AUGUST 24 2009
England's victory in The Ashes gives us an opportunity to highlight one of the funniest speakers on the after dinner circuit: Geoff Miller. The one-time vice captain of the national team now chairs the panel of test selectors, so he can claim some credit for this Summer's success; but that wouldn't be his style. Much of Geoff's appeal stems from his wonderfully self-deprecating sense of humour, which is one reason his speech entertains both fans of the game and those who wouldn't know one end of a bat from another.
AUGUST 19 2009
The line-up is now confirmed for this year's Real Variety Show on 21st September. Hugh Dennis will host, but as usual the bill will not be announced in advance. Suffice to say that it promises to measure up to previous shows - which have given a corporate 'premiere' to the likes of Dara O Briain, Michael McIntyre, Bill Bailey and The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.
AUGUST 13 2009