This week’s new live comedy
Bill Bailey | Séance Fiction: The Improvised Haunting | BeardymanHe may not be as constant a presence on TV as he was in the heyday of his Never Mind The Buzzcocks captaincy and turn as Dylan Moran’s foil in Black Books, but Bill Bailey continues to excel in his solo live work, playing ... [Read More]
Amy Schumer is a 'sex comic' – and a radical one at that
The US comedian is frustrated at having been labelled, but she should be pleased with the responses to her frank and challenging HBO specialIs Amy Schumer a “sex comic”? That’s the debate that has been raging in the US since her HBO special Live at the Apollo was screened on 17 Oct... [Read More]
Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse: Legends! review – gentle pleasure of old acquaintances
Brighton CentreA familiar cast of indelible comic characters and pithy catchphrases imbue the veteran duo’s live show with a comforting glowTo open their first live show, commemorating 25 years of working together, Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse enter as the Old Gits. The gag, of course, is... [Read More]
This week’s new live comedy
Festival Of The Spoken Nerd: Just For Graphs | Sarah Millican: Outsider | Harry Enfield & Paul Whitehouse: Legends!While it might have seemed appropriate when they started out, the name of this trio now seems a little out of date. Because, while a comedy show focused on science might once have s... [Read More]
Shappi Khorsandi: my family values
The comedian talks about her family’s exile from Iran and using humour to defuse the fear of regular death threats to her fatherMy earliest memories growing up in Tehran were the kittens in my grandmother’s house. We moved to London in 1979 when I was six. At that time my father, Hadi, w... [Read More]
Frankie Boyle review – sick jokes used as hand grenades
Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-SeaBoyle delivers his vicious one-liners as palate cleansers between heartfelt routines beating us for our bovine acquiescence to political authority“It’s not always a happy talent, being reflexively horrible to people,” says Frankie Boyle. “But i... [Read More]
Steve Coogan and Armando Iannucci on how to be funny
They have worked together on many projects over 24 years, from On the Hour through to Alan Partridge. At a Guardian Live event, Steve Coogan and Armando Iannucci talked about how they write comedy and when to get seriousSC: When you’ve been writing for a long time you don’t mind having u... [Read More]
Rob Newman: 'Bill Hicks wanted to support us. I regret not letting him'
The comedian on his odyssey into the human brain, why he never wants to play a stadium again – and the reason he turned down his comedy hero Hi Rob. So why are you doing a show on the brain?Firstly, there’s lots of really exciting progress in brain science now. But at the same time, the ... [Read More]
Do adjust your set: when comedians swap the stage for telly
Two new TV series – Together and The Almost Impossible Gameshow – demonstrate how live acts as unique as Jonny Sweet and the Rubberbandits can find the funny to suit different formatsI wrote six months ago about those happy moments when an exciting live comic transfers to TV or radio wit... [Read More]
'Outside, looking out': the twisted world of Richard Gadd
Richard Gadd carved a cult reputation for himself with schlocky shows full of drugs, sex and gore. Now, in Waiting for Gaddot, he’s pushing his audience even further – by threatening not to show up at allBehind-the-scenes tales of hit standup shows are often surprising – but never ... [Read More]