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Fri 04 November 2016
Running away from something is a powerful motivator
Mat Ricardo on the 'sand in your clamshell'
04/11/2016 … The first time I ever punched anyone I was 13.
Thu 27 October 2016
The golden age of British nudie comedies
Alan Stafford assesses the genre
27/10/2016 … When I completed the manuscript of my first novel, I expected to feel exhilarated.
Mon 24 October 2016
Working with Jimmy Perry was 'fascinating chaos'
Robin Ince's memories of the comedy writing great
24/10/2016 … I can’t dance, unfortunately for Jimmy Perry, he never asked if I could.
Fri 21 October 2016
Andrew Lawrence documentary-makers weren't straight with me
By Brendon Burns
21/10/2016 … I’ve just seen the Sky Arts documentary, Outcast Comic, regarding Andrew Lawrence.
Thu 20 October 2016
Comedy's class issues
James Meehan calls for an end to stereotyping, on and off screening
20/10/2016 … Last week, comedian James Meehan took part in the Class, Comedy and Offence seminar at Brunel University, West London, as Chortle reported here.
Tue 18 October 2016
Things I hate seeing other comics do
Ariane Sherine's continuing adventures in stand-up
18/10/2016 … The slow death of live comedyAbout a month ago, I was offered £65 to do my first paid 20.
Mon 10 October 2016
The pioneering giants of British improv
John Dowie hails Steve Steen and Jim Sweeney
10/10/2016 … For many, the first rock & roll record was Rocket 88, by Ike Turner (credited to Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats; others argue that Bill Haley’s dire Rock Around The Clock was the first record to have any real rock & roll significance.
It's already hard to believe Comedy Vehicle ever existed at all
Stewart Lee on his final series
10/10/2016 … The DVD of the fourth and final series of Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle is out today (Buy here).