Proof that Yorkshire does have a sense of humour

A Yorkshireman walks into a bar... but the joke has no punchline, because as the wraps came off perhaps the biggest comedy festival outside Edinburgh, the funniest feed line was, why are there so few Yorkshire comedians?

Les Dennis as Uncle Fester and Jessica Buck as Wednesday in The Addams Family musical.

Big interview: Les Dennis - the master of reinvention

Les Dennis is the master of reinvention. As he brings Uncle Fester to Yorkshire, Phil Penfold meets the man behind the make-up.

Eminem day tickets sold out for shows in Leeds and Reading - but you can still get to see him with a weekend pass.

VIDEO: Leeds Festival Sunday tickets sold out for headliner Eminem

Eminem fans still after tickets to see the rap legend returning to Leeds Festival this summer will now have to buy a weekend camping pass - Sunday day tickets have sold out.

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Puppets from the popular satirical TV show Spitting Image. (PA).

Ian Hislop - Have I got views for you...

Private Eye editor Ian Hislop is a recognisable face on our TV screens. He talks to Chris Bond about the election, Donald Trump and why satire can still pack a punch.

Michael Palin views some of his personal archive which he has donated to the British Library. Picture: Tony Antoniou/British Library/PA Wire

Revealed: The ‘biblical’ memo that brought Pythons to the BBC

IT WAS the most outrageous comedy of its day and would later stand accused of blasphemy. But as they discovered today when they dusted it off, the BBC memo that opened the door of Television Centre to Monty Python had set a biblical tone.


BREAKING: Kasabian intimate show for lucky Leeds and Reading festivalgoers

For Crying Out Loud...get yourself a Leeds or Reading Festival ticket quick if you want the chance to see chart-toppers Kasabian play an official warm up show next week.
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Curator Robin Diaper with an amplification horn mistaken by one child as a device for making crumpets, on show as part of Bill Baileys Cabinet of Curiosities exhibition at Hull Maritime Museum.  Picture by Tony Johnson.

Hull museum drafts in comedian Bill Bailey for new exhibition

Today we might write it off as a vanity project, but to Sir William Constable, it was a window of wonder on to everything in the known world.

Rory Bremner.

Big inteview: Rory Bremner on a boom time for satire

Politics may never have been more unpredictable. Bad news for the rest of us, perhaps, but good news for satirist Rory Bremner. He talks to Yvette Huddleston.

YP Comment: For your eyes only – social etiquette of mobile phone users

YP Comment: For your eyes only – social etiquette of mobile phone users

THE extent to which new technology runs our lives is illustrated by comedian Chris Rock’s insistence that fans will be ejected from First Direct Arena, Leeds, if caught breaching a ban on the use of mobile phones, cameras and recording devices at his forthcoming show.

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James Corrigan, left, with Louis Armstrong and James's wife Betty pictured in 1968 when the jazz legend played at Batley.

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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