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Sean Lock cancels show at Warwick Arts Centre

The popular performer has had to cancel the show - citing "illness."

James Rodger, Coventry Telegraph, 8th December 2016

Ten big names who began at Shoreditch Comedy Café

The venue is closing because of skyrocketing rents - meaning the comedy stars of tomorrow have one less place to cut their teeth.

Jessie Thompson, The Evening Standard, 8th December 2016

Marcus Brigstocke: Why the Long Face? - review

Marcus Brigstocke is witty and entertaining, and this show has moments of genuine hilarity.

Jim Gillespie, The Reviews Hub, 8th December 2016

Once in a Lifetime review

Harry Enfield plays a studio mogul in a curiously underpowered performance.

Paul Taylor, The Independent, 8th December 2016

Sofie Hagen, comedy review

Sofie Hagen's new show is deeper than her debut but still big on infectious laughs.

Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard, 8th December 2016

Fleabag live show: there is more to comedy than laughs

As a comic creation, Fleabag is mean, self-involved, sexually inappropriate, miserable and disturbingly excellent company.

Anna Leszkiewicz, The New Statesman, 7th December 2016

Once in a Lifetime review

Harry Enfield makes the grade in his stage debut.

Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph, 7th December 2016

Once in a Lifetime review

Playing a studio mogul at the dawn of the talkies, Harry Enfield makes an assured theatre debut but this production puts visual bravura before verbal precision.

Michael Billington, The Guardian, 7th December 2016

600 Limmy Vines to be screened at film festival

600 vines by playful, provocative Glaswegian comedian Limmy, aka Brian Limond, are to be screened in one evening as part of the forthcoming London Short Film Festival 2017, which runs from 6th-15th January. After the screening there will be an onstage Q&A with fellow Scot Armando Iannucci.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond the Joke, 7th December 2016

Laughably bad... Harry Enfield in Once In A Lifetime

What a jolly surprise. The Young Vic, where they so often beat you over the head with Arthur Millerish gloom, has revived a dotty 1930s comedy satirising early Hollywood. It stars Harry Enfield - who is actually almost laughably bad - as a pugnacious movie mogul.

Quentin Letts, The Daily Mail, 7th December 2016

Still Game creators to limit live shows

Still Game fans have been promised a bigger and better stage spectacular when Jack and Victor return to the Hydro - but have been warned it will not become an annual fixture to avoid being seen as a pantomime.

Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman, 5th December 2016

Jewish humour ain't what it used to be

The UK Jewish Comedy festival's salute to the Borscht Belt comedy of Woody Allen and Joan Rivers is poised awkwardly between tribute and parody.

Brian Logan, The Guardian, 5th December 2016

Review: Jimmy Carr, Wolverhampton Civic Hall

The audience didn't seem to think the material was old either. They absolutely lapped up a show that lasted the best part of two and a half hours (plus a 20-minute break in the middle).

Tim Spiers, Express and Star, 4th December 2016

Campaign launched to save Comedy Cafe

A campaign has been launched to save the Comedy Cafe in Shoreditch.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond the Joke, 3rd December 2016

Interview: Dan from Next Up

We have been glued to our laptops and smartphones the past couple of weeks thanks to Next Up, a new streaming service that promises to be the Netflix of stand-up comedy. It's filled to the brim with great shows from rising stars and regulars on the comedy circuit. We've already posted our tips on what to watch first, including some great shows from the Edinburgh Fringe. We thought we'd get some insight from the team behind the service, however. Luckily, Dan from Next Up was at hand to answer our questions.

Laugh Out London, 3rd December 2016

Lolly Adefope interview

From Mr Show to troubling YouTube videos, the up-and-coming character comedian reveals the things that make her laugh the most.

Hannah J Davies, The Guardian, 2nd December 2016

Noel Faulkner closes The Comedy Cafe

I got a message late last night from Noel Faulkner: "I will call you tomorrow to talk about losing the club." London's Comedy Cafe is closing at the end of this month, after 26 years.

John Fleming, John Fleming's blog, 2nd December 2016

Sara Pascoe interview

'I think the new heckles are going to be people correcting us'.

David Ellis, Evening Standard, 2nd December 2016

Miles Jupp interview

Miles Jupp on smart TVs, boilers and the part he'd really love to play in a film.

Joanna Davis, Dorset Echo, 2nd December 2016

What comedy brings to the experience of grief

In her podcast, Cariad Lloyd talks to other comics about death, a subject that stand-ups rarely deal with directly on stage.

Brian Logan, The Guardian, 2nd December 2016

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