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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Daniel Kitson: standup's most restless, theatrical polymath by Paul Fleckney

Did you hear the one about the comedian who was as good at avant-garde theatre as he was at cracking gags?The "thing" about comedian Daniel Kitson has always been the belligerent modus opera…

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Luisa Omielan: Go out with a comedian? Only if they stopped being so needy by Paul Fleckney

The standup on classism and sexism in comedy, her part in the Miranda Christmas special and her new show, Am I Right Ladies?!Not many comics have a debut show as successful as yours (What Wo…

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Rich Hall on bringing back Otis Lee Crenshaw and shocking his relatives by Paul Fleckney

As he reaches the end of his UK standup tour, the comic speaks about being a frustrated musician, what his family thinks of his shows and why he’s returning to the Perrier-winning role of …

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Stewart Francis: If I only made my wife chuckle, that would suit me fine by Paul Fleckney

Reports of the Canadian standup’s retirement have been exaggerated. Touring his new show Pun Gent, he says he’s ditched his anxiety – and is asking UK audiences to connect the dotsTwo …

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Katy Wix: 'I’ve written women who swear and are allowed to be intelligent' by Paul Fleckney

She plays the naive Daisy in Not Going Out and stars in sitcoms Together and Fried. But Katy Wix has also created dozens of her own comic characters, based on her friends and herselfYou’ve…

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Rob Newman: 'Bill Hicks wanted to support us. I regret not letting him' by Paul Fleckney

The comedian on his odyssey into the human brain, why he never wants to play a stadium again – and the reason he turned down his comedy hero Hi Rob. So why are you doing a show on the brai…

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Swing your pants: Trev and Simon are back by Paul Fleckney

The groovy Going Live! duo, who spent Saturday mornings mucking around with Sting and Kylie, are embarking on a sci-fi adventure with Sophie Aldred. It’s a journey into space, time and daf…

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

How do you direct a standup gig? Meet the experts behind the comics by Paul Fleckney

On stage there’s just a comedian and a mic. But behind the scenes, directors such as John Gordillo and Phil Nichol can make or break the show. What exactly do they do?It’s one of the gre…

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Class of 2015: who are the Edinburgh fringe's funniest newcomers? by Paul Fleckney

Jonny Pelham, Tez Ilyas and Lolly Adefope aren’t among comedy’s big names – yet. But there is charisma, fresh material and young talent to spare at the festival this year. Here are eig…

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Byrnes night: Jason and Ed Byrne on how the Edinburgh fringe has changed by Paul Fleckney

The comedy veterans – not related – sit down for a drink and a debrief and wonder what their 24-year-old selves would make of them nowJason Byrne sips a glass of red wine. “If the 24-y…

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Top 10 jokes of the Edinburgh fringe festival so far by Paul Fleckney

Rhys James, Katherine Ryan, Bridget Christie and more offer the standout standup gags of the summerUmbro is named after what your friends say to you if they see you wearing it.Remains is at …

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Funmbi Omotayo: the Harrods porter turned Hackney gag merchant by Paul Fleckney

After a storming five-minute spot on The John Bishop Show, Funmbi Omotayo is hitting Edinburgh with his debut solo hour, Legal Immigrant. It’s the tale of his family’s move from Hackney …

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Gagging rights: British comedians set up UK Comedy Guild trade union by Paul Fleckney

After endless disputes over non-payment, sexism and exploitation, leading players such as Sara Pascoe have joined forces to stamp out funny businessShows being pulled last-minute without com…

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Arj Barker: Flight of the Conchords? We were playing teen versions of ourselves by Paul Fleckney

The standup on making fun of Australians, his school of comedy, and why the Conchords’ Bret and Jemaine are his role modelsCalifornia-born Arj Barker arrived at the Edinburgh fringe in 199…

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Rich Hall on bringing back Otis Lee Crenshaw and shocking his relatives by Paul Fleckney

As he reaches the end of his UK standup tour, the comic speaks about being a frustrated musician, what his family thinks of his shows and why he’s returning to the Perrier-winning role of …

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Stewart Francis: If I only made my wife chuckle, that would suit me fine by Paul Fleckney

Reports of the Canadian standup’s retirement have been exaggerated. Touring his new show Pun Gent, he says he’s ditched his anxiety – and is asking UK audiences to connect the dots Con…

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Reginald D Hunter: ‘I know I’m gonna piss someone off this time’ by Paul Fleckney

The controversial American comic is embarking on a new UK tour. He’s less angry, he reckons, but is always going to say what he thinksThe velvet-voiced US comic Reginald D Hunter recently …

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Rob Auton: the Brian Cox of comedy by Paul Fleckney

An award-winning joke about a chocolate bar gave the impression that Rob Auton was a ruthless gag-merchant. But his meandering, poetic shows, riffing on his amazement at the world, encompass…

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Alan Davies: ‘As a comedian, you aim to do a show that nobody else could do’ by Paul Fleckney

The comic and QI star opens up about his highly personal new show, Little Victories, which covers sexual frustration, family life and Alzheimer’s What’s your pre-show routine?I’m norma…

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Susan Calman: the worst 55 minutes of my standup career by Paul Fleckney

As her Lady Like tour stops off at Soho theatre in London, the Scottish comedian talks about the referendum, feminism, her hatred of spa treatments – and the night nobody laughedHow are th…

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Doctor Brown: ‘Comedy? It’s a big word, dude. It’s pretty full-on’ by Paul Fleckney

Doctor Brown, the alter ego of American comic Phil Burgers, on playing the idiot with Sam Simmons, watching his audiences walk out and how he never set out to be a comedianWe haven’t seen …

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Vote for Partridge: the characters who should follow Pub Landlord into politics by Paul Fleckney

Al Murray’s comic creation is standing against Nigel Farage in South Thanet with a ‘13-point common-sense action plan’. But what would Otis Lee Crenshaw and The Boy With Tape on His Fa…

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Luisa Omielan: Go out with a comedian? Only if they stopped being so needy by Paul Fleckney

The standup on classism and sexism in comedy, her part in the Miranda Christmas special and her new show, Am I Right Ladies?!Not many comics have a debut show as successful as yours (What Wo…

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Angela Barnes: the salty standup mentored by 'Auntie' Sarah Millican by Paul Fleckney

Championed by the BBC, fellow comedians and her own dad, who inspired her debut show, this rising comic specialises in heartfelt funnies Continue reading...

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Edinburgh comedy awards: explore all the winners interactive by Paul Fleckney

From Cambridge Footlights in 1981 to Bridget Christie in 2013, explore the history of the Edinburgh comedy awards. Find out who won, who they beat and how the art of comedy changed each year…

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ten free comedy shows at the Edinburgh festival 2014 by Paul Fleckney

From Luisa Omielans feelgood hour to Liam Williamss pensive set, here are 10 fringe shows where you pay on the way out Continue reading...

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Come on down: the best audience-participation comedy shows at Edinburgh festival 2014 by Paul Fleckney

Whether you want to overcome your fear of the front row or just feel more invested in the action, these are the acts to catch How to be an Edinburgh festival stooge Continue reading...

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Edinburgh comedy awards 2014: five favourites for best newcomer by Paul Fleckney

Winning best newcomer at the fringe can turn the heads of comedy's kingmakers. Here are five faces in the frame Continue reading...

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'My job is to hurl things, chant things, put waders on a man': the Edinburgh festival stooge by Paul Fleckney

What's it like to be an onstage helper for a comedian who specialises in bizarre, possibly messy stunts? Paul Fleckney steps up to find out Continue reading...

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Où est le punchline? The art of standup in a second language by Paul Fleckney

Eddie Izzard has done it in French, German, Spanish, Russian and Arabic. But are the jokes essentially the same and do foreign comedians at Edinburgh get lost in translation? Read more cove…

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Will Adamsdale: sitting at the cheap bar between theatre and comedy by Paul Fleckney

Ten years after his Perrier victory with Jackson's Way, the one-time Human Computer is back at the Edinburgh festival with a new show about borders 'Comedy today is tweeting with one hand an…

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