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]
Lil Dicky and the truth about comedy rap – it’s tricky!
Comedy rapper Lil Dicky has reached No 1, adding to successes such as Big Shaq and the Lonely Island. But as Honey G’s example shows, doing funny rhymes right takes sophistication‘He’s not like a ‘rapper’ rapper,” the guy in the restaurant explains to his unimpres... [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]