America's Got Talent: the new route to stardom for Britain's fringe favourites
After the success of Tape Face and Piff the Magic Dragon, purveyors of overlooked artforms might do well to swap panel-heavy British comedy for the StatesWhen I interviewed Sam Wills – AKA The Boy With Tape on His Face – a few years ago, I presented him as an act in opposition to the TV ... [Read More]
Josie Long review – a wistfully witty bid to find a bright side to Brexit
Soho theatre, LondonThe usually sanguine standup draws laughs and skewers stereotypes with her account of being leftwing in a rightwing age“The David Bowie of standup,” comedian Nish Kumar recently called Josie Long – because she reinvents her act with every new show. Or almost eve... [Read More]
W Kamau Bell: 'If you don't like me that's fine – just let me do my thing'
The comic talks about why he identifies as a socio-political comedian and the difficulty of knowing when to tell jokes about raceW Kamau Bell would like you to know that he is a socio-political comedian. Not a political comedian, not a comedian, and not a black comedian, although he is arguably all ... [Read More]
W Kamau Bell: 'If you don't like me that's fine – just let me do my thing'
The comic talks about why he identifies as a socio-political comedian and the difficulty of knowing when to tell jokes about raceW Kamau Bell would like you to know that he is a socio-political comedian. Not a political comedian, not a comedian, and not a black comedian, although he is arguably all ... [Read More]
Comedian Barry Crimmins: ‘You can’t hate anybody until you hate yourself’
The king of today’s investigative comics has exposed online child abuse, inspired Judd Apatow and Louis CK – and is still as funny and as angry as everIn the elevator on the way down from the studios of radio station SiriusXM in midtown Manhattan, Barry Crimmins – the legendary sta... [Read More]
Comedian Barry Crimmins: ‘You can’t hate anybody until you hate yourself’
The king of today’s investigative comics has exposed online child abuse, inspired Judd Apatow and Louis CK – and is still as funny and as angry as everIn the elevator on the way down from the studios of radio station SiriusXM in midtown Manhattan, Barry Crimmins – the legendary sta... [Read More]
Banned Harry Hill gag shows a shift in attitudes to both comedy and gender
Ofcom has censured an old episode of TV Burp, eight years after deeming its skit about a transgender man acceptable. It signals a sea change in how trans issues are treated on the small screen and beyondWe’re used to the idea that what’s offensive, in comedy and beyond, can change over t... [Read More]
Sam Simmons: 'Larry David gives me hope people still find old white bald men funny'
From Dr Seuss to his ‘pure evil’ mother, the 2015 Edinburgh award-winner reveals what makes him laugh the mostJudith Lucy, a total genius Australian comedian. She is so very, very dry, and so very, very bitter, she could honestly give any of yours a run. Continue reading...... [Read More]
Miles Jupp webchat – your questions answered on comedy, class and Balamory
The comedian, actor and News Quiz host discussed bias at the BBC, his well-loved children’s television show, and the geography of Mozambique 2.19pm BSTThanks very much for your questions. I think it's good that people throw in the odd snarky one - it makes it a bit more like real conversation!... [Read More]
Hans Teeuwen: 'I mock Islam … but I make it funny'
On stage, the absurdist Dutch comedian is all fairytales and silly songs. Off it, he’s a deadly serious – and controversial – political campaigner. He talks fun, failure and freedom of speechIt’s been six years since Hans Teeuwen last performed in the UK, which is a long time... [Read More]