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By Julian Hall

The tough consultant to British Cult Comedy is the last word consultant to reside and tv comedy in Britain from the Nineteen Eighties to the current day. From Ben Elton to Alan Carr, this publication profiles fifty of the main influential cult comedy icons and discovers how they grew to become family names. through the ebook, there are assistance from comedians and insiders, with a mixture of a laugh anecdotes and sensible feedback for writing and acting your individual dwell express and sitcom. The advisor experiences the pinnacle cult comedy on television and within the videos, with an in depth specialize in what encouraged them and what they in flip encouraged. "Comedy Stories" seems to be on the highs and lows of appearing dwell comedy with stories of the rowdiest hecklers and strangest audiences. The e-book comes entire with a around up of the easiest dvds, books and comedian web pages on hand.

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Certainly the Irishman, whose appearance has graduated from long-haired Harry Potter to a suaver version of Jimmy White, seems to have plateaued in terms of fame but his edge has sharpened as he has got older and his gigs achieve a consistently high standard. 33 THE icons: the faces of comedy ≥ ≤  d Byrne recorded his very first DVD, a retrospective of his E career in the last decade, at The City Varieties Theatre in Leeds in March 2006.  tand Up Great Britain (Laughing Stock, 2000). uk, this compilation features Byrne’s observations on his own lack of fighting prowess, a theme he often refers to with splendid results.

But they don’t boast about it. Comedians have been known to come to blows over issues of artistic integrity. Those who choose to “sell out” can earn anything from under £1000 for a lesserknown circuit comic to upwards of £25,000 for the Skinners and Baddiels of this world. Jimmy Carr has publicly insisted that the lure of a corporate gig isn’t just financial: “If you get booked for the right thing they can be great. ” Mike Gunn, a stand-up who made his name on the circuit as an undertaker, but now appears as himself, has less rosy memories: “I was doing a corporate gig about six years ago for accountants at a hotel near the Barbican.

Though his stand-up patter is good in parts, it can be unadventurous, especially compared to his musical tangents. Yet Bailey is a consistent performer, a veteran of successive, successful tours here and abroad, and he brings a distinctive pres- Corporate comedy Corporate gigs are one of comedy’s best-kept secrets. The entertainment guides in towns and cities across Britain won’t tell you that, for a hefty price, your favourite comic is down the road at the local accounting firm doing their Christmas party.

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