The variety club that made Batley the ‘Las Vegas of the North’

Maureen Prest was Batley Variety Club’s promotions manager during its heyday and has written a book about its creator James Corrigan. Chris Bond talked to her.

Frankie Howerd in Up Pompeii

Oo-er! Comic Frankie Howerd, 100 today

ONE HUNDRED years ago today, in a maternity ward at the old City Hospital in York, Frankie Howerd took his first bow.

Jack Whitehall on stage in Leeds with a fire extinguisher

Video: Stage catches fire as comedian Jack Whitehall performs in Leeds

HEARD the one about the comic whose stage caught fire in the middle of his act?

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Stand-up: Jack Whitehall is doing shows in Leeds and Sheffield this month.

Jack Whitehall: How I almost didn’t make it out of Leeds alive

Jack Whitehall is one of the country’s most recognisable comedians. He talks to Chris Bond about stand-up, Harry Potter and finding his ‘voice’.


VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Big names for South Yorkshire's first Wentworth Music Festival

South Yorkshire's Wentworth Woodhouse stately home is to be the spectacular backdrop for a new outdoor music and comedy festival with a chart-topping line-up including Tony Christie, Heaven 17, T'Pau and Lemar.
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Andrew Sachs as Manuel and John Cleese as Basil in BBC's Fawlty Towers.

Eight out of 10 comics prefer Fawlty Towers and Alan Partridge

A PANEL of British comedians has named Fawlty Towers as the best sitcom ever, and the moment the failed TV presenter Alan Partridge meets his biggest fan, the funniest scene.

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Red is the colour

Red is the colour

Mark Thomas is one of the country’s best known political comedians and, as he tells Chris Bond, it all started at the landmark Red Shed in Wakefield.

Good News...comedy star Russell Howard to play Leeds and Reading Festivals 2016.

Comedy stars Russell Howard and Bill Bailey plus Grandmaster Flash to play Leeds Festival

Arena-sized comedians, global stars and popular club nights have been added to the line-up at this year's Leeds and Reading Festival.

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Who to see at the eight-day Leeds Comedy Festival, from this weekend

Who to see at the eight-day Leeds Comedy Festival, from this weekend

The second annual Leeds Comedy Festival will run from this Saturday June 4 to 11, and a host of stars will be plying their witty wares at three venues in the city.


Adil Ray brings Mr Khan to Yorkshire

Adil Ray has become a household name thanks to his hit TV comedy show Citizen Khan. He talks to Chris Bond about his comic creation ahead of his return to Yorkshire.

The nephew of Paul Daniels is set to appear on Britain's Got Talent this weekend.

Paul Daniels' magician nephew 'extraordinary', says BGT judge Amanda Holden

Paul Daniels' magician nephew has been hailed as "extraordinary" by Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden.

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Mark Addy.

“I didn’t know if it was going to play outside of Yorkshire” - Mark Addy reveals his fears over Yorkshire comedy The Full Monty

It’s exactly 20 years since Mark Addy was in Sheffield, making a small- budget British movie that would cause seismic waves in the lives of all involved. The movie was The Full Monty, a story of a group of men who rediscover their dignity and purpose by standing on stage and exposing their dignity – and the rest.

Charlie Williams. ''Legendary South Yorkshire Comedian

Subtlety not slapstick the key to Yorkshire’s brilliant sense of humour

AS WITH many arguments, it began over a beer. Well, over many beers, on a warm, balmy night in Townsville.

Comedian Jo Brand sets off from Barton in Humber, with a crossing of the Humber Bridge, on the first day of her Hell Of A Walk challenge for Sport Relief.

One Hull of a send-off as Jo Brand sets off on coast to coast marathon

Comedian Jo Brand set off on her 150-mile (241km) coast-to-coast walking challenge for Sport Relief with a trek across a wind-lashed Humber Bridge.

Matt Le Blanc, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry and Jennifer Aniston as the cast will reunite for a two-hour special

Friends cast reunite for two-hour special - but they may not be in the same room

The cast of Friends will reunite for a two-hour special, US broadcaster NBC has said.

Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer at a photocall prior to the start of their forthcoming UK tour

Bob Mortimer marries partner (that’s his other partner) 30 minutes before heart surgery

COMIC Bob Mortimer was in such danger before his triple heart bypass surgery that he was granted special permission to marry on the morning of the procedure.

Sacha Baron Cohen and his wife Isla Fisher, who have donated more than �670,000 to charity, it has been reported.

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen ‘gifts $1 million’ to Syria and rescue charities

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and his wife actress Isla Fisher have donated more than £670,000 to charity, it has been reported.

Shed Seven.

What’s on in Yorkshire this week... December 21-27

Your guide to some of the top events taking place across the county in the next seven days.

Princess Apricot 'Jack and the Beanstalk' at Bradford Alhambra.  Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Your guide to the best pantos across Yorkshire this Christmas

Pantomime season is upon us and the likes of Boycie from Only Fools and Horse, one of the Nolan sisters, a much-loved ‘Allo ‘Allo character, and Lisa Riley the TV presenter are all appearing in Yorkshire.

My List: Billy Pearce

My list: Billy Pearce

Billy Pearce is back at his second home, starring in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Bradford Alhambra. He is married to Kerry, and they have a teenage son, Jack.

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