Make ’em Laugh

This is going to hurt (and make you laugh)

ADAM Kay is not the first medic to have a second career as a comedian, but he has made the trials of a junior doctor’s life into an international phenomenon, with a best-selling book and a sell-out stand-up act, coming to Dorchester on Thursday 28th June. The gig is Adam Kay’s only one in Dorset…

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Catch these Edinburgh Fringe previews

MANY theatres and arts centres in this region will be hosting sneak previews of some of the top stand-ups heading for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe – Strode Theatre at Street, Pound Arts at Corsham and Bath Komedia all have events. On 29th June, Strode Theatre has Rahul Kohli with his Newcastle Brown Tales, and Steve…

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Old comedy head on young shoulders

JACOB Hulland, head boy of Shaftesbury School, is one of Britain’s youngest stand-up comedians – but he says he acts like a 55 year old and cites the late great Ken Dodd and Eric Morecambe among his influences. Jacob, whose parents are both actors, made his debut at the inaugural Shaftesbury Fringe in 2016 and he…

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Catch Kevin’s work in progress

KEVIN Bridges is quite definitely one of the hot properties of the current comedy scene, so don’t miss this brilliant Scottish stand-up when he brings a work-in-progress show to Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre on Monday 25th June. The gig will be a try-out of the material for his new major tour – on which many dates…

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Rob Deering at Coastal Comedy

WITH his easy charm, cheesy singing voice, razor-sharp wit and clownish physicality Rob Deering has quickly established himself as a firm favourite on the comedy circuit around Britain and comes to Poole’s Lighthouse Centre for the Arts on 23rd June as part of the Coastal Comedy. Rob has appeared on Comedy Rocks with Jason Manford,…

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A man, a cow, a pie – and a pint

LIVING Spit, the irrepressible and inventive duo of Howard Coggins and Stu McLoughlin are back in Dorset with One Man & His Cow, a play, a pie and a pint, on Wednesday 6th June at 7pm at Sixpenny Handley Village Hall, and Thursday 7th at Drimpton. A man. A cow. A shed load of trouble….

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An evening with Eric and Ern at Poole

WHEN Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel take to the stage at Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre on Saturday 9th June, the audience might get a little jolt of deja vu because the two performers are so like Morecambe and Wise. The Olivier-nominated duo behind the West End hit Eric and Little Ern have created a brilliant…

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Stellar line-up at Bristol Comedy Garden

COMEDY comes back to the marquees in Queen’s Square, Bristol, from 6th to 10th June, with a line-up of the best, biggest, mouthiest and funniest comedians currently hitting the clubs and the arenas. From Stephen K Amos to Zoe Lyons, Milton Jones to Miles Jupp, Tom Allen to Shappi Khorsandi, Reginald D Hunter to James…

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From Ann Widdecombe to Toyah at Devizes

THIS year’s Devizes Festival, from 31st May to 17th June has the most ambitious programme yet, covering classical, world, jazz and popular music, spoken word, comedy, history, talks, theatre and film at venues around the town. The programme begins with former MP turned novelist and television star Ann Widdecombe on Friday 31st May and the…

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A lot of laughs with Lilian (aka Sunny)

SUNNY Ormonde, who is best known as Lilian Bellamy in The Archers brings her one-woman show to Dorchester Arts at the Corn Exchange on Friday 1st June. Sunny has been playing one of the best-loved characters in the long-running radio soap for 17 years. Her romantic and reckless antics have kept listeners gripped and entertained and…

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