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LATITUDE 2016: Fergus Morgan reflects on a weekend of comedy

Latitude has often used the tag-line 'more than just a music festival' and with an extensive arts line-up that's certainly true. The Suffolk festival has also grown into one of the largest comedy programmes on the circuit. The tents may now have been dismantled, but Fergus Morgan reflects back on a weekend's mirth in the festival's purple comedy arena.   ...

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LATITUDE 2016: Al Porter

Al Porter

Venue: Comedy Arena Reviewer: Andy Moseley Perhaps the nearby stall selling Emu's and Cuddles - two 70s TV soft toy puppets - knows something we don't. Anyone watching Al Porter's stand-up in the comedy tent will definitely feel like they have taken a step back in time. If you think of a mash-up of Alan Carr and Frank Carson with ...

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LATITUDE 2016: Mark Watson

Mark Watson

Venue: The Comedy Tent Reviewer: Andy Moseley   As a comedian Mark Watson is not really relevant anymore, and in his Sunday slot at Latitude he resorts to old-school emotional blackmail by having his six-year-old son on stage with him to get audience sympathy and support. These, however, are his words, not this reviewers! Relevant or not, Watson still proves ...

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LATITUDE 2016: Luke McQueen

Venue: The Shed of Stories Reviewer: Andy Moseley   Some comedians pretend to be completely unprepared, making a virtue of their lack of planning, before going on to deliver an effortless stream of humour that takes an audience with them and easily fills the time they have before their set ends. Some comedians appear completely unprepared because that's what they ...

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LATITUDE 2016: David O’Doherty

David O'Doherty at Latitude

Venue: The Comedy Arena Reviewer: Fergus Morgan   David O'Doherty occupies a unique shelf in the vast supermarket of Irish comedy exports. Combining the onstage nonchalance of Dave Allen with the sporadic surrealist philosophising of Bill Bailey, his music-based comedy is a glorious mix of increasingly outlandish aphorisms, endearingly unsure musings on life, and paralysingly funny songs played with childish ...

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LATITUDE 2016: James Acaster

James Acaster

Venue: The Comedy Arena Reviewer: Fergus Morgan   James Acaster can deal with a heckle better than anyone. When a mouthy drunkard started abusing him halfway through his Latitude slot, he clambered off the stage into the audience and chatted with said heckler for a good ten minutes. It was smooth, hilarious, and gloriously winning stuff. And it was indicative ...

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LATITUDE 2016: Josh Widdicombe

Josh Widdicome Latitude

Artist: Josh Widdicombe Venue: Comedy Arena Reviewer: Andy Moseley   Josh Widdicombe does not do edgy comedy. Josh Widdicombe does not do comedy your parents wouldn't approve of. Josh Widdicombe does comedy that is aimed fairly and squarely at a mainstream audience and prime time TV shows. What he does he does very well. Opening with jokes about what he ...

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NEWS: Comedy gets a boost at Latitude Festival

Organisers Festival Republic have today [Friday 17June 2016] announced further names for an already strong comedy line-up for the 11th Latitude Festival at Henham Park in Suffolk. Headlining the Comedy Arena at the festival will be Bill Bailey, one of the UK's most celebrated comedians. Bailey will be taking a break from his Limboland world tour to appear at the ...

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