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Wed 25 January 2017
Donnchadh O Conaill on *that* Barron Trump tweet
25/01/2017 … It was hardly a surprise that NBC suspended Saturday Night Live writer Katie Rich indefinitely for tweeting: ’Barron will be this country’s first homeschool shooter’ during Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration.
Tue 24 January 2017
We're all five-star comedians now
Phil Mann tries to smash the 'meaningless' ratings system
24/01/2017 … The Vault Festival starts in London next week, and I hereby give every show there five stars out of five.
Sat 24 December 2016
Mat Ricardo's Holiday Varieties
Some alternative Christmas entertainment, thanks to YouTube
24/12/2016 … Oh yes, I'm sure there's a feast of top-drawer quality entertainment in store for us on TV this Christmas.
Sun 11 December 2016
Why I'm crowdfunding my Edinburgh show
By Sam Gore
11/12/2016 … A couple of years ago, I started a daft creative writing exercise that combined my twin loves of horror fiction and comedy.
Tue 06 December 2016
Mat Ricardo learns from his mistakes...
06/12/2016 … I like to make things.
Sun 20 November 2016
Why I'm trying to eclipse The Sun
Gus The Fox creator Matt Haydock fights back with humour
20/11/2016 … Last Wednesday I went shopping, and, while walking past the newspaper stand, I had an idea.
Wed 16 November 2016
How long do I keep calling myself a new comedian?
President Obonjo on comedy competitions
16/11/2016 … President Obonjo speaks on Comedy Competitions Comedy competitions are a great way to showcase your talent in front of industry people and to play to audiences that have never seen your act.
Thu 10 November 2016
Comedy must be diverse to counter Trump's divisions
So says promoter Alfie Noakes
10/11/2016 … Most of us would agree that 2016 has been a grim one….