UK Comedians

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Be Slaughtered by a Comedian

Stephen Hamilton | Posted 21.07.2014 | 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.

Rik Mayall and Me, Aged 11

Lisa Higgins | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Comedy
Lisa Higgins

I'm 11 years old and I'm stood at my white MFI desk in my pink bedroom, in a bungalow, in Redditch - home to Rik Mayall, Kevin Turvey and me. I'm holding a purple and black spotted furry photo frame about the size of a passport and wondering what to put in it...

Is the Standard of US Stand-Up Higher?

Aid Thompsin | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK Comedy
Aid Thompsin

The other day, I was scanning down my Facebook feed and saw a status update from a highly-regarded circuit act. He suggested, from listening to various podcasts, that American comics didn't rate British ones too highly. Further down, were comments from London acts, some of whom had gone as far as saying they couldn't name a British comedian they would pay to see.

Why Do I Comedy?

Xavier Toby | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Comedy
Xavier Toby

I do it because I think every single human being is capable of wonderful things, and I don't think anyone is stupid. I just think that a lot of us, myself included, don't know enough and if we were more thoughtful, looked deeper into issues and knew more, we could as a society be making better decisions and live in a far better world.

Work Is No Laughing Matter. Or Is It?

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Any psychologist will tell you that laughter is definitely the best medicine when it comes dealing with anxiety, particularly when it comes to work. ...

Female Comics Are Not a Novelty Act

Jenny Collier | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Comedy
Jenny Collier

We still hear people ask 'Are women funny?' as if this is somehow a valid debate. It's not a question ever applied to male comedians.

The Enduring Appeal of Jeremy Kyle (Or Why You Are Ronnie Barker)

James Conmy | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Comedy
James Conmy

In the real world we probably know that Jeremy Kyle isn't any more "moral" than us because he allegedly stole from his ex-wife to fund a destructive gambling habit and met his current wife after she "won" a competition on his radio station to marry a complete stranger. But hey, all that was before he was canonised by ITV to referee human bear baiting - so that's all right then.

Comedians in Politics: An Open Letter

Bobby Friedman | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Bobby Friedman

Dear Rupert I've been a big fan over the years. I've enjoyed your witty asides, acerbic observations, and the time you got us all thrown out of a club for 'inappropriate dancing'. In fact, despite your ubiquity, you are consistently more funny than average (if your sample includes Sarah Teather, as she brings down the mean).

The First Great Web-Series?

Harry Deansway | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Harry Deansway

I'm certainly not one of the best writers but I have written (and directed) a new web-series that launched today. Why should you watch it? One it's been made with a lot of love and commitment, everyone has given their time for free as they believe in the project so it would be great to repay that with some views.

Pub Toilet Graffiti and the Art of Avoiding Sectarian Violence

Bytestories | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Bytestories

When they weren't out subjugating barbarians, the Romans festooned their walls with phalluses. The Vikings only started invading other countries because they'd run out of space in their own toilet cubicles. And one-third of all Neanderthal cave paintings can be translated loosely as 'I've had Ug's mum'.

Act Up at a Comedy Gig - It's Fun

Aaron Child | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Comedy
Aaron Child

Over the years I have been to numerous comedy gigs in numerous states of frivolity. I have been to many in a grumpy mood in the search of some light hearted solace to adorn my soon to be split sides. I have also arrived in such a state that I am surprised that the security staff even let me in. This brings me onto my point, if I actually have one that is. How should you, the audience act at a comedy gig?

Why You Shouldn't Sleep With Comedians (Or Just Me)

Sofie Hagen | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Comedy
Sofie Hagen

I then sent him a picture message. Of the contract I had had to sign at the tattoo parlour.

It's Not the Winning, It's the Taking Apart...

Jen Brister | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Comedy
Jen Brister

My mum once told me that "life is a journey," which is unfortunate as we're both prone to carsickness, seasickness and airsickness. I'm pretty sure most people don't feel a rising nausea watching someone on a moped.

Attention Please!

Jen Brister | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Comedy
Jen Brister

Hello...? Not sure if there's anyone out there or not. It's hard to know if anyone is going to read my ramblings. I mean why would you? And even if you do, how will I know? This is the thing when you write, there's no immediate response. It's not like standup where you can say something, pause, and BOOM! Laughter.

The Edinburgh Festival Review of Everything: Using A Mobile Phone

Sarah Campbell | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Sarah Campbell

I understand that you can't get reception in the many caves and basements of this city - I get that, I really do. But my flat's on the third floor, centrally located on The Meadows, and I have to go to the park if I want to make a phonecall, like I'm in The Wire or something. At least it didn't rain in Baltimore. Today I had to sit on a plastic bag.

WATCH: Edinburgh Comedians Reveal Their 'Special Moves'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Comedy

It's hard getting through a whole month at the Edinburgh Festival. And as for the performers... Yes, from Alex Horne to Richard Herring, Peacock to...

Edinburgh Fringe: Punching at Balls

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Andrew J. Lederer

Putting on a show at the Edinburgh Fringe is like getting into the hopper that selects lotto numbers and punching the balls until, maybe, the desired numbers come up.

Edinburgh Fringe: Frequent Flyerer

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Andrew J. Lederer

People say that flyering is the single most important thing in Edinburgh in terms of getting people to come to your shows. But really, getting famous works far better. In the absence of getting famous, however, flyering becomes quite important.

Smells Like Fringe Spirit

David Moon | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Comedy
David Moon

A lot was written and discussed at the end of last year's Edinburgh Fringe about bubbles bursting, audiences voting with their feet and growing resistance to the commercialisation of the fringe.

The Edinburgh Festival Review of Everything: Getting the Train There

Sarah Campbell | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Sarah Campbell

There is nothing worse than being enforced 'train pals' with someone who you can't remember whether you slept with the previous year. Last year I pretended to be asleep for a solid four hours to avoid having to talk to a comedian who sat down next to me.

Freedom From Fear: Remembering Comedian U Pa Pa Lay

Matt Roper | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Matt Roper

U Pa Pa Lay is dead. According to sources in Burma, the comedian died at 1pm last Friday, 2 August 2013. Three times jailed by the Burmese junta for exercising his right to freedom of expression, one of his most famous jokes was this one:

Comedy From the Heart - How I Turned a Crisis Into a Comedy

Pete Shenton | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Comedy
Pete Shenton

Just over 9 years ago on in the early Summer of 2004 I woke up on a lovely sunny Sunday morning and had a heart attack. I was 36 at the time and fairly fit (I was still working as a dancer and regularly running and cycling). As you can imagine it came as a bit of a surprise.

Web Oddities

Jay Cowle | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Tech
Jay Cowle

After a particularly poor session on youTube watching interviews with The guy who interviews people who interview people, or more likely a compilation video of people falling over, you'd be forgiven for thinking you have finished the Internet.

Comedian Jimmy Tarbuck Arrested Over Child Sex Abuse Allegation

PA | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK

Veteran comedian Jimmy Tarbuck has been arrested in connection with a historic child sex abuse allegation, sources said. Tarbuck, 73, was questione...

Stewart Lee's History Of Stand-Up On TV

Time Out | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK Comedy

Thinking inside the box with the maverick comedian Iconoclast comedian Stewart Lee knows TV's delicate relationship with live comedy better than a...