Why I love… comedian and actor Mo’Nique
Her jokes can be uncomfortable, but then they come from uncomfortable situations Do you remember that TV channel, Trouble? In the late 90s/early 00s, it was a colourful graveyard for American teen and young adult shows of the recent past, repackaged for young British eyes. It brought me TV show... [Read More]
Andy Zaltzman: ‘Snooker is the greatest use of a table humanity has devised’
From newsagent sandwiches to the Day Today, the standup and John Oliver collaborator reveals the things that make him laugh the mostI supported Lee Mack when I was quite new on the circuit. He was still making me laugh at the 12th gig in a fortnight. Continue reading...... [Read More]
An American original: comic Barry Crimmins is as radical as ever
For more than 40 years, Barry Crimmins has honed his political skewering of the American dream to a fine artFrustratingly, I missed veteran US standup Barry Crimmins when he performed his debut UK tour this September. Happily, Louis CK has produced and distributed Crimmins’s first special, Wha... [Read More]
Brian Logan's top 10 comedy of 2016
Mr Swallow camped it up as Houdini, Isy Suttie looked for Mr Right, while Brexit brought out the angry best in Bridget Christie and Stewart Lee. Our critic picks the year’s best comedy• More on the best culture of 2016We’re coming to the end of the most tumultuous political year man... [Read More]
Brian Logan's top 10 comedy of 2016
Mr Swallow camped it up as Houdini, Isy Suttie looked for Mr Right, while Brexit brought out the angry best in Bridget Christie and Stewart Lee. Our critic picks the year’s best comedy• More on the best culture of 2016We’re coming to the end of the most tumultuous political year man... [Read More]
Fleabag review – back on stage in filthy splendour
Soho theatre, LondonPhoebe Waller-Bridge follows up her TV hit with a magnificent monologueIt’s not so unusual for a successful Edinburgh show to become a television series, but it is rare to see it come full circle and return to the stage in its original form, so that those familiar with the ... [Read More]
Fleabag review – back on stage in filthy splendour
Soho theatre, LondonPhoebe Waller-Bridge follows up her TV hit with a magnificent monologueIt’s not so unusual for a successful Edinburgh show to become a television series, but it is rare to see it come full circle and return to the stage in its original form, so that those familiar with the ... [Read More]
Shappi Khorsandi: ‘I had a dream Donald Trump got a lead role in Hamilton’
The standup and president of the British Humanist Association on what makes her laugh the most Continue reading... [Read More]
A John Kearns Christmas review – festive toast to mundane merriment
Battersea Arts Centre, LondonComedian Kearns celebrates the pain and joy of a family Christmas with wit, whimsy and wistful silencesHow do you sustain a loser persona after winning the most coveted awards in UK comedy? John Kearns has nailed it. Having avoided the Edinburgh fringe since his unpreced... [Read More]
Michael McIntyre – the new king of Saturday night. Who knew?
McIntyre may be a floppy-haired berk who has built a career out of listing things people do, but his cheeky Big Show is the best weekend variety telly in yearsLet me begin by running through some basic facts we all know to be true. First, Michael McIntyre isn’t funny. Second, Michael McIntyre ... [Read More]