This week we’ve seen the best and worst sides of drunken excesses. What have we learnt? Just like in life: llamas good, racism bad.
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Thursday 14 April 2011
Daniel Kitson, a comic virtually unknown to mainstream television audiences, today received the ultimate accolade when he was declared the funniest man in the business by his contemporaries.
Monday 04 April 2011
Comic Relief may be over, but the relationship between charity and comedy continues apace. In the last two weeks there have been three major charity galas, including this event that celebrated 60 years of the movement founded by humanitarian Victor Gollancz.
Saturday 02 April 2011
My parents were... My dad was my headmaster and my mother also taught me at school. I did a whole show about whether it psychologically scarred me, but when I look back, I think all the bad things about me were already in existence. I was in a fortunate position where I had a very solid family – my parents have been together since they were 13. It's almost hard to live up to that!
Monday 07 February 2011
Thursday 23 December 2010
Sunday 28 November 2010
Wednesday 03 November 2010
Sunday 29 August 2010
Tuesday 24 August 2010
* Not usually one to take things lying down, Stewart Lee responded to a punchline-spoiling heckle on Friday with a five-minute silence before, umm, lying down to deliver the rest of his set on his back. Earlier, he held a book launch at the Festival Theatre. Guests of honour? Frank Chickens. This one will run and run.
Sunday 22 August 2010
The spat between comic Stewart Lee and the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards (previously the Perriers) is descending, fittingly, into farce. Lee (who has never been nominated) objects to the Comedy God award, where the public decides who is the best of the 173 acts nominated in the awards' 30-year history.
Wednesday 18 August 2010
- It's a hard-fought category at this year's Fringe, but top prize for discomfort goes to HighTide's 'Lidless'. For the play about Guantanamo Bay audiences are shipped into a brightly lit white box and made to sit on tiny fold-out picnic stools around the edge. Great play, though.
Sunday 15 August 2010
Friday 13 August 2010
The ubiquitous Kevin Eldon popped up in some of the most influential television comedies of the Nineties and beyond – Jam, Black Books, Spaced, Brass Eye, Nighty Night and Green Wing. Not all of his Fringe audience today will know of his previous live work, or indeed be used to seeing him as the star of a show. But whatever the level of background knowledge, most, if not all, of us left his show with the feeling that we had witnessed some "titting about" of the highest order.
Saturday 07 August 2010
Friday 06 August 2010
Further proof, were it needed, that comedians cannot resist returning to the bosom of live comedy is comic actor Kevin Eldon. Given his revered status among comedy fans, Eldon taking a one-man show to the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time is among the festival's most intriguing propositions. This dazzlingly versatile actor has been stealing scenes in UK comedy shows for more than 15 years – including I'm Alan Partridge, Brass Eye, under-acknowledged sketch show Big Train, Spaced, Nighty Night, Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle, Jam and Fist of Fun.
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