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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 […]Continue Reading →
Reviewed by Julian Hall
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 […]Continue Reading →
[If you’ve not seen all of The Wire yet, the following contains perilous scenes of spoilers]
When Buffy left the building I wondered if I would enjoy a TV show as much again.
When a friend told me that there was this cop show that was really good, I was sceptical.
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The grumpy old man of comedy surveys his career
Reviewed by Julian Hall
Independent on on Sunday, 24th May 2009
Arthur Smith once helped me to promote a book I wrote by taking a BBC reporter for a wander around his self-proclaimed fiefdom of Balham. That he […]Continue Reading →
Anyone who has not yet visited New York already knows two things; that it is a “Big Apple” and that it was so good they named it twice. After my last visit to New York I think that I may have found the common theme to both these observations – Brooklyn, the vast, […]Continue Reading →
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 […]Continue Reading →
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 […]Continue Reading →
If I said that I set off for the ‘Here and Now’ 80s reunion gig at Wembley Arena with a certain amount of trepidation then I’m not saying anything surprising. Most of us would do the same. Besides I carry trepidation like most people carry a wallet or an iPod (I can often […]Continue Reading →
I’ve been musing on last night’s Chelsea game and as much as it is certain that Didier Drogba faces censure, and that this will have to be seen to be done, I can’t help feeling sorry for a sanguine but seriously miffed Gus Hiddink. The decisions of referee Tom Ovrebo (an anagram of […]Continue Reading →