GIGS: THE BEST OF THE REST
Saturday 27 March 1999
Character comedy continues to be all the rage on the circuit. , who was a presenter on BBC2's A Force, has been carving out a reputation for himself as Roy Diamond, an embittered, hard-drinking old-school stand-up. He appears on a bill with the accomplished John Simmit and Andrew Murrell at the Upfront Black Comedy Night.
Croydon Clocktower, Katherine Street, Croydon (0181-253 1030) Thur
After many years in a double-act with Henry Naylor (the tall one from those Rowan Atkinson secret-agent credit-card ads), Andy Parsons (above) has been making a name for himself as a solo performer. This lovably daft comedian is sharing a bill with Cathy P, and MC Andrew Maxwell. The evening will be headlined by "a special guest character comedian who can't be named".
The Monday Club, Madame Jo Jo's, Brewer St, London, W1 (0171-371 6863) Mon
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
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Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
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