The oversharer: Jessie Cave wants to tell you all about her boyfriend's exes
‘At the end of the show I’d just hide’ … the actress-comedian’s Edinburgh fringe hit lays bare her relationship anxieties with furious inventiveness and painful honestyThere’s a fine tradition of neurotic comedy, from Woody Allen to Simon Amstell and beyond. But ... [Read More]
Comedy: the best standup gigs and tours in autumn 2015
Get ready for comedy on a grand scale: Kevin Bridges is doing a mammoth Glasgow run, two huge double acts (Harry and Paul, Vic and Bob) return, and Sara Pascoe is reinventing ChristmasNinety-nine dates, 450,000 tickets sold, 14 nights at the 10,000-capacity SSE Hydro in Glasgow: Kevin Bridges is, by... [Read More]
The oversharer: Jessie Cave wants to tell you all about her boyfriend's exes
‘At the end of the show I’d just hide’ … the actress-comedian’s Edinburgh fringe hit lays bare her relationship anxieties with furious inventiveness and painful honestyThere’s a fine tradition of neurotic comedy, from Woody Allen to Simon Amstell and beyond. But ... [Read More]
This week’s new live comedy
Stand Up 4 Stand Up | Adam Hess | John GordilloGiven the vast numbers of people living in terrible situations across the nation, you might find it hard to get worked up about the plight of comedians. But going around the country trying to make people laugh remains a precarious occupation. Not only d... [Read More]
Ronny Chieng review – a joyless journey through everyday rage
Soho theatre, LondonThe Australian comedian offers technically adept set-pieces and sends up his relentless misanthropy, but it takes a long time to go from snark to laughsComedy doesn’t have to be pleasant. But in even in the most cynical acts, we seek some redeeming kernel of vulnerability o... [Read More]
Ronny Chieng to be correspondent on new-look Daily Show
Melbourne comedian joins Desi Lydic and Roy Wood on US show to be hosted by South African standup Trevor Noah, who replaces Jon StewartIt’s quite a way to ring in your 30s – being named as the Daily Show’s newest team member. But Ronny Chieng is full of surprises, not least for his... [Read More]
Amy Schumer and Bo Burnham among standout standups in live fall comedy
From the established shtick of Dave Chappelle to internet stars and unknown quantities, this autumn there’s an abundance of laughs to be had Continue reading... [Read More]
Max and Ivan at Edinburgh festival review – vivid cast of comedy eccentrics
Pleasance Dome, EdinburghThe duo’s latest multi-character show looks at what the (many) residents of Sudley-on-Sea do with their last moments on earth, in a richly enjoyable hour They’ve done a heist movie and a school reunion; now Max and Ivan take on the apocalypse. Or at least, an apo... [Read More]
Rapper Mos Def fails to amuse as comedian
Performing under his real name, Yasiin Bey gives underwhelming performance in European debut of his standup showIt’s well past midnight when Yasiin Bey, also known as Mos Def, finally takes to the stage. The venue, a dark backroom in Dalston, is far more low key than the stadiums at which he h... [Read More]
On my radar: Doc Brown’s cultural highlights
The rapper, comedian, actor and screenwriter on Slow West, Ray Celestin’s The Axeman’s Jazz, The Waters by Mick Jenkins and the magic of Kermode and MayoBen Bailey Smith, AKA Doc Brown, is a rapper, comedian, actor, screenwriter, and younger sibling of Zadie Smith. He began his career in... [Read More]