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‘Online gigs aren’t the same’: one comedian’s journey from stage to supermarket tills

“My first day working in the supermarket,” the comedian Lauren Pattison remembers, “was a year ago to the day that I’d been doing stand-up at Sydney Opera House.” Read my full Telegraph interview here

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‘To call arts freelancers “lazy” is dangerous’: the comedian packing Amazon boxes

It was meant to be a busy 2020 for comedian Will Duggan. “I was the tour support for Sofie Hagen, so I had all those gigs booked in, seven months of work, plus I was getting ready for the Edinburgh Festival. … Continue reading

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‘There’s not much funny about delivering for a supermarket’: the comic taken off stage by lockdown

“The whole year was timed out,” recalls comedian Steve Shanyaski of March 2020. “I was supporting John Bishop on tour, I had gigs lined up. Then lockdown happened and my whole diary turned white. I’ve never experienced anything like it … Continue reading

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British comedians in lockdown: ‘They’re in Amazon warehouses and Sainsbury’s vans’

Few stand-up comedians are laughing these days, with Covid-19 decimating their industry. So raise a glass to Kiri Pritchard-McLean, who has been providing much-needed gigs for her fellow comics, and raising thousands for charity, via her online “pub”, The Covid … Continue reading

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No laughing matter: The challenges of reviewing comedy

BroadwayWorld reviewers share their thoughts. Read the full article here

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Plywood, sci-fi and famously bad films

On my July MoveTo Town and Country Arts page: Pick of the month: Good wood Delve into the history and pioneering future of plywood at the V&A Don’t miss: The final frontier The Barbican goes sci-fi, from rare film and books to a Black Mirror installation … Continue reading

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Pick of the Week

Bridget Christie and flamenco in Edinburgh, family-friendly Green Man Festival and will The Man From U.N.C.L.E will be a Cold War hit, or just lukewarm? Read my full theartsdesk newsletter here

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Devilishly funny

Absurd as it may seem, the ‘Are women funny?’ debate rages on. Tina Fey’s Liz Lemon answered emphatically in the affirmative in 30 Rock’s ‘Stride of Pride’ episode – as well as in every other episode of a brilliant comedy series … Continue reading

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