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Thu 19 December 2013
Failures make the successes more beautiful...
Sheraz Yousaf reflects on 300 stand-up gigs
19/12/2013 … I have reached a stand-up milestone: 300 gigs in the 18 months since I started performing comedy.
Tue 17 December 2013
What's the Freestival all about?
The founders of the breakaway Fringe movement set out their stall
17/12/2013 … The Freestival.
Fri 13 December 2013
Banning 'retarded' is retarded itself
We need pejorative words, says Anthony Miller
13/12/2013 … Recently at least two people have told me that I can no longer use the word ‘retarded’.
Mon 09 December 2013
And now for something completely similar....
Tom Crawshaw on the Python reunion
09/12/2013 … I’ve spent my life watching the Pythons, writing about the Pythons and (both deliberately and, all too often accidentally) writing like the Pythons.
Sat 07 December 2013
Why more could mean less for free Edinburgh shows
By Aidan Goatley
07/12/2013 … I have a vague memory, when I was very young, of my parents having a big argument.
Fri 06 December 2013
The Prime Minister stole my joke
Stu Richards has a response for David Cameron
06/12/2013 … Joe Pasquale, Keith Chegwin…David Cameron?Yep; to the list of Britain’s most notorious joke thieves, add our gooch-faced Prime Minister.
Thu 05 December 2013
By Gove! Michael is right about comedy
Alan Varley checks the privilege of the stars
05/12/2013 … Last month, John Major gave a widely reported speech in which he said, ‘In every single sphere of British influence, the upper echelons of power in 2013 are held overwhelmingly by the privately educated or the affluent middle class.
15 reasons not to date a comedian
By Brydie Lee-Kennedy
05/12/2013 … Dating website eHarmony, world leaders in the field of preying on the Lonely, has published this list of 15 Reasons To Date A Comedian.