UK Comedy

In Conclusion...

Lucy Frederick | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Lucy Frederick

I did it! I did a whole month of shows at the Edinburgh Festival and I didn't die, kill anyone, have a nervous breakdown, get pregnant, get an STD, get punched in the face, eat a deep fried mars bar, get flu, succumb to exhaustion or sing at the karaoke!!

My Virgin Atlantic Flight With Live Comedy From Richard Herring

Daniel Scott Lintott | Posted 25.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel Scott Lintott

With Herring taking to the skies, the Virgin Atlantic flight became the unofficial 300th Fringe venue and the first one at 30,000 feet... The only downside of the experience was the thought that every other flight will never be the same after what felt like the honour of having a comedian come and perform for you in your front room.

Homer Simpson Gets Involved

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Comedy

Well, it finally happened. The Ice Bucket Challenge has transcended this 3D physical realm and made it to Springfield. Yup, Homer Simpson is the...

Welcome - Please Scan Your First Item...

Nick Compton | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Nick Compton

Through small simple acts of kindness such as a smile, people will naturally further that kindness to others. I have observed on several occasions people buying gifts for one another for no other reason than as an act of friendship and kindness. Surely we must be an inherently good species?

An Ode to the Work Spouse

Furquan Akhtar | Posted 25.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Furquan Akhtar

I met my third wife Stacey-Lee on the set of Coronation Street. Well, the offices anyway. I was desk hopping and she was sat in my seat. I've not forgiven for that because it wasn't the beginning of a romantic comedy just a ball ache because I had to find another desk.

Engaged and Confused: A Man's Guide to Marriage - Part 3: A Decent Proposal

Alex Smith | Posted 25.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Alex Smith

The day had arrived, months of planning had come down to this. My favourite part of the planning process had been what I called 'operation scent thrower,' in which I, your heroic protagonist Alexander Smith, would spend time attempting to make my beloved feel that I would seemingly never want to fully commit myself to her.

Disability - No Longer at the Fringe of the Fringe

Jo Verrent | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jo Verrent

I'm writing this as I return from my annual trip to Edinburgh's Fringe Festival. I tend to head up for a couple of days each year to catch shows, catch up with colleagues (and this year catch a cold too). Every year, I look to see where disabled artists are in the mix - and this year the spread is impressive.

Top 12 Excuses for Being Late With Your Self-Assessment Tax Form

Stephen Hamilton | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Stephen Hamilton

The World Cup was on and two things happened. Before I knew it I'd missed the deadline. My budgie was sick. He chewed on the only pen I had in the house and he died of ink poison. I didn't have anything to put him in for his burial so I just used your envelope you sent me and you got it ... the self-assessment form was in the envelope.

Ed Fringe: Six Days, 21 Shows

Asher Huey | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Asher Huey

It's easy to find ways to occupy your time at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - the world's largest arts festival. There are performances taking place from morning until night every day for a month

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 21.10.2014 | 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 20.10.2014 | 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 20.10.2014 | 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 20.10.2014 | 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 20.10.2014 | 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 19.10.2014 | 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 18.10.2014 | 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 15.10.2014 | 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 12.10.2014 | 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 14.10.2014 | 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 13.10.2014 | 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 ...