Interview: Daliso Chaponda

Blackpool Citizen: Interview: Daliso Chaponda

3:29pm Friday 3rd July 2009

THE cream of North West comedy talent will join forces to raise money for Manchester’s Christie cancer hospital at The Lowry, Salford Quays, this weekend.

Review: Rob Brydon @ King George's Hall, Blackburn

Blackpool Citizen: Interview: Rob Brydon

5:34pm Monday 30th March 2009

COMEDY shows can be so diverse - that’s part of their appeal.

Interview: Rob Brydon

Blackpool Citizen: Interview: Rob Brydon

2:50pm Friday 27th March 2009

ROB Brydon has done virtually everything there is to do in comedy.

Interview: Dave Spikey

Blackpool Citizen: Interview: Dave Spikey

2:16pm Friday 20th March 2009

Bolton’s Dave Spikey is coming to his home town and Blackpool with his latest stand-up tour, and he's out to prove that laughter is still the best medicine.

Interview: Mark Watson

Blackpool Citizen: Interview: Mark Watson

1:40pm Friday 13th March 2009

MARK Watson has already performed his latest stand-up show 35 times after touring up and down the country for three months solid.

Interview: Robin Ince

Blackpool Citizen: THINKING MAN’S COMIC: Robin Ince

1:36pm Friday 13th March 2009

HE’S Ricky Gervais’s best mate and he’s described as one of the great underrated comedians. And after a 15 minute conversation with Robin Ince, I’d say he’s also one of the cleverest.

Review: Al Murray @ King George’s Hall, Blackburn

Blackpool Citizen: Interview: Al Murray

2:31pm Monday 2nd March 2009

AS the Pub Landlord called time on his sold-out show, the audience virtually rose as one to salute him.

Interview: Al Murray

Blackpool Citizen: Interview: Al Murray

3:07pm Friday 20th February 2009

IT’S time, gentlemen, please, to book your tickets for one of the most popular live comedy acts of the moment.

Interview: Jason Cook

Blackpool Citizen: Interview: Jason Cook

5:05pm Friday 13th February 2009

DON’T forget your tissues when you go to see comedian Jason Cook’s show Joy, because apparently it’s a tear-jerker.

Stephen K Amos @ Mechanics, Burnley

Blackpool Citizen: Interview: Stephen K Amos

5:08pm Monday 1st December 2008

BURNLEY Mechanics was packed for Stephen K Amos on Thursday night — and the crowd quickly forgave him for his late appearance on stage.

Review: Jimmy Carr @ King George's Hall, Blackburn

Blackpool Citizen: Jimmy Carr

11:05am Monday 24th November 2008

JIMMY Carr says he is often asked by fans who his favourite comedian of all time is, and his answer is always the same – himself.

Review: Frank Sidebottom's Stand Up Drink Up @ various venues, Blackburn

Blackpool Citizen: Review: Frank Sidebottom's Stand Up Drink Up @ various venues, Blackburn

11:08am Monday 24th November 2008

WANDERING your home town with a comedian with a papier-mache head is as surreal as it sounds.

Review: Lancashire Hotpots @ King George’s Hall, Blackburn

Blackpool Citizen: Interview: Dickie Ticker of Lancashire Hotpots

4:47pm Monday 24th November 2008

FRIDAY night was party night and the flat caps were out in force as the Lancashire Hotpot brought their own version of folk to the festival.

Interview: Johnny Vegas

Blackpool Citizen: Interview: Johnny Vegas

4:57pm Friday 21st November 2008

Comedian Johnny Vegas first became a household name starring in the ITV Digital adverts alongside Ben Miller’s Monkey, and now has a successful sitcom and film career.

Interview: Dickie Ticker of Lancashire Hotpots

Blackpool Citizen: Interview: Dickie Ticker of Lancashire Hotpots

4:53pm Friday 21st November 2008

THEY are like the Houghton Weavers for the iPod generation and they are taking the country by storm, singing about great Lancashire institutions as the Chippy Tea, weekly line-dancing and pints of mild.

Review: Francesca Martinez @ King George’s Hall, Blackburn

Blackpool Citizen: Francesca Martinez

12:30pm Friday 21st November 2008

THE meaning of life might not sound like the funniest topic to base a comedy set around.

Review: Mutton @ King George’s Hall, Blackburn

Blackpool Citizen: Mutton

11:15am Thursday 20th November 2008

IT was billed as “a show where you won’t feel embarrassed to wet yourself”.

Review: David O’Doherty @ Library Theatre, Darwen

11:14am Thursday 20th November 2008

FOR all those who decided to forsake this show in favour of footie on the telly, I can only say you missed out on a special talent.

Review: Back To Englistan @ King George's Hall, Blackburn

Blackpool Citizen: FLAMBOYANT: Jonathan Mayor’s last Blackburn performance proved very popular

12:21pm Wednesday 19th November 2008

THE pioneering stand-up show which showcases Anglo-Asian comedy returned to Blackburn last night.

Review: Jason Manford @ King George's Hall, Blackburn

Blackpool Citizen: JASON MANFORD

10:09am Tuesday 18th November 2008

When ‘Eight Out Of Ten Cats’ newest comedian says he loves doing stand-up, he truly means it from the bottom of his heart. I honestly thought he was never going to leave!

Review: Russell Howard @ King George's Hall, Blackburn

Blackpool Citizen: Russell Howard

12:08pm Monday 17th November 2008

HE’S one of the rising stars of British comedy and last night Russell Howard proved just why he’s become one of the most in-demand performers on the circuit.

Review: Ken Dodd @ King George's Hall, Blackburn

Blackpool Citizen: Review: Ken Dodd @ King George's Hall, Blackburn

12:04pm Monday 17th November 2008

Ken Dodd is a legend. How many 80 year-olds do you know who could stand on a stage and perform to a packed theatre for five hours?

Review: Paddy McGuiness @ King George’s Hall, Blackburn

Blackpool Citizen: Paddy McGuiness @ King George’s Hall, Blackburn

2:44pm Friday 14th November 2008

OVER a thousand Paddy McGuinness fans can’t be wrong, can they?

Review: Glenn Wool, Isy Suttie, Jimmy McGee.@ King George's Hall, Blackburn

11:40am Thursday 13th November 2008

A SLICE of Edinburgh came to town last night... but was Blackburn ready for cutting edge comedy? To be honest, the jury’s still out.

Review: Lee Evans @ MEN Arena, Manchester

Blackpool Citizen: The right prescription?: Lee Evans

9:58am Thursday 13th November 2008

I DON’T know whether Lee Evans should have a Government Health warning or be available on the NHS.

Review: Justin Moorhouse @ King George’s Hall, Blackburn

Blackpool Citizen: Justin Moorhouse

10:31am Monday 10th November 2008

A good comedian can be judged by how they deal with hecklers.

Review: Frog and Bucket Comedy Club @ King George’s Hall, Blackburn

Blackpool Citizen: HAT’S THE WAY: Dan Nightingale got the festival off to a flier

3:45pm Monday 10th November 2008

WHAT a way to start — a sold out show, a quality line-up and arguably one of the top comedians currently on the circuit.

Interview: Jonathan Mayor of Back To Englistan

Blackpool Citizen: FLAMBOYANT: Jonathan Mayor’s last Blackburn performance proved very popular

3:43pm Friday 7th November 2008

HOW best to describe comedian Jonathan Mayor? I don't think I can improve on the words of one reviewer, who summed-up the drag artist with the words: “Imagine a Christmas tree has just exploded all over the campest Bollywood star you know.”

Interview: Russell Howard

Blackpool Citizen: Interview: Russell Howard

3:41pm Friday 7th November 2008

As he prepared to perform at Blackburn's You Must Be Joking comedy festival, we spoke to comic Russell Howard.

Interview: Steve Coogan

Blackpool Citizen: FULL OF CHARACTER:  Steve Coogan who is appearing at the Blackpool Opera House later this month

12:34pm Wednesday 5th November 2008

Steve Coogan, the creator of some of the most memorable comedy characters in the past 20 years returns to Blackpool Opera House for two shows later this month.

Interview: Stephen K Amos

Blackpool Citizen: Interview: Stephen K Amos

2:44pm Friday 31st October 2008

EDINBURGH Festival favourite Stephen K Amos will be bringing his acclaimed stand-up show to Burnley, Morecambe and Salford.

Interview: Brendon Burns

Blackpool Citizen: SPLIT PERSONALITY: Brendon Burns divides himself between stand-up, television appearances, writing and trying to carve a career in movies

2:40pm Friday 31st October 2008

Australian comic Brendon Burns has been performing comedy since the age of 19 and although he denies it, has gained a reputation for his controversial material.

Interview: Isy Suttie of Edinburgh & Beyond 2008

Blackpool Citizen: ONE-WOMAN SHOW: Isy does songs and characters

2:35pm Friday 31st October 2008

Talking politics, panto, and pies with Peep Show actress Isy Suttie, coming to Blackburn's You Must Be Joking comedy festival in her show Edinburgh & Beyond 2008.

Interview: James Campbell

Blackpool Citizen: MATERIAL: James Campbell says it’s important not to patronise his audience

5:30pm Tuesday 28th October 2008

THE world's only stand-up comedian for children is coming to Burnley. We found out what tickles James Campbell's funny bones.

Interview: Paddy McGuinness

Blackpool Citizen: Interview: Paddy McGuinness

5:26pm Tuesday 28th October 2008

PADDY McGuinness is famed for his comedy. But can you imagine him as a lab technician, a silver service waiter or a life guard? We spoke to the funny man ahead of his appearance in Blackburn as part of his latest national tour.

Interview: Jason Manford

Blackpool Citizen: Interview: Jason Manford

2:04pm Friday 17th October 2008

JASON Manford started his comedy life collecting glasses at Manchester's longest running comedy club, The Buzz.

Interview: Phil Cool

Blackpool Citizen: Interview: Phil Cool

1:57pm Friday 17th October 2008

One of the country’s best-loved comedians will round off East Lancashire’s own comedy festival in style. We spoke to Phil Cool.

Review: Steve Coogan @ King George's Hall, Blackburn

Blackpool Citizen: Iain and Paul Winstanley dressed as one of Steve Coogan’s characters Alan Partridge when he played King George’s Hall, Blackburn

1:55pm Monday 13th October 2008

AFTER 10 years away from live performances, Steve Coogan is back.

Interview: Justin Moorhouse

Blackpool Citizen: FRIENDLY FACE: Justin Moorhouse at the comedy festival with a brand new stand-up show

2:48pm Friday 10th October 2008

HE’S gone from being the one with the tiger face in Phoenix Nights to award-winning radio presenter and in-demand stand-up.

Interview: Dylan Moran

Blackpool Citizen: READY FOR ACTION: Dylan Moran is back on the road

1:47pm Friday 3rd October 2008

WE caught up with BAFTA and Perrier Award-winning Irish comedian, actor and writer Dylan Moran before his stand-up gigs in Blackburn and Manchester.

Review: Dara O'Briain @ Guild Hall, Preston

4:12pm Monday 6th October 2008

THE word hysterical is grossly over-used (I once heard it used to describe the Chuckle Brothers which is surely a case in point).

Interview: Dara O Briain

11:57am Friday 26th September 2008

Mock The Week’s Dara O Briain is bringing his stand-up tour to Preston... but he seems more interested in talking about the rollercoasters at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Interview: Rhod Gilbert

Blackpool Citizen: Rhod Gilbert

11:09am Friday 12th September 2008

We spoke to comic Rhod Gilbert — dubbed “the Welsh misery” — ahead of a 65-date UK tour, calling at Colne, Manchester and Salford.

Interview: Jim Jeffries

Blackpool Citizen: Interview: Jim Jeffries

3:35pm Friday 12th September 2008

Australian comic Jim Jeffries’ shows are so controversial he was once punched in the head by a member of the audience during a gig. Now he’s bringing his outrageous stand-up to Preston Guild Hall.

Interview: Bobby King

Blackpool Citizen: Interview: Bobby King

1:16pm Friday 8th August 2008

His first taste of the spotlight was on Christmas day in 1930 ... and 78 years on, Bobby King is still performing for laughs. We spoke to the Todmorden-born octogenarian comedian.

Review: We Iz British Innit @ King George's Hall, Blackburn

4:19pm Monday 28th July 2008

MULTICULTURAL mirth came to King George’s Hall last night as part of the Celebrate Blackburn festival.

Interview: Inder Manocha

Blackpool Citizen: Inder Manocha

1:53pm Friday 25th July 2008

Stand-up comedian and actor Inder Manocha is coming to Blackburn headlining We Iz British Innit, a night of Anglo Asian comedy, as part of the Celebrate Blackburn Festival.

Interview: Jimmy Cricket

Blackpool Citizen: Jimmy Cricket

2:52pm Friday 11th July 2008

DIG OUT your L and R wellies and rose-tinted spectacles ready for a trip down memory lane — because comedy legend Jimmy Cricket is coming to Blackpool, as part of the Best Of British Variety Tour 2008.

Interview: The Krankies

Blackpool Citizen:

10:15am Friday 6th June 2008

In a show that could have stepped out of a time machine, the cream of variety performers from past decades are going on tour. The Best of British Variety Tour features The Krankies, Cannon and Ball, Paul Daniels, Frank Carson, Jimmy Cricket and the Brotherhood of Man. We spoke to Janette and Ian Krankie.

Interview: Jenny Eclair

Blackpool Citizen:

1:13pm Friday 16th May 2008

The original grumpy old woman is bringing her live stand-up show to Blackburn. Jenny Eclair speaks to us about HRT, and refusing to grow old gracefully and her hope for a TV show of her own.






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