Much fuss was made earlier this month when it was announced that the BBC was remaking Alan Bennett's Talking Heads monologues with a new cast. Well, with a lot less fanfare, this low-key Radio 4 quarter-hour comedy occupies similar comedy, territory with wry and revealing character-led conversations, all taking place on cab journeys around Manchester.Steve Bennett, Chortle, 13th May 2020
Medieval church will host a day of humour and standup routines.Harriet Sherwood, The Guardian, 10th February 2019
Whether the screen version of The Comedians at the King's will change the minds of those who decides who appears on existing TV stand-up and panel shows is probably open to question, given how such programmes are often about developing relationships with emerging talent more than showcasing a tight ten honed over years on the circuit.Steve Bennett, Chortle, 22nd March 2018
Shappi Khorsandi felt as if she'd walked on the moon. Isy Suttie watched a man change a dressing on a wound as she spoke. Omid Djalili fell off the stage. So how did the first gigs of Paul Merton, Susan Calman and other top comics go?Chris Wiegand and Anna Menin, The Guardian, 1st August 2016
You've finished The Wire, Breaking Bad and The Killing but you're still hungry for more boxsets. Fear not, Standard Issue writers are on the case with some gems you might not yet have seen. Karen Campbell rises like an inflatable penis to sing her praises for Peter Kay's celebration of working-class northern night spots.Karen Campbell, Standard Issue, 18th July 2016
Back for a second series was ITV2 comedy The Job Lot. Starring the excellent Russell Tovey (Him & Her, HBO's Looking) as Karl, an art history graduate working in a Midlands job centre. It could, you suppose provide an interesting conceit. Therein lies the problem. The high jinx contained in the wacky world of a job centre sounds so much like a neat pitch for a sitcom that it makes everything a bit too, well, sitcom-y. Tovey is straight man, longing to escape, Sarah Hadland's Trish Collingwood is a boss who actually says the line "I'm your boss. I also want to be your best friend". Stand-up Jo Enright is the supercilious jobsworth with ambitions for a promotion. It's all a bit assistant to the regional manager in its ambitions.
The opening episode is also littered with sex. And I use that verb literally. We begin with Trish having slept over at Karl's flat, we later saw her having sex behind a bin. She said: "After the drought comes the flood, and I am ready to get soaking wet." Trish also introduces a new member of staff thus: "She's a virgin [long beat] a job-centre virgin!" HAHAHAHA SEX!
Which is a shame because it has the basis of something that could be quite rewarding. If only it had a bit more confidence in its characters, like the deadpan nerdism of Adeel Akhtar's George.Will Dean, The Independent, 25th September 2014
Running in Greater Manchester from Saturday 11 until Sunday 26 October the 2014 Women in Comedy Festival features more than 80 shows across an incredible 16 venues. The festival is full to the brim with female comedic talent with over 125 acts confirmed including big names such as Jo Caulfield, Zoe Lyons, Janey Godley, Luisa Omielan, Felicity Ward, Jo Neary, Barbara Nice, Kate Smurthwaite, Tanyalee Davis, Dana Alexander and Jo Enright.Andrew Dipper, Giggle Beats, 18th September 2014