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45 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 11 June 2010

On today's Comedy Cafe Janice Forsyth finds out who tops the comedy bill at this year's Fringe Festival.

With connotations of the music hall tradition and naff novelty songs does musical comedy deserve its dodgy reputation or is the genre ripe for reinvention? Human Jukebox Abi Roberts and creator of comedy songstresses Tina C and Ida Barr, Chris Green, tell us why, for sheer satire, parody, and laughs out loud, nothing beats a carefully crafted comedy song.

Award-winning stand-up comedian, writer and actress Susan Calman returns with a new series of Funny Friends on BBC Radio Scotland. We'll hear about the latest crop of Scotland's comedy makers and the comedy chums who helped them along the way.

Ash clouds, airline strikes, recession... are you plunged into gloom at the thought of a "staycation" for this year's summer holiday? Things could be worse - as award-winning writer and actress Emma Kennedy knows too well. Let Emma lift your holiday spirits with tales of her disastrous family camping trips from the '70's from her hilarious memoir, "The Tent, the Bucket and Me". Yours couldn't possibly be any worse...

And we continue our weekly series from BBC Radio Scotland's online Comedy Zone featuring the best or our station's comedy archive from down the years. This week 'The Thick of It's' Armando Ianucci talks about his earliest news parody, 'On the Hour'.

All that plus our Joke of the Week and comedy DVD recommendations.


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