Billy Connolly announces 11-night London run of High Horse tour
The Scottish comedian brings his High Horse tour to the capital in January 2016, following stints in Scotland and CanadaUnbowed by prostate cancer and Parkinson’s disease, Billy Connolly is to bring his High Horse tour to London for an 11-night run at Hammersmith Apollo in January 2016. The 72... [Read More]
Biker-baiting, rum smoothies, magic mushrooms: Doug Stanhope | The Guardian
It’s just an ordinary weekend at the Arizona compound of America’s most abrasive standup. But who is the man behind the foul-mouthed rants? [Read More]
Shazia Mirza review – scattergun thinking defuses the shock tactics
Tricycle, LondonThere are laughs to be had in Mirza’s passionate, taboo-busting comedy but she’s let down by duff puns and an aversion to logical argumentShazia Mirza dislikes performing to Guardian readers, because we analyse silently, she says, rather than laugh. Well, I like a laugh, ... [Read More]
Sam Simmons: Spaghetti for Breakfast review – hits sublime heights of tomfoolery
Soho theatre, LondonIn a richly strange set, this year’s Edinburgh award-winner snorts cereal, obsesses over the audience’s legwear and acts out everyday annoyancesIt’s a rare feat to win both the Edinburgh Comedy award and Melbourne’s Barry Award for the same show. Sam Simmo... [Read More]
This week’s new live comedy
Doug Stanhope | Tom Parry: Yellow T-Shirt | Frisky & Mannish: Just Too Much“I’m Doug Stanhope, and that’s why I drink.” Regular watchers of Weekly Wipe will already be familiar with Charlie Brooker’s booze-soaked US correspondent, but for those new to Stanhope, his ... [Read More]
Misery loves comedy? Don't make me laugh
A new documentary suggests comedians are tortured geniuses, a breed apart. But it’s time to forget the tears-of-a-clown cliche – they’re just regular people working hard at their craftWith his new talking-heads doc about standup, director Kevin Pollak is trying to prove that Misery... [Read More]
How do you direct a standup gig? Meet the experts behind the comics
On stage there’s just a comedian and a mic. But behind the scenes, directors such as John Gordillo and Phil Nichol can make or break the show. What exactly do they do?It’s one of the great secrets of standup: that behind almost every successful comic is a director you’ve never hear... [Read More]
Mae Martin review – a standup's plea for deeper understanding
The Invisible Dot, LondonThe Canadian comedian questions our rigid stereotypes of gender and sexuality, with the aid of some goofy anecdotes A review of Mae Martin’s first comedy gig, aged 17, was headlined “Introducing gay Mae” – which surprised Martin, who hadn’t talk... [Read More]
Are you as smart as the Elves who research QI's questions? – quiz
No Such Thing As a Fish, hosted by QI’s Elves, is to become the first UK podcast released on vinyl. It’s out in November to coincide with the Elves’ live show at the Lyric theatre in the West End. The podcast separates quite interesting facts from quite impossible ones – can ... [Read More]
This week’s new live comedy
Justin Moorhouse: Destiny Calling | Mae Martin: Us | Chris Ramsey: All Growed UpFor all the excitement that avant garde performers who push back the boundaries of stand-up generate for comedy obsessives, the fact remains that what most audiences want to see is something uncomplicatedly funny that ch... [Read More]