British Comedy Guide

The Secret Reviewer

Every month a professional comedy pundit, writing undercover for BCG Pro, reveals the murky truths behind live comedy.

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    #17: Dancing with the Devil

    • 1st August 2020

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: Should working with shady characters come with the showbiz territory?

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    #16: The Plus-None

    • 1st July 2020

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: Critics prefer solo gigging. If they'll let us.

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    #15: The Best-Laid Cunning Plans

    • 1st June 2020

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: why it's still worth launching a happening.

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    #14: Turning the Tables

    • 1st May 2020

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: how furniture could be key to live comedy's future.

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    #13: Sympathy for the Devil

    • 1st April 2020

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: critics can't expect much compassion in a crisis.

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    #12: Out of Sight

    • 1st March 2020

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: reviewers should remain off-radar.

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    #11: Switching It Off

    • 1st February 2020

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: Can being a critic ruin your life?

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    #10: Three Thinking

    • 1st January 2020

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: Even mild criticism can come back to haunt you.

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    #9: Book Smarts

    • 1st December 2019

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: Do you have the write stuff?

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    #8: Friends or Foes

    • 6th November 2019

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: should you review people you know?

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    #7: Why Comedy?

    • 1st October 2019

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: what makes them want to write about comedians in the first place?

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    #6: The Ego Trip

    • 1st September 2019

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: how the Fringe can fluff a critic's ego.

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    #5: The Fringe

    • 1st August 2019

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: reviewing at the Edinburgh Festival.

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    #4: The Context Conundrum

    • 1st July 2019

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: how shows can infect each other.

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    #3: Star Wars

    • 1st June 2019

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: the issues around star ratings.

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    #2: Joke Fatigue

    • 1st May 2019

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: Why comedy reviewers often seem to hate jokes.

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    #1: The Opener

    • 1st April 2019

    Every month The Secret Reviewer - a professional comedy critic, writing exclusively for BCG Pro - will reveal the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. Raves, rants, star ratings and stars vanishing: get set for a rare snoop beyond the curtain.