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2015 Correspondents

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Mon 21 December 2015

TV sketch comedy shouldn't be history | Steve Palace says executives, not viewers, lost their appetite
© David Olsan
© David Olsan

TV sketch comedy shouldn't be history

Steve Palace says executives, not viewers, lost their appetite

21/12/2015 … On Christmas Eve, David Walliams returns to the format that launched him in sketch showcase Walliams & Friend.

Sun 20 December 2015

Farewell to Time Out's comedy section | Robin Ince on the burial of his teenage hipster hopeful youth

Farewell to Time Out's comedy section

Robin Ince on the burial of his teenage hipster hopeful youth

20/12/2015 … It is sad, but unsurprising, to hear that Time Out is losing its comedy section and comedy editor.

Brian and Robin’s Christmas Compendium | Elaine Downs reports on Cox and Ince’s annual extravaganza

Brian and Robin’s Christmas Compendium

Elaine Downs reports on Cox and Ince’s annual extravaganza

20/12/2015 … What do you do at Christmas to gather friends and family together when you are not religious and have had enough Nutcracker and panto to fill a million stockings? You congregate at Brian Cox and Robin Ince’s Christmas Compendium of reason, of course.

Thu 10 December 2015

I've been sexually harassed while working in comedy | - by stand-up David Longley

I've been sexually harassed while working in comedy

- by stand-up David Longley

10/12/2015 … In this piece, I would like to detail some of the occasions I have been a victim of sexism, sexual harassment and sexual assault whilst working in the comedy industry.

Sat 14 November 2015

'You had to be there' | A joke's meaning is lost the moment it leaves the room, says Robin Ince

'You had to be there'

A joke's meaning is lost the moment it leaves the room, says Robin Ince

14/11/2015 … 'What is taboo? What subjects do you shy away from on the stage?' asked the man in The Sound of McAlmont and Butler T-shirt ( a wise sartorial choice).

Sat 07 November 2015

Like it or not, Dapper Laughs is what a feminist looks like | by Liam Mullone

Like it or not, Dapper Laughs is what a feminist looks like

by Liam Mullone

07/11/2015 … So, a year since his television show was cancelled by feminist outrage, that horribly sexist comedian Dapper Laughs (aka Daniel O'Reilly) has come out as a feminist.

Thu 05 November 2015

How to run a successful comedy competition | Thomas Rackham has all the tips
© Mutual Shoots Ltd
© Mutual Shoots Ltd

How to run a successful comedy competition

Thomas Rackham has all the tips

05/11/2015 … We all know that the British public loves a competition!X Factor, Bake Off, 24 Hours in A&E, every week millions of us gather around the telly box to see who will survive and thank Satan the world of stand-up comedy is not different.

Fri 30 October 2015

Have comedy audiences forgotten how to behave? | John Rankin Mills calls for 'best of order'

Have comedy audiences forgotten how to behave?

John Rankin Mills calls for 'best of order'

30/10/2015 … I was intrigued to read last week about how Kevin Bridges had a night of his sell-out tour ruined by hecklers constantly, well, er… heckling during his performance at the Edinburgh Playhouse.

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