You can have 20 minutes of Ricky Gervais's time for about £25,000, but Michael Mansfield is going to cost you a bit more – up to £40,000, according to Funny Business, Richard Marson's intriguing series about the economics of the comedy boom.
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Sunday 04 March 2012
'We were exotic strangers competing for notches on the bedpost'
Thursday 01 March 2012
When it comes to adding orchestral punch to their sound, pop acts know Jules Buckley is their go-to man, says Emma Love
Friday 24 February 2012
There are voices out there which traditional media neglect through their age, ethnicity, culture, sexuality
Tuesday 20 December 2011
"It's not overlong, it's value for money!" exclaimed Robin Ince at the end of the second night of his third series of seasonal rationalist jamborees, celebrations that are akin to the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures with jingle bells on.
Saturday 09 July 2011
Ryan Dunn was one of the original member of the Jackass crew that became a global phenomenon with their perilous stunts and vulgar gags.
Monday 28 February 2011
Ruby Wax rose to fame by making an exhibition of exhibitionists, mugging at the camera behind the backs of celebrities and mocking their self-involved lack of circumspection.
Sunday 23 January 2011
Wednesday 12 January 2011
Friday 05 November 2010
The comedian who headbutted an audience member at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August has been fined £600 after he admitted assault.
Friday 18 December 2009
Misfits doesn't promise much: a bunch of community service teens get struck by lightning thereby developing superpowers. We've heard it all before, haven't we, thanks to the considerably bigger-budget NBC series, Heroes.
Sunday 18 October 2009
Monday 24 August 2009
Not only is Rhod Gilbert a fantastic comedian, he's a fantastical one. He lives and dies by weaving a fictional tapestry, the weight of which could drag him under at any moment. Once, his intricate illusion went by the name of the made-up town of Llanbobl, but for the last two years he has asked us to inhabit a new world, one of pain in the face of the trials of everyday existence, the comedy equivalent of Portmeirion in The Prisoner.
Wednesday 12 August 2009
Most of my memories of Edinburgh are related to food. After one hard show last year, I was flat and miserable and crying. My boyfriend popped into a chippy we were passing and bought me a bag of chips and two bars of dairy milk. There's a lesson to be learned from Scottish chippies that sell chocolate too.
Tuesday 11 August 2009
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