The Squits

Trevor Holland | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Comedy
Trevor Holland

I'm recently fallen victim to a profound, life-changing affliction; one that has shaken my being to its very core. It's one that affect millions of people every year and, due to its sensitive nature, is often not discussed. Well, I'm no longer prepared to be a silent victim. I recently ate some less-than-perfect chicken nuggets and subsequently, suffered a violent bout of The Squits.

On the Road

Amy Howerska | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Comedy
Amy Howerska

Dear god, this is my life. Doing actual stand up is only about 10 % of stand up, the rest is admin and car journeys. This cars current topic is a very academic conversation about chuckle fuckers, that's right, the comedy groupie.

The Leap Year Question

Chris Tavner | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Comedy
Chris Tavner

The last couple of weeks have been nothing short of life changing, not to mention busy. As I wrote in my last blog, me and my girlfriend were in the process of buying a house together. Thankfully that all went through and we moved in to our first home together on Friday 19th February.

Trying to Buy a House

Chris Tavner | Posted 15.02.2016 | UK Comedy
Chris Tavner

Not that the sellers are the problem here. Steve and his family found a house to buy and had an offer accepted within 2 weeks of seeing us. Also, their buyer soon moved out of the house in to his parents so as to not hold up arrangements. The problem now, is solicitors.

'Yes, But Why Are All the Refugees Coming Here?'

Chris Tavner | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Tavner

In my last blog I noted how public opinion appeared to be changing around the issue of refugees following the tragic death of Aylan Kurdi. Even The S...

'Losing It' by Helen Lederer - An Interview and Book Review

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruth Jacobs

Packed with hilarious scenes that had me laughing out loud, Losing It is an easy to read book that is hard to put down. Wrapped in this brilliant comedy is the more serious change made by the protagonist, Millie, who loses some of her criticalness of others and herself, which perhaps is an important element of Helen Lederer's new 'Mid-Lit' genre as it is in mid-life.

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Be Slaughtered by a Comedian

Stephen Hamilton | Posted 18.09.2014 | UK Comedy
Stephen Hamilton

A blind kid with disabilities does not deserve to be slaughtered by a comedian but an adult with 20/20 vision who owes you twenty bucks and drunkenly compliments your wife's tits deserves and needs to have his dignity stripped down to his ankles then whacked by some very heavy lesson biker mechanic chains.

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.