Gail said she was no racist, just ‘offended by people who look like bin-bags’
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Thursday 07 November 2013
There’s been a lot of talk about revolution recently.
Friday 27 September 2013
Comedian Eddie Izzard has confirmed his intention to run for London Mayor in 2020.
Sunday 15 September 2013
First the Mayhew rescues the animals. Then the charity sends them out to help rescue the memories of residents at the capital's care homes. Craig McLean joins them on their rounds.
Sunday 01 September 2013
Stephen Fry has spoken of his frustration at being labelled an "Islamophobe" for criticising the violent acts committed by some Islamists.
Wednesday 28 August 2013
Who'd want to be a stand-up comic? Well, nearly everyone nowadays. What used to be an eccentric calling has become a huge business. Comedians are on chat shows, panel shows, even Question Time. Stand-up used to be a trade for misfits. Today it's a career plan.
Wednesday 28 August 2013
Although always in the shadow of the great Morecambe and Wise, Mike and Bernie Winters were British television's other popular comedy duo during the Golden Age of Television. Mike was straight man to the gormless twit played by Bernie, who wore a bowler hat, pulled a toothy grin, grabbed his elder brother's cheek and called him "choochy face". The pair's boisterous, unsubtle, knockabout humour and music-hall crosstalk kept them at the top for 15 years and the professional partnership ended only when brotherly acrimony resulted in their splitting up.
Tuesday 27 August 2013
Bridget Christie won this year's Foster's Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Fringe
Sunday 25 August 2013
Changes in society over the past century mean that whole areas of life, such as class, are generally off the agenda for comics. Satire has replaced joke-telling
Clowning around: Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Phil Burgers' workshops are a hit with fellow comedians
Friday 23 August 2013
With stand-up dominated by the one-comic-and-a mic-form of observational humour, it's little wonder that some comedians are seeking more alternative modes of expression to set themselves apart. The Boy with Tape On His Face distinguishes himself with a joyously retro presentation of silent, performance-led humour, while the bestowal of the Edinburgh Comedy Award on Phil Burgers last year, for his mute, sexualised and playfully scary bouffon Dr Brown, echoed and endorsed the stand-up circuit's burgeoning interest in clowning.
Thursday 15 August 2013
I'm expecting to have a great time at Edinburgh. I've never been to Scotland, let alone Edinburgh, so it's a massive privilege to finally get to perform there. My prime directive for these shows will be to make them FUN, since the festival will be well underway once I get there. So I'll have to blast the cobwebs off anyone who's tired, or jaded, or "festivaled out" and let them know right away that I am going to sweat buckets for them so they can relax and know they're safe in my hands, as it were.
Thursday 15 August 2013
What a shame. A lot has changed at the Edinburgh Fringe since 2010 (the last year I was here). Three years can do foul damage to things like comedy festivals and milk. I'm sure most of you reading this are too young to remember the year of 2010, but I can assure you, those were the good ol' days.
Tuesday 13 August 2013
Naturalist Bill Oddie has lambasted the Government for being "ignorant and arrogant" and says that being axed from Springwatch put him in hospital for a year.
Sunday 11 August 2013
For more than 70 years, the format of Radio 4's Desert Island Discs has remained the same. Castaways on the imaginary island are given a Bible and the complete works of Shakespeare, then asked to choose their eight favourite records. Now, according to a source at the BBC, senior producers have discussed dropping the Bible as a reflection of our increasingly secular society.
Wednesday 07 August 2013
Edinburgh Comedy Awards chief warns of ‘terrible’ performances
Tuesday 06 August 2013
I am trying to go and see more shows this year. You'd think, at the Edinburgh festival, that watching shows would be a given. For a month my life is a combination of the world's largest arts festival and day upon day of free time - what else is there to do? A lot, it turns out. I am good at finding excuses. Last year the Olympics was on TV, I can't miss history in the making. And the year before that we had a Playstation in my flat. I'm only human.
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