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2012 Correspondents

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Mon 31 December 2012

Sun 30 December 2012

Why I got branded a racist | Comedian James Billington REALLY wants to explain...

Why I got branded a racist

Comedian James Billington REALLY wants to explain...

30/12/2012 … So, I got kicked off stage at the Frog and Bucket Comedy Club for being a racist.

Fri 28 December 2012

Thu 13 December 2012

Thanks, but no pranks | Simon Lipson regrets ever doing wind-up comedy

Thanks, but no pranks

Simon Lipson regrets ever doing wind-up comedy

13/12/2012 … Nobody could fail to be moved by the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, the victim of a prank call by a couple of Australian radio presenters last week.

Mon 10 December 2012

Is improv better? You couldn’t make it up! | Paul Ricketts prefers a solo experience

Is improv better? You couldn’t make it up!

Paul Ricketts prefers a solo experience

10/12/2012 … I’m not a huge fan of improv, but when it’s done well, it’s hugely entertaining combining audience participation and instant quick witted characterisation.

Fri 07 December 2012

Never leave them wanting more | Paul Tonkinson's approach to touring

Never leave them wanting more

Paul Tonkinson's approach to touring

07/12/2012 … At the age of 43, and after nigh on 20 years doing stand-up, I am doing my first tour of the UK.

Thu 06 December 2012

Stop whining - comedy is the best job in the world! | James Mullinger counts his blessings

Stop whining - comedy is the best job in the world!

James Mullinger counts his blessings

06/12/2012 … I’ll tell you what the real problem with the comedy industry right now is.

Wed 05 December 2012

Why improv is better than stand-up | Gareth Morinan goes off-script

Why improv is better than stand-up

Gareth Morinan goes off-script

05/12/2012 … A lot of people seem pretty adamant that there are too many stand-ups these days.

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