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Robin Ince interview

Thursday 28th November 2019

We were wondering where in the West End to meet Robin Ince for a chat about his books (out and forthcoming), progress hinderers, problematic material, and this year's two-city Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People. What better setting than tea at the British Museum, right next to some totem poles?

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Robin Ince interview

Wednesday 27th February 2013

Ploughing his own singular furrow as far as stand-up careers go, the accidentally influential Robin Ince returns with another science-based outing. But how will it do in the provinces?

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Press Clippings

Slapstick Festival online events during August

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

How did The Infinite Monkey Cage's virtual audience go?

Earlier this week, amid the coronavirus pandemic, the BBC recorded its first programme with a live audience listening from home. Could this be the new normal for radio comedy shows?

Steven McIntosh, BBC, 2nd June 2020

Infinite Monkey Cage to trial remote virtual audience recordings

Radio 4 panel show The Infinite Monkey Cage is to be the first to trial a BBC remote virtual audience recording system. Audience members will be able to watch the recording via Zoom, where their laughter will be recorded.

British Comedy Guide, 29th May 2020

Coronavirus lockdown is costing comedy industry millions

A survey of the comedy industry has revealed that the coronavirus lockdown has cost venues, promoters and comedians millions of pounds. Over a third of responders said they will have to reconsider working in comedy if lockdown continues for another three months or more.

British Comedy Guide, 23rd April 2020

How comedians are fighting coronavirus from their sofas

Being an observational comedian is a lot tougher when there's nothing to observe but the same four walls every day. But necessity is the mother of invention, as comedians have shown this week in a flurry of online shows - many available now for catch-up viewing, and with more happening every day.

Tristram Fane Saunders, The Telegraph, 26th March 2020

Review: Stay At Home Festival

When the coronavirus hit home last week there was a lot of talk about comedians setting up online gigs as their touring workload dropped off a cliff.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 24th March 2020

Stay at Home festival review

Mark Gatiss's dystopia flashbacks kick off comedy series.

Brian Logan, The Guardian, 23rd March 2020

A comedian walks into a coronavirus crisis...

For the nation's stand-up comics, jokes about Covid-19 are being delivered through gritted teeth -- for an industry that was the first gig economy, the total shutdown of most comedy venues means the nation's gagsters are short of cash and short of an audience.

Stephen Armstrong, The Sunday Times, 22nd March 2020