Stand Up Comedy

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 25.04.2016 | 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 22.04.2016 | 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 12.01.2016 | 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 12.01.2016 | 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 07.01.2016 | 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.

Matching the Dress...

Naomi Hefter | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Comedy
Naomi Hefter

Trying to organise a night out on New Year's Eve is a serious pain in the backside. And I'm not even talking about the prices of a ticket to step into a Weatherspoon or everywhere being so busy it would be wiser to do a comedy gig - knowing I am guaranteed to have an audience.

Royal Ramblings Meets Billy Kirkwood (ICW Special)

Danny Stone | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

Vince McMahon, Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Tazz, JBL and many others have provided the soundtrack to some of wrestling's greatest moments. That was until ...

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 23.07.2016 | 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 13.07.2016 | 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.