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Such Fun - Miranda Hart goes live

Such Fun - Miranda Hart goes live

2nd April 2014

Since opening her joke shop on BBC Radio 4 Miranda Hart has gone from strength to strength. Having dominated first our radio waves, then television it was only natural that her next step should be a national 'arena' tour. I was there, last night for Miranda's 'My, What I Call, Live Show'  at the Brighton Centre because I'm no April Fool! 

This is no ordinary comedy show tour. As a household name with a wide-ranging demographically diverse audience, Miranda's show has sold out across the country. And these aren't small, niche, comedy venues but great big arenas! With plenty of people to please this show has been directed to a high standard…

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I Can't Sing pays homage to the X Factor

I Can't Sing pays homage to the X Factor

31st March 2014

I love a musical and, as long as the songs are good, I can deal with almost any plot.  The concept of the X Factor is a natural context for a musical parody but I admit that I was slightly sceptical about ‘I Can’t Sing’ and had envisaged the controlling hands of Simon Cowell all over it. 

This is countered by good comedy credentials, as the show was written by BAFTA winning comedian Harry Hill, and has strong musical provenance with songs composed by Steve Brown.  Combined with the influence of Syco Entertainment, Simon Cowell’s joint venture with Sony, and Just for Laughs, the largest comedy producer in the world, there’s clearly no r…

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The Luck of the Irish

The Luck of the Irish

25th March 2014

Those of you who were anywhere near the centre of London last weekend were probably aware of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Trafalgar Square. Alongside the parade, food stalls and music events on the main stage, the London Irish Comedy Festival once again put together a free afternoon of some of the best emerging and established Irish comedic talent. Watching other people in summer clothes enjoying the day’s celebrations out in the sunshine and fresh air, I hoped sitting in a packed tent all afternoon would be worth it. I wasn’t left disappointed.

Funny Women Awards 2013 semi-finalist Christiane O’Mahony was one of the day’s most unexpected treats, …

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Lynn Ruth Miller Goes Wild at Soho Theatre

Lynn Ruth Miller Goes Wild at Soho Theatre

24th March 2014

My Granddad used to play a trick on me when I was younger. He’d ask me, “If very cold water is iced water, then what’s very cold ink?” And I, being a bit of a swot and a good girl, would duly reply with “Iced ink.” It wasn’t until a little while later that he revealed to me what he’d been doing. Say ‘iced ink’ out loud. How mean.

The moral of my story is: never underestimate an octogenarian.  I know it isn’t normally polite to discuss a lady’s age, but Lynn Ruth Miller proudly tells her audience that she’s 80. Honestly, if I get to 80 and I still have legs like hers, I’ll be bragging about it myse…

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A WOW of a Weekend

A WOW of a Weekend

10th March 2014

Roughly five minutes away from the Southbank Centre, where the Women of the World Festival (WOW) ran from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th March this year, the trestle tables piled high with books for the regular book market and people enjoying the warm sunny weather. One notable genre of literature stood out on the stalls more than usual and boxes of books by prominent female authors on female-focus topics were labelled ‘Wimmin’.

Given that the festival was highlighting the discrimination, barriers and outright hostility that many women around the world still face today, I desperately hoped it was irony. The fact that a Germaine Greer book had been raised within the box to p…

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