13 May 2014 03:46 PM
13 May 2014 03:46 PM
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22 April 2014 12:00 AM
Working for the comedian and singer Frank Sidebottom was an education and an oddly profound experience, recalls a one-time member of his backing band
17 April 2014 07:40 PM
Collier's appearance at a comedy show on the eve of International Women's Day was cancelled because they had "too many women" on the bill
16 April 2014 11:30 PM
War? What is it good for? Absolutely nothing. Although I suppose you could say that it has inspired a fine seam of sitcoms down the decades. Some of the finest - from the enduring daftness of Dad’s Army to the wisecracking M*A*S*H, to the best war comedy ever written, the peerless, poignant Blackadder Goes Forth.
12 April 2014 12:00 AM
Sophisticated men with style used to wear a fez as part of their luxury smoking garb. Cooper transformed it into a comedy prop
11 April 2014 03:55 PM
Thirty years after his death on stage, the shambolic, superb comedian Tommy Cooper is being brought back to life on screen
11 April 2014 12:00 AM
On 8 April 2013 I went to a comedy club. I hadn’t been planning to but Margaret Thatcher had just died, the road to my flat in Brixton was blocked with confused, champagne-spraying revellers and I figured if ever there was a time for political comedy to make a comeback, this might be it. So I went to Old Rope, an excellent weekly night in the basement of The Phoenix pub in London where comedians young and old, green and established, try out their freshest, totally unproven jokes on a relaxed crowd.
04 April 2014 05:44 PM
The country’s stand-up comedians are about to take over the Royal Albert Hall. But how well will their humour travel?
04 April 2014 03:20 PM
Sketch comedy is in safe hands with duo. They tell Holly Williams about graduating to the TV mainstream
03 April 2014 11:00 PM
Apart from the occasional gift from the gods, such as current BBC1 pleasures Rev and W1A, primetime television comedy is often dull, disappointing or a dud. But children's TV is a different thing altogether, with some of the most consistently fresh and innovative comedy around.
02 April 2014 10:30 PM
The new German fantasy novel imagines the Führer returning to Berlin as the star of an alternative comedy show
29 March 2014 12:00 AM
'I feel very, very grateful to pay my rent with comedy money'
27 March 2014 11:00 PM
What's the best way to go about writing a BBC comedy? If you were to make a sly joke you might say that the shortest route to prime-time is to set your sitcom in the BBC. W1A is having a whale of a time in its plum 10pm slot, gently tickling the bureaucratic excesses of the corporation while doling out cameos to its great and good. The take-home message: as Ian Fletcher might say, we might be ridiculous, but we're still the best that you have; that'll be £145.50, please. (To be fair, the show hit its stride in its second episode this week, thanks largely to Siobhan Sharpe's inept live tweeting of Woman's Hour.)
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