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Bruce Forsyth

What drives an 87-year-old man to spend two hours on a Norwich stage? For Sir Bruce Forsyth, the answer seems to be a genuine love of entertaining.

Jenny Eclair  who is appearing at Holt Festival this summer

Comedy, soul and politics have been unveiled among the latest shows heading to Holt Festival this summer.

Comedian and writer Karl Minns back in Norwich.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Fresh from two sell-out stints at the Theatre Royal, Norwich, and the Norwich Playhouse alongside comedy partner Owen Evans, Karl Minns from the Nimmo Twins is back in the city with his new one-man show. STACIA BRIGGS asked Karl about appearing on stage without any back-up, a boy who can set the bed on fire using the power of his dreams and the difficulties of rehearsing on your own.

Matt Tedford in Margaret Thatcher, Queen of Soho

Mirror balls, muscular men in short-cropped jeans, and, er, the Iron Lady? It might not be an obvious combination but this show is an exuberant delight.

Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft

There may have been a plot somewhere deep in Milton Jones’ latest show, but it really didn’t matter.

Reduced Shakespeare Comedy's The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged)

Talking about comedy is seldom that funny, so aiming for an entertaining history of it was a brave move for the Reduced Shakespeare Comedy.

Luke Wright

Norfolk poet Luke Wright gives a sneak preview of his ambitious new full-length show in Norwich next week. SIMON PARKIN finds out more.

Mark Watson

Mark Watson thinks he’s flawed; his performance at the Norwich Playhouse suggests a lot of comic virtue.

Josh Widdicombe

Feeling the January blues? Here’s your guide to the top 10 comedy nights in Norfolk that we’re sure will get rid of them.

Sara Pascoe

There’s something surprisingly, undeservedly, meek about Sara Pascoe. She has a sharp intelligence and has crafted some devastatingly funny material for her current show, Sara Pascoe vs History, but there’s something about her demeanour that suggests she believes she’s on the losing side: and she really isn’t.

Marcus Brigstocke. Pic: Huw Jennings

He’s a favourite on Radio Four and known for his emphatic political satire, but this was a very different show from Marcus Brigstocke.

Dawn French will perform at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on November 29-30.

Forget the 12 days of Christmas, as we head into December SIMON PARKIN offers 12 nights of comedy that will have us laughing all the way up to the season of good cheer.

Comedy feat pix 6/11/14

The evenings are dark, the temperatures are dropping and winter knocking at the door. Don’t be downhearted though there are lots of opportunities to put a smile on your face. SIMON PARKIN highlights some of the region’s best comedy nights.

Katherine Ryan

If only every comedian was as acerbic, smart and downright funny as Katherine Ryan.

Alex Horne

Some comedians tell a stream of gags, some a winding story. Alex Horne stealthily creates a contraption to ring a bell that would have made Heath Robinson proud.

Laurene Hop in Love Conquers All.

Norwich Fringe Festival returns this weekend with a diverse programme of talents from art to cabaret, theatre to music.

Poet and comedian Tim Key

Watching poet Tim Key’s latest show is like a waking dream - and not just because the stage set prominently features a double bed.

BUG host Adam Buxton

There’s no need to envy London when Adam Buxton can bring the best of his BUG shows to Norwich in such charming style.

Edinburgh Fringe award winner Bridget Christie. Photo: Steve Ullathorne

So this could be awkward: Bridget Christie is a woman and a feminist. We know this because she tells us, repeatedly. I’m a male journalist - and a target for a reasonable chunk of her material.

Dawn French

The end of summer need not be a source of gloom. This week has plenty of comedy nights. Simon Parkin picks some to keep a smile on your face,

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