Alice Jones

Alice Jones is Deputy Arts Editor of The Independent.

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Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2014 shortlist: Introducing the nominees

Comedy Award judge Alice Jones profiles this year's nominees

Comedian Luisa Omielan

Luisa Omielan, The Counting House, review: Not your average comedy show

Edinburgh Festival 2014: The show picks up where last year's What Would Beyonce Do left off

Adam Riches, Steen Raskopoulos, Funz and Gamez - Edinburgh Festival reviews

They are the kind of comedy shows to make timid audience members yearn for the days when interaction meant a bit of banter about their hometown or haircut; the kind which elevate mocking the crowd into an artform, and come with a delirium-inducing dose of fear that it could be you.

Tim Vine has won the funniest joke award at the Edinburgh Festival 2014
Comedian Dane Baptiste

Dane Baptiste, Pleasance Courtyard - review: A confident, affable debut

Edinburgh Festival 2014: It will not be long before Baptiste is on Mock the Week or similar

Jeremy Paxman’s one-man Fringe show is, surprisingly, a full theatrical production

Paxo, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Festival review: Jeremy Paxman shows a mild-mannered side

Television's retired attack dog spins a silver wheel in theatrical production

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: Political advisors are turning stand-ups in 'revenge of the wonks'

Alice Jones has noticed odd clusters of former careers among comedians

Sara Pascoe, Assembly George Square, review: 'Her most clear-eyed hour of stand-up yet'

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: 'This is Pascoe at her peak'

Sirens, Summerhall and Travesti, Pleasance Dome, reviews: 'Feminism is clearly having a moment in the limelight'

Edinburgh Festival 2014: 'Two shows tackle the question of what it's like to be a woman in oddly similar style'

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