Don't wait for the punchline: Jordan Brookes and comedy's rule breakers
Shows that delight in flouting conventions, like Brookes’s Body of Work, make us question our expectations of standup – including whether it should all be funnyAn offstage voice announces his entrance, but our host refuses to appear. That’s the first shredded expectation in Jordan ... [Read More]
Don't wait for the punchline: Jordan Brookes and comedy's rule breakers
Shows that delight in flouting conventions, like Brookes’s Body of Work, make us question our expectations of standup – including whether it should all be funnyAn offstage voice announces his entrance, but our host refuses to appear. That’s the first shredded expectation in Jordan ... [Read More]
Katherine Ryan review – a comic in supreme command of her shtick
Churchill theatre, BromleyRyan delivers plenty of astringent one-liners in a tart set that ranges from single parenthood to Khloé Kardashian’s ‘revenge body’ and the musical HamiltonThe default comparison when describing Katherine Ryan’s work is Joan Rivers, whom she a... [Read More]
Ken Dodd at 90: the rib-tickling genius is still crazy after all these years
With a gag for every occasion, the tattyfilarious comic clocks up 50,000 miles a year performing his epic standup shows. He talks about stage fright, playing Yorick for ‘Sir Kenneth All-Bran’ and taking on the audience like a gladiatorIs theatre the best rejuvenating pill on the market? ... [Read More]
Paul Chowdhry: ‘When I was 15, I wore snakeskin-patterned trousers with pride'
The standup comic on the things that make him laugh the most, from people falling over to his dadMr Chowdhry, AKA my dad. In my lifetime he has provided me with countless material. My surroundings are an integral part of my comedy, which he unintentionally orchestrated. He has been watching British ... [Read More]
Paul Chowdhry: ‘When I was 15, I wore snakeskin-patterned trousers with pride'
The standup comic on the things that make him laugh the most, from people falling over to his dadMr Chowdhry, AKA my dad. In my lifetime he has provided me with countless material. My surroundings are an integral part of my comedy, which he unintentionally orchestrated. He has been watching British ... [Read More]
Don't go there? Standups on Weinstein, taboos – and the gags they regret
Is it ever OK for comedians to joke about sexual assault? Is there such a thing as ‘too soon’? Margaret Cho, Doug Stanhope, David Cross and other fearless comics on the fine line between funny and offensiveLast month, as accusations against Harvey Weinstein began to flood in, James Corde... [Read More]
Lefty Scum: Josie Long and the protest jokers serenading the Labour faithful
Can funny songs change the world? Jonny & the Baptists and Grace Petrie join Josie Long for a spirited night of comedy that imagines nationalising the Queen’s swans and banning Daily Mail readers from seeing their grandchildrenProspects have changed dramatically for UK lefties over the las... [Read More]
Lefty Scum: Josie Long and the protest jokers serenading the Labour faithful
Can funny songs change the world? Jonny & the Baptists and Grace Petrie join Josie Long for a spirited night of comedy that imagines nationalising the Queen’s swans and banning Daily Mail readers from seeing their grandchildrenProspects have changed dramatically for UK lefties over the las... [Read More]
A bleary agent of chaos: Tony Slattery returns to live impro
The charismatic Whose Line Is It Anyway? star is a blithely uninhibited lord of misrule at a new improvisation night in London On the way to Slattery Night Fever, the new weekend impro night featuring ex-Whose Line Is It Anyway? man Tony, I read two old interviews with its star. One was from 15 year... [Read More]