David Baddiel: ‘I am constantly mistaken for Ben Elton and Alan Yentob'
I cry a lot. Especially on planes. What is that about? On a plane, I’ll be in floods at The Good Dinosaur.Raised in London, David Baddiel, devised the Fantasy Football League television show with Frank Skinner in 1994. He writes novels for adults and children, and scripted the 2010 movie The I... [Read More]
Sara Pascoe: ‘My mum has heckled me’
From Would I Lie To You? to the Kappa symbol, the comedian reveals the things she finds funniestI would probably choose Tony Law destroying a passive-aggressive heckler by pretending that they had been pirates together and then telling the story of their shared nautical history. It was audacious and... [Read More]
Comedians come to together to make it clear that gun violence is no joke
Amy Schumer’s sketch comedy show tackles gun control, and in New York Janeane Garofalo joins other comedians in benefit show to raise awarenessIncongruous as it seems, comedy and the campaign to end gun violence are regular bedfellows these days. Last month, Amy Schumer devoted an entire episo... [Read More]
Kenneth Branagh on The Entertainer: 'I've been bending Rob Brydon's ear about standup'
In the final production of his West End season, Kenneth Branagh takes on the role of the failing comic Archie Rice. He explains how he’s taken tips from funnymen Rob Brydon and Ken DoddYou’re playing music-hall performer Archie Rice in a revival of John Osborne’s The Entertainer. C... [Read More]
Why I love… Michaela Coel
Coel is fearless. No joke is too risque, no comedic situation too outrageous to explore in pursuit of the funny Generally speaking, I love being surprised. It’s an increasingly hard thing to do, because the world is so predictable and my cynicism is a hard shell to breach. But someti... [Read More]
Rob Delaney: 'My wife has made me laugh the most'
From Key & Peele to his other half, the comedian reveals the things that give him the giggles Continue reading... [Read More]
Wanted: more jokes about an Englishman, Irishman and Scotsman
When it comes to Britishness, comedy doesn’t tend to get further than Michael McIntyre’s benign observations. As the EU referendum approaches, comedians should be digging deeperIn 2000, Chris Addison’s debut Edinburgh show was about Englishness, Cakes and Ale. The following year, h... [Read More]
Fun factory: the finest comedy of summer 2016
Bridget Christie grapples with a Motörhead vibrator, David Baddiel tackles dementia, Todd Barry busts boredom – and Mr Swallow re-creates Houdini’s daftest escapeSummer culture: Theatre | Music | Film | Dance | ArtHaving ducked out of last year’s Edinburgh fringe to write a bo... [Read More]
Louis CK: 'Two human babies have never fought ... I Google it occasionally'
Louis CK, Gilbert Gottfried, Vanessa Bayer and Jim Gaffigan proved at the David Lynch Foundation comedy benefit that laugher, along with transcendental meditation, is the best medicine“People think I’m dumb,” said comedian Jim Gaffigan on stage at the New York Center on Saturday ni... [Read More]
Sheridan Smith's Funny Girl is a masterclass in musical comedy
As the Broadway star Fanny Brice, famously played by Barbra Streisand, Smith draws cheers, tears and gets a laugh out of every single lineIn the queue for the ladies at the Savoy theatre, several older women are wistfully talking of Barbra and how irreplaceable she is. I have to admit I haven’... [Read More]