Stand Up Comedy

Outside the Box

Brendon Burns | Posted 31.10.2014 | 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 14.10.2014 | 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.

Female Comics Are Not a Novelty Act

Jenny Collier | Posted 24.05.2014 | 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 05.05.2014 | 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.