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Tue 15 July 2014
'On stage is the only place I feel normal'
Andy Holloway on being a comic with Asperger's
15/07/2014 … Before I start, I need to warn people that this article ends with the biggest cliche imaginable.
Mon 14 July 2014
Goals; they're so hack...
Nathan Cassidy imagines a comedy critic's take on the World Cup
14/07/2014 … It’s the age-old debate isn’t it? Is the biggest Festival in the world a good thing for comedy or the death of the clubs? With everyone, comedians and audiences focussed on one Festival, the rest of the world seems to stop, the clubs are empty and if you’re not at the Festival you’re no-one.
Fri 11 July 2014
I will say this only once...
Sammy J on his one-night Fringe run
11/07/2014 … As any fellow comic knows, doing a full festival season is a taxing affair.
Wed 09 July 2014
I want to tell you a story
Matt Price on the rise of the storytelling genre
09/07/2014 … I've been a fan of storytelling for many years.
Fri 04 July 2014
I compromise for no one! (Not even my mum)
Comic Simon Ramsden decides not to tone down his material
04/07/2014 … 'Never compromise, not even in the face of Armageddon.
Thu 03 July 2014
Vote 'No' to Scottish cliches
Adam Ramsay urges comics to take a smart look at independence
03/07/2014 … Dear comedians coming to Scotland,This year, as ever, Edinburgh hosts the biggest arts festival in the world.
Wed 02 July 2014
Failing is fun!
Sheraz Yousaf says bad gigs make good lessons
02/07/2014 … Let's face it, some open mic nights are pure pain for us comedians.
Tue 01 July 2014
Comedy folk aren't dishonest, just polite
Tim Ballantine defends the circuit
01/07/2014 … Last week, Emily Snee wrote about why she is quitting comedy.