Category Archives: Comedy

Strike Benefit gig, Camberwell New Road, Jan 27

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Mermaids, actors flying and fairy dust make panto a must-see

In the first review of this year’s Fairfield Halls pantomime, The Further Adventures of Peter Pan, which opened on Saturday, six-year-old South Croydon schoolgirl NAOMI TOWNSEND gives it a resounding five stars I was really excited about going to watch … Continue reading

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Human Appeal’s Comedy Takeover is coming to Croydon

Human Appeal, the humanitarian aid charity, has launched its annual Comedy Takeover, which will take place in 12 cities across the country from December 15 to 31, including several London dates and, on December 28, at the Grand Sapphire Hotel … Continue reading

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‘Welcome to Croydon. No. Literally. You’re welcome to Croydon’

Cruel? Perhaps a touch. But Jack Dee’s opening monologue at the recording of I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue on its first visit to Croydon’s Fairfield Halls for 15 years had a packed house roaring with laughter at the inevitable … Continue reading

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House of Stand Up Coulsdon Comedy night, Nov 17

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There’s A Bit Of A Do going on in Croydon’s Front Room

There is going to be A Bit of A Do in Croydon later this month. Ahead of Croydon’s turn as London’s Borough of Culture (details of which we await with bated breath), the Drunken Chorus Theatre Company sets out its … Continue reading

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‘Greatest Radio Comedy’ returns to Fairfield after 15 years

I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, the flagship BBC radio comedy panel show, returns to the Fairfield Halls for the first time in 15 years later this month. It has always been billed as “the antidote to panel games”, although … Continue reading

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That’s entertainment! Purley celebrates its High Street heroes

Purley BID has announced its first Entertainment Week to be held from March 28 to April 3, featuring more than 45 events in what they claim “will be Purley’s most entertaining week ever”. Entertainment Week will also mark the return … Continue reading

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Coulsdon’s players take us on a masked myth-stery tour

BELLA BARTOCK donned her mask and covid passport and after picking up her old friend Claudia de Boozy from outside Purley Tesco, set off for a big night out in Coulsdon Claudia was waiting as my Rolls rolled up. “I … Continue reading

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Dick and Dom do the Fairfield panto: which one’s the Beast?

Rehearsals are well underway for this year’s Croydon pantomime at the Fairfield Halls, with the curtain going up next Friday at the Ashcroft Theatre on Imagine Theatre’s glittering production of Beauty and The Beast, starring Dick and Dom… though no … Continue reading

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Comedian Perkins is put in charge of her ‘favourite game’

By SANJANA IDNANI Sue Perkins, the Croydon-born broadcaster and comedian, will be the new host of BBC Radio 4’s long-running panel show Just a Minute. Perkins succeeds Nicholas Parsons, who hosted the programme from its first broadcast in 1967 until … Continue reading

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Despite all the walking and talking, every day is like Sunday

CROYDON COMMENTARY: ‘Every day is silent and grey…’. Lockdown has stirred memories of songs and sitcoms for RICHARD PACITTI (right) During the coronavirus restrictions, a friend sent me an email with the heading No Particular Place To Go, a light-hearted … Continue reading

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Virtual Comedy Night for Croydon Athletic, Feb 11

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Norbury comedian scores a winner with first football book

ELLA HOPKINS on how a son’s post-match reproach helped inspire Kevin Day to fulfil a lifetime’s ambition Kevin Day has always enjoyed reading. He dreamed of writing a book of his own one day. His dad taught him to read … Continue reading

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I don’t want to see a headline saying “Hodgson must go”

EXCLUSIVE: As part of a wide-ranging interview about his new book and football, one of Palace’s best-known fans, Kevin Day, says it could be time for change. By ELLA HOPKINS Roy Hodgson, the Crystal Palace manager, has said ahead of … Continue reading

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Ofcom rejects 3,000 complaints over Croydon #BLM comedian

Ofcom has rejected thousands of complaints about Croydon comedian Nabil Abdulrashid and his routine in the final of Britain’s Got Talent earlier this month. In the televised final, Abdulrashid placed just outside the top three acts, with 13.9 per cent … Continue reading

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Comedian Brigstocke added to Crystal Palace Festival line-up

With just two weeks to go, the Crystal Palace Festival has announced its special guest acts for the live-streamed show from Upper Norwood Library. Top-flight comedians Marcus Brigstocke and Rob Deering have been added to the roster of performers who … Continue reading

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Chef Kerridge’s cinema tour brings comedy to Selhurst Park

There’s a big night of comedy coming up at Selhurst Park [cue gratuitous Wayne Hennessy-related gag here]… only this time it will be provided by television stand-up  Mark Watson and what is promised as “a line-up of some of the … Continue reading

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Charmian Hughes’ She, Bookseller Crow, Feb 28

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Newman plays a numbers game and exposes his short-comings

Could a Town Hall chamber boast by the bungling council leader have managed to reveal that the Fairfield Halls’ prestigious panto struggled to sell tickets? Oh yes it did… Our arts correspondent, BELLA BARTOCK, reports Tony Newman gets yet another … Continue reading

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‘Overnight sensation’ Kojo Anim is coming to Ashcroft Theatre

Kojo Anim, the comedy star “discovered” by Britain’s Got Talent after spending just 20 years playing the club and stand-up circuit, is booked to perform at the Ashcroft Theatre at the end of next month as part of his first … Continue reading

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Ahoy there! Lucky readers are off to see Sinbad The Sailor

Congratulations to the three loyal readers, who together with a guest, will be going to see the Sanderstead Dramatic Club’s annual panto next week. Readers Michel Prudon, Kate Workman and Priya Chandrasena have all won a prize of a pair … Continue reading

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Panto – Sinbad The Sailor, Sanderstead, Jan 11-18

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Mental Health Day Comedy Show, Fairfield Halls, Oct 10

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Dick Whittington the Panto, Upper Norwood, Nov 23-30

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