The Art Of Stand Up Comedy


Articles and reviews by Tony Allen

Jan 3rd 2020
The difference between wit and pun - latest example

The difference between wit and pun

Amol Rajan is a top journalist; previously editor of the Independent and now the BBC Media editor. Last week he opened the cultural section of his 2019 review with the following line - ‘Now is the winter of our Disney content’

16th December 2019
Bill Matter


If you are still struggling with the content of your Bill Matter - your name and a brief description that sums up who you are - that will feature on the poster when you next play the Performance Club in the new year. Then you may take solace from the following.

In a recent interview with Clive Anderson on BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends, Frank Skinner said he had once refused the suggestion 'Frank Skinner - The Comedy King From the Old Bull Ring.’ and he instead had suggested for himself ‘Frank Skinner tells some jokes’. His latest Bill Matter is ‘Frank Skinner PI’ - PI ? - Public Intellectual’.

I prefer 'Frank Skinner tells some jokes'.

Tony Allen - Mixed Ability Shaman

4th December 2019
Don’t mention the War

I’m always looking for good examples of re-worked cliches being used in comedy punchlines especially if the wordplay employs Wit and not Pun. This example from last year was clearly Wit.

1st December 2019
Cliche and Joke Structure

Following a workshop session on Cliche and Joke Structure and the various conversations I had with people after… Here’s an updated excerpt on the subject from my book Attitude - Wanna Make Something Of It?

12th November 2019
Matt Alford, closing time at the Bell

28th October 2019
Ronnie Rigsby Review

Updated review of Ronnie Rigsby originally from my book ATTITUDE.

24th October 2019
The Now Agenda

In Session One of the Workshop at Burdalls Yard on October 3rd I made various references to DYNAMICS and the RELATIONSHIP to the FOURTH WALL. Here are the original texts on the subject from my book ATTITUDE. Probably as concise as I have ever conceived it.

11th March 2019
Wobbie Wobbit: An indisputable one-off - unlikely and wholly unique.

Review of Wobbie Wobbit at Kings, Queens and Rascals.
9th March 2019, The King and Queen, Foley Street, London.