Arnab Chanda: ‘I cried when I saw Steve Martin live’
The actor, writer and standup on the things that make him laugh the mostAmerican comedian Dr Brown [Phil Burgers]. And I cried when I saw Steve Martin touring with his bluegrass band because I’m a baby and he’s my hero. Continue reading...... [Read More]
Iliza Shlesinger review – dating, mating and crass Mars/Venus cliches
Queen Elizabeth Hall, LondonThe US comic has charisma and craft but reinforces gender stereotypes with cartoonish vigour in a set that falls flatIliza Shlesinger raised hackles last summer when she criticised other female comics for their “low-hanging fruit” material. It is hard not to r... [Read More]
Marc Maron review – a curious brew of swagger and self-loathing
Royal Festival Hall, LondonThe laidback raconteur gets political and personal with riffs on everything from the US vice-president to PG Tips‘I don’t believe people’s joy,” says Marc Maron. It’s just a word we give, he says, to momentary distractions from self-hate. He g... [Read More]
Mo Gilligan review – newfound star flexes his character-comedy muscle
Leicester Square theatre, LondonThe south Londoner’s hit character sketches transfer smoothly from social media to the comedy club in this crowd-pleasing showIt’s been a big year for south London comic Mo Gilligan. Twelve months ago, he was selling jeans. Now, he’s playing the Albe... [Read More]
Mo Gilligan review – newfound star flexes his character-comedy muscle
Leicester Square theatre, LondonThe south Londoner’s hit character sketches transfer smoothly from social media to the comedy club in this crowd-pleasing showIt’s been a big year for south London comic Mo Gilligan. Twelve months ago, he was selling jeans. Now, he’s playing the Albe... [Read More]
Comic delivery: Josie Long and Jonny Donahoe on having a baby
Just a month before their first child is due, the standup couple are doing a show together – seeking the audience’s parenting tips“It’s mad,” says Josie Long, “but it feels like the right thing to do.” Braving the blustery weather at a pavement cafe near the... [Read More]
Tiff Stevenson: 'I looked like a giant tampon'
The standup and actor spills the beans on the things that make her laugh the most, from Wanda Sykes to magic mushroomsWhite People Are Looking – Wanda Sykes’s bit on being black after Obama got in – is pretty transcendental. Continue reading...... [Read More]
Tom Allen review – quick-witted master of the nonstop rant
Soho theatre, LondonAllen’s amiable routines about gay and working-class stereotyping foreground his abundant skills as a raconteurIf Tom Allen weren’t already hosting a primetime Saturday night TV show, you’d have to invent one for him. Thirteen years a standup, the Bromley man de... [Read More]
Tom Allen review – quick-witted master of the nonstop rant
Soho theatre, LondonAllen’s amiable routines about gay and working-class stereotyping foreground his abundant skills as a raconteurIf Tom Allen weren’t already hosting a primetime Saturday night TV show, you’d have to invent one for him. Thirteen years a standup, the Bromley man de... [Read More]
The best films about standup: from King of Comedy to Funny Bones
As Maxine Peake takes the mic to play a club comic in Funny Cow, here are five movies that capture the lacerating, soul-baring world of live comedyThere’s something so intimate, exposing and ruthless about their artform that standups make perfect symbols for the battle we all wage to assert ou... [Read More]