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Matt Green: ‘Making an audience laugh is the best feeling’

Cambridge Footlights has spawned some of the nation’s greatest comic talent. From Sandi Toksvig, Emma Thompson and Sue Perkins to Peter Cook and Stephen Fry, many a famous name first trod the boards at the university’s famed drama club. And so did Matt Green, who was in Footlights alongside Richard Ayoade. He’s since developed a …

Comedy March 29, 2013

Robin Ince looks at the funny side of science – preview

Award-winning comedian and science enthusiast, Robin Ince, will set out to demonstrate The Importance of Being Interested  in his latest UK tour. In his show, Robin takes a look at his favourite scientists – naturalist Charles Darwin and quantum physicist Richard Feynman – making detours on his way to some of the more bizarre views of …

Comedy Theatre March 13, 2013

Skyfall and Olympic cauldron among winners at South Bank Awards

Skyfall‘s winning run continued yesterday at the 2013 South Bank Sky Arts awards in London, where it beat Berberian Sound Studio and The Imposter in the film category. [The London 2012 Olympic cauldron – Getty] The South Bank awards, which were hosted by Lord Bragg at the Dorchester Hotel, celebrate the best of British culture. The London …

Comedy Theatre March 13, 2013

Top comedians coming to Lighthouse Theatre

Top UK comedians will be heading the line-up in an evening of entertainment at Kettering’s Lighthouse Theatre this week. Ian Stone, Rob Deering, Stephen Grant and Mark Olver will be joined by The Raymond & Mr Timkins Revue to produce the night’s comedy. [Rob Deering] Stone was ranked among the top 10 stand-ups in Britain …

Comedy March 11, 2013

Micky Flanagan at Portsmouth Guildhall – comedy review

Cockney comic Micky Flanagan kept the audience in stitches as he brought his national tour to a sold-out Portsmouth Guildhall on Friday night. Previously a window cleaner, he’s now one of the most recognisable comedians in the country. Flanagan has the working class appeal to him, making the stand-up gig more like a pint down …

Comedy February 26, 2013

Cal McCrystal directs Alan Ayckbourn’s Mr Whatnot – preview

He has worked with comedy stars such as Sacha Baron Cohen, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and now Cal McCrystal is hoping to bring his flair for funniness to Northampton, by directing a rare staging of one of Alan Ayckbourn‘s plays. Ayckbourn’s comedy, Mr Whatnot, has not been performed since 1976 and the script comes …

Comedy Theatre February 25, 2013

Q&A: Comedian Kelly Kingham

Character act Kelly Kingham tours all over the UK appearing at Jongleurs, Highlight, The Glee Club and more, taking his wacky, crazy stand-up style to stages large and small. He’s a lovable, unhinged act that never fails to get the audience in stitches,’ says fellow comedian James Alderson from Denmead. Jodie Jeynes caught up with …

Comedy February 22, 2013

Tributes paid to Richard Briers

Richard Briers, a household name thanks to his enduring role in TV sitcom The Good Life, has died at the age of 79. [Richard Briers with Felicity Kendal in The Good Life] The star, who was also known for his Shakespearean roles, had been battling a serious lung condition for a number of years. Briers, …

Comedy February 18, 2013

Comedian Ben Target reveals what makes him laugh – Q&A

Shortlisted for the Fosters Comedy Award (formerly the Perrier) and Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringe, Ben Target mixes stand-up, clowning and performance art. Jodie Jeynes caught up with him… When did you first realise you were funny? I’ve yet to make that realisation. What would you be if you weren’t a comedian? Something magnificent …

Comedy February 15, 2013

Russell Kane at Brunton Theatre – comedy review

Review: Brian Donaldson offers his verdict on Russell Kane‘s stand-up show at the Brunton Theatre in Musselburgh, as part of his Posturing Delivery UK tour… ★★★★ Given that he has written for the RSC and presented tacky reality show spin-offs, it’s no surprise that Russell Kane finds different levels with his stand-up. Within minutes he’s divided …

Comedy February 14, 2013

Rob Newman at The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead – comedy review

It’s fully two decades since Rob Newman found himself in the spotlight as an arena comedian, back when stand-up was the new rock and roll and, alongside David Baddiel, he performed before a sellout crowd of 12,000 at Wembley. You can’t wonder how much that experience scarred him. Performing an experimental set in front of …

Comedy February 11, 2013

Jack Dee returns to live comedy circuit – tour dates

It’s never been that difficult to distinguish between Jack Dee and a ray of sunshine, but in recent years it’s been well-nigh impossible to catch the sardonic stand-up in action. While he’s been concentrating on sitcoms and a panoply of panel show appearances, not to mention helming iconic radio quiz I’m Sorry I Haven’t A …

Comedy February 8, 2013

Milton Jones takes his comedy On the Road

Comedian Milton Jones will be taking his celebrated comedy talent to Milton Keynes Theatre this weekend, and across the UK in the next few months. Known for his appearances on TV’s Mock The Week, as well as his series on Radio 4, Milton’s latest tour is entitled On The Road and promises to fully demonstrate …

Comedy February 8, 2013

Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden combine for Going Gaga show

Comedy legend Barry Cryer will be joined on stage by the former Fabulous Poodle’ Ronnie Golden for a new show entitled Going Gaga. With a combined age of 142, the pair will deliver a mixed show of comedy and song. There will be plenty of Barry’s notorious jokes and stories as well as some wicked …

Comedy February 8, 2013

Comedy returns to Royal & Derngate

The popular Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club will return to Northampton’s Royal & Derngate tomorrow. The three stand-up talents taking part will be Alan Francis, Robert White and Debra Jane Appleby, presided over by new compere, Simon Clayton. Since Scottish comedian Alan Francis first came to the notice of comedy audiences when he won Channel …

Comedy February 7, 2013

Tringe graduates enjoy a spell in the Limelight

Graduates of Tringe’s annual try your hand at stand-up’ course are among those involved in the first ever comedy variety night staged by the Limelight Theatre just down the road in Aylesbury next weekend. The Saturday, February 16, show aims to include a bit of everything – straight stand-up, character acts, and a smattering of …

Comedy February 6, 2013
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