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Jesterval 2015: 5 shows for a fiver

Jesterval 2015: 5 shows for a fiver

Jesterval, the North East's biggest comedy festival, returns to Gateshead on Friday with a bucket-load of ace shows. Here's five shows you can see for a fiver.…

Jesterval 2015: 5 must-see free shows

Back on the banks of the Tyne for another year, Jesterval Comedy Festival takes over Baltic Square for 10 days later this week. Here's five shows you can see without spending a penny.…

Pat looks forward to Teesside homecoming

"It’s great to be able to play all over the world, but I can’t wait to be back on home turf.”…

Reginald D Hunter interview

"I mostly work in front of over-privileged white people, and they're easily shocked by things they don't already believe – ‘how dare he espouse that view!’…

Ben Miller interview

"It’s such an unusual project, and it’s great to take part in the election process. Also, it’s wonderful to be involved in something that takes risks, and Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin have never been afraid of taking risks."…

Hugh Dennis interview

Hugh Dennis interview

"If we don’t make the episodes long enough, they’ll just have empty space on Channel 4."…

Nish Kumar interview

Nish Kumar interview

"I think I’ve got a point of view, I think that’s it. That’s all I would say, is that I know my brain, and how I react to things; and I think, I feel like in the last year I’ve worked out what that means on stage for me."…

Katherine Ryan interview

Katherine Ryan interview

"There are girls in Nigeria who can't go to school without being abducted. Here, you actually have a choice to put your tits away. And, well, maybe you should.”…

New Act Of The Month: Sammy Dobson

New Act Of The Month: Sammy Dobson

"As I approached the stage for my five minutes one of the audience showed me the knife in his coat and whispered ‘you’d better be fucking funny’. My arse has never sweated like it before or since."…

Caitlin Moran talks Raised By Wolves

Caitlin Moran talks Raised By Wolves

Caitlin Moran talks working-class sitcoms, revisiting her childhood for her new show, Raised By Wolves, and more. …

Opinion View all

13 things I’ve learned doing comedy for kids

13 things I’ve learned doing comedy for kids

"They either laugh or they tell you that it was rubbish."…

Why I’m feeling Blue

Why I’m feeling Blue

"Don't let your career be dictated by managers and agents. You have a voice, and in the 21st century the internet works as one hell of a megaphone."…

Won’t somebody think of The Simpsons?

Won’t somebody think of The Simpsons?

"The Simpsons is not just a cartoon. It’s one of the important shows in television history. Don’t risk ruining its legacy by continuingly contributing to its alarming decline, even after original cast members have been and gone."…

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Summer funnies in Teesside

Summer funnies in Teesside

Looking for a giggle in the coming months, Teessiders?…

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What a difference 10 years makes

What a difference 10 years makes

A lot can happen in a decade. Governments’ change, technology advances, the Beatles can form and split up; and that untouched tin of potatoes in minted water can go from nutritional side dish, to deadly congealed concoction.…

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Podcast: 24 Minutes Of Funny Team #14

Podcast: 24 Minutes Of Funny Team #14

"People are saying that we swear too much and are rude boys and girls."…

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Podcast: John Scott’s Sod The Tories #16

Podcast: John Scott’s Sod The Tories #16

Episode 16 of the comedy podcast-cum-panel show Sod The Tories, hosted by comedian John Scott and recorded at The Stand Comedy Club in Newcastle in front of a live audience.…

All Killa No Filla View all

Podcast: All Killa No Filla #13

Podcast: All Killa No Filla #13

Episode 13 looks at Colin Ireland, the Gay Slayer. We've got teddy bears 69ing, a leather bar and an interesting serving suggestion for snooker balls. Enjoy!…