Thursday 2nd April 2020
The Edinburgh Fringe 2020 has been cancelled. Bruce Dessau ponders whether the festival will ever be the same again.
Arthur Smith, the only comedian who was due to perform a sort-of 'official' show in Edinburgh this August has cancelled his run (or rather walk).Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 5th August 2020
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the new measures at a press conference on Friday. He has just spoken and called it "swift and decisive action...we would not hesistate to put the brakes on if required. Today I am afraid we are postponing those openings for at least a fortnight. Indoor performamces will not resume..."Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 31st July 2020
The producers of Leicester Comedy Festival and The UK Kids' Comedy Festival have announced that they are going to go ahead with the 2021 events, with support from a significant number of friends and special guests.Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 30th July 2020
Award-winning comedian Katie Pritchard has discovered a new career in art during lockdown. Initially offering to create her trademark "Crap Art Portraits" of your photos from just £5 (which you can still purchase via her Ko-Fi page). And now Katie has decided to go ahead and ruin T-Shirts and Jumpers too with her fun artwork under the title "Katie PritchArt", which launches this week.Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 28th July 2020
If nothing else good comes out of the pandemic at least there is a chance that more people will see The Young Offenders.Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 28th July 2020
Bristol's annual Slapstick festival of silent and classic comedy is adding a choice of celebrity-led live online events to the series of archive treasures it has been sharing via its YouTube channel since the start of the Covid-19 lockdown.Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 28th July 2020