Griefcast's Cariad Lloyd: 'Laughter? It's about survival. It’s about living'
After her standup success and podcast about death, the comic’s next step was obvious: starring in a cancer-ward romcom It wasn’t, I assume, the toughest decision in the history of casting. Who you gonna call, Finborough theatre, to star in your new play about a comedian and improviser gr... [Read More]
Aziz Ansari suggests 'wokeness' can go too far at surprise gig
The US comic is cynical about competitive virtue-signalling in a show that doesn’t directly respond to allegations against him but is full of friction What happens to men accused of sexual misconduct in the #MeToo era? Assuming their offences don’t incur legal sanction, how, if at all, m... [Read More]
Daliso Chaponda: ‘I got pickpocketed before a Chris Rock gig but still laughed like a maniac’
The Malawian standup and Britain’s Got Talent runner-up on the things that make him laugh the mostI went to Chris Rock’s Total Blackout tour. On the way, myself and comedian Tony Vino got into an altercation with some “youths” – one of whom pickpocketed me. I didn&rsquo... [Read More]
Daliso Chaponda: ‘I got pickpocketed before a Chris Rock gig but still laughed like a maniac’
The Malawian standup and Britain’s Got Talent runner-up on the things that make him laugh the mostI went to Chris Rock’s Total Blackout tour. On the way, myself and comedian Tony Vino got into an altercation with some “youths” – one of whom pickpocketed me. I didn&rsquo... [Read More]
Vulcan 7 review – the Young Ones meet again as old dinosaurs
Cambridge Arts theatreAdrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer write and star in a Beckettian comedy about two past-it thesps making a sci-fi film on the edge of a volcanoOnce they were The Young Ones; now they’re “a couple of old dinosaurs”. The tectonic plates have shifted and Adrian Ed... [Read More]
Vulcan 7 review – the Young Ones meet again as old dinosaurs
Cambridge Arts theatreAdrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer write and star in a Beckettian comedy about two past-it thesps making a sci-fi film on the edge of a volcanoOnce they were The Young Ones; now they’re “a couple of old dinosaurs”. The tectonic plates have shifted and Adrian Ed... [Read More]
Nish Kumar review – apoplectic state-of-the-nation standup
Soho theatre, LondonThe Mash Report host unleashes a high-octane, self-mocking political show brimming with exasperation and angerYou can tell it’s been two years since Nish Kumar’s last live show – as long as it’s possible, surely, for this most vociferous of comics to keep ... [Read More]
Theresa May drag queens: 'We've dined out on her leopard-print heels for years!'
Hard Brexit innuendos, frolics in fields of wheat, that strong and stable obsession … four drag queens reveal why the prime minister is camp goldSue Gives a Fuck Continue reading...... [Read More]
Trump that: can standups keep up with a president like this?
In Oh Come On, David Cross matches vulgarity with vulgarity but it’s not the only way to mock a political horror showI’m watching David Cross, but I can’t help thinking about Brett Kavanaugh. No insult intended to Cross, but the hearings were unfolding as he performed this London g... [Read More]
Lou Sanders: Shame Pig review – lurid gags from the comedians' comedian
Soho theatre, LondonWith an abundance of eyebrow-raising anecdotes about outrageous social faux pas, the standup is terrific companyThere was louder buzz around Lou Sanders’ Edinburgh fringe hour this year than her work has ever previously generated – Shame Pig was voted best show by her... [Read More]