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Fri 31 December 2010
Turning pro: Tips for fledgling comics
Adam Henderson offers more advice
31/12/2010 … It was only five months ago that I felt it necessary to put together a bullet-proof guide for a fledging newbie to ascend to the throne of the comedy world.
Thu 23 December 2010
Comedy can't thrive on Britain's Got Talent
Angelo Marcos explains why...
23/12/2010 … Michael McIntyre holds a unique position in British comedy.
Comics: Your insecurities are a joke
Sally Holloway on using comedy as therapy
23/12/2010 … As someone who teaches joke-writing formulae, I am often asked whether I think stand-ups need them.
Tue 21 December 2010
He's spoiling it for everyone...
Frankie Boyle's bullying could quosh the genuinely provocative, argues Deborah Frances-White
21/12/2010 … This weekend’s Observer ran a debate that has been raging since Tramadol Nights went to air: Is Frankie Boyle funny? The answer is clearly, yes.
Thu 16 December 2010
The 'comedians' killing comedy
Bobby Carroll on the state of the stand-up circuit
16/12/2010 … With the boom in stand-up on TV, burgeoning DVD sales and increasing number of comedy tours, these are exciting times to be a comedian – but not on the London new act circuit.
Tue 14 December 2010
Let's prick this Boyle...
Dave Cohen on why it's right to complain about Frankie
14/12/2010 … I have an opinion about Frankie Boyle, for what it’s worth.
Mon 13 December 2010
A good night from him?
Glenn Reuben has a sneak preview of The One Ronnie
13/12/2010 … The idea sounded brilliant: apply for tickets to the recording of a special TV show featuring a plethora of comedy guests to mark the 80th birthday of the legendary Ronnie Corbett.
Fri 10 December 2010
Ho ho ho? Not on TV this Christmas...
Toby Martin isn't inspired by the festive schedules
10/12/2010 … Anybody who hasn’t been too busy watching a failed singer eating kangaroo spleen on ITV, or seeing Kirstie and Phil find increasingly more desperate things to do to perfectly decent houses on Channel 4, will have been subjected to the BBC’s barrage of Christmas previews, which seem to focus almost entirely on its comedy offerings.