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
28 November 2011 10:45 AM
"If you are thinking 'it's Friday night, let's go and be entertained'. No. I don't think like that." As ever the exigent rigour of Stewart Lee demands his audience work for their laughs.
24 November 2011 11:05 AM
“Advertising slogans stick with me” says Chris Addison. The comedian isn't, however, talking about why he took on a series of much-maligned adverts for a certain insurance company, but is paraphrasing David Cameron's defence of the catchphrase “calm down, dear”, aimed at Labour's Angela Eagle, during PMQs this April.
10 November 2011 12:00 AM
Jason Alexander, who played nervous ball of angst George Kostanza in Seinfeld, recently met Israel's president Shimon Peres to discuss the Middle East. The Israeli press inevitably asked the actor and campaigner if humour had a role to play the peace process, Alexander replied in the negative "because someone is always going to be offended".
17 May 2009 12:00 AM
When the Comedy Store threw open its doors, it rewrote the joke book. Julian Hall celebrates 30 years of mirth - and 10 comedians recall their first, nerve-wracking, appearances there
27 March 2009 12:00 AM
It is the latest series to show that British TV is challenging America in the teen market. And young viewers love it, says Julian Hall
10 June 2007 01:08 PM
'I have a difficult relationship with actors. It doesn't always do to be friends with them'
James Sherwood: I Know What You Did Last Sunday, Etc Theatre, London <!-- none onestar twostar threestar fourstar fivestar -->
11 January 2007 12:00 AM
The Etc Theatre in Camden has accidentally found itself staging a themed week of religious comedy shows. First there was Pat Condell and his idiot's guide to religion, or rather his guide to religious idiots, Faith, Hope & Sanity. The following day it was James Sherwood's tribute to the paraphernalia of the Church of England; fetes, tombolas and quiches.
05 December 2006 12:00 AM
It may be indicative of the ever-growing cult of personality of Ricky Gervais that, two years ago, the warm-up gig before his national tour was held in The Soho Theatre's 160-seater auditorium, but this time around he has filled the 550-seater Bloomsbury Theatre and the 800-seater Apollo Theatre to stretch his performance muscles.
07 February 2005 12:02 AM
12 August 2004 12:00 AM
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
The quiet diplomat: Catherine Ashton - recognised and admired in all the world’s troubled countries, yet ridiculed at home
Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia
- 1 Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia
- 2 Hells of residence: Inside Macedonia's horrifying student accommodation - where the walls are green and the food is black
- 3 Boy George: Bad karma
- 4 Rachel Canning: US teenager returns home after she tried to sue her parents for child support
- 5 Rampaging elephant smashes up house but then 'saves crying baby trapped under debris'