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Fri 23 January 2015
'I love stand-up, but I want to do something different'
Mark Thomas on comedy, protest and passion
23/01/2015 … The news that Pub Landlord Al Murray is to contest this year’s election in Nigel Farage’s constituency might be blurring the distinction between comedy and politics, but Mark Thomas has been traversing the line between the two since his performance career began, with serious intent.
Fri 16 January 2015
Comedians who turned politicians
16/01/2015 … As Al Murray announces his tongue-in-cheek, pint-in-hand bid to become MP for Thanet South in Kent, we look at some other comedians with political ambition:The elected…Al FrankenBEFORE POLITICS: Al Franken was one of the original writers on Saturday Night Live, earning seven Emmy nominations for two stints from 1975 to 1980 and 1985 to 1995.
Wed 07 January 2015
If people don't like this show, they don't like us
Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney on Catastrophe
07/01/2015 … Sharon HorganExplain a bit about Catastrophe.
Mon 05 January 2015
You can't make jokes about that....
Sitcoms set against the backdrop of tragedy
05/01/2015 … American Civil WarDeath toll: 600,000The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer (1998)The story revolved around a black servant named Desmond Pfeiffer who, in a convoluted set-up, was kidnapped from England, forced into slavery from which he was freed, before accidentally ending up working for Abraham Lincoln.
Wed 31 December 2014
Goodbye, and thanks for all the laughs
The comics we have lost in 2014
31/12/2014 … 2014 has taken its toll on the comedy world.
Sun 28 December 2014
The ten most memorable comedy gigs of 2014
An entirely subjective list from Chortle editor Steve Bennett
28/12/2014 … Another year over, and here's the now-traditional (at least for me) list of the ten most memorable gigs of the 300 or so I saw over the year, compiled with the benefit of hindsight.
Fri 12 December 2014
It's bleak... but not as bleak as EastEnders
Preview of the Black Mirror Christmas special
12/12/2014 … The feature-length Black Mirror: White Christmas special is possibly the bleakest thing ever made for Channel 4’s comedy department.