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Mon 21 December 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
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'
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.