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For anyone who watched TV in the 1980s, the idea that Les Dennis would one day be a critically acclaimed actor would have been frankly ludicrous.

This was the guy who played second fiddle to the dreadful Russ Abbott and trotted out ropey light entertainment on the ironically titled Les Dennis Laughter Show.

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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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The Tobacco Factory and the Brewery Theatre plays host to the Bristol Festival of Puppetry this week, an annual event which invites both local and international talent in a celebration of the art of puppetry.

Split between family fare and productions for more mature audiences, the bank holiday weekend was mostly given over to the former, with people of all ages attending those plays aimed at the young and the young at heart.

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THERE are some ideas that are great in theory but don’t quite come off in practice.

And while “Pills, Thrills and Bellyaching” has potential, the latest offering at Southville’s Tobacco Factory definitely fell into that category.

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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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