Stand Up Comedy

Why Do I Comedy?

Xavier Toby | Posted 15.04.2014 | 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.

Female Comics Are Not a Novelty Act

Jenny Collier | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Jenny Collier

We still hear people ask 'Are women funny?' as if this is somehow a valid debate. It's not a question ever applied to male comedians.

Porn Is Not Your Friend So Why Do You Hang Out With Him So Much?

Brett Goldstein | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Brett Goldstein

Porn is no longer my friend. We don't hang out at all, and I have defriended him on Facebook. And now the internet has become a place where you have to sign petitions that you are not sure are just chain letters and watch videos of people being nice to each other, or busking and no one noticing that they are Yehudi Menuhin, or drunk people dancing with policeman or whatever.

WATCH: Ever Seen A Feminist Burlesque Routine? You Have Now!

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Comedy

A tip of the hat (and a twirl of the tassle) to comedian Nadia Kamil for this piece of live comedic joy: a feminist burlesque act. It all kicks off...

The Men Who Are Intimidated By Funny Women

Sofie Hagen | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Sofie Hagen

What I have done is sex. Even as a female comedian. Against all odds. It's a miracle. I haven't had sex with enough people to call it academic research (unfortunately), but just about enough for a theory to emerge from my funny little brain.

When 'Madness' Is Confused With Genius

Lynne Parker | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Lynne Parker

It takes a particular kind of creative, self-obsessive, imaginative, observant and courageous person to bare their very soul on stage. It is not always funny either, the image of the sad clown and smiley face, sad face masks of comedy and tragedy are emblematic of the tortured genius that inhabits some of the world's greatest comedians.

Liam Williams: The Philip Larkin of British Comedy

Ed Cripps | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ed Cripps

Liam Williams is the most soulful, daring, intellectually unabashed young comedian in the country. His Foster's-nominated debut hour, which plays at the Soho Theatre this week, is comedy-as-poetry, his very own 'Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock', a mock-heroic bildungsroman of a set splashed with haggard beauty, Yorkshire melancholy and wanking-at-ten-past-three candour...

A New Year of Female Comedy - the Ones to Watch

Lynne Parker | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Lynne Parker

Forget those empty New Year's resolutions about silly diets and unattainable relationships and go and have a girly laugh instead! Here are just a few recommendations.

Comedy, Crowdfunding, and Chutzpah...

Arnold Brown | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Comedy
Arnold Brown

We have to raise £9,000 by the 12 December - and if we don't reach our goal, we won't get a penny. So if anyone out there has any money they want to launder, we're not fussy where it comes from.

Ten Great Places To Sit and Do Nothing

Andy Parsons | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Andy Parsons

There's all these guides now such as 1001 places you must visit before you die, 1001 books you must read before you die, 1001 movies you must see before you die. Stuff 'em. If you're feeling more Slacker than Activist, see if you can't amble slowly towards one of these chillout zones, but if you're finding it a struggle - have a lie down.

The First Great Web-Series?

Harry Deansway | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Harry Deansway

I'm certainly not one of the best writers but I have written (and directed) a new web-series that launched today. Why should you watch it? One it's been made with a lot of love and commitment, everyone has given their time for free as they believe in the project so it would be great to repay that with some views.

Mark Thomas' Latest Comedy Product

Roger Crow | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Roger Crow

I spoke to Mark (who sounds uncannily like film director Alan Parker) about his act, influences and what happens when he's completed his 100 acts.

Crowdfunding: Cutting Edge or 21st Century Begging?

Helen Lederer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Helen Lederer

The fearless and somewhat pioneering sprit that got me in to stand-up comedy all those years ago is now nudging me into the bosom of crowdfunding. Like most fiscal virgins I'm blushing in anticipation.

James Mullinger - Living the Dream - 3 1/2 Stars

Pete Strauss | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Comedy
Pete Strauss

Mullinger continues to mine for comedy within the rich seam of his own life and often strikes gold. One of my criticisms of Mullinger's previous performance was his inability to move on when the well was running dry but Living the Dream has a better rhythm and structure than his previous effort.

It's Not the Winning, It's the Taking Apart...

Jen Brister | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Comedy
Jen Brister

My mum once told me that "life is a journey," which is unfortunate as we're both prone to carsickness, seasickness and airsickness. I'm pretty sure most people don't feel a rising nausea watching someone on a moped.

Attention Please!

Jen Brister | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Comedy
Jen Brister

Hello...? Not sure if there's anyone out there or not. It's hard to know if anyone is going to read my ramblings. I mean why would you? And even if you do, how will I know? This is the thing when you write, there's no immediate response. It's not like standup where you can say something, pause, and BOOM! Laughter.

My Edinburgh in Facebook Status Updates

Harry Deansway | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Harry Deansway

Wrong Way, my debut Edinburgh show, took place every day at 18:00 in a blow up igloo in the kids' zone of the Pleasance Courtyard. Here is how that played out for me.

What Does Stand-Up Comedy Stand Up For?

Paul Bassett Davies | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Paul Bassett Davies

While I salute the bravery of anyone who's prepared to face an unruly crowd and be funny, I believe most of the stand-ups currently performing in the UK lack moral courage, engagement with the real world, and experience of life.

Blind Panic

Mark Restuccia | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Mark Restuccia

About 18 months ago, I received a succession of emails from a woman who became a little bit obsessed with fulfilling her wish of me becoming her boyfriend. I thwarted her numerous advances and tried to let her down as gently as I could, using the usual methods employed by online dating enthusiasts.

Edinburgh Fringe: Punching at Balls

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Andrew J. Lederer

Putting on a show at the Edinburgh Fringe is like getting into the hopper that selects lotto numbers and punching the balls until, maybe, the desired numbers come up.

Three Scary Experiences at the Edinburgh Fringe

Matt Green | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Matt Green

About an hour after we started, I found myself halfway up a rock-face, perhaps twenty feet off the ground, with no obvious way of getting any further up. I was wearing shorts, a T-shirt, black Clarks shoes (with my socks pulled up) and had a backpack on containing some books. I was not exactly properly equipped...

Is Comedy the Ultimate Cure?

Juliette Burton | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Juliette Burton

Comedy lets off the steam of the pressure cooker of my mind. My mental health problems stem from stress and anxiety. But when I laugh, I let go of all that tension. Laughter helps me physically let go of the stress.

Edinburgh Fringe: Frequent Flyerer

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Andrew J. Lederer

People say that flyering is the single most important thing in Edinburgh in terms of getting people to come to your shows. But really, getting famous works far better. In the absence of getting famous, however, flyering becomes quite important.

Rabbit in the Headlights

Chris Stokes | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Chris Stokes

It often only lasts for the briefest of seconds but every regular stand-up comedy punter will have seen it happen. The moment when all emotion leaves the comedian's face for a split second as they glaze over and you would be forgiven for thinking that they are relishing the notion of killing someone. In fact, the truth is far less sinister. We are buffering.

Reasons to Be Cheerful

Nick Revell | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Nick Revell

And here of course, we have a royal baby. Really cheers you up. Apparently the queues at the food-banks have never been happier. And it's great to see that at least there's one family dependent on state benefits who aren't being penalised by the Bedroom Tax.