The best films about standup: from King of Comedy to Funny Bones
As Maxine Peake takes the mic to play a club comic in Funny Cow, here are five movies that capture the lacerating, soul-baring world of live comedyThere’s something so intimate, exposing and ruthless about their artform that standups make perfect symbols for the battle we all wage to assert ou... [Read More]
The best films about standup: from King of Comedy to Funny Bones
As Maxine Peake takes the mic to play a club comic in Funny Cow, here are five movies that capture the lacerating, soul-baring world of live comedyThere’s something so intimate, exposing and ruthless about their artform that standups make perfect symbols for the battle we all wage to assert ou... [Read More]
Bilal Zafar: ‘I was heckled by a fireworks display’
The standup and actor on the things that make him laugh the most, from terrible tofu dinners to Shooting StarsDinner Party Conspiracy from The Armando Iannucci Show. A brilliant series but that sketch stands out. Continue reading...... [Read More]
Bilal Zafar: ‘I was heckled by a fireworks display’
The standup and actor on the things that make him laugh the most, from terrible tofu dinners to Shooting StarsDinner Party Conspiracy from The Armando Iannucci Show. A brilliant series but that sketch stands out. Continue reading...... [Read More]
Zoë Coombs Marr: Bossy Bottom review – a surprising (and silly) reinvention of standup
Award-winning comedian sheds her alter ego ‘Dave’ but is no less critical of the brash, male-dominated cult of standupBefore the premiere of her new show, Bossy Bottom, Australian comedian Zoë Coombs Marr tweeted that the last time she played the Melbourne comedy festival “I s... [Read More]
Joe Lycett review – pansexual gadfly tickles the pompous
Royal and Derngate, NorthamptonThe naturally funny panel-show regular inhabits a small world, but he makes those narrow horizons teem with possibility and comic lifeWhen Mark Thomas engages in activist comedy, he won’t be satisfied until laws are revoked or politicians’ heads roll. For J... [Read More]
Joe Lycett review – pansexual gadfly tickles the pompous
Royal and Derngate, NorthamptonThe naturally funny panel-show regular inhabits a small world, but he makes those narrow horizons teem with possibility and comic lifeWhen Mark Thomas engages in activist comedy, he won’t be satisfied until laws are revoked or politicians’ heads roll. For J... [Read More]
Tez Ilyas review – cheeky chappie takes on British Muslim identity
Soho theatre, LondonHis new show Teztify is a jumble of familiar, subversive and incongruous humour, put it all pulls together for a powerful denouementTez Ilyas’s touring show Teztify begins with a montage of news stories about Islamophobia. We get clips of the Finsbury Park mosque attack, of... [Read More]
Michael McIntyre review – master of the mundane gets stuck in first gear
Nottingham ArenaMcIntyre’s endearing observations and self-mockery remain, but there’s an inescapable sense of deja vu in a show that breaks no new groundMichael McIntyre’s Big World Tour, it’s called – and the does-what-it-says-on-the-tin title is characteristic. McInt... [Read More]
Lucy Porter: ‘You look bigger on the telly … and I’ve got a really small telly!’
The actor, writer and comedian on the things that make her laugh the mostEllen DeGeneres’s first HBO One Night Stand special blew my mind. The only reason I keep going in comedy is the hope that I will one day write something as good as any of the bits in that show. Continue reading...... [Read More]