Stand Up Comedy

Young Ornithologist of The Year 1993

Stuart Laws | Posted 20.03.2015 | 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 24.02.2015 | 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 10.02.2015 | 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 03.02.2015 | 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.

'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 ...

Edinburgh Fringe Anxiety

Lucy Frederick | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Comedy
Lucy Frederick

Taking a show to the fringe is the biggest source of anxiety you can imagine. It involves terrifying creatures like 'press releases' and 'flyers'. Mythical beasts called 'reviewers' might come and see your show and say bad things. Or worst of all, they might not come at all...

Harry Styles Must Be Stopped: Join the Revolution That's Heading in One Direction

Stephen Frizzle | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Comedy
Stephen Frizzle

I implore to you all: Harry Styles must be stopped. There is some hypnotic gaze that the hairstyled individual holds over young girls in order to do his bidding. This month, I will be taking the show to London and Edinburgh. Please grab your bottle of Frizz-Ease and lucky dead cat and come join me in finding out how to stop all things One Direction based.

Edinburgh Fringe: The Ten Australian Acts You Must See

Tomás Ford | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Comedy
Tomás Ford

When I'm not onstage, I co-produce the independent Noodle Palace and Midlandia venues during Western Australia's Fringe World festival, so I'm out seeing a lot of shows come Australia's festival season from February through April. A lot of these end up at Edinburgh come August. Here are ten of my favourites. OK, eleven.

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Be Slaughtered by a Comedian

Stephen Hamilton | Posted 18.09.2014 | UK Comedy
Stephen Hamilton

A blind kid with disabilities does not deserve to be slaughtered by a comedian but an adult with 20/20 vision who owes you twenty bucks and drunkenly compliments your wife's tits deserves and needs to have his dignity stripped down to his ankles then whacked by some very heavy lesson biker mechanic chains.

A Beginner's Guide to Puns

Adam Benjamin | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Comedy
Adam Benjamin

In my capacity as a stand-up, I don't do puns, but I imagine if I did, people would regularly be asking me how I come up with so many great ones. The truth is, punning is simple as long as you remember a few key steps. Here is my easy-to-follow guide.

The UpShot of Being an Ugly Teen

Felicity Ward | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK Comedy
Felicity Ward

I was not a 'natural beauty' per se. Ahem. I was... gawky. I had pointy teeth at the front. I was whooping cough skinny. I had a big nose for my age. It's a shame it doesn't work for noses the same way it works for IQs. "My daughter has such a big IQ for her age." "Well my daughter has an enormous nose!" *awkward slow nodding.*

#YesAllWomen and Adrienne Truscott are Asking For It - That Is, a Deeper Conversation About Rape

Winnie M Li | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Winnie M Li

Adrienne's on-stage persona might prompt a similar stereotypical thought: "She looks like a classic rape victim: peroxide blonde, drunk in a bar, and showing her legs." And yet, she's not asking for it - which is exactly her point.

WATCH: Stewart Lee Absolutely Nails Ukip

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Comedy

In case you missed this: comedian Stewart Lee takes Ukip expertly to task - particularly deputy leader Paul Nuttall - in an episode from the most rece...

Jeremy Clarkson: Stupid Isn't a Sackable Offence..

Karl Davis | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Karl Davis

So Jeremy Clarkson has done it again. Not for the first time, the news agenda has been hijacked by the idiocy and anachronistic opinion of this called so called 'Journalist'. Being an established 'leftie' so vocally despised by Clarkson, I have received at least three invitations to sign petitions calling on the BBC to sack him.

Even Up the Odds to Beat Everyday Sexism in Comedy

Lynne Parker | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Comedy
Lynne Parker

A 19 year old novice stand-up comic of our acquaintance was recounting the experience of her first ever gig. She told us that she had been announced on stage by a comedian who said that she had just performed a 'sexual favour' on him backstage.

Why Do I Comedy?

Xavier Toby | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Comedy
Xavier Toby

I do it because I think every single human being is capable of wonderful things, and I don't think anyone is stupid. I just think that a lot of us, myself included, don't know enough and if we were more thoughtful, looked deeper into issues and knew more, we could as a society be making better decisions and live in a far better world.