrote a blog about Northern English comic Jimmy O. In July this year, he published his autobiography.

Written by John Fleming. John Fleming's Blog, 20th November 2014

When comedians make critics the subject of their stand-up, it rarely ends well.

Written by Alice Jones. The Independent, 20th November 2014

Jason Manford talks starring in The Producers in Bromley with Louie Spence and getting Mel Brooks' seal of approval.

News Shopper, 20th November 2014

Twisted tales, ghoulish punchlines... Robin Ince on why many comedians are attracted to horror fiction.

The Big Issue, 20th November 2014

A night of light-hearted comedy was the perfect remedy for a drizzly November evening here in Southampton.

Written by Megan Downing. The National Student, 20th November 2014

John Bishop is one of those blokes you could spend hours with over a few bevvies down the pub.

Written by Gordon Barr. Chronicle Live, 20th November 2014

Shappi Khorsandi has joked that she would be "quite happy" to fill a quota on a comedy panel show.

Digital Spy, 20th November 2014

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Win BOAF Christmas DVD

Win BOAF Christmas DVD

We have three copies of the brand new Birds Of A Feather Christmas Specials DVD to give away. Win

British Comedy Awards K&Q

British Comedy Awards K&Q

Voting for the British Comedy Awards 2014 King or Queen category has launched. Pick from 6: Read

Win Russell Howard DVD

Win Russell Howard DVD

We've got five copies of Russell Howard's brand new DVD, Wonderbox Live, to give away. Win

So On & So Forth series

So On & So Forth series

The comedy troupe So On And So Forth have been given their own BBC Radio 4 sketch show series. Read

Lee Evans quits comedy

Lee Evans quits comedy

Lee Evans, one of the UK's best known stand-ups, has unexpectedly announced he is to retire from comedy. Read

Win Variety Soup tickets

Win Variety Soup tickets

Win tickets to see Variety Soup in London. It's the fantastic hit show from the Slightly Fat Features ensemble. Enter

What is a joke? - Part 2

What is a joke? - Part 2

Dave Cohen prepares Big Comedy Conference delegates with an attempt to explain EVERY type of joke. Read

Sarah Millican podcast

Sarah Millican podcast

Sarah Millican chats to Richard Herring in the latest episode of his podcast series. It's a funny chat. Listen

Paddy McGuinness sitcom

Paddy McGuinness sitcom

Paddy McGuinness is to return to comedy acting with a role in ITV's new midwife sitcom, The Delivery Man. Read

I Live With Models series

I Live With Models series

Comedy Central has confirmed the commission of a new studio sitcom. It's called I Live With Models. Read

Taking Liberties comedies

Taking Liberties comedies

The BBC has ordered comedies for its Magna Carta season, including a new Horrible Histories episode. Read

What is a joke?

What is a joke?

An article in which Dave Cohen looks at the structure of a joke, and explains how Aristotle got there first. Read

Eddie Izzard autobiography

Eddie Izzard autobiography

Eddie Izzard is to write his memoirs. He has signed a book deal with a US publishing company. Read

Gold to make more sitcoms

Gold to make more sitcoms

UKTV Gold has announced it is increasing its investment in new shows to develop five new sitcoms. Read

John Cleese leads icon list

John Cleese leads icon list

John Cleese has been named as the most influential British comedy icon in a poll of the public. Read

Charlie Brooker wipes again

Charlie Brooker wipes again

BBC Two has ordered another series of Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe, and a round-up of 2014. Read

People Just Do Nothing 2

People Just Do Nothing 2

People Just Do Nothing, the BBC Three sitcom set around a pirate radio station, has been given a 2nd series. Read

Stand-up newcomers report

Stand-up newcomers report

Nine of the brave souls who performed stand-up for the first time as part of a charity gig report back. Read

Sara Pascoe podcast

Sara Pascoe podcast

Stand-up Sara Pascoe is this week's guest on Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast. Listen

Julia Davis commissioned

Julia Davis commissioned

Julia Davis's latest sitcom project, Morning Has Broken, has been given a full series by Channel 4. Read

Dapper Laughs won't return

Dapper Laughs won't return

ITV has confirmed that it will not order a second series of comedy-dating show Dapper Laughs: On The Pull. Read

Woody is now filming

Woody is now filming

Bradley Walsh and Kayvan Novak are now filming Woody, a new BBC sitcom set on a Spanish island. Read

British Comedy Awards 2014

British Comedy Awards 2014

The nominees for the British Comedy Awards 2014 have been revealed. See the shortlist for all 16 categories. Read

Babylon interviews

Babylon interviews

The stars of Babylon, Channel 4's police-based comedy drama, talk about how they prepared for the show. Read

Puppy Love interview

Puppy Love interview

The creators of new sitcom Puppy Love introduce the show, and talk about working with canine stars. Read

Churchill's true voice

Churchill's true voice

An interview with Toby DeWinter, the historian who discovered Churchill was a foul mouthed Northerner. Read

Fresh Meat - Series 4

Fresh Meat - Series 4

Fresh Meat writers Bain & Armstrong have confirmed that they are working on a fourth series: Read

Detectorists Series 2

Detectorists Series 2

Mackenzie Crook's Detectorists will return to BBC Four for a second series in 2015. Read

Blue fooled in prank show

Blue fooled in prank show

Boy band Blue are the fools of a new prank series, one in which they attempt to run a bar in Ibiza. Read

Steve Coogan podcast

Steve Coogan podcast

For the 50th episode of his podcast series, Richard Herring interviews the one and only Steve Coogan! Listen

Adam Buxton Christmas show

Adam Buxton Christmas show

Adam Buxton is to present a one-off Christmas show for Sky Arts. Guide

McIntyre to host Royal show

McIntyre to host Royal show

Michael McIntyre will present the Royal Variety Performance this year. Acts will include Sarah Millican. Read

Twop Twips analysed

Twop Twips analysed

The best advice from the Twitter feed @TwopTwips has been put into a book. Here's some highlights: Read

All knitted Nudinits!

All knitted Nudinits!

Check out Nudinits, a 22 minute stop frame animated film in which every scene has been knitted by hand. Read

Enter the Pun Championships

Enter the Pun Championships

Are you a comedian full of puns? If so, here's how to enter to become the 2015 UK Pun Champion. Read

BAFTA Rocliffe winner blog

BAFTA Rocliffe winner blog

Daniel Brierley, one of the winners of the BAFTA Rocliffe writing competition, blogs about his experience. Read

Stand-up course diary

Stand-up course diary

An interesting and honest diary recounting taking an 8 week stand-up course with tutor Logan Murray. Read

Matt Berry interview

Matt Berry interview

Matt Berry discusses the inspiration for Toast Of London, and talks about how he is shouted at in public. Read