UK Comedians

Making Digital Comedy Amongst A Whole Load Of Cat Videos

Noah James | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Comedy
Noah James

Short, shareable and preferably cute kitty cats... that's what resonates with the social media generation. And who doesn't want that cute, furry escap...

How To Cope With Having Rich And Successful Friends

Amy Howerska | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK Comedy
Amy Howerska

The thing is about a career in entertainment, there are only ever a few people at any one time who are riding high. Everyone else is just standing by the cheese board waiting for their turn.

COMEDY - IT'S AN EDUCATION!

Sam Fraser | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK Comedy
Sam Fraser

Thanks to Homer (Simpson) and his circle, my kids learnt a little about a lot. When we took them to see Hamlet they already knew the plot. Similarly, Great Expectations held no surprises and they practically rolled their eyes when we slapped Spinal Tap into the DVD player.

How Stand-Up Comedy Can Help People With Mental Health Issues

The Huffington Post | Ryan Barrell | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Comedy

Mental health disorders like anxiety and depression have become an increasingly visible issue in society, but scientists and the medical profession ar...

A Note to Comedians Worried That 'PC Culture' Means They 'Can't Say Anything Anymore'

Daniel Welsh | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Welsh

If your comedy is so weak that you need to rely on slurs, derisions and out-dated tropes to get a laugh out of the lowest common denominator, then I don't know what to tell you, other than you clearly need to buck your ideas up.

Rape Jokes Are Not The Issue - The Joke's Target Is The Issue

Mia Doring | Posted 24.04.2016 | UK Comedy
Mia Doring

Downright mean jokes about rape, like Jimmy Carr's 'nine out of ten people in a gang rape said they enjoyed it' are the damaging ones. The hilarity is that the tenth person didn't enjoy it because the tenth person was the gang rape victim.

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.

Comedian Simon Rakoff: Making Ugly Truths Palatable

Liberty Forrest | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Comedy
Liberty Forrest

(Photo of Simon Rakoff courtesy of Alex Urosevic) Like so many other people on the planet, I grew up in an environment that was loaded with abuse an...

Five Things Edinburgh Fringe Performers Will Be Panicking About Right Now

Samantha Baines | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Comedy
Samantha Baines

Every year the Edinburgh Fringe grows in size; there is comedy, dance, theatre, poetry, singing, nudity, some more nudity and lots of flyering. Here are five things performers (myself included) are currently panicking about...

Legendary Comedian Dave Chappelle's Juke Joint Hits London!

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Comedy
Jasmine Dotiwala

An hour into the fun, I noticed another mosh pit and spotted little ginger Ed Sheeran in the centre of it, having come straight from his Wembley Stadium show. Next thing, Ed is pulled onstage by Dave, and proceeds to blow the crowds minds by taking us on a 20-minute journey of karaoke, skitting with the live band.

The Adventures of Basil The Cylinder

John Dredge | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Comedy
John Dredge

Once upon a time in the not particularly magical land of Completely-Weird-on-Sea, Basil the Cylinder was sitting around doing nothing. 'Oh dear,' h...

Is This The World's Silliest Podcast?

John Dredge | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Comedy
John Dredge

This week sees the return of my comedy podcast series The John Dredge Nothing To Do With Anything Show to the British Comedy Guide website. Nobody as...

'Do Your Thing And Don't Care If They Like It': 15 Totally Inspiring Tina Fey Quotes

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Comedy

Happy birthday, Tina Fey! Yes, one of our absolute favourite funny women turns 45 today. To celebrate, here's a reminder of some of her finest, mos...

Never Too Late To Get Into Comedy

Bytestories | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Comedy
Bytestories

I was convinced I was a real funny guy and, although that was true, there is a major difference between being a funny guy and a comedian. The problem is sometimes you find this out at a really bad time - like your first gig.

'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.

Are Comedians Funny Because Their Brains Are Different?

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Tech

I am deep in the underground labs of University College London. I am in an MRI machine. I'm playing Radio 4's classic quiz game 'Just A Minute...

Why the Funniest Comedians Die First

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

A study about to be published in the 'International Journal of Cardiology' has found that the funniest comedians suffer dramatically reduced longevity, compared to their relatively less funny counterparts.

Why the Funniest Comedians Die First

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

A study about to be published in the 'International Journal of Cardiology' has found that the funniest comedians suffer dramatically reduced longevity, compared to their relatively less funny counterparts.

Why Wearing Pyjamas All Day Is Fine...

Samantha Baines | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Comedy
Samantha Baines

Yes, it is alright for some (without going into the fact that being self-employed is actually quite challenging), it's alright for me Mr. Delivery Man because I proudly wear my pyjamas during the day and here is why: Pyjamas are comfy.

To Quota or Not to Quota, That Is the Question...

Tania Edwards | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Comedy
Tania Edwards

It has always struck me how overqualified a 'female comedian' has to be to make her debut on a panel show. A sell-out tour, an award nomination or two, acting roles in sitcoms, writing credits for sitcoms - a combination of all these seems to be required.

Jayde Adams Is Crowned Winner Of The 2014 Funny Women Award

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Comedy

Bristol comedian Jayde Adams has been crowned the winner of this year's coveted Funny Women Award. Wearing a nude bodysuit and finishing her set wi...

New to Stand-up Comedy? Here Are Six Beginner's Tips

Samantha Baines | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Samantha Baines

You are new, so no matter what your experience beforehand everyone will assume you are utterly crap at telling jokes to people. This can be frustrating when you are trying to assure everyone you are the UK's answer to Sarah Silverman with a bit of Lee Evans thrown in *cough*. The answer? Well, my answer, is to embrace it.

Laughter Is Not Happiness: Comedy and Depression (Robin Williams 1951-2014)

Julian Dutton | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Julian Dutton

After Robin Williams' (probable yet unconfirmed at the time of writing) suicide at the age of just 63, the question is once more in the air - are comedians more prone to depression than, say, plumbers, gamekeepers or human resources managers? Does the iconic 'tears of a clown' cultural trope have any basis in fact? My instinct is to say no, it doesn't - but it is just that, instinct, for I have no data. It is a difficult case to prove, for the evidence to the contrary seems so overwhelming. When a comedian like Robin Williams or Tony Hancock takes their own life, with all the consequent publicity engendered by those tragedies, it is definitely tempting to conclude 'there goes another one.'

Edinburgh Fringe Festival: A Performer's Guide

Samantha Baines | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Samantha Baines

It's here! That crazy month where tons of creative, funny and just down right weird performers (myself included) flock to Scotland for a month of drinking, flyering and probably some performing. This shall be my sixth Edinburgh so it's about time I wrote a "A Guide to the Edinburgh Fringe" blog.

Harry Styles Must Be Stopped: Join the Revolution That's Heading in One Direction

Stephen Frizzle | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Comedy
Stephen Frizzle

I implore to you all: Harry Styles must be stopped. There is some hypnotic gaze that the hairstyled individual holds over young girls in order to do his bidding. This month, I will be taking the show to London and Edinburgh. Please grab your bottle of Frizz-Ease and lucky dead cat and come join me in finding out how to stop all things One Direction based.