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Freddie Starr: A star has gone out

Freddie Starr was a very talented comedian, impressionist, singer and actor with an extra ordinary self-destructive side which was often present in his performances but even more provolant in his personal life and on occasions dealing with professional staff and showbusiness executives. He was born Fredrick Leslie Fowell in Liverpool, a carpenter’s son. But first…
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Ken Dodd

Ken Dodd: His writer of 30 years speaks out (part 2)

Barry Reeves was Ken Dodd’s comedy writer for over 30 years, here he continues talking of their working relationship and close friendship to the very end. You can read Part 1 here. His audience, shows & nerves A lot of people stated they were friends of Doddy. That’s because everybody he spoke to, he made…
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Ken Dodd: His writer of 30 years speaks out (part 1)

Barry Reeves was Ken Dodd’s comedy writer for over 30 years, keeping himself in the back ground, while serving up some of Doddy’s most favorite routines. Barry was never one for the personal limelight. Modest in attitude but talented with pen. Their working relationship turned to a close family friendship. Here in this two-part series,…
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Jasper Carrott & Alistair McGowan: On Tour

Jasper Carrott & Alistair McGowan, the bacon and eggs pairing, are a surprising mixture of comedy talent touring the country together with their different but complementary styles of stand up. McGowan’s well observed impressions drive his act forward, one after the other, some nicely catching the ear, especially those where other impressionists haven’t yet trodden…
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Learning From Stand Up Comedy

10 Top Tips for a Successful Presentation Some of the facets of stand up comedy can be used in a business presentation context. Learning from stand ups can help structure and prepare executives for an important business presentation. Speakers often forget basic principles when addressing an audience. Thinking it through and preparing are key to…
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Bob Monkhouse

Bob Monkhouse: The King of Corporate Events

6 Tips for speaking at a corporate event Bob Monkhouse (1928-2003), was often referred to as the king of the corporate event. He was one of Britain’s top comedians for over five decades, continually on our TV screens, swapping channels from time to time, delivering his wisecrack humour, often when hosting a popular gameshow such…
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Jim Tavare: ‘From Deadpan to Bedpan’

Jim Tavare: ‘From Deadpan to Bedpan’

What does one do when you’ve had the most horrific car crash, come close to death three times in the operating theatre and told by the doctors to contact your children to say goodbye? Well, you write jokes. Jim Tavare sat back on his bed facing a year of convalescing, an uncertain future with major…
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Monty Python’s Forgotten Member

‘Monty Pythons flying Circus’ (BBC 1969 -1974) was a surreal TV programme which changed the face of comedy not only in Britain but the world. Its popularity stretched across Europe and The United States. Many of it famous sketches, which often mocked the establishment, are still re-run on television today alongside DVD’s, Albums, several books…
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Pete Conway & Robbie Williams: Like Father Like Son

Robbie Williams is recognised as one of the best selling music artists of all time, having sold 75 million records worldwide. Six of his albums are in the top 100 biggest selling records in the UK; four of which are in the top 60. But some of that magic may well have come from his dad.…
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Ken Dodd: Comedy Masterclass

On November 8th Ken Dodd turned 90 years old. This master of stand-up comedy has transcended generations of comedians, including cultural changes in entertainment from variety theatre (where he started), to the social & cabaret club’s scene and the now comedy club circuit. Yet he still applies his art today in often packed out theatres…
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Sunday Night At…

NOT Sunday Night at the London Palladium! But Sunday Night at the Theatre Royal Brighton with all the glamour, glitz and talent associated with the London Theatre, along with the variety talent which had many switching on their TV sets in the 50’s and 60’s, but now making their way to Brighton for the same…
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Best of British Farce

Out of Order: Best of British Farce

Farce is never an easy form of theatre to succeed in. Yet Ray Cooney has made it his lifetimes ambition and work to create some of our best loved and well written farces. ‘Out of Order’ is not one of Cooney’s best (even though it won an Laurence Oliver award for Best Comedy 1991) but…
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French Beaujolais meets English Humour

The first bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau were gently mixed with some comedy, light music and Camembert cheese at the county ground on Thursday 17th November. This being the first day of the season for such a celebrated French wine, much loved around the world, particularly in its home country where corks were pulled in great…
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10 things your sense of humour says about you

10 Things Your Sense Of Humour Says About You

I laugh, therefore I am. We all like to think our own sense of humour is the right one. Anything outside this personal radar of myth is not worth our interest. When we find someone who shares our sense of humour we often bind with that person, becoming friends, their view of the world matches…
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5 Ways to Enjoy Comedy by Shakespeare and His Mates

Richard Inverne visits Straford-upon-Avon in search of some Shakespearean Comedy. 1) The First Way The FIRST way to enjoy a Shakespeare comedy… is the play has to be put on! What might seem obvious simply wasn’t the case on Tuesday 19 July when arriving in Stratford-upon-Avon for a handful of plays, including three comedies and…
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Humour at Work (Part 3): Clowning, Teasing & Satire

Ackroyd & Thompson believed the struggle for identity, is often played out through misbehaviour and joking in the work place. They identified three types of humour in work, labelling them as Clowning, Teasing and Satire. Clowning Clowning is a form of humour in which people make fools of themselves (become the butt of their own…
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Humour at Work (Part 2): The Research

We have seen how satire from our favourite comedians, in a newspaper, or topical TV & radio shows such as: ‘That was the week that was’, ‘Spitting Image’, ‘Now Show’ and ‘Weekending’; has a way of making us laugh, because we see an element of truth in the joke. The same happens in the workplace,…
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Humour at Work (Part 1): 8 Benefits of Comedy

Comedy at Work The most wasted of all days is the one which you did not laugh. In many offices, pinned on noticeboards or over people’s desks, you can often read… ‘You don’t have to be mad to work here, but it helps’. It became a rather irritating cliché, put on display in several work…
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