May 2012 Correspondents
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Thu 31 May 2012
And the award for most unfortunate tarring of a reputation goes to...
Andrew Kay of Latest Media says his Brighton gongs are a cause for celebration
31/05/2012 … This is a response to Sameena Zehra, who was told she was a nominee in Latest magazine's Brighton Fringe award – but when she attended the awards, she discovered she wasn't in the final three, as we reported here.
Sun 27 May 2012
Whatever happened to the sitcom?
Sean Mason on adapting the Likely Lads for the stage
27/05/2012 … It’s a challenge going back to something so treasured and finding something new in it.
Sat 26 May 2012
The Hollywood hustle
Yianni Agisilaou files a dispatch from the LA comedy scene
26/05/2012 … ‘How long have I got left?’ the act on the stage enquires.
Fri 25 May 2012
Was this gag really worth the lolly?
Ross Wagman on the £5,000 ice-cream joke winner
25/05/2012 … Originality is quite difficult when it comes to puns.
Why should comics pay to play Edinburgh?
Bob Slayer launches his alternative
25/05/2012 … This week, we launched the Alternative Fringe manifesto, taking a stand against the 'pay-to-play' that is rife at the festival.
Thu 24 May 2012
Must try harder
Paul Read delivers a damning verdict on the state of stand-up
24/05/2012 … Over the past year I have travelled far and wide to a variety of venues to watch stand-up comedy.
Wed 23 May 2012
My gaff, my rules
Comedy Cafe owner Noel Faulkener on the punters – and comedians – he has to tolerate
23/05/2012 … All’s changed at the Comedy Café.
Tue 22 May 2012
You're no one if you're not on TV
John Fleming on success vs originality
22/05/2012 … Appear on TV or fail as a comedianThat is not quite the situation, but it is, alas, very close to it.