The 10 best shows to see at the New York comedy festival
From Patton Oswalt to Eric Andre to Tim Minchin, the annual event provides a variety of ways to laugh across the cityFor the first week of November, pretty much anything funny happening in New York City falls under the banner of the New York comedy festival – everything from megastar headliner... [Read More]
The Comedian's Guide to Survival: can you really learn to be a standup?
A new film blurs fiction and reality with its tale of an aspiring comic. It asks to what extent you can study to become funny – or if you’re just born that way“The Comedian’s Guide to Survival doesn’t exist, you know,” we’re told towards the end of a new Bri... [Read More]
The Comedian's Guide to Survival: can you really learn to be a standup?
A new film blurs fiction and reality with its tale of an aspiring comic. It asks to what extent you can study to become funny – or if you’re just born that way“The Comedian’s Guide to Survival doesn’t exist, you know,” we’re told towards the end of a new Bri... [Read More]
The Comedian's Guide to Survival: can you really learn to be a standup?
A new film blurs fiction and reality with its tale of an aspiring comic. It asks to what extent you can study to become funny – or if you’re just born that way“The Comedian’s Guide to Survival doesn’t exist, you know,” we’re told towards the end of a new Bri... [Read More]
Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer: ‘It’s really a music hall act that we do’
Britain’s favourite Dadaist comedians and our last great comedy duo are celebrating their 25th anniversary with a new live show. Tim Adams listens inBob Mortimer has arrived for our interview early, and so we talk for 20 minutes or so before his other half, Jim Moir – Vic Reeves – ... [Read More]
Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer: ‘It’s really a music hall act that we do’
Britain’s favourite Dadaist comedians and our last great comedy duo are celebrating their 25th anniversary with a new live show. Tim Adams listens inBob Mortimer has arrived for our interview early, and so we talk for 20 minutes or so before his other half, Jim Moir – Vic Reeves – ... [Read More]
Kevin Meaney, standup and 'comic's comic', dies at age of 60
Star of 1990s CBS series Uncle Buck dies at home in New YorkJudd Apatow: ‘Kevin was as funny as they get and the nicest man’Kevin Meaney, a “comic’s comic” who worked the standup circuit, was a staple on late-night TV and starred in the short-lived 1990s CBS series Uncl... [Read More]
Kevin Meaney, standup and 'comic's comic', dies at age of 60
Star of 1990s CBS series Uncle Buck dies at home in New YorkJudd Apatow: ‘Kevin was as funny as they get and the nicest man’Kevin Meaney, a “comic’s comic” who worked the standup circuit, was a staple on late-night TV and starred in the short-lived 1990s CBS series Uncl... [Read More]
Matt Forde review – lively mickey-take of Brexit-era omnishambles
Soho theatre, LondonIf the style is unadventurous, there are still plenty of good jokes as Forde scours the aftermath of the EU referendumBrexit comedy shows are coming thick and fast, and this latest – premiered on the Edinburgh fringe – comes from Matt Forde, occasional Mock the Week m... [Read More]
Zoe Lyons: ‘Things aren’t funny when you’re a teen, they’re hysterical’
From Frank Skinner to ridiculous hats of the 90s, the standup stalwart reveals what makes her laugh the mostI loved watching Eddie Murphy videos with my mates as a teenager, for his animated routines, the voices and, of course, the massive ego squashed into those ridiculous leather jackets. Things a... [Read More]