Alice Jones is Deputy Arts Editor of The Independent.
20 December 2013 06:49 PM
The incident at the Apollo pulls into dramatic focus a long-known fact
20 December 2013 12:00 AM
Frankie Boyle lost his joke book this week. To some – the Queen, Katie Price, other objects of his furore-baiting gags – this might be cause for celebration. To the comedian, the loss of the small brown notebook was nothing short of a calamity. His set for a charity gig in Glasgow was in it, for starters. More than that, to any comedian, their notes – whether in a book, an iPhone or on the back of a beer mat, are gold. “To you”, said Boyle with typical charm, “It will just seem like a lot of random sentences about rape, drone warfare & being fingered by a sign language interpreter.” What could anyone else possibly want with that? You can’t steal someone else’s jokes and pass them off as your own. Or can you?
13 December 2013 06:28 PM
Sadly, more people could tell you about May’s taste in heels than her voting record on gay marriage
13 December 2013 11:57 AM
Alice Jones' Arts Diary: The artist returns for her first exhibition in eight years
12 December 2013 05:13 PM
What does Miley Cyrus have at Christmas? Twerky. This, according to a poll by the comedy channel Gold, is the nation's favourite new festive joke and as such will feature in a specially commissioned box of comedy crackers this Christmas. I think I preferred the runner-up - Why is it getting harder to buy Advent calendars? Because their days are numbered - but they're neither of them close to the all-time classic: How do snowmen get around? They ride an icicle. You can have that one.
10 December 2013 12:00 AM
A play about the expenses scandal opens tonight. Award-winning actress Nancy Carroll tells Alice Jones about playing an MP's grasping wife
06 December 2013 07:14 PM
We shouldn't we be planning our children's online profile from the moment of conception
06 December 2013 04:31 PM
Better this honest trash than 100 faux-modest round robins
05 December 2013 09:30 PM
It wasn't your average Advent Sunday service. It started with a rousing chorus of Queen's 'Don't Stop Me Now' and ended with Abba's 'Waterloo'. In between there was a poem dedicated to Tony Wilson, a mini rave and a Danish clapping game. This was Sunday Assembly, a "godless church" which has one aim - to celebrate life. It has all the trappings of a traditional Sunday service – a sermon, songs, readings, community notices, a collection, tea and cakes – but none of the religion. Its only creed is live better, help often, wonder more.
29 November 2013 10:43 PM
Stand-ups are good value when it comes to memoirs. Show-offs by profession they combine a knack for self-lacerating storytelling with an often chaotic private life and zero sense of embarrassment. Ideal. As Russell Brand put it in My Booky Wook: “My life is just a series of embarrassing incidents strung together by telling people about those embarrassing incidents.”
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