Comedian

How Many Female Comedians Is 'Too Many'?

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK

Happy International Women's Day Jenny Collier! Apparently, you've just lost work because the folks in Haslemere, Surrey can't handle too much femal...

My Jim Davidson Experience

Bennett Arron | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Comedy
Bennett Arron

So Jim Davidson has apparently won Celebrity Big Brother and the nation is split. There are those who believe he is a racist, misogynistic wife-beater who should never have been allowed back on TV, others who see him as a changed man who should be given another chance and some, probably the majority of the CBB audience, who just see him as a middle-aged comedian.

Acculturation or Diversity: Have the Questions Raised in Felix Dexter's Comedy Been Answered?

Claudia Tomlinson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Claudia Tomlinson

Those who had the pleasure to know and work with Dexter, attest his goodness, talent and humility through the medium of social media. For the rest of us, he appeared to be all that and his untimely death, has robbed us an unbounded talent, still in his prime.

James Mullinger - Living the Dream - 3 1/2 Stars

Pete Strauss | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Comedy
Pete Strauss

Mullinger continues to mine for comedy within the rich seam of his own life and often strikes gold. One of my criticisms of Mullinger's previous performance was his inability to move on when the well was running dry but Living the Dream has a better rhythm and structure than his previous effort.

Matt Roper Is Being Held Upside Down By Mother Nature

Matt Roper | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Comedy
Matt Roper

I'm here to perform character comedy for the annual comedy festival at the Baxter Concert Hall in the grounds of the University of Cape Town. I'm on with some very well known South African comics, a brilliant Canadian clown and one or two of my comrades from the UK.

Sitting on the Offence

Bennett Arron | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK Comedy
Bennett Arron

I'm often asked if it's okay for a black/Jewish/Muslim comedian to make jokes about their race/religion or for a woman to talk about how bad her boyfriend is in bed bearing in mind that when men speak in a derogatory fashion about their wives or girlfriends it's considered sexist... The question is, have we become too sensitive? Are we already looking for offence when it doesn't actually exist?

Meeting Your Heroes: Foley Is God

Jim Smallman | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK Comedy
Jim Smallman

Over the past weekend I have been lucky enough to be supporting professional wrestling legend turned stand-up comedian Mick Foley on tour. This is his third tour of the UK that I've worked on, and I think that I'm now familiar enough with him to consider him a friend.

Dr Brown - Befrdgth at Soho Theatre - 5 Stars

Pete Strauss | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Comedy
Pete Strauss

The whole show lives in the implied context that we give to his actions which he exploits to add an air of sexual menace to proceedings. The mimes become graphic, violent, sexual, etc because of the meaning we apply which makes every action as uncomfortable as they are hilarious.

Live Comedy Review - Tony Law's Maximum Nonsense at the Soho Theatre

Pete Strauss | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK Comedy
Pete Strauss

Surreal comedy treads a fine line; it either seems to work emphatically or leave the audience bemused and alienated.

UK Comedy Legend Malcolm Hardee - Irresponsible, Thoughtless or Malicious?

John Fleming | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK Comedy
John Fleming

Today is the eighth anniversary of the death by drowning of comedian Malcolm Hardee.

Chris Ramsey - Feeling Lucky - 4 Stars - Bloomsbury Theatre

Pete Strauss | Posted 16.03.2013 | UK Comedy
Pete Strauss

The joie de vivre you're left with after Feeling Lucky makes you thankful that Ramsey decides to eschew the darker elements of comedy to produce an often hilarious and entertaining evening of comedy.

The REAL Threat To Society: The 50-Something Middle Classes

Jim Smallman | Posted 09.03.2013 | UK Comedy
Jim Smallman

Clad in tweed and carrying a wicker shopping basket, she looked like exactly the kind of person that the Daily Mail would use in an advertising campaign to drum up support for their publication: Despite a plethora of seats being available, she chose to sit next to me

Networking Tips For Shy Extroverts, For Comedians and For Michael Winner...

John Fleming | Posted 06.02.2013 | UK Comedy
John Fleming

Networking is a bit like dogging. You will get nowhere by staying alone at home in your bedroom.

Greg Davies - The Back of My Mother's Head - Hammersmith Apollo

Pete Strauss | Posted 02.02.2013 | UK Comedy
Pete Strauss

Fans of Greg Davies will not have been disappointed with what should surely be regarded as a highlight of his career to date in a sold out gig at the Hammersmith Apollo.

Susan Calman - This Woman's Not for Turning Either - Soho Theatre - 3 1/2 Stars

Pete Strauss | Posted 20.01.2013 | UK Comedy
Pete Strauss

The Glaswegian lawyer turned Radio 4 favourite is a deeply intelligent and considered comedienne who veers wildly from witty observational comedy to crass confessions of which she's ashamed of yet also vehemently defends.

Little Baby For Little Britain Star

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 15.01.2013 | Home

Little Britain star David Walliams and his wife Lara Stone have announced they are having a baby. The comic, who has also featured on the judging p...

Can Jokes About Rape Ever Be Funny?

Tony Cowards | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK Comedy
Tony Cowards

A lot of comedy is about confronting taboos, death, sex, religion, etc, etc, Monty Python wrote a song and a sketch based on a crucifixion, not generally a subject seen as ripe for comedy but now considered a comedy classic.

Shappi Khorsandi - Soho Theatre - 4 Stars

Pete Strauss | Posted 22.12.2012 | UK Comedy
Pete Strauss

As she bounds onto the stage, Shappi Khorsandi immediately exudes a warmth and charisma that's forever present during her show.

Why Rape Isn't A Joke

Suzanne Beishon | Posted 21.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Suzanne Beishon

Free speech doesn't mean being able to say what you want, where you want, when you want, uncommented on or uncriticised. We have the democratic right to protest and campaign against misogyny and if that includes trying to convince and putting pressure on comedians to stop telling rape jokes then that is our democratic right too.

Rob Delaney - Soho Theatre - 4 1/2 Stars

Pete Strauss | Posted 08.12.2012 | UK Comedy
Pete Strauss

Most will be aware of Rob Delaney through his Twitter exploits; a prolific tweeter who has amassed over 600,000 followers, Delaney has risen from relative obscurity to be crowned as Comedy Central's 'funniest man' on the social networking site.

Matt Roper is Tapping Away Laboriously

Matt Roper | Posted 23.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Matt Roper

Being encouraged to climb a fibre-glass cow at quarter to four in the morning with two girls from Lancaster and an accountant named Henry is exactly the sort of thing I promised myself to avoid during the Edinburgh Festival this year.

Josie Long - Romance and Adventure - Pleasance Courtyard - 4 stars

Pete Strauss | Posted 12.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Pete Strauss

I'd heard that Josie Long was becoming ever more politicised with every Edinburgh show and this show seems to be zenith of such aspirations. Much of ...

Chris Martin - Spot the Difference - Gilded Balloon

Pete Strauss | Posted 10.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Pete Strauss

Chris Martin's Spot the Difference is an enjoyable and fun hour to be had at this years' Fringe. He finds humour in the middle class tribulations of h...

James Mullinger - 'The Man With No Shame' - Etcetera Theatre - Third August

Pete Strauss | Posted 05.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Pete Strauss

Every year for about a month, London gets a lot less funny. Vast swathes of the nation's favourite comedians all flock up to Edinburgh for the month of August. However, a few valiantly stay behind to participate in the ever growing Camden Fringe and one man gallantly at the forefront of this years fringe is James Mullinger.

Starbucks: Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Andrew Doyle | Posted 02.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Andrew Doyle

Starbucks cares about me. I know this because they've recently started asking my name when I order my coffee. Yes, there's something a little Kafkaesque about that sort of thing, but you can have fun with it. Try using a pseudonym that the barista is unlikely to be able to spell. This week I've plumped for "Beelzebub" and "Agamemnon".