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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Eddie Izzard's partly political broadcast sees him scrape by to keep his deposit.

Comedy review: Eddie Izzard's Brighton Centre gig is not a Force Majeure - more Partly Political Broadcast

The 51-year-old appears to be canvassing support to be Labour's mayoral candidate rather than performing a stand-up routine

Doc Brown

Comedy review: Doc Brown, The Royal Albert Hall, London

Towards the end of his show rapper-turned comic Doc Brown (real name Ben Bailey Smith) says that he feels he is “still drifting”and that his career journey so far could still be a work in progress.

Louis CK

First Night: Louis CK; O2 Arena, London

Doggone it! A stand-up who's dark and knows when to bite

Josh Widdicombe

Josh Widdicombe: The Further Adventures of...,Soho Theatre, London

Rosy-cheeked Devonian Josh Widdicombe is a young man in the pink. The 29-year-old is currently enjoying exposure on Channel 4 in The Last Leg with Adam Hills and his stand up continues to go from strength to strength.

TV's Matthew Hall, better known as Harry Hill

Harry Hill: Sausage Time, Oxford New Theatre

Harry Hill's return to the stage after eight years  reminds us that he is both a jester and a plate spinner: there are numerous elements to his shows that must simultaneously gather momentum to produce a full effect.

Alexei Sayle

Alexei Sayle, Soho Theatre, London

Comedian-turned-author, turned-comedian again, Alexei Sayle was rather hoarse for his first proper standup show in seventeen years.

Andrew Lawrence

Review of 2012: Comedy

Reggie Watts, Union Chapel, London

Tonight he regales us with how Druids and Romans clashed in the time of Boudicca

Doctor Brown: Befrdfgth / Doctor Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown and His Singing Tiger Soho Theatre, London

For his London lap of honour, this year’s Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award winner, Doctor Brown, is letting his inner child run free for the benefit of all the family, with both an adult and children's show.

The Establishment, Ronnie Scott's, London

Pre-dating the birth of the Comedy Store and the explosion of the "alternative" club circuit by nearly 20 years, Peter Cook's short-lived club, The Establishment, was ahead of its time in showcasing politically nuanced live comedy.

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