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Fringe

Edinburgh Fringe festival 2018: A week of show reviews

Sunday ‘Terry Alderton: The Musical’ is an extremely fast paced stand up performance. His impact is immediate, providing all the physicality associated with this over bearing but talented performer, with highly timed sound inserts, supported by Terry’s strong ability for voices and for the visually absorbed.  His legs in the air, Terry’s feet begin a…
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Larry Dean Fandan

Larry Dean: Fandan

Larry Dean is currently touring the country in his show ‘Fandan’ containing all the comic talent now associated with this growing Scottish performer. He walks to the stage without pretension, no bottled beer in hand (like others), immediately displaying his down to earth credentials in a Glaswegian accent, with rapid fire delivery only stopping half…
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Jim Tavare

Jim Tavare: All-Star Comedy Benefit show

We are pleased to announce a Comedy Benefit night for Jim Tavare at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London on Monday 12th June 2017. The support from his colleagues has been amazing and the bill of comics performing that evening reads like a who’s who of modern stand up. Dara O Briain, Jo Brand, Harry…
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Rob Andrew speaks while Chocolate Pot exchanged

The wet mist descended slowly across the empty County Ground, as a small tractor moved across the moist grass while business people sipped champagne over light conversation in the Focus conference room. This can only mean one thing – the start of the English cricket season. The 2017 squad of Sussex players mixed socially with…
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Chris Nash Testimonial: A Grand opening

The Grand Hotel in Brighton was the venue for the opening event of Sussex Cricketer Chris Nash’s testimonial year. The turnout was excellent, with a supporting cast of fellow team mates including captain Luke Wright, joining in the chat and banter. It is no mean achievement to be offered a testimonial year, normally a player…
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‘The Play That Goes Wrong’

Following it’s humble beginning at the Old Red Lion, Islington (2012) ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ is drawing strong audiences in its West End run. It further gained attention after appearing on the Royal Variety Show and has since gone from strength to strength. This is the play that turns slapstick comedy into an intelligent,…
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Hyundai: Would you go this far to protect your daughter?

The 2017 Hyundai ads typically portray a real life scenarios, with humour at the forefront of the campaign. The comedic approach is to relate to experiences we have all shared at some time in our lives. The 2016 super bowl ad ‘first dates’ is no different. It was noted as one of the best ads…
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Hollywood: How to survive the end of the world

In the weekend of the Oscars, millions are glued to their screens awaiting the much-coveted awards. Once a film becomes popular, the genre is often copied by others. In recent years, the human race has become more enamoured with the idea of the end of the world. With people insisting they have seen intelligent life,…
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Horses laugh hysterically at bad car parking

Laughter is infectious. Even more so when the laughter is coming from a group of animated horses. These horses are the stars of a new Volkswagen commercial advertising the trailer assist feature of the new Tiguan car. The hilarious Volkswagen advert was published onto their YouTube channel on the 12th October and now has over…
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Ian Moore

Ian Moore, more, more, more!

‘Doing the actual job of being a comedian isn’t the problem’ an experienced comic once told me. ‘It’s all the bloody travelling which gets in the way’ he said. Well, have a look at this travel itinerary; Started from Loire Valley (France) at 6:30am, forty-minute drive from Vierzon, an hour half train to Paris, an…
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Nobel Prize Blows In The Wind

Bob Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for literature, becoming the first songwriter to win this highly acclaimed award. Dylan is best known for his music and became a world hero to many in the 60’s with his songs about social change, peace and love. His early work such as ‘Blowing in the…
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The Great British Bake off: Rises issues on BBC business

The news of ‘The Great British Bake off’ one of BBC’s flagship programmes leaving its comfortable TV home to attempt untried terrestrial territory, has raised questions and underlined the broadcasting world we now live in. The negotiations between The BBC and the owners of ‘Bake off’ reached stalemate, enter Channel 4 who outbid Auntie by…
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Scottish comics win Edinburgh comedy award 2016

Richard Gadd’s show ‘Monkey See Monkey Do’ won the coveted 2016 Edinburgh comedy award, past winners include Frank Skinner, Jeremy Hardy and Al Murray. This time however there was a darker side to the comedy as Gadd’s show was centred around his own personal difficulties getting over a sexual assault he experienced four years ago.…
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Foxes out run the hounds

Having watched football for nearly fifty years I can safely say Leicester City winning the Premiership title is the most extra ordinary upset I have ever observed. Until it actually happened nobody could really believe it. But it has. For once the Foxes have out run the hounds of Spurs, Arsenal, Man City, Man Utd…
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Micheal McIntrye Big show

It’s good to see Michael McIntyre getting back to what he does best – stand up. In his new prime Saturday night BBC TV show, his opening monologue showed what a master he is at taking a comic idea and running with it, building through comparisons and observations from one very small idea. This time,…
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The Night Manager

This year started very well for BBC Drama department with an excellent adaptation of Tolstoy’s ‘War & Peace’ followed by the gripping nail biting thriller ‘The Night Manager’. Both epics show British TV drama is in a very good place. ‘The Night Manager’ was one of those don’t miss drama’s, firmly keeping everyone on the…
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War & Peace

The moving and dramatic episodes of the BBC’s adaptation of ‘War and Peace’ dazzled viewers and critics alike with bloody battle scenes, futile gestures and moments of redemption – although some commentators found the heady mix disorientating. War and Peace is the “greatest TV costume drama of the past decade”, for Ben Lawrence in the…
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When Andy met a Beatle, a Bond girl, and Dame Edna

Andy Cade (Art Director, Musician & Lecturer) reminisces on working with Ringo, Barbara Bach, Dame Edna In 1990 my wife Lizzie came home from the Gym in Barnes saying she’d befriended some girls at the aqua class who she’d thought ‘may have something to do with the Beatles’. Turned out to be Pattie Boyd/Harrison/Clapton, Nicole…
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T20 World Cup Eng v West Indies (Final)

Grahame Smith reports on T20 World cup final in India. Exclusively for Comicus After the two fantastic outcomes against Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Delhi, a hardy bunch of England fans turn up at the iconic world cricket venue of Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The stadium is far larger and more open than the Kotla…
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T20 World Cup Eng v New Zealand (Semi-Final)

Grahame Smith reports on T20 World cup final in India. Exclusively for Comicus So after England’s triumph against Sri Lanka in their final group game, we returned to the Feroze Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi for the ICC T20 World Cup Semi-Final for England versus New Zealand. This is indeed great for those few England…
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T20 World Cup Eng v Sri Lanka

Grahame Smith reports on Cricket T20 World Cup Final in India. Exclusively for Comicus Attending the Sri Lanka v England match at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi with my cricket loving partner, Ruth, there were several aspects of the evening that were contrary to expectations. The first of these was the process of just getting into…
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Angry, John Cleese may sue

John Cleese says he may sue an Australian theatre company for its “shameless rip-off” of Fawlty Towers. The Australian company has been running their unofficial show at the Edinburgh Fringe for the last nine years, and currently has a residency at a London hotel, where tickets cost up to £59. Another version is to open…
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Paul Zerdin

‘America’s Got talent’ UK winner .. lives the dream

Paul Zerdin comic ventriloquist, winner of America’s got talent 2015, has signed for a long season at the Planet Hollywood casino on the Las Vegas strip from April 30. His success after winning America’s Got Talent last year, has opened up so many wonderful opportunities for him. However, that has meant Paul having to pull…
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Ford Unlearn campaign

Going to wash that car right out of my? The launch of the new Ford Unlearn campaign is interestingly creative as it is strategic. Those who have driven Escorts, Focus’s and Mondeo’s, should get a firm mind grip on the message. The communication is subtle if not obvious. Ford have built a firm reputation for…
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‘Keeping Up Appearances’ BBC’s most successful ..

It was lunchtime at the BBC Acton rehearsal rooms (no longer functioning as such). Time for myself a writer and production team from ‘Flip’ (1991) to make our way up to the cafeteria for subsistence, reflection and showbiz storytelling in this tall building where nearly all BBC drama, sit-coms, variety and such like were rehearsed…
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Southampton Solent University

Southampton Solent University Case Study

The Background The client was a growing University in Southampton offering an established list of performance, media and television degree courses to students. One new course which was in development and receiving much praise was the new BA Comedy degree course, the first in the country. The Problem The University was trying to find a…
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Asphalt Engineering Company Case Study

The client was a highly successful engineering (Asphalt) company supplying a unique web base flooring to support and make highways, pavements and airfields last longer. The busy executives were completing 45 minute sales presentations up and down the country to interested groups and parties ranging from local councils to large construction companies. The Problem The…
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WKD Drinks

Major Drinks Manufacturer Case Study

The Background The client was a major soft drinks manufacturer which was holding its annual conference. The Problem During the conference the company wanted to provide their employees with help & support in areas that most concerned them. One such issue was public speaking. Those that had to do this, sometimes, frightening task were embarrassed,…
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