Louis CK: laughter ends as years of allegations dog comedy superstar
The fallout from CK’s sexual misconduct accusations has begun, with HBO dropping his shows and colleagues condemning a man once hailed as a geniusWhen Louis CK first attempted standup comedy, at a 1985 open mic night in Boston, it was a disaster. He had a five-minute slot but only two minutes ... [Read More]
Steve Harvey And Ellen Degeneres Land On Forbes 2017 Highest Paid Talk Show Host List
Who knew talking could pay your bills? Well this week, FORBES reminded us all that some of the wealthiest entertainers are talk show host. Steve Harvey and Ellen Degeneres represented for comedians on the 2017 list of highest paid talk show host. Dr. Phil took the top spot with $79 Million for ... [Read More]
Carry on Screaming's Fenella Fielding on fighting with Kenneth Williams and bouncing back after bankruptcy
She survived a violent upbringing to become the 60s’ favourite comedy vamp. As she turns 90, the star remembers fending off Norman Wisdom, attempting suicide – and having two lovers for 20 yearsFenella Fielding, 90 this month, has lost none of her comic timing. She is about to publish he... [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]
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]
5 Things To Know Before You Spend Your Money On A Comedy Class
When people ask me how I started doing comedy I always tell the story about how one of my best friends wants to write a comedic movie and decided the best thing to do would be to take a comedy writing class. My initial reaction was, ‘yo, that’s a great idea’ and told him I&rsq... [Read More]
5 Things To Know Before You Spend Your Money On A Comedy Class
When people ask me how I started doing comedy I always tell the story about how one of my best friends wants to write a comedic movie and decided the best thing to do would be to take a comedy writing class. My initial reaction was, ‘yo, that’s a great idea’ and told him I&rsq... [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]