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John Burton Race – Pointless Celebrities

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John Burton Race and a mélange of TV chefs, restaurant critics, food producers and wine connoisseurs take part in the unorthodox quiz on ‘Pointless Celebrities‘ on Saturday evening on BBC1 at 5.30pm. Sadly for the celebrity contestants, only one of the rounds directly relates to the subject of food and drink!

Simon Carlyle – Bot Meets Girl

BBC2 has commissioned Britain’s first transgender sitcom, co-written by the brilliant Simon Carlyle and produced by Tiger Aspect Productions. ‘Boy Meets Girl’ centres on a down on his luck Mancunian who meets a “surprising and beguiling woman” after being stood up on a blind date. Set in Manchester, the comedy was piloted at the Salford Sitcom Showcase in March and is the fruits of last year’s Trans Comedy Award - a BBC Writersroom and Trans Comedy hunt for scripts featuring transgender characters and themes.

Dave Allen – The Immaculate Selection

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Another chance to catch ‘Dave Allen: The Immaculate Selection‘ on Monday at 10pm on BBC2. A compilation of the finest, funniest and most irreverent routines by the Irish comedy writer and performer, known for his combination of laid-back storytelling and anger at social and political hypocrisy. The programme features a selection of BBC archive material originally recorded between 1971 and 1986.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014

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Last few days of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival so make sure you use your time wisely and see the best shows in town. Here are all the shows you have to see:

Susan Calman’s “Lady Like”, Underbelly, daily at 6.30pm 

Susan’s back at the Fringe with a brand new show. If you’ve seen her before, Lady Like is a reassuring hour spent with the woman her neighbours call ‘the mad cat lady’. If you don’t know who she is, the show will definitely make you feel better about your own life. The show’s about a lot of things, but it’s best not to spoil the surprise.  ‘Confident, compact … cracking.’ (Evening Standard).

Bridget Christie’s “An Ungrateful Woman”, The Stand Comedy Club, daily at 11.10am

Why did people praise Michael Gove on 25 February 2014? What made Bridget lose control of her emotions at a casting for a yoghurt commercial? And which national newspaper genuinely mistook Bridget (from R4’s Bridget Christie Minds the Gap, Dilemma, Heresy, News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth, BBC’s HIGNFY, It’s Kevin and C4’s Cardinal Burns) for King Charles II? ‘One of the finest comedians around’ (Independent). ‘A superb stand-up with a powerful voice and something to say…a revelation’ ***** (Observer). ‘A beautiful balance between the personal, the public and the parodic’ **** (Times).

Jo Caulfield’s “Cancel My Subscription”, The Stand Comedy Club, daily at 7.05pm

Sharp-witted, award-winning comedian unleashes caustic one-liners and embarrassing confessions. Drunken girlfriends, delusional parents and sarcastic Scotsmen all feel the brunt of Jo’s acerbic tongue. Star of Radio 4’s It’s That Jo Caulfield Again and Jo Caulfield’s Speakeasy. There’s always a gag on the horizon. Never fails to nail the laugh’ (Scotsman). ‘Packed with comedy gold. There’s a reason her shows are constantly selling out. She’s fantastic’ (ThreeWeeks). 

Sarah Campbell’s “Don’t Worry Guys It’s Sarah Campbell”, Cabaret Voltaire, daily at 5.05pm

“Have you been mis-sold PPI? Me neither. Feel a bit left out tbh. My friend got seven grand!” Anyway: mind-blowing stand-up about nagging anxieties from the Radio 4 and Russell Howard’s Good News writer. Featured on Radio 4′s Fresh From The Fringe. ‘Hugely talented’ (Time Out). ‘Very funny” (Guardian). ‘One of the stand-out stand-ups of the future’ (Comedy.co.uk).

Wendy Wason’s “Hotel California”, Gilded Balloon, daily at 5.15pm

Wendy has seen the future and it ain’t pretty. The future of the NHS, that is. Her husband was a resident in a Los Angeles hospital. What most people fear, Wendy drank in. With her unique sense of fun and ability to laugh at the ridiculous, she reports back. In this hilarious tale, she takes us on a tour of the premises, the people and problems she encountered. From the over-worked staff to her under the weather husband, we meet them all in this entertaining show about a busy Angelean hospital with a Fawlty Towers flavour.

Joe Bor’s “A Room With a Jew” (Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, daily at 7.30pm) and “Jasper Cromwell Jones: This is Not a Holiday” (Just the Tonic at The Caves, daily at 2pm)

A new stand-up show and a new character from Jewish Comedian of the Year, and the TV warm up for The Graham Norton Show and Mock The Week. As seen on Dave. “Joe Bor is a must see.” Alan Carr. “For people who like their comedy funny.” Matt Lucas

“What a Gay Play” starring Jamie Howard, C Venues, daily at 11.15pm

Join a group of ordinary gay friends for an honest and intimate evening together. As the booze flows a bit too quickly they soon lose inhibitions with each other and explore some of the common stereotypes of gay life in 2014

Buy your tickets here to ensure your sides split with laughter!

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