Stand Up Comedy

Am I Too Early for a Midlife Crisis?

Ben Moore | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Moore

Of course my life since then hasn't been a disaster, and you can't sift out and keep the good bits. I enjoyed my university education, despite being a long way from home and abjectly failing to make any friends. I'm happily married now, and I can't separate that from all the other choices that I've made.

89-Year-Old Man Does Stand Up For The First Time, Absolutely Kills It

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Comedy

They say life begins at 50, but this man got his first stand-up comedy opportunity at the age of 89. Chuck Esterly's first routine, mostly comprisi...

Is There a Line in Comedy? Here's a More Important Question

Payton Quinn | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Comedy
Payton Quinn

So, here's my question to you: Why do you think that your freedom to mock and dehumanize marginalized groups unchallenged is more important than not actively encouraging harm against those groups?

Seven Key Work Skills I Learned From Doing Stand-Up

Liz Fraser | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Comedy
Liz Fraser

Talk to anyone who's done stand-up, and they will tell you that it's the most terrifying thing you can do. (I assume these people haven't worked down a 200-ft mine, defused any bombs, or had lunch with my mother.)

From #PeachGate and Paperclips to Comedy and Confidence.

Bryan Adams | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK
Bryan Adams

How stand-up taught me the art of crafting a successful pitch: devising a story that the listener can emotionally relate to... At the age of 26, I fo...

Fringe flu

Chris Tavner | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Comedy
Chris Tavner

As with Freshers week, every day was spent drinking and eating some awful food. Of course healthy food is available in Edinburgh, but the Scottish have such a creative range of fried foods that it's hard to resist. Days later, it's me that's feeling battered. Was it worth it? Absolutely.

Fringe Diaries: Routines

Matt Roper | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Comedy
Matt Roper

I'm here in Edinburgh again for the annual festival and as ever it's a marathon, so this time I'm heeding the words a fellow comedian gave me just last week: drink less, sleep more. The fact that I spotted that fellow comedian falling out of a pub yesterday just after midnight - completely arseholed of course - is neither here nor there.

Taking No Prisoners

Steve Bugeja | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Comedy
Steve Bugeja

Perhaps we just scrap prison all together and kill anyone who breaks the law, saving on expensive admin. Here are some more innovative (ill thought out) ideas I've come up with to make prisons more effective and cheaper...

Getting Touchy: Reg D Hunter and Offensive Comedy - Part 2

Lucy Danser | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Comedy
Lucy Danser

Whether or not Hunter was within his rights to say those jokes or whether the audience members were within their rights to complain, one thing occurred to me. They weren't even on the same page.

Judd Apatow Did Stand Up On 'Jimmy Fallon' And It Was Perfect

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Comedy

Comedy veteran Judd Apatow, director of films such as Knocked Up and Pineapple Express, was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this week, and h...

Friends on Benefits

Chris Tavner | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Tavner

Fingers crossed I'll snare some people in to reading this blog with its almost sexy sounding title. It's fair to say though that 'friends on benefits' is a lot different to 'friends with benefits'. Simply, having a 'friend on benefits' means only one person is getting fucked.

Essentially Speaking

Naomi Hefter | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Comedy
Naomi Hefter

I've often heard people tell me to be a "good" comedian; you need to be highly intellectual. Be specially good at the English language and know a lot about the world. I think that's a load of bo*****.

A Timely Reminder Of How Robin Williams Described The House Of Commons

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Comedy

You never need an excuse to watch a Robin Williams stand-up clip, of course. But given today's goings-on in the House of Commons - what with the re-el...

Young Ornithologist of The Year 1993

Stuart Laws | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Comedy
Stuart Laws

The more elaborate a story the more likely it is to be a lie. It's for that reason that I think Billy Joel did start that fire.

Stand Up History- Luton

Paul McGarrity | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK Comedy
Paul McGarrity

Not cool Luton, not cool! I expect this kind of behaviour from Coventry (though it's understandable from Coventry, they had a tricky 1941 and I don't think they got enough hugs when they were a hamlet), but I thought more of you!

Stand Up History: Walton-on-Thames

Paul McGarrity | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Comedy
Paul McGarrity

I asked the organisers if they knew anything about the history of the place and it would appear that a local woman called Susan had simply decided one day that the derelict barn would make for an excellent arts space and had proceeded to bully the local community and council until her idea became a reality.

Stand Up History: Wrexham

Paul McGarrity | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Comedy
Paul McGarrity

So now we return to where we began, Wrexham. The traffic had been awful on the way up and as such I only had a hour in which to fulfil my self appointed task. This meant that I could only go as far as the town centre on my hunt.

Scott, Oates and Cherry-Garrard

Simon Evans | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Comedy
Simon Evans

Overshadowed by the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War this year has been another hundred year anniversary, that of the launch of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition. It was of course a heroic failure, one which ended the heroic age of polar exploration...

I Demand Less Choice!

Pat Higgins | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

I really miss having no choice. There's a real frisson to those moments when you lose the remote control under the sofa, or the wi-fi network packs up. You might have to watch something you don't like, or even something that you have no opinion about yet. Losing the remote is a scary rollercoaster of possibilities.

On the Pill - The Stigma of Depression and Antidepressants

Christian Talbot | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Christian Talbot

I gave it some thought for a week, reading up on the anti-depressants that the doctor suggested and finally made the decision to give them a go. And I'm glad I did. It's probably the best decision I've made in years. Within a few weeks I was feeling much much better. Again it's hard to explain but that feeling of anxiousness has eased significantly.

A Letter to the British Comedy Scene

Jack Campbell | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK Comedy
Jack Campbell

Doing comedy IS very cool, it IS so much fun and it is FULL of pretentious, I didn't get enough attention growing up so I'll cut everyone else down, competitive, non-entertainers. Please tell me what other job is the following ever somehow acceptable: "I'm getting paid anyway so who cares". This is just as bad as the audience who have paid and don't care.

Outside the Box

Brendon Burns | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK Comedy
Brendon Burns

Something is not quite right in the comedy clubs of the UK - increasingly I've had punters, who wanted to hear what I had to say, apologise to me on behalf of their fellow audience members because a stag do didn't know when to shut up or a drunk woman in the front row thought it was her place to insert herself into everything I was saying...

Collecting the Following

Naomi Hefter | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Comedy
Naomi Hefter

did a gig recently where a female audience member was really looking forward to hearing my work as I was the only female stand up there. Once I got on stage, I told a new story about about being from the same town as serial killer Fred West, and another where I urinated in the street wearing nothing but a Spiderman mask on.

Carry on Laughing: Joan Rivers

Aaron Vallely | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Aaron Vallely

Age did not endanger her spectacular exuberance. She worked harder than anyone else, jet-setting from country to country taping multiple shows, doing stand-up comedy, and selling books as well as her clothing and jewelry lines.

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.