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Sat 14 November 2015
'You had to be there'
A joke's meaning is lost the moment it leaves the room, says Robin Ince
14/11/2015 … 'What is taboo? What subjects do you shy away from on the stage?' asked the man in The Sound of McAlmont and Butler T-shirt ( a wise sartorial choice).
Sat 07 November 2015
Like it or not, Dapper Laughs is what a feminist looks like
by Liam Mullone
07/11/2015 … So, a year since his television show was cancelled by feminist outrage, that horribly sexist comedian Dapper Laughs (aka Daniel O'Reilly) has come out as a feminist.
Thu 05 November 2015
How to run a successful comedy competition
Thomas Rackham has all the tips
05/11/2015 … We all know that the British public loves a competition!X Factor, Bake Off, 24 Hours in A&E, every week millions of us gather around the telly box to see who will survive and thank Satan the world of stand-up comedy is not different.
Fri 30 October 2015
Have comedy audiences forgotten how to behave?
John Rankin Mills calls for 'best of order'
30/10/2015 … I was intrigued to read last week about how Kevin Bridges had a night of his sell-out tour ruined by hecklers constantly, well, er… heckling during his performance at the Edinburgh Playhouse.
Tue 27 October 2015
Can I make jokes about my suicidal thoughts?
One anonymous comedian is getting into gallows humour
27/10/2015 … In recent months I have been thinking about committing suicide.
Tue 13 October 2015
Imran A. Khan on how Indian restaurant comedy sketches reflect racism
13/10/2015 … Racism is a very complex issue indeed.
Wed 30 September 2015
The awkward question of money...
Robin Ince on asking to be paid for what he does
30/09/2015 … Once Oliver Stone created Gordon Gekko and had him declare 'Greed is good', the audience took a look at themselves in the Odeon toilet mirror and said, Now I realise that my money lust is wrong.
Thu 24 September 2015
Why I won't be making jokes about Pig-gate
Comedian Geoff Norcott thinks the story can't be topped
24/09/2015 … As a stand-up and comedy writer, I've maintained a dignified silence over Pig-gate.