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Wed 27 May 2015
No improv on telly? You couldn't make it up!
Viv Groskop hopes for the genre's return
27/05/2015 … Whatever happened to Whose Line Is It Anyway? The most successful ad-libbed series ever, running on Channel 4 from 1988 to 1998, seems to have had an extraordinary afterlife everywhere but on television.
Sun 24 May 2015
A Tinder message to Steve Bennett
Michael Legge goes a woo-ing
24/05/2015 … You probably need to read this Correspondence piece from yesterday if this is to make any sense…This is a Tinder message.
Sat 23 May 2015
A love letter to Kate Copstick
Giacinto Palmieri opens his heart to a critic
23/05/2015 … This is a love letter.
Fri 22 May 2015
Can we end this brutal Fringe Free-for-all
Steve Bennett on the latest Edinburgh spat
22/05/2015 … Free shows have been THE success story of the Edinburgh Fringe.
Fri 15 May 2015
How I uncovered the forgotten Morecambe & Wise sitcom plan
By Eric & Ern's biographer, Graham McCann
15/05/2015 … Have you heard the one about Morecambe & Wise and a sitcom? No? Well, you’re in good company, because not even those who were involved in it seem to know anything about it, either.
Thu 14 May 2015
You can't be a comedian AND a politician
Coral Brown on the comics getting serious
14/05/2015 … Eddie Izzard, Sandi Toksvig, Al Murray and Russell Brand have come over all political recently.
Tue 12 May 2015
Who's the hypocrite?
Anthony Miller defends Robert Webb and the hashtag warriors
12/05/2015 … I have for a while been considering replying Alan Varley's various ramblings on the Correspondents section this website but I have been put off by the fact that my replies might be more boring still.
Thu 07 May 2015
Robert Webb's values go up in e-smoke...
Alan Varley accuses the comic of hypocrisy
07/05/2015 … Comedian Robert Webb has written an article for the New Statesman magazine headlined 'I wouldn't put Ed Miliband on a T-shirt, but I will vote for him'.