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  • ALAN DAVIES JOINS THE BOYS FOR THE LAST LEG THIS FRIDAY ON CHANNEL 4

    ALAN DAVIES JOINS THE BOYS FOR THE LAST LEG THIS FRIDAY ON CHANNEL 4

    Tune in to Channel 4 at 10:00pm on Friday 24th February as Alan Davies joins Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker live in the studio for The Last Leg.

    The show will be available on All 4 here after airing, with previous episodes featuring Victoria Coren Mitchell and Stormzy, Russell Brand and Sue Perkins all online now.

  • MARK STEEL’S WHO DO I THINK I AM COMES TO BBC RADIO 4 THIS THURSDAY

    MARK STEEL’S WHO DO I THINK I AM COMES TO BBC RADIO 4 THIS THURSDAY

    Tune in this Thursday as Mark Steel brings his new, critically acclaimed stand-up show to BBC Radio 4.

    'I've always known I was adopted, even before I knew where babies who weren't adopted came from.'

    Who Do I Think I Am? is a surprising, moving and incredibly funny story about what Mark discovered in his half-hearted attempt to navigate the red tape required to track down his birth mother.

    'It never really bothered me that I'd never met my mum. It never occurred to me I needed to meet her to 'find out who I was', as it didn't seem likely I'd discover I was someone different to who I thought I was. Could it turn out I was three stone lighter than I thought, or I spoke Italian or supported Arsenal or had a fear of Liquorice Allsorts? But after the birth of my own son, I realised it's quite an event to have a child, and she may well remember giving birth to me, and maybe even the adoption...'

    The show will be available to listen to on iPlayer here after airing.

  • NINA IS NOT OK RELEASED IN PAPERBACK THURSDAY 9TH FEBRUARY

    NINA IS NOT OK RELEASED IN PAPERBACK THURSDAY 9TH FEBRUARY

    Shappi Khorsandi's hit novel is released in paperback today (Thursday 9th February).

    Nina is Not OK - available here on Amazon - is a dark, compassionate and poignant debut novel about addiction and low self-esteem. It is also a timely and controversial tale that deals with the issue of consent, the power of social media and the fragility of friendships. It is one of the funniest and saddest books you will read this year.

    'It's absolutely bloody magnificent' - Marian Keyes

    'Absolutely brilliant - funny, dark and terribly upsetting, and the voice is incredibly loud and true... a pure marvel' - Jenny Colgan

    Shappi will be touring her show Oh My Country! in the UK this spring. Tickets for the shows, where Shappi will be signing copies of the paperback afterwards, are available here.

  • SLACKTIVIST ACTION GROUP

    SLACKTIVIST ACTION GROUP

    A new episode of Andy Parsons' Slacktivist podcast is online, from the January 30th record at Soho Theatre.

    Get it here on iTunes or directly below.

    Further events will take place on 27th February with guests Stephen Kinnock MP, Times columnist Hugo Rifkind & Jo Caulfield, 27th March (Jess Phillips MP, Guardian journalist Owen Jones and Rich Hall), 24th April (Nick Clegg MP & Matt Forde), as well as 22nd May, 26th June and 24th July also scheduled (guests to be announced).

  • ADAM HILLS BRINGS HIS SHOW CLOWN HEART TO LONDON’S LEICESTER SQUARE THEATRE

    ADAM HILLS BRINGS HIS SHOW CLOWN HEART TO LONDON’S LEICESTER SQUARE THEATRE

    Adam Hills has fast become one of the most popular comedians in the UK, with fifteen solo shows that have toured internationally. His combination of positive, uplifting comedy and rampant spontaneity has seen him receive numerous awards, glowing reviews and a legion of fans around the world.

    As host of Channel 4's groundbreaking The Last Leg, Adam won Best Breakthrough Act and was nominated for Best Entertainment Personality at the British Comedy Awards in 2013. The show itself won Best Entertainment Programme at the 2015 Royal Television Society Awards and received another nomination in that category this year, while Adam himself was nominated for for Best Entertainment Performance. 2016 saw The Last Leg return with a two-part Australia special and special coverage from Rio for the 2016 Paralympics alongside their usual weekly live show.

    Adam's solo shows are established highlights at international comedy festivals around the World. He is the only Australian comedian to have performed at the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, and is a regular star of the Cat Laughs Kilkenny Comedy Festival in Ireland, and The Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.

    The Leicester Square shows are on Saturday 25th March at 9:30pm and Sunday 26th March at 8:45pm here or on 020 7734 2222. Both shows will have a BSL interpreter on stage with Adam. Please call the box office or email (boxoffice@leicestersquaretheatre.com) in order to book the BSL reserved seats.

    'A tour de force' - The Telegraph

    'If you cannot enjoy Adam Hills you cannot have a pulse' ***** - The Scotsman

    Hills delivers stand-up so effortlessly brilliant you wonder why some comedians even get out of bed' - The Guardian

  • DARA O BRIAIN LIVE IN AUSTRALIA

    DARA O BRIAIN LIVE IN AUSTRALIA

    Dara O Briain, one of the most charismatic, intelligent, fast-talking and downright funny live performers working today, will return to Australia for the time in over a decade in April 2017.

    Dara is back doing what he does best with two special shows in Sydney and Melbourne. The king of audience interaction once again takes to the stage where he relishes exchanging ultra-rapid fire quips with members of the audience, and delivers witty and daring anecdotes like no other stand-up comedian.

    'O Briain has a laser eye for the absurd and the spurious' - The Guardian

    Sydney tickets are available here, and Melbourne here.

  • ANGELA BARNES ANNOUNCED AS THE NEW HOST OF BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA’S NEWSJACK

    ANGELA BARNES ANNOUNCED AS THE NEW HOST OF BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA’S NEWSJACK

    Award-winning comedian Angela Barnes has today been announced as the new host of Radio 4 Extra's satirical sketch show Newsjack.

    She says: 'I'm beyond chuffed to be the next host of Newsjack. As a self-confessed lifelong radio comedy nerd, I don't think "dream job" is too strong a phrase. Hopefully there'll be some interesting stories to really get stuck into in the New Year, heaven knows 2016 has been a bit of a slow burner on the news front...'

    Angela will take her seat as host when the show returns for Series 16 next year. She follows in the footsteps of former presenters, Miles Jupp, Justin Edwards, Romesh Ranganathan and, most recently, Nish Kumar.

  • ROMESH RANGANATHAN NAMED HARDEST WORKING ARTIST OF 2016

    ROMESH RANGANATHAN NAMED HARDEST WORKING ARTIST OF 2016

    Ents24 has revealed their list of the Hardest Working Artists of 2016 in the worlds of music and comedy, with Off The Kerb's Romesh Ranganathan coming out on top, and five more acts in the top ten.

    The charts, based on data from the UK's biggest live guide, determined which original music acts and comedians performed at the most different venues this year - with some surprising results.

    Russell Kane comes in second, Mark Steel fourth, Seann Walsh seventh, Rob Beckett eighth, Rich Hall tenth and Shappi Khorsandi in eleventh.

    For full listings of all current tours, featuring these artists and more, please check our tour listings page here.

  • OFF THE KERB WELCOME FOIL ARMS AND HOG TO THE STABLE

    OFF THE KERB WELCOME FOIL ARMS AND HOG TO THE STABLE

    Off The Kerb Productions are delighted to welcome Foil Arms and Hog to the stable. The Irish sketch group (featuring Sean Finegan, Conor McKenna and Sean Flanagan) perform on TV, radio and the stage, as well as creating sketches for their own hugely successful YouTube channel.

  • DARA O BRIAIN TO PUBLISH HIS FIRST CHILDREN’S BOOK BEYOND THE SKY

    DARA O BRIAIN TO PUBLISH HIS FIRST CHILDREN’S BOOK BEYOND THE SKY

    Scholastic UK have announcedthe acquisition of the debut children's book by Dara O Briain, Beyond The Sky.

    In Beyond The Sky, Dara will reveal the fascinating secrets of space with his inimitable wit in what is set to be the family non-fiction favourite for Christmas 2017.

    Dara said: 'I'm delighted to share my love of space and science with a whole new generation of astronomers and astronauts; and to show young people that the greatest sights in the universe can be sometimes be found by simply looking up.'

    Miriam Farbey, UK Publisher and Global Non-Fiction Publisher, said: 'One of the UK and Ireland's best-loved comedians and presenters, Dara is going to be a brilliant new voice in children's publishing and we couldn’t be more proud to be publishing his debut book. There is literally no one smarter or more hilarious than Dara O Briain when it comes to talking to kids and their families about our weird and wonderful universe.'

    The book will be published in September 2017.

  • CHARLIE BAKER’S CABARET BOULANGERIE

    CHARLIE BAKER’S CABARET BOULANGERIE

    Charlie Baker's Cabaret Boulangerie is better than the best show in town: a fast-paced old school 'floor show' where the hottest stand-ups mingle with street dancers while the world's best trombone player is next in the queue to perform.

    Skimming the cream from the top of Showbusiness, opera stars follow tap dancers who follow sketch acts, all headlined by a big name comedian.

    Curated and hosted by the ‘pant wettingly funny’ Charlie Baker (Ch4’s Comedy Gala, East Enders, I Can’t Sing, Harry Hill’s Tea-Time) and his ‘impressive pipes’, Cabaret Boulangerie lands at the St.James Theatre with a special edition on Tuesday 13th December to kick off your festive season.

    The line up for the evening is:
    Lolly Adefope (Comedy)
    Terry Alderton (Comedy)
    Tom Allen (Comedy)
    Donna Berlin (Tap)
    Anna Francolini (Chanteuse)
    Regina (Chanteuse)
    Frank Walden (Sax)
    Plus special guest HARRY HILL

    Tickets are available from 0844 264 2140 or here.

    'Charismatic hyperactive funnyman Charlie Baker is Devon's answer to Frank Sinatra' - The Guardian

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  • CHARLIE BAKER IS THE HIT POLISHER

    Charlie Baker swings in to town direct from playing the O2 (Channel 4's Comedy Gala), appearing as Harry Hill’s hunchback kitchen assistant and causing trouble in Albert Square.

    Joined by the incredible Sean Hargreaves on the Hammond organ he will be singing terrible pop songs 'polished up' in their unique style to become genuine beautiful and groovy new favourites, he has managed to turn Cotton Eyed Joe into Cotton Eyed Woah! Add to this the hilarity of Charlie's brilliant and 'pant wettingly funny' comedy and you have the funniest most unique night out possible.

    Brilliant jokes, Beautiful singing, Banging night out.

    'A superior take on the modern showman' - The Guardian

    'An absolute romp, with some shout-with-laughter moments' **** - Chortle

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  • ELLIOT STEEL AND MIKE WILMOT HEAD TO SOHO THEATRE THIS NOVEMBER

    Join us in November at Soho Theatre as Mike Wilmot stops in for a four night run from the 9th to 12th November (9:30pm) and Elliot Steel visits on the 15th and 16th November (9:00pm).

    Tickets for both shows are available at SohoTheatre.com

    Mike Wilmot - Uncle

    Mike has won numerous awards such as the Barry Award in Melbourne and the Time Out Comedy Award, when it meant something. Being funny for Uncle Mike isn’t a job... it's a condition.

    Mike has appeared several times at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, as well comedy festivals in Ireland, Scandinavia, Paris, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Australia and South Africa.

    Elliot Steel - Netflix 'n' Steel

    A reviewer once labelled Elliot 'the voice of his generation', is this true? Let's find out. Fresh from his debut TV appearance on Comedy Central at the Comedy Store, catch this debut hour from a rising stand-up star.

    His was nominated for a Best Debut Show Award at Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival and was a finalist in the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year competition in 2015.

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  • OFF THE KERB PRODUCTIONS ARE PROUD TO WELCOME NIGEL NG TO THE STABLE

    Nigel was the winner of the Amused Moose Comedy Laugh Off 2016 and the finalist of many other prestigious comedy competitions such as Laughing Horse New Act of the Year 2015, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2016 and Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year 2015.

    His combination of laid back likability and sharp observations are sure to get him far.

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  • EXTRA DATES ADDED TO SEAN LOCK’S KEEP IT LIGHT TOUR

    New dates have been added to Sean Lock's Keep It Light tour, and will be on sale from Monday 26th September. Click here for full details.

    Every three years the comedian Sean Lock writes and tours a new stand-up show. Well he's only gone and done it again! What's he like? Come and see what he's blithering on about this time.

    'He just lets the brilliance of his material dominate the room' - The Guardian

    'Lock at his best is gloriously intelligent, deliciously unlikely and hilariously funny' - The Times

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  • ANGELA BARNES LANDS NEW RADIO SHOW YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU

    Angela Barnes has landed her first Radio 4 series commission. Based on her critically acclaimed debut show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014, You Can't Take It With You, Angela shares the big stuff she's thinking about: life, love, family, work and death.

    The four episode series is in part tribute to Angela's late father, an enormous character - (he was a sex shop manager, naturist, and a big fan of caravans and pranks), and a heavy influence on Angela who taught her a carpe diem approach to life. His motto: You Can't Take It With You.

    Angela said, 'I'm dead chuffed to have a series on Radio 4. I've been a BBC Radio 4 comedy geek for as long as I can remember so it means so much that they've let me have a go.'

    The show airs in fifteen minute episodes on Wednesdays from August 10th at 11:00pm.

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  • SHAPPI KHORSANDI’S NEW NOVEL OUT NOW

    Nina does not have a drinking problem. She likes a drink, sure. But what seventeen-year-old doesn't?

    Nina's mum isn't so sure. But she's busy with her new husband and five year old Katie. And Nina's almost an adult after all.

    And if Nina sometimes wakes up with little memory of what happened the night before , then her friends are all too happy to fill in the blanks. Nina's drunken exploits are the stuff of college legend.

    But then one dark Sunday morning, even her friends can't help piece together Saturday night.

    All Nina feels is a deep sense of shame, that something very bad has happened to her...

    A dark, funny - sometimes shocking - coming of age novel from one of the UK's leading comedians. Nina Is Not OK will appeal to fans of Caitlin Moran and Lena Dunham.

    'Absolutely brilliant... incredibly loud and true... a pure marvel' - Jenny Colgan

    'Unexpectedly moving, emotional and funny' - Richard E Grant

    'Absolutely bloody magnificent' - Marian Keyes

    'funny, sharp and heartbreakingly honest' - Louise O'Neill

    Published 28th July by Ebury, you can buy the book here.

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  • ROB BECKETT AND RUSSELL KANE TO PLAY LONDON’S HAMMERSMITH APOLLO

    Rob Beckett and Russell Kane bring their current tour shows to London's Hammersmith Apollo in the spring, with tickets on sale now.

    In his March 31st show, Russell Kane unleashes another blisteringly-funny, award-winning stand-up performance about growing up, growing down, and why farts will always be funny.

    Meanwhile on April 1st, Rob Beckett's back with a brand-new show of funnies and he's taking on the big issues like Kit Kats and flatbread!

    For further information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

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  • JOHN GORDILLO WINS BEST SHOW AT THE LEICESTER COMEDY FESTIVAL

    Congratulations to John Gordillo who last night walked away with the award for Best Show at the 2016 Leicester Comedy Festival for Progress in Work, beating 780 rivals including fellow nominees Grain McGuire, Pat Cahill, Andrew O'Neill and Joanna Neary. Previous winners of the award include Romesh Ranganath in 2015. John commented, 'It's the first thing I’ve ever won in comedy. I'm excited they gave it to me for a work in progress. I now fully expect the finished show to win a Nobel.'

    That show will be titled LOVE, CAPITALISM x and will run at this year's Edinburgh Festival in August, at 4:50pm at The Stand 2.

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