Alice Jones

Alice Jones is Deputy Arts Editor of The Independent.

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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'

Festival's funniest: 60 best Edinburgh Fringe one-liners, selected by Alice Jones

'My dad's a proper family man... he’s got three of them'

The cast of Downton Abbey in the 2013 Christmas special

Like all hit TV shows, Downton Abbey is cursed to outstay its welcome

More often than not, killing a show off early is the kindest thing you can do

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