Make ’em Laugh

Howard Coggins

THE hilariously funny, cuddly, wry and inspired Howard Coggins, best known in the south west as co-founder of Living Spit and nationally for his Lottery adverts, has died at the age of 52. He was diagnosed with cancer late in 2022. Frustrated with playing bit parts in other people’s shows, Howard and Stu McLoughlin started…

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Take the Set Menu with George Egg

THE comedian who cooks, the chef who makes you laugh … George Egg is back in Dorset with his latest show, which scoops the cream of his culinary jokes, Set Menu. After several Artsreach dates at the beginning of the year and gigging at the Glastonbury Festival, George comes to Winterborne Stickland’s Pamela Hambro Hall,…

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Saucy Chaucer with David Mynne

VETERAN Cornish actor David Mynne, well-known from his solo work and appearances with the much-missed Kneehigh Theatre, is a favourite with Artsreach’s village hall audiences. He is back with his uniquely hilarious and vivid one-man version of Chaucer’s bawdy Canterbury Tales, at Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall on Friday 13th October, Corfe Castle village hall on Saturday…

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From wild child to baffled mother

BACK in the noughties, comedian Sophie McCartney didn’t think she was the maternal type – but 20 years on, she’s in her 30s, and has evolved from wild child to with child (or rather children) – the theme of her new show, Sophie McCartney is Tired and Tested, coming to the Electric Palace at Bridport…

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Salisbury Celebrates Voice and tenth anniversary

SALISBURY’S Autumn vocal festival is all ready to Celebrate Voice again from 19th to 28th October in the city, marking its tenth year by welcoming the BBC Singers to the Italianate church in Wilton, and all other events to the Guildhall. Founder and director, Lynsey Docherty is delighted that the festival, which has recently become…

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Where has my memory gone?

MEMORY is a strange and elusive thing, as Simon Evans has been discovering in his solo shows. The comedian comes to Thomas Hardye School theatre in Dorchester on Saturday 23rd September with his new show, Have We Met? At 8pm. After finally solving the mystery of his existence and true identity in Work of the…

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Laughing through the misery

READING the themes of two comedians coming to Bridport’s Electric Palace in June, you would be forgiven for thinking it’s all gone downhill for Hall Cruttenden and Marcus Brigstocke – but you can’t keep a good stand-up down, and both have managed to extract laughter from their misery. Hal Cruttenden was at the EP earlier…

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Comedy Store at Bridport

ROD Deering heads the list of comedy stars coming to the Electric Palace at Bridport on Friday 19th May, at 7.30pm. The May visit by The Comedy Store to the Art Deco cinema and arts venue also features Ignacio Lopez and Eleanor Tiernan. With nearly 40 years’ experience in the business and as the premier…

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