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Wed 15 February 2017
What's wrong with grassroots comedy
Barrie Morgan has issues... especially in Northern Ireland
15/02/2017 … There are two major things wrong with Britain’s grassroots stand-up comedy scene: not enough quality gigs and not enough coverage Inevitably, there are hotspots where a dearth of gigs is not an issue, but generally, the comedy community isn't as thriving or expansive as other arts.
Fri 10 February 2017
How can we improve the image of improv?
Martin Hulf has some ideas
10/02/2017 … The general consensus is that 2016 was a crap year, with Brexit, Trump and the deaths of beloved celebrities (and David Gest).
Tue 07 February 2017
Here's some feedback: Keep your opinions to yourself!
Sonia Aste doesn't take criticism well...
07/02/2017 … I’m fed up and not taking it anymore! Next time someone asks ‘Can I give you some feedback?’ I’ll respond ‘You could … but I’d rather eat nails’.
Thu 02 February 2017
Mat Ricardo: Be bright in dark times
Take it from me, I'm a juggler
02/02/2017 … Listen, I'm jetlagged and I have a cold.
Thu 26 January 2017
Wed 25 January 2017
Donnchadh O Conaill on *that* Barron Trump tweet
25/01/2017 … It was hardly a surprise that NBC suspended Saturday Night Live writer Katie Rich indefinitely for tweeting: ’Barron will be this country’s first homeschool shooter’ during Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration.
Tue 24 January 2017
We're all five-star comedians now
Phil Mann tries to smash the 'meaningless' ratings system
24/01/2017 … The Vault Festival starts in London next week, and I hereby give every show there five stars out of five.
Sat 24 December 2016
Mat Ricardo's Holiday Varieties
Some alternative Christmas entertainment, thanks to YouTube
24/12/2016 … Oh yes, I'm sure there's a feast of top-drawer quality entertainment in store for us on TV this Christmas.