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Thu 18 December 2008
Making a bad impression?
Chris Hallam on the future of mimics
18/12/2008 … Let’s face it: these are hard times to be an impressionist.
Thu 11 December 2008
Sachs and drugs and rock-and-roll comedians
Dave Cohen promises not to express an opinion about you-know-what...
11/12/2008 … Is there anyone left in Britain yet to make their feelings known about (I can barely bring myself to type it) the ‘Brand-Ross affair’?Last week it was Ricky Gervais’s turn to join in, although as someone who knows both protagonists he may at least offer some new insight.
Wed 03 December 2008
Death becomes us
Tom Roche on the euphemisms of humiliation
03/12/2008 … Death.
Wed 19 November 2008
The accidental promoter
Paul Savage on his first year of running gigs
19/11/2008 … It recently occurred to me that I have been putting on comedy nights for a whole year.
Mon 17 November 2008
Warning: (im)mature content
Philip Johns on the difference between 'adult' and 'grown-up' comedy
17/11/2008 … Although Manuelgate is fading from view, the aftershocks are still being felt, as the debate widens to the level of offensive material in British entertainment.
Thu 13 November 2008
Women aren't funny? That's a syllogistic fallacy
Comic Catie Wilkins adds her twopenn'orth to the debate
13/11/2008 … To me ‘women aren’t funny’ is just an illogical sentence.
Mon 10 November 2008
The gender agenda
Michael Monkhouse chips into the 'women aren't funny' debate.
10/11/2008 … Last time I checked this page, that age-old ‘women-can’t-be-funny’ issue was raising its ugly head.
Wed 05 November 2008
The comeback comedians
Dave Cohen on the comedy stars returning to the stage
05/11/2008 … One comedian who must have been relieved at the recent fury surrounding Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross is Steve Coogan, who has now relinquished his tabloid title as Britain’s Most Evil Funnyman.