Portsmouth comedy competition is ‘an enormous opportunity’

COMEDIANS from across the region are busy preparing their best jokes as an annual competition makes its return next week.


Funny-man Ross Noble to perform at Portsmouth Guildhall in 2018

ONE OF the nation’s favourite comedians is set to visit the city as he returns to his stand-up roots.

Alistair McGowan

Alistair McGowan and more added to line-up for first Big Mouth Comedy Festival at Portsmouth Guildhall

A HOST of top names has been added to the impressive bill for the first instalment of a star-studded city comedy festival.

Russell Kane

You’re having a laugh! Portsmouth Guildhall to host new two-day Big Mouth Comedy Festival

THERE are big laughs in store for comedy fans as Portsmouth gets a new two-day comedy festival.

Reginald D Hunter

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.

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.


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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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