stand-up

My one-night stand-up hell

17 November 2018 9:00 am

At 8.45 p.m. I was back in the toilets again feeling pure terror. In front of me was a narrow…

I never understood the appeal of Ken Dodd

11 November 2017 9:00 am

It’s always odd to hear a familiar voice on a different programme, playing an alternative role. They never sound quite…

When the going gets tough there’s nothing like an hour of rollicking hymn singing

8 August 2015 9:00 am

On Saturday my boy had a mini-stroke at home, aged only 26. ‘You’ll have to give up smoking and do…

Jackie Mason reveals the secret of stand-up: avoid fried food

16 May 2015 9:00 am

A lot of people ask what it takes to be a stand-up comic — I’ll be honest, I have absolutely…

Paul Merton’s is the most boastful autobiography in years

27 September 2014 8:00 am

Has there ever been a nun or a priest who wasn’t a bent sadist? Because here we go again. At…

Melvyn Bragg's notebook: I found hell on Regent Street

14 December 2013 9:00 am

John Lloyd, producer of Blackadder, Spitting Image, QI etc, has boldly picked up where he left off at Cambridge more…