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Reginald D Hunter: ‘All you have to give is an honest opinion about anything and someone, somewhere will be offended’

In the second decade of the 21st century, it almost seems you’re no-one unless you’re being offended about something.

Theatre 2
Ricky Gervais

Comedy superstar Ricky Gervais announces Portsmouth Guildhall date on first worldwide stand-up tour in seven years

COMIC Ricky Gervais has today announced a date in Portsmouth as part of his first worldwide stand-up tour in seven years.

Theatre 2

Comedy written by chancellor of the University of Portsmouth coming to the city

A PLAY written by the chancellor of the University of Portsmouth is coming to the city.

Portsmouth
Wilko Johnson at The Wedgewood Rooms Picture: Paul Windsor

The Wedgewood Rooms strengthens ties to the community through its new business status

RENOWNED live entertainment venue, The Wedgewood Rooms, has recently taken on a new status which will allow it to forge closer ties to the community and access to funds which could help safeguard its future.

Gigs and Music
Lucy Porter

‘Aw, it’s all 
right love, it 
all works out 
in the end...’

Comic Lucy Porter has found herself living a life her teenage self might not have approved of, but she’s quite happy with that.

Theatre
Glenn Ford at The Star pub in Gosport   Picture: Blitz Photography

Gosport entertainer Glenn Ford set to celebrate anniversary in memory of Norman Wisdom

PROUD Glenn Ford is marking his 40th year in the showbiz industry with a 170-mile walk to a pub named after a comedy legend.

Gosport
Roy Chubby Brown confirms Hampshire show in UK tour

Roy Chubby Brown confirms Hampshire show in UK tour

Britain’s crudest comedian is heading to Hampshire.

Comedy
Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer on stage as The Stotts

Prepare for some poignant moments as Vic and Bob hit Portsmouth

Attempting to interview Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer at the same time is a little like herding cats. With years of riffing off each other, the pair fly off at tangents all over the place, finish each other’s sentences and periodically collapse into giggles.

Theatre
Wayne the Weird

WTW – the master of stupidity brings his comedy to the Dockyard

Things could have been very different if Wayne The Weird had had another car when he was starting out in his career.

Comedy
Andy Askins. Picture by Kevin Duffy.

Andy Askins and Zoe Lyons hit The Spinnaker Comedy Club

If you’ve been choppered into play a gig in a palace once owned by Saddam Hussein when it’s still on the front line of conflict, you’d think you’d be pretty much ready for whatever a regular comedy club can throw at you.

Comedy
Mark Thomas outside The Red Shed in Wakefield

Mark Thomas brings the Red Shed to The Nuffield

The Red Shed is the third part of campaigning comic Mark Thomas’s theatrical trilogy, which began with the multi-award winning, critically-acclaimed Bravo Figaro and Cuckooed.

Theatre
Lead singer Johann Beardraven of The Beards at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea on October 18, 2016. Picture by Martin Cox

REVIEW: The Beards at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

If you’re a beard wearer or a beard fan you should have been at The Wedgewood Rooms for the farewell show by Aussie beard promoters The, er, Beards.

Gigs and Music
The Beards Farewell Tour. Picture by Anders M Teibel

Hairy heroes The Beards swing by Southsea one final time

After more than a decade of follicly-focused fun, Australian band The Beards have decided to call it a day, but not before spreading the word on the joys of face-fuzz one last time on a final tour.

Gigs and Music
Mollie Jay, last year's Instant Star winner

Could you be this year’s Instant Star?

IF YOU think you’ve got what it takes to be a star, then The News has got the competition for you.

Gigs and Music
James Alderson. Picture: Alan Kemp

Help Comedy All Stars celebrate its birthday in style

The biggest comedy club in the south is celebrating its fourth birthday this month with what promises to be a laughter-packed party.

Comedy
Shappi Khorsandi

Oh My Country! Shappi Khorsandi celebrates England in her new show at The Wedgewood Rooms

There’s an awful lot been written and said in recent times about the refugee experience – and for obvious reasons, it’s not often been filled with laughter.

Theatre
Simon Wilson in the spotlight at the Fat Fox in Southsea

Comedians take to the stage

AMATEUR and professional comedians shared a stage as part of a venture to find the new stars of the stand-up world.

Portsmouth
Romesh Ranganathan. Picture by  Andy Hollingworth

Romesh Ranganathan gets Irrational at The Kings

In a relatively short space of time, Romesh Ranganathan has raced to prominence among a new generation of British stand-ups. Both his Edinburgh Fringe solo appearances have resulted in Edinburgh Comedy Award nominations: a Best Newcomer shortlisting for his 2012 debut, RomCom, and a 2013 main award nomination for Rom Wasn’t Built In A Day. He’s also won prizes for best new act at Latitude and the Leicester Comedy Festival.

Comedy
The 10 funniest jokes at the Edinburgh Festival

The 10 funniest jokes at the Edinburgh Festival

It’s Edinburgh Festival time again - and every comedian worth his or her salt has made a beeline for the Scottish capital.

Comedy
The audience enjoying a comedy show

Why comedy clubs are having the last laugh...

If laughter is the best medicine, CHRIS BROOM found out why we should be very healthy in this part of the world.

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