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Fri 19 December 2014
The year when censorship won
Bobby Carroll looks back at 12 months in comedy
19/12/2014 … 2014 has been a tough year for causing offence in comedy - highlighted by the cancellation of the Seth Rogen comedy The Interview in the face of continued industrial espionage and terror threats.
Mon 15 December 2014
A night in the life of a stand-up
A poem by Lee Brace
15/12/2014 … ALRIGHT MATE?Hello.
Fri 12 December 2014
When the laughter dies down
John Ryan addresses his fellow comedians
12/12/2014 … Congratulations on doing achieving what you may have dreamt of all your life, or for fulfilling a more recent ambition.
Wed 10 December 2014
'She inspired by being herself'
Jools Constant pays tribute to Sunna Jarman
10/12/2014 … I was asked to write a few words about Sunna Jarman our dear friend in comedy, who passed away at the weekend.
Mon 08 December 2014
Why stand-up is easy
Helen Keeler has it all figured out (Well, just comedy, really)
08/12/2014 … If there's one amazing thing about doing stand-up, it's that people are impressed.
Sun 07 December 2014
Is Russell Brand funny?
Duncan Edwards thinks he knows better than a Sun poll
07/12/2014 … ‘Sixty four per cent of people say Russell Brand isn't funny,' – says The Sun newspaper; managing somehow to sound just like some obstinate fat-bloke heckler sitting with his arms crossed in the front row of a gig.
Thu 04 December 2014
Dressing up new material
Andrew Watts learns a lesson about audience acceptance
04/12/2014 … When I’m trying out new material, the last question I ever think of asking is: ‘Is it funny?’I don’t mean that funny is unimportant – only that the funny is the final stage, the point at which something stops being new material and becomes a ‘bit’.
Tue 25 November 2014
Tales of the door (part 2)
Richard Gadd's continuing misadventures with his venues
25/11/2014 … ‘I HAVE COME ALL THE WAY FROM ABERDEEN TO SEE THIS!’He shouts.