External Live Comedy Press Clippings

Joe Pasquale on ditching butchery for comedy

The extraordinary comedy magician and actor is one of the hardest-working men in showbusiness. Yet Joe, 59, snorts when I mention that.

Peter Blunt, AsumeTech, 9th May 2021

Comedy fixed Ardal O'Hanlon's sense of malaise

Father Ted star says stand-up was the antidote to the feeling of anxiety that pervaded his early life.

Niamh Horan, The Independent (Ireland), 9th May 2021

Biggest Fringe venues seek up to £14m from public purse

The Fringe's "big four" venues - Assembly, Gilded Balloon, Pleasance and Underbelly - have joined forces with Summerhall, The Stand, the Traverse Theatre, DanceBase, Just the Tonic and Zoo to lobby for financial help. The Fringe alliance is seeking the urgent relaxation of planned two metre social distancing restrictions, which all venues have been told they must enforce this August.

Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman, 8th May 2021

Jamali Maddix interview

The writer, actor, stand-up and documentary-maker on the things that make him laugh the most

The Guardian, 7th May 2021

For Lolly Adefope, comedy Is in the details

The British actress has a sharp eye for the nuances of human behavior, as we see in the new season of Hulu's Shrill.

Sirin Kale, The New York Times, 7th May 2021

Dylan Moran on Dr Cosmos and his new BBC sitcom

The Irish comedian is back with his trademark free-flowing waterfall of ideas including, but not restricted to, masculinity, the generation gap and why all cats are Alan Rickman.

James Mottram, i Newspaper, 7th May 2021

Listen Up review

Lauren Pattison, Kay Greyson and Richard Boggie deliver audio plays about stage disasters, a sobering drinks interval and playing to an audience of none.

The Guardian, 6th May 2021

Dylan Moran interview

The comedian's 2018 show Dr Cosmos addressed mental health, midlife and Brexit - little knowing a crisis lurked around the corner. Now it's being streamed, might no mention of Covid be a selling point?

Brian Logan, The Guardian, 6th May 2021

How has Coronavirus affected the future of live comedy?

Has the practicality and prominence of IGTV, Twitter and Tiktok changed comedy's pathway for good? Will budding comedians see live comedy as a worthwhile endeavour when the rewards of making online content are so much more tangible? Will there even be any venues to return to?

Chris Byfield, SW Londoner, 6th May 2021

Fringe organisers confident shows can 'pop up'

Organisers of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe say they are now "confident" venues will be up and running again this August - with shows expected to "pop up across the city."

Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman, 5th May 2021
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