Miles Jupp: ‘The thing that always makes me howl is Frasier’
The actor, comic and News Quiz host on the things that make him laugh the mostI used to go to The Stand comedy club a lot and I remember thinking Craig Campbell was just otherworldly. I saw him do a long set one night that was all stories, and I was utterly beside myself. In particular there was a r... [Read More]
Manwatching: a secret female playwright's liberating look at sex
The author of a hit show about desire explains why she’s staying anonymous – and why her play is only performed by male comediansYou’ve written a hit play, it’s been programmed for a run at the Royal Court – and you can’t take a shred of credit for it? You’d... [Read More]
John Shuttleworth webchat – post your questions now
The comedic Sheffield organist will answer your questions in a live webchat from 1pm GMT on Monday 9 January – post them in the comments below 1.59pm GMTChannelled by comedian Graham Fellows, John Shuttleworth is south Yorkshire’s finest singer-organist, playing songs of domestic frustra... [Read More]
John Shuttleworth webchat – post your questions now
The comedic Sheffield organist will answer your questions in a live webchat from 1pm GMT on Monday 9 January – post them in the comments below 1.59pm GMTChannelled by comedian Graham Fellows, John Shuttleworth is south Yorkshire’s finest singer-organist, playing songs of domestic frustra... [Read More]
Laugh? I nearly died: how an aneurysm led Scott Gibson to standup
After undergoing brain surgery, call-centre worker Scott Gibson quit his job to have a crack at comedy – and ended up storming EdinburghEight years ago, while returning home from a stag do in Blackpool, Scott Gibson began getting headaches that were so excruciating he rang the NHS’s 24-h... [Read More]
Laugh? I nearly died: how an aneurysm led Scott Gibson to standup
After undergoing brain surgery, call-centre worker Scott Gibson quit his job to have a crack at comedy – and ended up storming EdinburghEight years ago, while returning home from a stag do in Blackpool, Scott Gibson began getting headaches that were so excruciating he rang the NHS’s 24-h... [Read More]
Move over Mrs Brown: comedians prefer Alan Partridge and Fawlty Towers
Gold TV has polled the professionals about their favourite comedy. But even the funniest of the funny can’t easily be reduced to scenes and one-linersSurveys of Britain’s favourite comedy – and indeed, Britain’s favourite anything – are 10 a penny; the more so in our cl... [Read More]
Optimism v pessimism in 2017: the comedian and the psychologist debate
Liam Williams quit standup fearing his pessimism about the state of the planet was making audiences worryingly apathetic. But is a sunny outlook really any healthier? We sat him down for a session with psychotherapist Philippa PerryMore uplifting culture for 2017One day last year, Liam Williams lock... [Read More]
Rising stars of 2017: comedian Lolly Adefope
The English graduate from south London has gone from open-mic contender to Edinburgh comedy favourite thanks to her one-woman cast of sharply drawn characters• Click here to see the Observer’s rising stars of 2017 in fullOn stage, a brash political correctness coach is explaining the impo... [Read More]
Capital panto: Ricky Whittington surveys modern London's malaises
A crack cast of millennial comics deliver social satire amid the poo jokes and spoof songs in an alt-panto created by Liam Williams and Daran JohnsonThe “all-age family entertainment” of panto is being “doused with ill-disguised ordure,” protested one correspondent in the Gua... [Read More]