Peter Kay announces first live tour in 12 years

Comedian will kick off with shows in Manchester later this year as tickets go on sale on 12 NovemberPeter Kay has announced his first live standup tour in 12 years.Tickets will go on sale for the UK gigs at 10am on 12 November from his website, followi…

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Robbie Coltrane, star of Cracker and Harry Potter, dies aged 72

Scottish actor who graduated from the alternative comedy scene to become a major performer known for taking on complex and difficult roles Robbie Coltrane, whose acting career spanned everything from Bond films to Cracker to Harry Potter, has died aged…

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Pasta one-liner wins best joke award at Edinburgh festival fringe

West Midlands comedian Masai Graham, who works as a part-time care worker, wins title for second time A standup comedian who works part-time as a care worker on minimum wage has topped a poll of the funniest jokes at the Edinburgh festival fringe for t…

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‘Night after night I get harassed’: comedians call for safer working conditions

With research showing sexual harassment is a routine occurrence, there is growing demand for arts venues to commit to protecting entertainersPosey Mehta, like many performers at the Edinburgh fringe, has been flyering for her own show. It’s called I Am…

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‘Night after night I get harassed’: comedians call for safer working conditions

With research showing sexual harassment is a routine occurrence, there is growing demand for arts venues to commit to protecting entertainersPosey Mehta, like many performers at the Edinburgh fringe, has been flyering for her own show. It’s called I Am…

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Jerry Sadowitz hits back after show cancelled: ‘My act is being cheapened’

Comedian says his show ‘is what it is, for those who enjoy it,’ after complaints at Edinburgh fringeThe comedian Jerry Sadowitz has hit back at Edinburgh fringe promoters who cancelled one of his shows, accusing them of “cheapening and simplifying” his…

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Edinburgh notebook: ‘Rik Mayall was like Bad Santa to us’

Stand-up comic Red Richardson on his pedigree comedy childhoodDriving Rik Mayall around would be entertaining work for anyone, but for the young Red Richardson, the job he had in his 20s was the continuation of a childhood bond.Mayall, who died suddenl…

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Jerry Sadowitz Edinburgh fringe standup show axed due to complaints

Pleasance theatre cancels Scottish comic, saying his material ‘does not align with our values’The Scottish comedian Jerry Sadowitz has had his Edinburgh fringe show cancelled by the venue after complaints from staff and audience members.Sadowitz played…

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Equity union launches working practices charter for comedians

Measures aim to ensure safety, pay transparency and anti-harassment and discrimination policiesThe performing arts and entertainment trade union Equity has launched a comedian’s charter in an effort to ensure good working practices and the safety of pe…

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‘Fuelled by anger’: politics loom larger than ever at Edinburgh fringe

Scandals, an outgoing PM and a Tory leadership race – comics seeking material are spoilt for choicePolitics always plays a big role at the Edinburgh fringe. But with an outgoing prime minister, multiple Westminster scandals and a fast-moving Tory leade…

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