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February 2016 Correspondents

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Tue 23 February 2016

Richard Herring's ten best interviews | Lorcan Mullan celebrates 100 RHLSTP episodes

Richard Herring's ten best interviews

Lorcan Mullan celebrates 100 RHLSTP episodes

23/02/2016 … As Tom Haverford once told Ron Swanson over a late night fireside chat on Parks and Recreation: 'Podcasts, there's a million of them, and they're all amazing.

Mon 22 February 2016

Don't be a thief, Keith | Comic and police officer Alfie Moore has a word...

Don't be a thief, Keith

Comic and police officer Alfie Moore has a word...

22/02/2016 … I've been having a great time bringing my show to Perth, where the lovely friendly Australian audiences are nearly as warm as the weather.

Fri 19 February 2016

How to review a comedy show | Brendon Burns wants critics to show some humility

How to review a comedy show

Brendon Burns wants critics to show some humility

19/02/2016 … This week, Melbourne comedian Lawrence Mooney got some heat at the Adelaide Fringe for calling out a reviewer on her lack of qualifications.

Wed 17 February 2016

I'd rather be in an audience for improv than stand-up | Martin Hulf explains why...

I'd rather be in an audience for improv than stand-up

Martin Hulf explains why...

17/02/2016 … The UK improv scene has been rapidly expanding the last few years.

Tue 09 February 2016

Jokes violate norms - that's why they're funny AND offensive | Barry Carter looks at the theories of comedy

Jokes violate norms - that's why they're funny AND offensive

Barry Carter looks at the theories of comedy

09/02/2016 … There are many popular theories of comedy which attempt to explain why we find something funny.

Mon 08 February 2016

Gein's guide to Britain | The sketch group outline their tour plans

Gein's guide to Britain

The sketch group outline their tour plans

08/02/2016 … Gein's Family Giftshop – Kath Hughes, James Meehan, Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Edward Easton – anticipate what their forthcoming dates have in store.

Thu 04 February 2016

How to pitch an idea | Comedian and producer Matt Tiller offers some advice

How to pitch an idea

Comedian and producer Matt Tiller offers some advice

04/02/2016 … I write a blog, Foot in the Door, which is enjoyable for me to write and aims to help people who are trying to get on in the media, whether they want to be writers, producers, directors or whatever.

Mon 01 February 2016

My favourite comedy festival memories | By Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival founder Geoff Rowe

My favourite comedy festival memories

By Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival founder Geoff Rowe

01/02/2016 … We recently published a list of all the comedians who have performed at the Leicester Comedy Festival since we set the thing up in 1994.

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