A new start: Suzi Ruffell on growing up dyslexic and discovering the joy of writing

School was a daily struggle for the standup. Now that she can write on her own terms, doing so serves as a release from lifeAt school, I feared English. My teacher, Mr Griffiths, was great, but my essays and coursework never lived up to much. I am not …

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Episode #237: Sarah Cooper

Sarah Cooper could have enjoyed a lucrative career in tech, only she didn’t enjoy Google as much as she did making jokes about it. She began performing stand-up in 2010, and in 2013, saw a blog post she wrote about how to look smart in meetings go vira…

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Susan Calman: ‘When was I happiest? Dancing with Kevin Clifton on Strictly’

The comedian and writer on her fear of flying, Adrian Mole and sniffing her cats’ pawsBorn in Glasgow, Susan Calman, 44, was a lawyer before becoming a standup in 2006. She was in the Channel 4 sketch show, Blowout, which won a Scottish Bafta in 2007, …

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Episode #234: Anthony Cumia

Anthony Cumia was installing heaters and air conditioners at 33 when a song parody he wrote about OJ Simpson caught the attention of a Long Island radio DJ named Gregg Hughes. Hughes invited Cumia to sit in with him, and from there, The Opie and Anthon…

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Episode #221: Maeve Higgins

Maeve Higgins was a bestselling memoirist and comedian in her native Ireland when, at the age of 31, she decided to move to America. So immigration isn’t just the subject of her hit podcast, Maeve In America: Immigration IRL, but also a first-hand experience. She co-hosts Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk on National Geographic, as well […]

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Julie Seabaugh and Troy Conrad document “Ringside at Roast Battle” in a new book!

My colleague on the West Coast, freelance comedy journalist Julie Seabaugh has turned many late Tuesday nights at The Comedy Store into a brand-new book documenting the rise of Roast Battle from open mic experiment in the Belly Room to Comedy Central TV series and countless official and unofficial versions in comedy clubs around the […]

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David Spade skips straight to the audiobook for new Audible memoir

No reading required for David Spade’s new memoir, A Polaroid Guy in a Snapchat World. Spade skipped the whole book part, instead going straight to audiobook for a special six-hour, 12-minute Audible-exclusive performance. A Polaroid Guy in a Snapchat World premiered today at www.audible.com/davidspade. “It was a fun experience trying to make my stories come to life,” […]

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Dylan Moran: ‘Britain is sending itself to its room and not coming down’

The comedian’s new show questions how to cope with the relentlessness of today’s politics. He discusses the ‘cult’ of Catholicism, his love of poetry and giving up his vices

“I’ve been doing this for a quarter of a century,” points out Dylan Moran. “I’m probably going to know about as much as I’m ever going to know on a working level. There’s a liberty in that.” It’s hard to believe so much time has passed since the Irish comic first shuffled on to the stage, cigarette and drink at the ready, and appeared not to know what on earth he was doing there. In 1996, aged 24, he became the youngest person to win the Perrier comedy award at the Edinburgh festival, and embarked on his first UK tour the year after. TV and film opportunities followed, often playing various iterations of his rumpled, grumpy stage persona: in the 1998 sitcom How Do You Want Me?, with the late Charlotte Coleman; a cameo as a shameless shoplifter in the Richard Curtis film Notting Hill; roles in the Simon Pegg vehicles Shaun of the Dead and Run, Fatboy, Run. More recently he’s appeared in the 2014 Irish film Calvary and the TV sitcom Uncle.

But the show he remains best known for is cult favourite Black Books, co-created with Graham Linehan, in which Moran took centre stage as the operatically bad-tempered secondhand bookshop owner Bernard Black, a petty tyrant to his sweet-natured assistant, played by Bill Bailey. An extended love letter to booze, fags, dusty bookshops and stubborn individuality, it ran for three series, from 2000 to 2004, and still inspires enormous affection.

Standup was like throwing my cards in the air – or trying on a suit that fits and it’s just perfect

This country has two zombie political parties having a pretend show of political debate that will never lead to anything

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Tom Papa gets “Baked” on Food Network, new book out for Father’s Day

Tom Papa has been telling Joe Rogan about bread for years. Here he was a couple of years ago bringing homemade sourdough to the Joe Rogan Experience. Two days ago, Papa was back on the JRE, this time to announce he’s got a new TV series about bread and baked goods, Baked!, premiering this Labor […]

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New biography, documentary explore the life and death of Robin Williams

Is there ever an appropriate time to look back at the life and legacy of Robin Williams without feeling sad at how it all ended? Whether you’re a “too soon” sort of person or not, this summer you’re getting two chances to remember Robin, with a new HBO documentary and a biography of the late […]

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