Robert Newman: Total Eclipse of Descartes review – philosophical funnies
Soho theatre, LondonAn infinite number of monkeys, Pavlov’s dogs and Cartesian thought are gleefully debunked in a jaunty and refreshingly intelligent showAt the start of his comedy career, Robert Newman was famous – with partner David Baddiel – for a sketch called History Today in... [Read More]
Sophie Willan: who are you calling a northern working-class comic?
Her childhood in care, her mother’s heroin addiction, her days as a sex worker … Bolton comedian Sophie Willan is turning the details of her life into dazzling standupIt’s great to have Sophie Willan’s working-class voice in the comedy industry. That’s not (just) me ta... [Read More]
Omid Djalili – cheesy gags and silly dancing from a lovable schmuck
Leicester Square theatre, LondonThe convivial comic serves up a hotchpotch of creaking jokes, funny accents and satire – but not all his fans can stomach it‘I’ve been heckled, I’ve been physically attacked,” says Omid Djalili from the stage, “but I’ve never ... [Read More]
Angus Gordon and Aaron Chen review – kings of cringe fascinate and frustrate
Soho theatre, LondonThe award-winning Aussie duo flout standup’s conventions to mine laughs from misery and nihilism. It’s certainly bold – but can you get too much of a bad thing?The list of best newcomer winners at the Melbourne comedy festival doesn’t exactly heave with fa... [Read More]
Angus Gordon and Aaron Chen review – kings of cringe fascinate and frustrate
Soho theatre, LondonThe award-winning Aussie duo flout standup’s conventions to mine laughs from misery and nihilism. It’s certainly bold – but can you get too much of a bad thing?The list of best newcomer winners at the Melbourne comedy festival doesn’t exactly heave with fa... [Read More]
Ahir Shah: ‘The funniest number? £350m, in a gallows humour sort of way’
The 2017 Edinburgh comedy award nominee on the things that make him laugh the mostDoug Stanhope, Emo Philips, Reginald D Hunter and Adam Hess are the only comedians who have made me laugh so much I couldn’t breathe. I don’t know if this is a compliment. Continue reading...... [Read More]
Ahir Shah: ‘The funniest number? £350m, in a gallows humour sort of way’
The 2017 Edinburgh comedy award nominee on the things that make him laugh the mostDoug Stanhope, Emo Philips, Reginald D Hunter and Adam Hess are the only comedians who have made me laugh so much I couldn’t breathe. I don’t know if this is a compliment. Continue reading...... [Read More]
Dave Chappelle's 'reckless' #MeToo and trans jokes have real after-effects
In his Netflix shows the comic defends his right to provoke, but protests against his gags about misconduct allegations and transgender people are justifiedDave Chappelle’s first Netflix specials, released last spring, left his reputation in need of recovery. Those two sets were widely critici... [Read More]
Jon Richardson review – a wildly funny whinge of volcanic frustrations
G Live, GuildfordIn his touring show The Old Man, Richardson’s peevish, mouse-that-roared routines range from loading the dishwasher to massaging his pregnant wife‘Let’s get ready to grumble!” Where comedy meets nit-picking, Jon Richardson has carved a niche – and he&rs... [Read More]
Jon Richardson review – a wildly funny whinge of volcanic frustrations
G Live, GuildfordIn his touring show The Old Man, Richardson’s peevish, mouse-that-roared routines range from loading the dishwasher to massaging his pregnant wife‘Let’s get ready to grumble!” Where comedy meets nit-picking, Jon Richardson has carved a niche – and he&rs... [Read More]