Dave Cohen
Comedian, Perrier nominee in a previous century, founder member of the Comedy Store Players - in the 1980s Dave Cohen was an averagely successful stand-up comedian. Hey, let's not be over-modest here - Britain's Most Averagely Successful stand-up comedian. In recent years he has become known as a comedy writer, having written for Have I Got News For You and Not Going Out, and as a comic songwriter, co-creating the Radio 4 hit 15 Minute Musical and writing loads of songs for the hit BBC Childrens' Show Horrible Histories. Recently he created the UK's first ever daily topical comedy show: 'Britain's Got People'.

Entries by Dave Cohen

Wannabe Comedians? If You're Planning to Go to Edinburgh...

(0) Comments | Posted 13 March 2013 | (23:00)

It's that time of year when the icy roads and gentle snowfalls remind every comic of the summers they often spend in Edinburgh. March is when forms need to be filled, and comics have to work hard to come up with a title for their new show. Worrying about writing...

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A Beginner's Guide to the Israel-Palestine Conflict

(254) Comments | Posted 21 November 2012 | (10:00)

Ever tried to understand what's going on in the Israel-Palestine conflict?

Yeah me too. This weekend I listened to the roar of the shells, and the din of the two sides repeating their angry mantras, and for the first time in 30 odd years I no longer knew what I...

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What Are You Leaping?

(3) Comments | Posted 27 February 2012 | (23:00)

So, what will you do on 29 February? Radio 4 are asking listeners to come up with something a little special to do on the day that happens only once every four years.

The first thing I definitely won't be doing is having a baby. My great Uncle Jack...

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Okay I Admit It - I Am Prejudiced

(1) Comments | Posted 9 February 2012 | (16:22)

I do enjoy writing these pieces and am truly grateful for your feedback. And I'm overwhelmed by the millions of you who choose, week in week out, to ignore my incisive, some may say unique combination of political analysis and knob gags.

I like to think that you won't have...

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This Issue Really Will Destroy The Coalition... Won't It?

(0) Comments | Posted 3 February 2012 | (23:00)

There was only one story this week, about the biggest challenge to the coalition, and it threatens to tear them apart. While all the newspapers and TV news prattled on about RBS and bonuses and knighthoods, and yes we all had lots of fun, me included - "Stephen Hester? Too...

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David Cameron - Britain's First Socialist Prime Minister

(1) Comments | Posted 26 January 2012 | (16:15)

I realise I have probably lost most of you at the headline there, but hear me out.

Last week David Cameron talked about the need for responsible capitalism. A lot of people are saying he's nicked the idea off Ed Miliband. But to be fair to Cameron (did I really...

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Oops, Ed's Gaffed Again... You Mean He Meant to Say That?

(3) Comments | Posted 19 January 2012 | (23:00)

I really want to like Ed Miliband. You have to admire anyone who applies for a job knowing that one of the perks is to be lambasted and attacked very personally day in, day out by five national newspapers for being the spawn of Satan, and that's just when things...

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Are We Not Men? We Are Devo Max

(0) Comments | Posted 11 January 2012 | (16:21)

When Alex Salmond criticises David Cameron for interfering in Scottish affairs, he fails to understand the English nation and our legislative procedures. We English have a long, proud history of interfering in the affairs of countries over whom we have no mandate. That's how we've always done things.


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Happy New Year - A Message From The Labour Leader

(0) Comments | Posted 6 January 2012 | (14:54)

Greetings earthlings. Well I must say 2012 has got off to a splendid start. Not so long ago I had to introduce myself to everybody thus: "No, not him, the other Miliband. Ed. No, not him, the other Ed."

Not any more though eh? Now, finally, everybody knows who I...

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The Year in Rhyme Part Two

(1) Comments | Posted 28 December 2011 | (23:00)

I'm using Christmas downtime,
Hope it's not perverse
To look back at the last year,
Entirely in rhyme.
Occasionally blank.


Eurozone Hacked phone
Little Mix Cricket Fix
Ed Balls St Pauls
Vaclav Havel Prince Phil...

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A Look Back At 2011 In Rhyme - Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted 16 December 2011 | (16:48)

Happy New Year everyone. Part 2 will follow soon.

Ohh... Sama,

You were Bin, and now you're gone,

And I don't know if I can go on.

Ohh... Sama,

Already missing your folksy style

Of Islamofascism delivered with a smile.

Well Obama looked calmer than the Dalai Lama

As he...

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Maggie Maggie Movie Out Out Out

(3) Comments | Posted 11 December 2011 | (23:00)

I bet Meryl Streep and the makers of The Mag In The Iron Mask or whatever it's called can't believe their luck. As people remember how Thatcher used to dominate European summits, comparisons with Friday's Cameron debacle will offer them acres of free publicity for January's Streep party (although my...

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I'm Not Racist - But I Wish Labour Would Shut Up About Immigration

(16) Comments | Posted 2 December 2011 | (23:00)

With the Eurozone collapsing, our economy in freefall, and the Department of Apocalypse moaning that four horseman is simply not enough to cope with our accelerated progress towards armageddon, you may have missed the latest fun news about immigration.

I'd really like to talk about immigration, if only I...

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David Cameron - If you Want Your Churchill Moment, Join the Euro

(2) Comments | Posted 23 November 2011 | (22:00)

Every prime minister wants to be described as Churchillian. The very word itself conjures up a spirit of what we imagine to be the best in ourselves, "our finest hour" to quote Norman Shelley, our finest Churchill impersonator.

Thatcher had her mini-war on penguins, Blair glimpsed the great man's...

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