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I contributed three articles to the British Comedy Awards magazine in December 2012; an interview with Sarah Millican, a feature on the university days of the Fresh Meat cast and profiles of various comedians (including Omid Djalili and Jack Whitehall) who play football.

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The Independent

Saturday 5th May, 2012

When I read that the award-winning comedian and frenetic brainbox Russell Kane had secured a book deal for a tale about a misanthropic, anhedonistic comedy critic, my first reaction was “Really? And he doesn’t even know me that well…” I realised a few pages into the book, however, […]

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Laughing All The Way to The Bank

On November 11, 2011 By

ES magazine, 11th November 2011

Once upon a time, a full house and a few laughs were the best a stand up could hope for. These days, with book deals, DVD spin-offs and arena tours, the big names are cashing in big-time…

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Seinfeld

On June 6, 2011 By

The Stage, 6th June 2011

The word ‘masterclass’ was freely bandied about the O2 immediately after Jerry Seinfeld finished his first publicised UK appearance in thirteen years. Ninety minutes of consummate stand-up will do that.

Rarely smiling at even the punchlines he knew he could be most proud […]

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Stephen Fry

On September 25, 2010 By

Royal Albert Hall, London
Reviewed by Julian Hall
The Independent
Friday, 24 September 2010

A national treasure, a comedy god, the acceptable face of Richard Dawkins; whatever you wish to call Stephen Fry there’s a weight of expectation on his one-man show. Tonight, though the library salon-style […]

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Lembit Opik takes the stage
Prospect Magazine, 3rd June 2010

Perhaps Lembit Opik turning from politics to comedy was not such a surprise. After all, this is the man who played cheeky boy to a Cheeky Girl and had a penchant for backing doomed leadership campaigns within his own party, […]

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Matt Lucas

On May 19, 2009 By

Showstopper!
Leicester Square Theatre, London
The Independent, 5th May 2009

Matt Lucas is partly responsible for some of the most visceral and grotesque humour in British comedy. So it was both intriguing and refreshing to see him in an altogether more ponderous, and sometimes bashful mood, for his guest […]

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Rob Brydon

On May 19, 2009 By

Reviewed by Julian Hall
Hexagon, Reading
The Independent, 24th March 2009

When Rob Brydon’s support act, Hal Cruttenden, announces himself, there’s the customary puzzlement from the section of the audience that didn’t realise there was a warm-up. When Brydon announces himself, after the interval, there seemed to be a […]

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When the Comedy Store threw open its doors, it rewrote the joke book.

Julian Hall celebrates 30 years of mirth – and 10 comedians recall their first, nerve-wracking, appearances there.

The Independent, 18th May, 2009

Once dubbed “Comedy’s Unofficial National Theatre”, The Comedy Store is 30 […]

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The Secret Policeman’s Ball, The Albert Hall, London
By Julian Hall
Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Having attended the last two outings of Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball at The Albert Hall, it strikes me as an occasion as bewildering for it’s audience as it is for the […]

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