Stand Up Comedy

Why Stand-Up Comedy Is The Ultimate Lesson In Common Ground

Jen Barton | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle

“Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh,” the English ...

From Class Clown To Comedy, I've Always Loved Making People Laugh

Seann Walsh | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Comedy
Seann Walsh

Seann Walsh is a stand-up comedian and actor from Brighton. He has sold out many-a-show, won numerous awards and has appeared on a range of television shows including Mock The Week and Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow. Here, for The Huffington Post UK, he vlogs about the comedians that inspire him, his favourite joke and being the class clown.

I Went Blind For A Year

Georgie Morrell | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK
Georgie Morrell

life less ordinary banner I went from being a spunky 21-year-old storming around London with no clue about who she was or what she was doing, to an isolated child-like woman who couldn't or, better yet, wouldn't adapt to her new-found blindness.

The Best Moments In Stand Up Aren't Laughs - But The Silence Before The Laughs

Chris Ramsey | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Comedy
Chris Ramsey

Chris Ramsey is a stand-up comedian and actor from South Shields. He vlogs for The Huffington Post UK on his embarrassing moments, what inspired him to become a comedian and the best joke he's heard.

Is It Me.... Or Is Satire Dead?

Georgie Morrell | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Comedy
Georgie Morrell

My next Edinburgh show is going to have elements of satire. Why you ask?! Because I fear it may be dying out and people no longer know what it is and...

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.

I Am Pagliacci

Arthur Peirce | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

There is a very old joke; it has appeared in different forms over the years, most famously in Alan Moore's seminal graphic novel Watchmen. Most retel...

Amy Schumer Just Totally Shut Down A Sexist Heckler Who Demanded To See Her Breasts

The Huffington Post | Ryan Barrell | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Comedy

Being heckled is sadly part of the job for all stand-up comedians. Sometimes people think they have the right to ruin a show someone has worked really...

Mate, You Can't Be A Bigot, You're At An Arts Festival!

Suzi Ruffell | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK Comedy
Suzi Ruffell

I hate that it makes me cry. I am a cab home. Shaking with anger, the cabbie asks if I am ok. I hope that he assumes I am drunk. I am not. I have just finished my 4th gig of the day. It's been a good day at the Edinburgh Festival. That is, until now.

Top Comedians Show Off The Best Of The Edinburgh Fringe

The Huffington Post | Ryan Barrell | Posted 17.08.2016 | UK Comedy

If you couldn’t get to the Fringe this year, don’t worry. Live At The Pleasance is bringing all the best of the festival to you through the magic ...

Mark Watson, Nish Kumar And Other Top Comedians Showcase The Best Of The Edinburgh Fringe

The Huffington Post | Ryan Barrell | Posted 17.08.2016 | UK Comedy

The Edinburgh Fringe is undoubtedly one of the biggest events in any comedy fan’s calendar, and this year is no different. The streets of the Scotti...

11 Things You Should Know About Performing at Open Mic Nights

Claire Patel-Campbell | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Claire Patel-Campbell

Nothing will happen unless you make it happen, and that means putting yourself up there on that teeny pub stage, in front of an audience who may or may not be drunk and who may or may not actually give a rat's arse about what they're seeing or hearing. You just don't know until you try.

Ten Must See Edinburgh Fringe Shows For 2016

Jay Islaam | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jay Islaam

While up in the Scottish capital, I'm hoping to see at least two comedy shows a day. It is, after all, the world's biggest arts festival, featuring the best of British and international talent - many of them free entry. So here's ten shows I'm recommending (in alphabetical order) if you're visiting Edinburgh this month...

Coffee, Cream and Self-Esteem

Ever Mainard | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Comedy
Ever Mainard

It took a lot of self-care and practice to get this awesome. People ask me all the time- "Ever, how did you get this awesome?" Actually no one's ever asked me BUT I picture them asking me. That's the same thing, right? Right. I know you're wondering it too. So I'll tell you...

If They Made a Film of My Life...

Carl Donnelly | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Comedy
Carl Donnelly

At home, at college, in relationships, in comedy etc I was the laid back funny guy that only very rarely let the mask slip. It wasn't until circumstances in my personal life hit a wall that finally the act had to come to an end and for the first time in my life, I snapped and told someone what was going on inside me on any given day.

Bipolar Bear

Harriet Dyer | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Comedy
Harriet Dyer

I regularly get told the classic "You'd never know it to look at you" and, "You seem like you've got it all together." Believe me I very much do not, the battle in my head is so tiresome. Often I'll smile at someone whilst thinking, "gosh I want to die so much" and I'm by in no means the one swimming in the choppiest water.

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...

Good Mental Health Can Be A Laughing Matter

Ryan Barrell | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Comedy
Ryan Barrell

In an ideal world, we wouldn't have to deal with anxiety, bipolar disorder, or anorexia - but this isn't an ideal world, so the best we can do is find any way to take away the hold those conditions have over us. If we can laugh about our own problems, it can help take away the spikes and prongs and slowly chip away at the them until we can take the power back. This is why we're running The Best Medicine - a week-long series of blogs, stories and videos on how comedy, stand-up and laughter can be part of the solution to help people cope with mental health problems.

Summertime Flirt

Stephen Bailey | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Comedy
Stephen Bailey

This summer of 2016 is making me feel even more flirty. You know when you are just in a good space. One of contentment. Job is going well, friends and family are great and with the family home SOLD it feels like a fresh start is on the horizon.

Cleaning Up My Act

Naomi Cooper | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Comedy
Naomi Cooper

When I was relatively new to stand-up I had a well-meaning promoter tell me "don't do anything naughty, keep it clean," at the exact moment I was introduced onstage in a West End comedy club. Utterly baffled - he'd seen my act and knew my tone, why had he booked me? - I was lost onstage as I flailed for vaguely PG observations from my honest, blunt and thus often crude material.

On the Road

Amy Howerska | Posted 22.04.2017 | 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.

Female Comedian Brutally Destroys Sexist Heckler

The Huffington Post | Ryan Barrell | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Comedy

A brutal reality on the comedy industry is that many people are stuck with some sort of baseless view that women can't be funny - we're not sure why, ...

Gigs, Basements, Flyers, Online Releases... (Music? Pffff - No, It's the Life of an Open Mic Comedian)

Aid Thompsin | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Comedy
Aid Thompsin

I would be tubing it to NW5, then east to Hackney; the following night I'd be at Dirty Dicks in EC2 trying some new ideas. The weekend would bring the odd 15 minute set. Yes, I heard heckles of "Don't give up your day-job, mate!". No, it didn't bother me. The joke was on them. I didn't have to give up my day-job. Stand-up got me fired from about three of them.

Anne Edmonds: You Know What I'm Like

Lucy Karsten | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Comedy
Lucy Karsten

Edmonds' show is excellent. It is funny and thoughtful and polished and well-worth seeing. It is so good, in fact, that I sent my father off to see it, despite his worried protestations that he 'wasn't sure he liked comedy'.

Brave or Just Foolish?

Naomi Hefter | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Comedy
Naomi Hefter

I love physical comedy. I watch it, I do it, I perform it, I think it and I admire it. In my opinion, as far as brain power is concerned, it's very easy. You don't have to structure a written joke; you don't have to read the news to talk about current affairs.