British Comedy Guide

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Andy Hamilton interview

Looking a little like Britain's answer to America's Danny De Vito, this bearded, award-winning comedian and writer's last tour of Change Management proved so popular he's bringing it back on the road this autumn.

Graham Chalmers, Harrogate Advertiser, 29th September 2016

Interview with Four Femmes on the Thames

Four Femmes on the Thames interview.

Comedy Blogedy, 29th September 2016

Interview with Jon Long

Jon Long interview.

Comedy Blogedy, 29th September 2016

Interview with Harriet Braine

Harriet Braine interview.

Comedy Blogedy, 29th September 2016

Comedy review: Miles Jupp at the Royal, Northampton

The stand-up's gentle charm carries us with him, but there are not many big laughs. He needs a way to make his disengagement more muscular.

Dominic Maxwell, The Times, 29th September 2016

Funny Women final 2016 review

It's probably the glitziest of all the new act finals, taking place beneath Europe's biggest glitterball in Koko nightclub and in front of an equally sparkly backdrop proclaiming: 'Laughter is the best cosmetic' (what, even ahead of sponsors Benefit?). There's a glossy 20-page brochure and a goodie bag of make-up for all who attend, too.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 29th September 2016

Jim Davidson to play Comedy Store

Jim Davidson is to play the Comedy Store. The veteran comic is part of a benefit gig organised by John Moloney in aid of ADSCAF - The Abandoned And Destitute Children's Appeal Fund. Also on the bill on November 7 are Joe Pasquale, Pierre Hollins, Eddy Brimson, Geoff Norcott and Moloney himself.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond the Joke, 29th September 2016

Review: Funny Women Awards Final 2016, Koko

If we wanted to get all political about it Funny Women shouldn't exist. Comedians are comedians, why should gender even enter into it? But it does and the Funny Women organisation is clearly tapping into something. This year's final was staged at a bigger venue than usual and it was absolutely packed. For the first time in as long as I can remember I had to review a gig perched on a step at the back of a room.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond the Joke, 29th September 2016

Simon Evans: In The Money - The Lowry, Salford review

Evans has a very dry satirical wit which comes across well in the more intimate setting of a mid-sized theatre.

Helen Jones, The Reviews Hub, 29th September 2016

Larry Dean: Farcissist review

His personality is a winning combination of being daft and being a smart aleck - no wonder he likes the childish but inventive 'yo mamma' insults, which play to both those strengths.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 28th September 2016

Russell Kane on being a 'lord'

Just over a year ago Russell Kane was caught out for lying about his age. The Sun revealed in April 2015 that the comedian and presenter was five years older than he claimed.

David Morgan, Warrington Guardian, 27th September 2016

Bake Off's Mat Riley is now doing stand-up

We all know Matt Riley as a firefighter turned Great British Bake Off class of 2015 contestant, but now he's trying his hand at something completely new. Matt revealed on his social media that he's going to become a comedian for Stand Up to Cancer 2016.

Joe Anderton, Digital Spy, 27th September 2016

David Walliams warns about West End ticket prices

David Walliams has become the latest high-profile figure to criticise the cost of ticket prices in the West End, warning the industry could become a pastime for "a privileged few".

Matthew Hemley, The Stage, 26th September 2016

Anna Morris wins best show award

Last week we asked you to vote for who you wanted to win our new Best Show Award and well over a thousand of you did! Some fantastic shows were nominated for the prize but sadly there could only be one winner and it had to be Anna Morris with her show It's Got To Be Perfect, a character comedy starring Georgina The Bride who is determined that her wedding day will be perfect.

Funny Women, 26th September 2016

Review - David Baddiel, My Family (Not the Sitcom)

About 100 times better than My Family (the sitcom).

Paul Fleckney, London is Funny, 26th September 2016

Gangsta Granny to make West End debut

David Walliams' Gangsta Granny will come to the West End next year, playing at the Garrick Theatre.

Matthew Hemley, The Stage, 26th September 2016

Interview: Suzi Ruffell and Tom Allen

Comedians Suzi Ruffell and Tom Allen, who are heading off round the country this autumn for their Hit The Road tour, first bonded after a particularly difficult charity gig (read on for more) - and now record their own weekly podcast, Like Minded Friends.

Bristol 24/7, 26th September 2016

Interview: Mark Thomas on 'The Red Shed'

Mark Thomas is a man of many strands: stand-up comedian, political activist, campaigner, author, presenter, Guinness World Record holder for most protests in 24 hours - he really is a busy man. Thomas has focused of late on his unique brand of one-man plays, however, mixing comedy with social commentary and pure emotion in his works Bravo Figaro, about his father and opera, and Cuckooed, about a very personal betrayal. Now he is touring again with his newest piece The Red Shed, which sees him revisiting the place his comedy career began, and, as he explained in a recent chat about the show, was also home to his political awakening.

Rob Warren, Everything Theatre, 26th September 2016

James Acaster review

Five nominations for the Edinburgh Comedy Award are surely a recommendation for James Acaster - and with his intelligent, offbeat humour and a wry delivery, he has rightly built up an impressive following at the Fringe (where I saw this show), having improved his craft year on year. Now he embarks on his biggest tour yet and is certain to add to his rapidly growing fanbase.

Veronica Lee, The Arts Desk, 26th September 2016

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical - review

How hard can it be to write a musical? Well, in the hands of The Showstoppers, it seems the answer is not very.

Jay Nuttall, The Reviews Hub, 25th September 2016

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