The best standup sets on Netflix, from Marc Maron to Ali Wong
On-demand TV is increasingly the best place to get quality standup comedy – here are some of the best, including John Mulaney’s precise routines and Chelsea Peretti’s unrelenting nonsenseStreaming services might be best known for their prestige dramas and mediocre films, but their ... [Read More]
Impressions masterclass with Alistair McGowan and Rory Bremner – video
Stephen Moss learns the art of impersonation from two masters: Alistair McGowan and Rory Bremner. Will Moss impress his tutors with his Boris Johnson? Can he manage to stretch his words and perfect the pauses of Dara Ó Briain? And what might My Way sound like performed by Nigel Farage? Plus: ... [Read More]
How I made an impression on Alistair McGowan and Rory Bremner
Ant and Dec? Perpetual laughter. Boris Johnson? Strangle the vowels. Andy Murray? Just growl. Alistair McGowan and Rory Bremner try and make a mimic of Stephen Moss Alistair McGowan immediately senses how tense and scared I am. As an impressionist, after all, it’s his job to observe. “Is... [Read More]
Edinburgh festival planner: three shows to see today
At the fringe but not sure which tickets to book? Try one, two or all three of the picks in this itinerary 1.30pm, Underbelly, George Square (until 21 August) Continue reading...... [Read More]
Zoë Coombs Marr at Edinburgh festival review – thrillingly silly meta comedy
Underbelly Cowgate, EdinburghThe Australian standup’s sexist creation, Dave, is back in a multi-layered show that spoofs both chauvinism and clowning Zoë Coombs Marr made a splash last year with her first show, Dave, playing an old-school, sexist standup floundering against self-hate and ... [Read More]
James Acaster at Edinburgh festival review – blissful gags about modern life's minutiae
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThe Kettering standup delivers his unique brand of micro-observational comedy in an exquisitely written showMaybe it’s to do with Brexit, but comics seem preoccupied this year with turning back the clock and starting again. That’s what Daniel Kitson’s ... [Read More]
'If I get laughs, I will have failed': Chilcot report recital begins in Edinburgh
Comedians kick off Iraq Out and Loud, the reading of all 6,000 pages of the Iraq war report in a small shed at the fringeThe most talked about performance at the Edinburgh festival fringe kicked off less with a bang and more with the clearing of a throat, the donning of some glasses, and the grippin... [Read More]
Edinburgh festival 2016: the shows we recommend
Plan your Edinburgh schedule with this digest of our tips and reviews. Shows are listed by start time. This page will be updated daily throughout the festival10am, Summerhall (until 28 August) Related: From Judy Garland to Evel Knievel: 15 sure-fire Edinburgh festival hits Related: Edinburgh festiv... [Read More]
Edinburgh festival planner: three shows to see today
At the fringe but not sure which tickets to book? Try one, two or all three of the picks in this itinerary from our critics 3.30pm, Pleasance Courtyard (until 29 August) Continue reading...... [Read More]
Sofie Hagen at Edinburgh festival review – love, neuroses and laser-guided gags
Liquid Room, EdinburghIn an intimate and impressively confident show, the Danish comedian dissects the troubled feelings at play beneath her oddball exteriorThe Danish standup Sofie Hagen is one of the flag-bearers for a new era of mental-health-aware comedy, having won the best newcomer award at la... [Read More]