As a comic, Al Franken joked about rape, sex robots and Afghan women
The Minnesota senator has apologised following allegations of sexual misconduct, and it is not the first example of his attitudes about women and sexSenator Al Franken of Minnesota apologised on Thursday after being accused of sexually harassing the journalist Leeann Tweeden in 2006, highlighting th... [Read More]
Are you gruesome tonight? The comedy hit splicing Evil Dead 2 and Elvis songs
In Sam Raimi’s horror classic, a man is tormented by demons and his own severed hand. All the story needed was a few tunes by the king of rock’n’roll, says Rob KempBy day, he was a mild-mannered examinations officer at a school near Wolverhampton. By night, he was a chainsaw-wieldi... [Read More]
Are you gruesome tonight? The comedy hit splicing Evil Dead 2 and Elvis songs
In Sam Raimi’s horror classic, a man is tormented by demons and his own severed hand. All the story needed was a few tunes by the king of rock’n’roll, says Rob KempBy day, he was a mild-mannered examinations officer at a school near Wolverhampton. By night, he was a chainsaw-wieldi... [Read More]
Kathy Griffin review – Trump's nemesis laughs away the pain of persecution
London Palladium The standup leans too heavily on showbiz mudslinging here, but the remarkable story of the fallout from her severed-head stunt is uplifting comedy catharsis American comic Kathy Griffin fainted on stage in Dublin last week, and there were doubts over whether this London gig would go... [Read More]
Shazia Mirza: ‘My local rabbi is funnier than most standups’
The Brummie standup and writer on the things that make her laugh the most, from Woody Allen to Curb Your EnthusiasmRobin Williams, Mill Valley, San Francisco 2013, a year before his death. He is the funniest standup I have ever seen and ever will see. There will never be anyone like him; unique, int... [Read More]
Shazia Mirza: ‘My local rabbi is funnier than most standups’
The Brummie standup and writer on the things that make her laugh the most, from Woody Allen to Curb Your EnthusiasmRobin Williams, Mill Valley, San Francisco 2013, a year before his death. He is the funniest standup I have ever seen and ever will see. There will never be anyone like him; unique, int... [Read More]
Louis CK: laughter ends as years of allegations dog comedy superstar
The fallout from CK’s sexual misconduct accusations has begun, with HBO dropping his shows and colleagues condemning a man once hailed as a geniusWhen Louis CK first attempted standup comedy, at a 1985 open mic night in Boston, it was a disaster. He had a five-minute slot but only two minutes ... [Read More]
Louis CK: laughter ends as years of allegations dog comedy superstar
The fallout from CK’s sexual misconduct accusations has begun, with HBO dropping his shows and colleagues condemning a man once hailed as a geniusWhen Louis CK first attempted standup comedy, at a 1985 open mic night in Boston, it was a disaster. He had a five-minute slot but only two minutes ... [Read More]
Louis CK: laughter ends as years of allegations dog comedy superstar
The fallout from CK’s sexual misconduct accusations has begun, with HBO dropping his shows and colleagues condemning a man once hailed as a geniusWhen Louis CK first attempted standup comedy, at a 1985 open mic night in Boston, it was a disaster. He had a five-minute slot but only two minutes ... [Read More]
Carry on Screaming's Fenella Fielding on fighting with Kenneth Williams and bouncing back after bankruptcy
She survived a violent upbringing to become the 60s’ favourite comedy vamp. As she turns 90, the star remembers fending off Norman Wisdom, attempting suicide – and having two lovers for 20 yearsFenella Fielding, 90 this month, has lost none of her comic timing. She is about to publish he... [Read More]