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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    #28: Please Lower Your Expectations

    • 1st July 2021

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: Hype and hopes can ruin everything.

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    #27: Mad, Bad and Dangerous

    • 3rd June 2021

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: Trawling the depths of comedy's dark side.

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    #26: We didn't say that

    • 1st May 2021

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: Sometimes anger is aimed at the wrong target.

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    #25: Moonlighting Strangers

    • 1st April 2021

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: the one industry ill that comedians and critics all agree on.

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    #24: Relocation, Relocation

    • 1st March 2021

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: Should we all just move to Scotland?

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    #23: Get the Picture

    • 1st February 2021

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: It's never too early to get prepped for self-promotion.

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    #22: The Freaky Future

    • 1st January 2021

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: How are pundits supposed to predict anything this year?

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    #21: Offensive Tactics

    • 1st December 2020

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: Is upsetting everyone a decent career move?

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    #20: Tweeting with the Enemy

    • 1st November 2020

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: Critics need to socially distance from comedians.

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    #19: Captain Plugwatch

    • 1st October 2020

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: Tread carefully when a comedian plugs another comic.

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    #18: Tickling the Pros

    • 1st September 2020

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: The best laughs are harder to get.

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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.