UK Comedy

The Beard: What Lies Beneath

Lynne Parker | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Comedy
Lynne Parker

Is the rising popularity of the beard a reflection of men's role in society today? Like hemlines rising with the onset of votes for women, full on masculine facial hair is making its own break for freedom and has become a 21st century fashion statement.

A Brief History of the Mockumentary and Six Gems You Might Not Know

Ed Cripps | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ed Cripps

A mockumentary about the BBC made by the BBC, it's too early to say if a satire whose hunter and quarry live in the same stable is ingenious or misguided. Instead, it seems timely (or the lowest form of hack opportunism to publish an article I've had marinating for months) to look back at the mockumentary as a genre...

Beer, Bingo and Ways to Win Votes

Howard Davidson | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Comedy
Howard Davidson

We pride ourselves on being WELL in touch with the hard-working common man and the kind of things they like. That's what our Beer'N'Bingo bullsh**, er, I mean bonus, was all about. But wait - that was a proper BIG-HITTER of an idea, a 'Gove' as we call them...so we've come up with some MORE 'triffic' proposals that hard-working, tax-paying poor-people are going to LOVE!!

Planet Office

Sophia Parsons | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sophia Parsons

For the past few months I have opened myself up to the world of the office environment, having never experienced this sort of bubble before (usually succumbing myself to either working with children or making coffee) I was apprehensive and intrigued about what I would learn from these new and unfamiliar surroundings.

Radio Maths is Fun!

Wendy Jones | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK
Wendy Jones

We already knew that poor numeracy was more widespread than poor literacy and that around half the population of working age had only primary school-level maths skills (too many power naps at secondary school?). We also knew that poor maths was linked to lower earnings (even more so than poor literacy is) and possibly to wider wellbeing. But now the new economic research put a figure to the estimated overall cost.

How Do We Find Quiet in a Busy Digital World?

Ruby Wax | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Comedy
Ruby Wax

In my new show, Sane New World which is for everyone, not just the mentally ill but all of us, I'm getting a lot of questions on how to deal with the digital viagra we're all addicted to (I'm even answering spam these days) - especially, how do we help our kids manage this? How do we deal with all this in-coming bombardment of everything from fashion tips to terrorists?

The (Not So) Secret Diary of a London First Time Buyer; Aged 34 1⁄4 - Part II

David Lewis | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Comedy
David Lewis

For the uninitiated The Bid could best be described as a sort of curiously 21st Century psuedo-auction; where hapless house hunters secretly e-mail the top price they are prepared to part with for a flat innumerable others will no doubt also have dreams of owning. It's unforgiving.

No Man Is a Party

Andy Parsons | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Comedy
Andy Parsons

The only Ukip person apart from Farage you probably recognise is Neil Hamilton, who is the deputy chairman. Neil Hamilton says that Ukip need to get rid of their embarrassing candidates. This is the man who resigned over 'cash for questions', lost the fourth safest seat in the country and is married to Christine Hamilton. Timmy Mallett dressed in a bikini doing an advert for Lynx would be less embarrassing than him.

'Infidel - The Musical' Or the Valentines Day That Changed My Life

Arvind Ethan David | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Comedy
Arvind Ethan David

THE INFIDEL was an IMPOSSIBLY difficult film to get financed. It was the hardest I have ever worked on, as literally every studio, financier, and sales agent in town passed on it at least once, and several of them, just to be sure, did so multiple times. The reasons given were various and inconsistent, but lurking behind them all we detected the same issue: a vague but powerful fear of a broad comedy about Muslims and Jews.

The Lynx Effect

Alex McBride | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK Comedy
Alex McBride

Y'know the Lynx advert? Where the guy simply applies anti-perspirant and women flock to him. Well, it's bollocks. Total bollocks in-fact. I've been through plenty of cans in my time, from Africa to Java and back again, and I can tell you, with my hand on my armpits, that paying an extra quid-fifty for Lynx deodorant is money wasted

Obama: Funny, Clever, Neither or Both?

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Comedy
Preetam Kaushik

Now, coming back to the core question - Is Obama a funny guy? Well it depends, doesn't it? On whether we're laughing with him or at him. Because if it's the latter, his predecessor Bush takes the cake.

One of My Life's Primary Missions - To Help Other People Understand and Overcome Depression

Rob Delaney | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rob Delaney

I think it's important to explain that major depression is not even peripherally related to "sadness." Depression is the absence of emotion. I never cried during my darkest periods of depression. Crying would have been A HOLIDAY. It would have been F***ING CHRISTMAS. A fight or a feeling of anger would have been AN EASTER EGG HUNT AT DISNEYLAND.

Cats

James Conmy | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Comedy
James Conmy

Do you know what the worst thing about the internet is? Cats. Everyday someone will send me a picture of a cat doing something cute, like wearing a policeman's helmet or mewling into a trumpet or making a cheese sandwich. And I hate cats.

Confessions of an Angry Londoner

Georgina Barnard | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Georgina Barnard

Hi. My name's Georgina and I'm an angry Londoner. I've been angry for nearly a decade. My anger has led to some dark places, making me hate tourists, scream at complete strangers on the tube, and harbour some seriously sinister thoughts about certain TFL employees.

Don't Like Where You Live? It Could Be Much Worse

Andy Parsons | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Comedy
Andy Parsons

Sometimes in bedsits you have to leave notes - "please don't drink my milk" or "don't eat all my bread" - but you don't expect to have to leave a note "please don't poo in the shower". It's like you wouldn't expect to have to leave signs "please don't vomit in the oven" or "I'm sorry your pet hamster died, but please don't leave it in the freezer".

Why The Grand Budapest Hotel Was Only a Three Star Movie

Rob Leane | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rob Leane

Although I know I'm in the minority, I felt that this film needed more gags, better use of supporting characters and less slow-moving hanging around. I couldn't help feeling like Anderson must have been told one too many times that he was a genius, and decided to just follow his instincts rather than filmmaking logic as a result...

Cynicism Killed the Cat - A Plea for Optimism!

Paul Charlton | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Comedy
Paul Charlton

Cynicism's had its day; it's time for pragmatic optimism. I'm rallying the troops and you're the first for the press gang!

A Quota for Female Comedians Is No Way Forward

Adam Benjamin | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Comedy
Adam Benjamin

For progress to be made, the BBC must fundamentally reassess the way it looks at female stand-ups. They are not a ratings tool but performers who can be just as hilarious as their male counterparts. Treating them as otherwise benefits neither the viewer nor the reputation of female comedians.

Fox News Trumpet Bill O'Reilly Thunders Against Beyonce (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK

Fox News trumpet Bill O’Reilly is feeling a little unsettled by Beyonce and in particular her latest "Partition" video, in which the singer "glorifi...

Fox News Trumpet Bill O'Reilly Thunders Against Beyonce (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK

Fox News trumpet Bill O’Reilly is feeling a little unsettled by Beyonce and in particular her latest "Partition" video, in which the singer "glorifi...

Unprecedented Images of Western People Looking Just Like You and Me

Karl Sharro | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Comedy
Karl Sharro

We have all wondered how Western people look like in everyday situations, behind the veil of exoticism that surrounds their mysterious culture. Photographer Adam Vaijan has spent years documenting everyday life in the West and the results are a startling mix of the magical and the ordinary...

Why Diets and Rice Cakes Don't Mix

Colin McQuistan | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Colin McQuistan

During my last contract I spent enough time hanging around the staff kitchen to know that these rice cakes things were an integral part of any girl about town's dieting regime. Ever since I have wondered "what is it about them that makes girls so miserable?"

Watch: Kevin Bacon Explains the 80s to Millennials

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Kevin Bacon would like a word with you about 80s awareness. "Awareness of 80s culture and technology has been in a significant decline, especially ...

In Defence of Early Sex

Lea Emery | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Comedy
Lea Emery

But here's my main gripe: why does having sex on the first date mean that someone isn't girlfriend material? There is the obvious double standard of women putting out being sluts and men having sex being lads and the misogyny tied up in those stereotypes.

Fatphobic People Say the Darndest Things

Sofie Hagen | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK Comedy
Sofie Hagen

Like most fat people, I have had a lot of mindless, hateful abuse spat at me. Strangers have either shouted "F**k you, fat b***h!" after me as I walked down the street or simply added a "You shouldn't eat that." if I eat anything but lettuce in public.