Julian Hall

Julian has been the comedy critic for The Independent since 2003. He is also the author of The Rough Guide to British Cult Comedy, www.textualhealing.co.uk

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Dawn French: 30 Million Minutes, Theatre Royal Brighton, comedy review: 'A rage against the machine'

It's French's life force, rather than her celebrity, that is under the spotlight

Jack Whitehall is outraged at the BBC's decision to axe comedy and drama channel BBC Three
Miranda Hart stars in 'My, What I Call'. With nothing riskier than a few fart jokes, this is family viewing

Miranda Hart comedy gig review: Exuberant, frothy, wholesome fun with a heart of gold

Miranda Hart: My, What I Call, Live Show Bournemouth International Centre

Comedian Miles Jupp

Miles Jupp Is The Chap You're Thinking Of, comedy review

Ambassadors Theatre, London

The duo in 2007

Punt & Dennis: Ploughing on Regardless, comedy review

Hexagon Theatre, Reading

The Establishment Club, comedy review

Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill, London

Tommy Tiernan: Stray Sod, comedy review

Soho Theatre, London

Best of 2014: Comedy preview

Julian Hall picks this year’s must-see comedy

2013 - the year in review: The best comedy of the year

"Bo Burnham: What", Pleasance Grand, Edinburgh Fringe, August

Bill Burr performs on stage in Los Angeles
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Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week