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Tue 30 September 2014
Another bit of my comedy soul dies...
Lori Gibbs scales the rock face of an unforgiving gig
30/09/2014 … It’s Volunteer Appreciation Night at the Oakridge Community Centre.
Mon 29 September 2014
Comedy criticism: Where did it all go wrong
Spencer Brown on the over-intellectualising of stand-up
29/09/2014 … OK - let’s get to it: comedy criticism is screwed.
Wed 24 September 2014
I'm sick of doing well with jokes I don't find funny
Comic Tom Holmes wants to tear up his set
24/09/2014 … Whenever I've heard successful comedians give advice, the message always seems to be along the lines of 'Do comedy that you, personally, find funny'.
Sun 21 September 2014
I swear I'm trying to clean up my act...
Sonia Aste has second thoughts about bad language
21/09/2014 … ‘Keep it clean’ reminders seem to be everywhere; airplane toilets, the coffee area at work and my grandmother’s advice about underwear.
Wed 10 September 2014
Just a joke? Now I'm really offended
Eddie Bannon takes issue with a throwaway phrase
10/09/2014 … I don’t get offended at gigs… but I was at a gig the other night, and I got offended.
Mon 08 September 2014
I won't dress down for comedy
Comic Samantha Pressdee on reclaiming her sexuality
08/09/2014 … During my trip to Edinburgh this year, there was a lot of talk about sexism in comedy.
Mon 01 September 2014
Everyone likes seeing stars
...especially when there's only one of them, says Nigel Lovell
01/09/2014 … In a recent Correspondence piece, Isn't it time the stars went out?, Chortle editor Steve Bennett revealed he is considering ceasing to attach star ratings to reviews.
Fri 29 August 2014
Slaying my Late & Live demon
Tom Rhodes on returning to Edinburgh's bearpit
29/08/2014 … For the past 14 years I have been tormented by a demon.