Nick Cody review – tales of a globetrotting standup
Soho theatre, London The Australian comic’s stories and mickey-takes spin along well, but there’s a stale cynicism to the material“Modish crap” was Michael Gove’s verdict on Turner prize-winning artist Helen Marten this week. Maybe he should hasten to Soho to see Austra... [Read More]
Josh Widdicombe webchat – your questions answered on politics, fans, and the best of Blur
The standup comedian and Last Leg host fielded your questions on niche 90s football references, ribbing Devon for a living and how much of a posh boy he is exactly 2.09pm GMTThat’s it folks … thank you all for your questions. 2.08pm GMTThank you so much for all of your questions. I can... [Read More]
Jewish humour ain't what it used to be
The UK Jewish Comedy festival’s salute to the Borscht Belt comedy of Woody Allen and Joan Rivers is poised awkwardly between tribute and parodyYou could argue that standup was born in the Catskill mountains of upstate New York – the so-called Borscht Belt where Jewish New Yorkers holiday... [Read More]
Just like hat! Why Tommy Cooper’s fez was much more than a prop
Four months after opening its archive about the comedy great without including his famous bonnet, the V&A has added one to its collectionWhen the V&A launched its Tommy Cooper archive in August, coverage pounced on a conspicuous omission. “V&A acquires Tommy Cooper archive of jokes... [Read More]
Tell us your favourite stage shows of 2016
’Tis the season to compile lists of your favourite productions of the year – let us know which ones left you spellboundAs the end of the year beckons, we’re remembering the theatre, comedy and dance shows that stood out in 2016 – and we’d love to hear your favourites. P... [Read More]
Lolly Adefope: ‘Looney Tunes is the funniest TV show ever made’
From Mr Show to troubling YouTube videos, the up-and-coming character comedian reveals the things that make her laugh the mostThis isn’t technically a standup, but I saw Nick Mohammed as his alter ego Mr Swallow during one of my first visits to Edinburgh and I basically just screamed for an ho... [Read More]
Josh Widdicombe webchat – post your questions now
The standup comedian and Last Leg host is joining us to answer your questions in a live webchat, on Tuesday 6 December 10.49am GMTEquipped with constant astonishment at life’s little absurdities and injustices – from the perils of cabin beds to disappointing Argos stores – Josh Wid... [Read More]
Dead funny: what comedy brings to the experience of grief
In her podcast, Cariad Lloyd talks to other comics about death, a subject that standups rarely deal with directly on stageUntil this year’s Edinburgh fringe, where comedians grappled on stage with personal trauma as never before, scepticism was rife about the so-called “dead dad” s... [Read More]
Adrienne Truscott takes back rape jokes: 'Artistic commentary feels like it’s in peril'
The comedian talks about her show Asking For It, comics’ lazy use of sexual assault for laughs and how, post-Trump, rape culture is ‘at the executive level’Is it ever OK to joke about rape? Adrienne Truscott thinks so. Since 2013, the comedian has been satirizing and skewering rape... [Read More]
Sean Lock: 'Father Ted never gets the credit it deserves'
From The Third Policeman to Johnny Vaughan’s football chat, the standup reveals what makes him laugh the mostJohnny Vegas. On the last night of his very first tour in London he had to use a Zimmer frame because he’d broken an ankle and twisted his knee after a night drinking with Leo Say... [Read More]