UK Comedy

This Is What Happens When You Take Recreational Softball Too Seriously

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Sport

So here's a lesson in why you probably shouldn't treat recreational softball like you're playing in the major league.. One company's team captain, ...

How To Be Cultured

Chris Mayo | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Comedy
Chris Mayo

Being cultured isn't easy. You have to go to things, absorb those things, tell people about the things you absorbed and pretend they have enriched your life in some way and then answer questions when people start asking you stuff.

IKEA Want To Show You The Future Of Your Home

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Comedy

Imagine being given the gift of glimpsing the future of your home. Your yet-to-be-born daughter's birthday, her first holiday and watching her grow...

On Robin Williams

Ruby Wax | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Why is it such an 'out of the blue' experience for everyone that Robin Williams killed himself? Is it because we think if someone's funny they must spend their lives, head thrown back, wheezing away? I know very few comedians who in their real lives have their heads thrown back, it's not funny being funny; it's a killer.

Seven Under the Radar Films You'll Be Talking About Soon

Tom Linay | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

Last month I highlighted the seven big titles that are set to fill cinemas for the remainder of the year. They were huge films, each of which is likely to be thrust into the public consciousness via the sizeable marketing budgets of the respective distributors. As an alternative, here are seven titles that aren't quite of the same scale but are set to be as notable in their own right.

The (Not So) Secret Diary of a London First Time Buyer; Aged 34 1⁄4 - Part VII ... Man v. Estate Agent

David Lewis | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Comedy
David Lewis

Six months of house-hunting in London and I still haven't sealed the deal. But I have met estate agents. Dozens of them. And it is almost unsettling; they have not been the rude, arrogant, cretinous benders-of-the-truth that the generalisation might suggest. They are different. Or, more accurately: indifferent... I wanted to interview one of these guys to see what the market looks like from their end...

Tips for Attending The Edinburgh Festival

Gina Lyons | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Comedy
Gina Lyons

Sup. I am back from the Edinburgh Comedy Festival. (I am aware they do more than comedy, but frankly I have never seen a show there not starring a comedian so refuse to admit it, sorry dancers/ actors/ acrobats.)

'Lagom': Why Swedes Are Happier Than Us

Danny Robins | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Comedy
Danny Robins

There has for some years now been a great deal of interest in Sweden here in the UK. I think this stems largely from the fact that Swedes seem like a happier, more successful version of us... What is their secret? It could be summed up in one word: 'lagom'. Lagom is a uniquely Swedish word with no direct translation into English. It means 'not too much, not to little'.

And The Funniest Joke At This Year's Edinburgh Festival Is....

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Comedy

Comedian Tim Vine has won this year's Funniest Joke of the Edinburgh Fringe Award. His one-liner "I’ve decided to sell my hoover... well, it was ...

Excerpts From the Diary of a Pretentious 10 Year Old

Chris Betts | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Comedy
Chris Betts

I scraped my knee this afternoon playing Bolshevik Revolution with Tim. He shoved me from behind and when I cried foul he claimed that the divine right of kings empowered him to do so.

Facebook Is Testing A 'Satire' Detector

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Tech

Facebook has come to a realisation: we're all really, really gullible. In order to combat satirical websites like The Onion - or at least people co...

Who Said Women Can't Do Comedy? Four Female Comedy Stars to Watch at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014

Polly Allen | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Comedy
Polly Allen

You may have failed miserably at scoring tickets for last year's Edinburgh Comedy Award winner - FYI, Bridget Christie's A Bic for Her rightfully scooped the Best Show prize -but there are plenty of other female comic talents making waves at the Fringe in 2014, actively disproving the myth that women aren't funny...

Maybe Sheffield Hallam Uni's President Should Turn Off Her Autotweet?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Autotweets can, on some occasions, be pretty useful. Not in this case though. When one man, Brian Shelf, tweeted saying he'd got into Sheffield Hal...

Psychologists Find Your Sense of Humour Predicts Depression

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Comedy
Dr Raj Persaud

Victoria Ando, from St Hugh's College, University of Oxford has recently published a study entitled 'Psychotic traits in comedians', which uncovers a ...

Comedy and Tragedy

Lucy Frederick | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Comedy
Lucy Frederick

It's August 14th - just over half way through the Edinburgh Festival. My show, 'Lucy Frederick and the Claw of Anxiety' is ticking along nicely. Than...

Becouscous I Told you, That's Why! - A Hitch-Hike to Morocco

James Dann | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Comedy
James Dann

The old band back together. "No fella (I imagine he said fella) it's legal, it's OK, €50 and we'll be back in 5 minutes, my brother will ...

Man Tweets Obviously Fake A-Level Results, Universities Get Excited And Offer Him Places

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Well, that was embarrassing. A writer for the Daily Mash (seriously, why was this fact alone not a give-away?) tweeted a so-obviously-fake-it-could...

Na-Nu Na-Nu

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK
Zoe Clark-Coates

What a tragic loss to the world of comedy. Without writing any more words you know who I am speaking of....the legend that is Robin Williams.

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

Julian Dutton | Posted 13.08.2014 | 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.'

On Being Mistaken for a Pregnant Lady on the Tube

Christina Kenny | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christina Kenny

How could this be happening? ... I'd lost a lot of weight over the last couple of years and am now a size 14 (the slimmest I've been since I was 14). But that's obviously not good enough if I look pregnant. And not just a bit pregnant - enough to make two sober and presumably rational adults assume that I am pregnant enough to need to sit down on public transport. That's, what, like, seven months?

Suntan Transvestite

James Conmy | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Comedy
James Conmy

Immediately I began to draw a fair amount of attention, I could see people sniggering, actually sniggering at me. I tried to act normal whilst flexing biceps and breathing in. People looked up from books and stared, a group of young girls looked at me then hid their mouths behind conspiring palms... "What the hell is wrong with these people? ... What's so damn funny?"

Robin Williams Has Died and It's a Very Sad Day

Carina Maggar | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Carina Maggar

What is most heart-rending about this news is the contradiction- a man who exudes laughter, yet who is suffering from endless sadness. It just goes to show how one person's exterior doesn't always match the battles they are fighting within.

Robin Williams: The Wit And The Warmth

Caroline Frost | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Caroline Frost

His machine-gun riffing, his ability to put on a thousand voices and tell circular jokes poking fun at the human condition were all proof of comedic genius, seemingly channelled from another source for which he was merely a willing conduit. No wonder performing greats like Bob Hope were reluctant to follow him on stage.

Have You Heard the One About Free Speech...?

John Roberts | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Comedy
John Roberts

On Wednesday 13 August 2014, I'll be giving a talk at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe about these and other related issues on the connection between free speech, humour and the public sphere as part of the Beyond a Joke? Comedy, Culture and the Public discussion series.

7 Things Saved By The Bell Taught Us About School Life

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education

On 20 August, it will be 25 years since that iconic TV series Saved by the Bell was first aired. Yep, that's a quarter of a century since you first sw...