Entries by John Fleming from 05/2012

The 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Concentrates on Comedy Testicles and Abhors Bad Grammar

| Posted 05.03.2012 | UK Comedy

Now, make no mistake, I love the Edinburgh Fringe. One thing I like about it is its freewheeling, hands-off nature. Anyone can perform at the Fringe; ...

Edinburgh Fringe Becomes Laughing Stock as Comedians and Critics Attack

| Posted 05.10.2012 | UK Comedy

Richard Herring explained to me yesterday: "I was told I couldn't use the words 'dick' and 'fuckinghamshire' in the 40 words. I wasn't too surprised about the 'fuckinghamshire' ("honourable member for fuckinghamshire" was the line) even though that isn't a swear word and presumably means you have to censor 'Scunthorpe' too.

The Origin of Absurdist Comedian Charlie Chuck

| Posted 05.15.2012 | UK Comedy

I was chatting to absurdist comedian Charlie Chuck this week. Or, rather, to the real person who performs as Charlie Chuck - Dave Kear. He told me he had been researching his family tree.

What Do Street Performers and Comedians Earn and Why Don't They Just Give Up?

| Posted 05.20.2012 | UK Comedy

For decades, Covent Garden Piazza in London has had a pitch for street performers. One of the regulars there is Paolo Ferrari who also plays comedy clubs. I had a chat with him in Covent Garden yesterday afternoon.

Yesterday a Man Stood in Leicester Square With a Placard Saying He Had Absolutely No Message for the World

| Posted 05.24.2012 | UK Comedy

Yesterday, I was rushing to a meeting at 6.30pm just off Leicester Square, in London.

"I Was There in the Theatre That Night" - The Death of Tommy Cooper, Live on TV

| Posted 05.27.2012 | UK Comedy

A couple of days ago, I was chatting to comedian Jeff Stevenson who remembered the night of 15th April 1984 when comedian Tommy Cooper may have died on stage during the Live From Her Majesty's TV show - it was screened live by London Weekend Television on the full ITV network.

Egg-Sit the Olympics - The World Egg-Throwing Championships are Coming

| Posted 05.30.2012 | UK Comedy

It was in a Huffington Post piece in October last year that I first mentioned Andy Dunlop, much-respected President of the World Egg-Throwing Federation.