Whoopi Goldberg review – standup or glorified chat show?
London Palladium, LondonUS comedian’s first UK standup show got personal with segments about ageing and resenting her child-friendly reputationThe last time Whoopi Goldberg played London, it was as a nun in Sister Act. And on this UK visit, the raptures greeting her entrance are more revivalis... [Read More]
Susan Calman: ‘When I’m feeling down I watch clips of cats jumping on children’
The Glaswegian standup and Radio 4 regular on the things that make her laugh the mostBilly Connolly. I’ve never managed to see him live but when I was younger I had a tape of one of his gigs which I used to play on my Sony Walkman. I remember being on a train once and I had to switch the casse... [Read More]
Whoopi Goldberg to Secret Cinema: top things to do in the UK this week
From the actor’s rarely seen character comedy to an immersive version of Moulin Rouge: your at-a-glance guide to the best in cultureWhoopi GoldbergA brilliant one-off: the award-winning actor brings two performances of her character comedy to the London Palladium for the first time on Saturday... [Read More]
Silver Lining review – witty lines can't save Sandi Toksvig's care-home comedy
Rose theatre, KingstonToksvig’s play has plenty of good gags but there’s far too little characterisation, leaving an experienced ensemble treading waterSandi Toksvig’s new comedy, set in a retirement home during a flood, puts five older women firmly centre stage. That should be som... [Read More]
Silver Lining review – witty lines can't save Sandi Toksvig's care-home comedy
Rose theatre, KingstonToksvig’s play has plenty of good gags but there’s far too little characterisation, leaving an experienced ensemble treading waterSandi Toksvig’s new comedy, set in a retirement home during a flood, puts five older women firmly centre stage. That should be som... [Read More]
Is comedy infectious to doctors?
A white coat is often a sign of funny bones, as periodic outbreaks of medically trained comedians demonstrateIs there an affinity between comedy and medicine? Certainly, a notable number of comedians used to work in the medical profession. One of them, Adam Kay of Amateur Transplants fame, has now s... [Read More]
Angelos and Barry review – comedy pals' barmy banter is a puerile delight
Soho theatre, London The comic alter egos of Dan Renton Skinner and Alex Lowe claim to be the New Power Generation come to save us in a thin but skilfully written showIt’s a match made in – well, Ladbrokes, or round the back of Morrisons. Angelos Epithemiou (Dan Renton Skinner) is a gorm... [Read More]
Bad Boys 3 Pushed Back To Late 2018 Release
You can look at this two different ways. The positive news is that Bad Boy 3 looks to be actually happening but the downside is that it will now come a little later than expected. It was revealed the other day that the action-comedy made famous by Martin Lawrence and Will Smith will now be released... [Read More]
Still Game: Live 2 review – hilarity ahoy as the TV sitcom takes a sea cruise
SSE Hydro, GlasgowFord Kiernan and Greg Hemphill return to the stage with an even more ambitious live show – and just as many laughsWhen does a sitcom get too big for its boots? It’s a worry that must have crossed the minds of Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill on returning to the hangar-lik... [Read More]
How Bridget Christie found the funny side of Brexit
After the EU referendum result, Bridget Christie ripped up her Edinburgh show and created a new one in just a few weeks. This is an anatomy of a standup set that has changed with the headlinesCreating a new hour of standup can be a lengthy process. Most comics spend months writing material and honin... [Read More]