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  • MICHAEL MCINTYRE ANNOUNCES EXTRA LONDON O2 DATE

    MICHAEL MCINTYRE ANNOUNCES EXTRA LONDON O2 DATE

    Michael McIntyre has announced an extra date at the London O2 on Sunday 4th October 2014. Limited pre-sale tickets will be available this Wednesday and Thursday before a general sale on Friday 12th December at 9:00am.

  • XFM PODCAST ADDED TO CLASSICS SECTION OF ITUNES

    XFM PODCAST ADDED TO CLASSICS SECTION OF ITUNES

    Josh's podcast has been named in the Classics section of iTunes picks for 2014 alongside the like of Frank Skinner and also stalwarts like Desert Island Discs, Answer Me This and The Bugle!

    Click here to listen or subscribe.

  • ITV’S ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE GETS OVER EIGHT MILLION VIEWERS

    ITV’S ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE GETS OVER EIGHT MILLION VIEWERS

    Hosted by award winning comedian Michael McIntyre, ITV's screening of The Royal Variety Performance was a ratings smash hit with over eight million viewers last night (Monday 8th December). Also taking part in an unforgettable evening of music, theatre, comedy and dance were: Ivor Novello award winner and Grammy nominee Ed Sheeran, BRIT Award winner Ellie Goulding, American superstar Demi Lovato, Britain's Got Talent winners Collabro, the cast of multi-award winning musical Miss Saigon and critically acclaimed tenor Alfie Boe.

    Other highlights included Simply Red, Ladysmith Black Mambazo's Inala, McBusted, and cast of hit cabaret La Soirée.

    Comedy came from acclaimed stand-up Russell Kane, British Comedy Award winner Jack Whitehall, Sarah Millican and Trevor Noah, and the magical talents of Stephen Mulhern.

  • PAUL CHOWDHRY WINS AWARD AT THE ASIAN PROFESSIONAL MEDIA AWARDS

    PAUL CHOWDHRY WINS AWARD AT THE ASIAN PROFESSIONAL MEDIA AWARDS

    At a star studded event at the Emirates stadium Paul Chowdhry was awarded Best Live Event for his 2014 tour PC’s World.

    This is the culmination of a fantastic year for Paul which has seen him sell out venues up and down the country, extending the tour due to overwhelming demand.

  • VIRTUALLY FAMOUS TO RETURN FOR TWO MORE SERIES

    VIRTUALLY FAMOUS TO RETURN FOR TWO MORE SERIES

    After a hugely successful debut series earlier this year, E4's hit panel show Virtually Famous has been re-commissioned for a further two series.

    Kevin McHale returns to the helm as presenter, and also coming back are team captains comedian Seann Walsh and Chris Stark.

    As ever, there will be no shortage of hilarious material for the panels to discuss. From globally famous viral memes and twitter rants to the greatest You Tube posts and Vine shorts, the rival teams will be battling for points over the online moments that have got the world laughing.

  • LEE EVANS – MONSTERS RELEASED ON DVD THIS MONDAY (17TH NOVEMBER)

    LEE EVANS – MONSTERS RELEASED ON DVD THIS MONDAY (17TH NOVEMBER)

    'If comedy is the new rock ‘n’ roll, then behold the new Elvis Presley' - The Sun

    'Stand-up doesn't get much bigger' - The Evening Standard

    'The comedy tour de force that is Lee Evans... returns with another blockbuster show' - The Mirror

    The original superstar of comedy, record breaking comedian Lee Evans is back with Monsters, the biggest stand up tour to hit arenas this year. Recorded live in Birmingham, Lee is at his majestic best in front of a packed house during his five sold-out nights at the National Indoor Arena. With his amazing energy and killer routines, Lee has the audience in stitches from start to finish. Released on Monday 17th November 2014 by Universal Pictures, Monsters is the latest DVD unleashed by the undisputed King of Comedy. It's so good it's frightening!

  • ALAN CARR, ADAM HILLS AND SEAN LOCK NOMINATED FOR BRITISH COMEDY AWARDS 2014

    ALAN CARR, ADAM HILLS AND SEAN LOCK NOMINATED FOR BRITISH COMEDY AWARDS 2014

    Congratulations to Adam Hills, Alan Carr, Jon Richardson, Josh Widdicombe and Sean Lock as their shows The Last Leg and 8 Out of 10 Cats are nominated for 2014 British Comedy Awards.

    Alan, Adam and Sean have also been nominated for awards in the Best Comedy Entertainment Personality, Best Comedy Entertainment Personality and Best Male TV Comic categories respectively.

    Also nominated are 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown in Best Comedy Panel Show, The Last Leg in Best Comedy Entertainment Programme and 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown in Best Comedy Moment 2014.

    The results will be announced live on Channel 4 on Tuesday 16th December, with Jonathan Ross once again hosting the ceremony.

  • PHILL JUPITUS ANNOUNCED TO JOIN THE CAST OF URINETOWN

    PHILL JUPITUS ANNOUNCED TO JOIN THE CAST OF URINETOWN

    Renowned comedian Phill Jupitus (Never Mind The Buzzcocks, QI, Hairspray, Monty Python's Spamalot) will join the cast of Jamie Lloyd's ground breaking, splash hit production of Urinetown The Musical from 1st December 2014.

    Phill will be taking on the role of tyrannical Caldwell B. Cladwell, and stepping up into roles of Penelope Pennywise and Mr. McQueen will be our original cast members Julie Jupp and Alasdair Buchan.

    Director Jamie Lloyd's critically acclaimed production of the multi Tony award winning musical Urinetown, with music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis, is currently running at the Apollo Theatre for a limited season.

  • MICHAEL MCINTYRE WILL HOST THE ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE 2014 WITH GLOBAL SUPERSTARS DAME SHIRLEY BASSEY, BETTE MIDLER, DEMI LOVATO AND ED SHEERAN

    MICHAEL MCINTYRE WILL HOST THE ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE 2014 WITH GLOBAL SUPERSTARS DAME SHIRLEY BASSEY, BETTE MIDLER, DEMI LOVATO AND ED SHEERAN

    Legendary global icons Dame Shirley Bassey and Bette Midler are to take to the stage at this year's Royal Variety Performance 2014, being held at the home of British Variety, the London Palladium.

    The star studded spectacular takes place on Thursday 13th November and will be hosted by award winning comedian Michael McIntyre, who said of the occasion: 'When the Queen FaceTimed me and asked me to host the Royal Variety Performance again I was utterly thrilled, especially when she told me it was to be in the presence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I plan on wearing the dress Catherine wore at the St Andrew's University fashion show to guarantee I hold Prince William's attention throughout.'

  • JON RICHARDSON – NIDIOT DVD TO BE RELEASED MONDAY 1ST DECEMBER

    JON RICHARDSON – NIDIOT DVD TO BE RELEASED MONDAY 1ST DECEMBER

    'Richardson makes for a highly individual performer... charming and immensely likeable' - The Mail on Sunday

    '... so consistently funny' - Guardian Guide

    '... a neurotic genius whose stuff on his hang ups and rigid world-view will make you weep' - The Radio Times

    2013 British Comedy Award Best Male Comic nominee, star of 8 Out Of 10 Cats, 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and Live At The Apollo Jon Richardson is checking his tyre pressures, hoovering his floor mats and putting an emergency packed lunch in the boot of his car, ready to hit the stage again with his brand new DVD Nidiot. Filmed at a sold out Hammersmith Apollo and released by Universal Pictures on Monday 1st December, Nidiot is the second DVD release from one of the UK's brightest and most popular stand-up comedy and TV stars.

    Nidiot sees a more contemplative side of perennial singleton and OCD sufferer Jon. As he approaches thirty, Jon is determined to become a more easygoing person for the sake of his friends and his future health as he starts to think about life ahead. His difficulty in meeting women (especially someone he really likes), the trauma of seeing his friends settling down and having children, or risking his life in a daredevil situation but then finding himself actually having a good time. Can a leopard (or indeed a Nidiot) change his spots for the better?

  • ALAN CARR YAP, YAP, YAP! UK & IRELAND TOUR 2015

    ALAN CARR YAP, YAP, YAP! UK & IRELAND TOUR 2015

    'A comedian who owns the space he is working in so much, he could put a flag up' - The Independent

    No stranger to yap, Alan Carr will be yapping his way around the UK & Ireland with his brand new stand up show Yap, Yap, Yap! The BAFTA and British Comedy Award winning comedian, author and chat show supremo returns to his stand up roots with his hilarious take on life.

    Tickets go on sale Friday 7th November, with some dates available on pre-sale Wednesday 5th November - please join our mailing list for the pre-sale details and link.

    Yap it up!

    'An absolute natural on stage… a born storyteller, sheer entertainment' - London Evening Standard

  • KEVIN BRIDGES – A WHOLE DIFFERENT STORY UK & IRELAND TOUR 2015

    KEVIN BRIDGES – A WHOLE DIFFERENT STORY UK & IRELAND TOUR 2015

    'Britain's best stand up' - The Sun

    'It's his eye for details that has elevated him to a MUST-SEE act' - Daily Mirror

    Kevin Bridges returns to the road with a brand new show A Whole Different Story...

    Scotland's biggest export, Kevin Bridges, dubbed as 'brilliant' by one of his comedy idols, Billy Connolly, has had an astonishing rise to success. His 2012 tour Kevin Bridges - The Story Continues... smashed box office records, selling a staggering 45,000 tickets on the first day. Kevin went on to sell out an incredible nine-show run at the Glasgow SECC Arena. His epic 136-date tour culminated in a sell-out run throughout Australia. The DVD of the same name made it to number five in the charts for Christmas that year.

  • WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT… KEVIN BRIDGES

    WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT… KEVIN BRIDGES

    From the shy boy who got cake-bombed by the local hoodlums, to selling out 10,000 seats in one night, this brilliantly funny memoir is packed with scrapes, pranks and side-splitting anecdotes.

    Kevin began life as a quiet, nerve-ridden school boy. Reaching his teens, he followed his true calling as the class clown. This was a guy going somewhere - off the rails seeming most likely. Instead, aged 17, Kevin Bridges walked on stage for the first time and brought the house down. He only had a five-minute set but he discovered he really could earn a living from making people laugh.

    Kevin treats us to a blend of his trademark social commentary, sharp one-liners and laugh-out-loud humour, reflecting on his Glaswegian childhood and the journey he's taken to become one of the most-loved comedians of our time.

    Kevin says, 'At twenty-seven, it's about time I told my life story and I'm honoured the good people at Penguin thought the same. I'm taking a year out from stand up so it'll be great to go back to the very beginning of my life and everything that's happened from there until now.'

  • DARA O BRIAIN – CROWD TICKLER UK & IRELAND TOUR 2015

    DARA O BRIAIN – CROWD TICKLER UK & IRELAND TOUR 2015

    Dara is one of the most recognisable faces on British TV as host of the hugely successful Mock The Week, The Apprentice: You're Fired and Star Gazing Live. Not forgetting his most recent shows School of Hard Sums for Dave and Dara O Briain's Science Club for BBC Two. Catch one of the most charismatic, intelligent, fast-talking and downright funny live performers working today.

    'His set is a masterclass in intelligent, no-frills stand-up' - The Guardian

    'If you want a comic who can hold an audience in the palm of his hand for two hours, here’s your man' - The Times

    'Devilishly sharp' The Metro

    'These are classy routines, that assume the audience's intelligence and condescend to no one' - The Guardian

  • WEDNESDAY 17TH DECEMBER – MICHAEL MCINTYRE’S CHRISTMAS CHARITY SHOW IN AID OF KIDS COMANY

    WEDNESDAY 17TH DECEMBER – MICHAEL MCINTYRE’S CHRISTMAS CHARITY SHOW IN AID OF KIDS COMANY

    Michael Mcintyre's Christmas Charity Show is back at the Hammersmith Apollo on December 17th! Michael's annual show in aid of Kids Company is now in it's fifth year. As always, Michael will introduce a galaxy of comedy stars and surprise guests. Acts confirmed so far include Sean Lock, Ross Noble, Josh Widdicombe, Seann Walsh and Jason Manford. A fantastically funny festive treat not to be missed!

    Tickets are available from Thursday 6th November at 10:00am here, for £60/50.

  • LEE EVANS AND MICHAEL MCINTYRE VOTED UK’S MOST POPULAR COMEDIANS

    LEE EVANS AND MICHAEL MCINTYRE VOTED UK’S MOST POPULAR COMEDIANS

    The Ticketmaster State Of Play: Comedy Report which was released this week announced the most popular comedians as voted for by the public are Lee Evans at number one and Michael McIntyre at number two.

    With both currently touring, now's a great time to see your favourites on the road.

    Click here for Lee Evans' current tour, Monsters, or here for details of Michael McIntyre's 2015 show, Happy & Glorious.

  • LEE EVANS RELEASES HIS NEW GAME 5 MINUTES MR. EVANS! ON GOOGLE PLAY

    LEE EVANS RELEASES HIS NEW GAME 5 MINUTES MR. EVANS! ON GOOGLE PLAY

    Available for iOS from the App Store and Android from Google Play now

    5 Minutes Mr. Evans! is the brand new official iOS mobile and tablet app game featuring Britain's biggest comedian and now game character Lee Evans. Featuring the voice, sound effects and music of Lee Evans himself!

    Your challenge is simple. Lee has overslept and it is your job to get him to the stage in time for the show, avoiding mishap and collecting bonuses along the way. Dash as you guide him through multiple levels, through the suburbs to the venue. Dodge obstacles and pick up stars. Make it to the show in the fastest possible time. It's a crazy and manic action runner ride! The only official Lee Evans App.

    5 Minutes Mr. Evans! is released to coincide with the start of Lee's amazing new live stand-up show Monsters, which will be playing sixty-five nights in the biggest arenas in the country, including six nights at London's O2 Arena. The forthcoming Monsters DVD is set for release by Universal Pictures (UK) this November.

    Click here to buy the game.

    Please visit Lee's brand new website at www.leeevans.net for all the latest tour details and Lee news.

  • SMASH-HIT SHOW MARGARET THATCHER QUEEN OF SOHO COMES TO LONDON’S LEICESTER SQUARE THEATRE

    SMASH-HIT SHOW MARGARET THATCHER QUEEN OF SOHO COMES TO LONDON’S LEICESTER SQUARE THEATRE

    After becoming an Edinburgh Fringe sensation with a completely sold-out debut run, followed by a highly successful stop off in Brighton, she's back! Britain's first female Prime Minister stars in a drag comedy musical extravaganza like no other! On the eve of the vote for Section 28, Maggie gets lost in Soho and accidentally becomes a cabaret superstar, but will she change her mind about the homophobic bill before it’s too late...?

    Off the Kerb Productions in association with Áine Flanagan Productions are pleased to announce the multi-award winning joyous romp, Margaret Thatcher Queen Of Soho, will be heading to London's West End for the first time ever. The smash hit not-to-be-missed show will run for a limited time only from 17th- 21st March at Leicester Square Theatre at 7:30pm, including a special late night show on the Saturday 21st at 9:30pm.

    'Glorious camp with political punch' **** - The Times

    'It is unashamedly theatrical, incredibly energetic and totally loveable' ***** - British Theatre Guide

    'The hype is beyond justified' ***** - Entertainment Wise

    'Comic Perfection' ***** - So So Gay

  • LEE EVANS – MONSTERS – UK AND IRELAND TOUR 2014

    LEE EVANS – MONSTERS – UK AND IRELAND TOUR 2014

    51 DATE ARENA TOUR ANNOUNCED
    Tickets Go On Sale 9:00am Monday 20th May 2013

    'The must see comedy event of the autumn' ***** - Daily Telegraph

    'Stand-up doesn't get much bigger' - Evening Standard

    Wired and Wonderful was huge... XL was big... Big was even bigger... Roadrunner was record breaking... and now the legendary Lee Evans embarks on his most ambitious tour to date. Monsters is Lee's amazing new show with over fifty nights in the biggest arenas in the country. Lee will be playing to more fans than ever on this hotly anticipated tour of the UK and Ireland.

    Tickets go on sale at 9:00am Monday 20th May 2013. All booking information is available here.

    Tickets are £30 plus booking fee and should only be brought from the venue or Ticketmaster

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    To avoid disappointment please do not buy from any secondary ticket sites - eBay, Seatwave, Viagogo etc.

ADDISON CRESSWELL

Agent, producer and charity fundraiser Addison Cresswell passed away in his sleep in the early hours of the 23rd December at the age of 53.

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    Adam Hills made a surprise guest appearance at the Royal Flying Doctor Service – Friends in the UK event at the Imperial War Museum on the 13th November. Overall the evening managed to raise over £100,000 for the RFDS which provides vital twenty-for hour emergency cover, and clinical and preventative health services across 90% of Australia’s land mass to almost 300,000 rural and remote patients per year.

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  • KEVIN BRIDGES ANNOUNCES DEBUT SOLO SHOW IN DUBAI

    Tickets have gone on sale for Kevin Bridges debut solo show in Dubai at the World Trade Centre. The show will be taking place on Friday 12th December 2014. Kevin said, ahead of his appearance: 'I'm looking forward to coming back to Dubai, I performed here six years ago when I was on the comedy circuit so it'll be great to come back playing a theatre and with my own solo show.' Tickets are now on sale from Done Events and all Virgin Megsatores.

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  • MICHAEL MCINTYRE’S CHAT SHOW TO RETURN FOR A SECOND SERIES

    Off The Kerb Productions are pleased to announce that The Michael McIntyre Chat Show will return for a second series, continuing from its debut earlier this year. The show launched with consolidated viewing figures of over four million for the opening show on March 10. The final episode of the first series airs tonight (April 14) at 10:35pm on BBC One, with special guests Sir Bruce Forsyth, James Corden and Alex Jones.

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  • DARA O BRIAIN AND ED BYRNE TO TRAVEL THE PAN AM HIGHWAY FOR BBC TWO

    Dara and Ed's Pan Am Adventure will consist of three hour long episodes for broadcast on both BBC Two and RTE. Each episode will follow friends Dara O Briain and Ed Byrne on an epic journey as they travel along one of the world's greatest roads, the Pan American Highway. In 1940 three men, Sullivan Richardson, Arnold Whitaker and Kenneth Van Hee from Detroit set off on one of the greatest road trips of all time as they attempted to become the first to drive all the way from North to South America. Back then, the Pan American Highway was at best a dirt track; at worst non-existent. The journey was so audacious, the American press dubbed them the 'three damn fools'. Their extraordinary adventure blazed a trail for one of the longest road networks in the world. Seventy years on, Dara and Ed, set out on their own epic journey to see for themselves how the construction of the Pan American Highway has transformed the Americas.

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  • FURTHER REVIEWS IN FOR CHEAP SHOTS AT THE DEFENCELESS

    There's a case to be made that John Gordillo is one of the key shapers of our modern comedy landscape. His may not be a widely recognised name (he's probably best known as the presenter of topical BBC comedy show The RDA, a brilliant oddity that lives long in the memory), but as a writer, director and benevolent svengali he's helped to set many a major stand-up star on the road to greatness. In his own right, he's a spectacularly creative comic, offering sets that use politics, romance and family relationships as jumping-off points for wildly ambitious social theorising and sparkily funny comedy. He produces shows that genuinely make you think in a whole new way while keeping you laughing throughout. His last solo show, Fuckonomics – proposing a new economic theory based on our desire for sex – was one of the most intellectually ambitious offerings the fringe has seen in recent years.
    - The Guardian
    John Gordillo is one of the smartest men in comedy. A brilliant combination and examination of the fake personal and the real personal. Typically intelligent, at times extraordinarily frank... this is quality, brain-food comedy. A great hour.
    - Scotland on Sunday
    An arresting and perceptive hour from a stand up who truly gets at the nub of a creeping malaise with a message that ought to give anyone pause for thought.
    - The Scotsman

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  • DAVE FULTON RELEASES NEW CD – BASED ON A TRUE STORY

    Dave Fulton’s CD of personal opinions, social observations, drugs, guns, bad choices, more guns and some stuff that might be considered legal is available now – buy it on Amazon by clicking here.

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  • SEANN WALSH – SEANN TO BE WILD

    The star of BBC One’s Live at the Apollo, Channel 4’s Stand Up For The Week and Dave’s Argumental is back with an all new show.

    ‘Sharp, creative observational comedy from a precocious newcomer. See him now, before the stadium tour’ – The Sunday Times

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    ‘His talent for comedy is priceless’ – The Evening Standard 

    2011’s Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominee Josh Widdicombe will be touring the hotly-anticipated follow up to his critically acclaimed debut show.

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