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Last week, the Daily Telegraph reported that the UK’s creative industries generate £36 billion per year for the economy and employ 1.5 million people. The Chancellor, George Osborne, called them “massively important”. So why does no-one take comedy seriously?
Kibera is reportedly Africa’s largest urban slum. A census in 2009 found it housed 170,070 people. A railway line runs through the slum, which has its own railway station.
Why Chris Dangerfield’s new Edinburgh Fringe show is not the true story of him being a Lady Boy of the Khmer Rouge
It’s not often a serving British Army officer writes a comic novel about a real war he was involved in. So Eating Diamond Pie by David Thorpe is an interesting one.
When I last heard of British comedian Matt Roper was in a Saigon hospital suffering from deep vein thrombosis. Now he is in Bangkok.
British comedy critic Kate Copstick set up the Mama Biashara charity in Kenya to fund health care projects and help poor people (especially women) set up their own small businesses.
Neale Welch is a busy chap. This year, he took over-all charge of programming at the Comedy Cafe Theatre in London, a full-time job which continues.
Comedy critic Kate Copstick went to Kenya at the beginning of this week, continuing work for her Mama Biashara charity. Mama Biashara helps poor people in Kenya set up their own small businesses which may give them a lift to a better life; it also gives health aid.
Next Wednesday, Diane Spencer is recording a live DVD of her Exquisite Bad Taste comedy show in London.
“When I’m stressed,” Kashmir-born Sameena Zehra told me in London’s Covent Garden last week, “I make architectural floor plans to calm myself. I put in where the electric points go. If I ever have a plot of land and money to build, I will have hundreds of floor plans to choose from. But I really shouldn’t tell people about liking architectural plans.”