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About 15 years ago, one of Britain’s best stand ups dropped the word “comedy” from his TV show, the Mark Thomas Comedy Product.

Tackling such weighty subjects as international arms deals and tax evasion it was a clear reflection that the left wing activist was changing his priorities.

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After a few years on chat show sofas Alan Carr was worried people would forget that he first made his name as a stand-up comedian.

As a Chatty Man, Tooth Fairy, author and radio presenter, some would call him a jack of all trades.

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THE BBC took over as the main sponsor of the Promenade Concerts in 1927, 32 years after impresario Robert Newman had persuaded Sir Henry Wood to conduct the first concert in the Queen’s Hall.

Newman’s idea was to start with a popular programme and gradually train a wider audience to appreciate classical music. This fitted with the BBC’s remit to inform, educate and entertain.

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SOME performers need lots of bells and whistles to put on an entertaining gig.

Whether it’s over production, a fancy light show or firework displays during every song – I’m looking at you Coldplay at Glastonbury 2011 – all serve to paper over the cracks of lacklustre material.

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WARM up shows for the Edinburgh Festival are inevitably a bit hit and miss.

Comedians prepping their new shows for “the big one” often try out work out what works and what doesn’t in front of audiences like the Tobacco Factory.

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IF there’s one thing British people love, it’s a good old moan.

That was certainly the running theme between the two stand ups performing as part of the Bristol BrouHaHa comedy festival, Ian Stone and Alun Cochrane.

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