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Row over Leicester Comedy Festival council funding

Concerns have been raised about council bosses finding cash to bail out the Leicester Comedy Festival but refusing emergency funding for a group that helps elderly and disabled people.

Dan J. Martin, Leicester Mercury, 27th July 2016

Phil Wang interview

It was the work hours that attracted British comedian Phil Wang to the funny business.

Gurveen Kaur, Star2, 26th July 2016

Ross Noble interview

Ross Noble on failing to become a stuntman, losing everything in a house fire - and how school prepared him for hecklers.

Jane Graham, Big Issue, 25th July 2016

Finalists announced for sitcom writing competition

The line-up has been announced for the final of The Sitcom Trials So You Think You Write Funny competition, which sets out to find the best new situation comedy writers and performers the country has to offer.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond the Joke, 24th July 2016

Fracked! review

Anne Reid stars as a reluctant activist, but the plum role goes to the fracking company's 'horribly recognisable' PR man.

Susannah Clapp, The Observer, 24th July 2016

Fracked! - stage show review

There are numerous nice turns, including James Bolam as her long-suffering husband, whose glorious line 'Oh, God, another aromatherapist has set up in the village!' could easily have been uttered by the show's director Richard Wilson when he was playing Victor Meldrew on TV.

Patrick Marmion, The Daily Mail, 23rd July 2016

The Play That Goes Wrong announces national tour

The Play That Goes Wrong has announced a major tour for 2017, visiting locations across the UK.

The Stage, 22nd July 2016

Jason Cook on the South Tyneside Comedy Festival

The inaugural South Tyneside Comedy Festival, which will run from July 29-August 7 at the Customs House.

Sam Wonfor, Chronicle Live, 21st July 2016

University to be Leicester Comedy Fest main sponsor

De Montfort University has announced increased sponsorship of Leicester Comedy Festival. The university - where the festival began back in 1994 - has confirmed it will be a main sponsor of Leicester Comedy Festival 2017.

DMU, 21st July 2016

Review: Great Yorkshire Fringe, Austentatious

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a cast in possession of a good venue must be in want of a script.

Maxine Gordon, The Press, 21st July 2016

I am lazy. Comedy club crowdfunding continues.

On 3rd June, I had a chat with Barry Ferns and Dec Munro about the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign they had just started to help finance the new Angel Comedy 2.0 comedy club in London's Islington. The idea was that I could give their campaign a boost with a blog. What could go wrong?

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 21st July 2016

Twelfth Night With Comedians review

A unique take on Shakespeare; for all its many faults, it's still well worth exploring this and this company's upcoming productions.

Rob Warren, Everything Theatre, 21st July 2016

Latitude: reflections on a weekend of comedy

Latitude has often used the tag-line 'more than just a music festival' and with an extensive arts line-up that's certainly true. The Suffolk festival has also grown into one of the largest comedy programmes on the circuit. The tents may now have been dismantled, but Fergus Morgan reflects back on a weekend's mirth in the festival's purple comedy arena.

Fergus Morgan, The Reviews Hub, 20th July 2016

Jim Davidson to star in 'honest' show about his career

Comedian Jim Davidson is to appear in an autobiographical stage show looking back on his 40-year career.

BBC News, 20th July 2016

Mr Twonkey's Buxton Fringe diary

He will be performing his new show Twonkey's Mumbo Jumbo Hotel in Edinburgh next month and has just returned from performing it for three nights in Buxton. This is his diary of what happened over the weekend...

Paul Vickers, John Fleming's Blog, 19th July 2016

Sarah Millican cancels show after losing voice

Taking to Twitter yesterday she wrote: "I'm gutted to announce that we've had to cancel tonight's show at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham. I'm so sorry to everyone who was coming, I have literally no voice. I did last night's show with a sore throat and it's just got worse all day. I thought I might be able to perform but I can barely speak at all."

Express and Star, 18th July 2016

The Elis James and John Robins Experience: review

Those uninitiated into to the rituals and in-jokes of Elis James and John Robins's Radio X programmes and spin-off podcast face something of a learning curve at the live version, here at Latitude ahead of a fully-fledged tour in the autumn.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 18th July 2016

Latitude review: Bill Bailey

In a way Bailey was the perfect act to close the comedy tent on the final night.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond the Joke, 18th July 2016

Latitude review: Mark Watson

Watson started the gig while standing in the middle of the audience - one of his trademark moves - and working his way to the stage.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond the Joke, 18th July 2016

Latitude review: Nish Kumar

The inevitable running gag at Latitude was Brexit. Numerous comedians had hastily fashioned routines out of the horror show of the referendum fallout. Most were clever from a cushioned, cosy white middle class perspective. Nish Kumar played a trump card. His Brexit routine hinged on an incident when he was on the receiving of post-poll racism.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond the Joke, 18th July 2016

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