Rory Scovel review – stoner comedy with an insurrectionist streak
Invisible Dot, LondonThe sly American standup toys with the audience, pretending to be a Trump disciple, a gun enthusiast and a pro-lifer in a set that is sharp and subversiveThere are some easy laughs available to an American comedian visiting Britain in the summer of 2016. The appalling UK weather... [Read More]
Rory Scovel review – stoner comedy with an insurrectionist streak
Invisible Dot, LondonThe sly American standup toys with the audience, pretending to be a Trump disciple, a gun enthusiast and a pro-lifer in a set that is sharp and subversiveThere are some easy laughs available to an American comedian visiting Britain in the summer of 2016. The appalling UK weather... [Read More]
Ed Patrick is a junior doctor who’s finding the funny side | Sarah Johnson
Ed Patrick mixes medicine and comedy – and is taking a new standup show to Edinburgh. Just don’t ask him to choose between themOne of Ed Patrick’s biggest fears as a doctor is doing a rectal exam on a patient. It’s not just the process that fills him with dread – he get... [Read More]
Michelle Wolf: 'Four years of Donald Trump jokes will drive me insane'
She’s stormed America’s late-night talkshows and worked on Chris Rock’s Oscars speech. Now Michelle Wolf is taking her political standup to EdinburghThis week, Michelle Wolf is set to take her standup show, So Brave, to the Edinburgh festival. It will be her first time in Edinburgh... [Read More]
'Once you can handle the insults, you begin': inside Philippe Gaulier's clown school
Sacha Baron Cohen says he’s the funniest man he’s ever met and countless comics have learned from his ridicule. Brian Logan attends the classes of the legendary French teacherAn exercise has gone badly wrong at École Philippe Gaulier. “You are the definition of a bad student... [Read More]
'Booed off in 17 seconds' – comedians recall their first gigs
Shappi Khorsandi felt as if she’d walked on the moon. Isy Suttie watched a man change a dressing on a wound as she spoke. Omid Djalili fell off the stage. So how did the first gigs of Paul Merton, Susan Calman and other top comics go?I was on at midnight and did a show about a policeman giving... [Read More]
Stewart Lee: ‘I decided to write like I was trying to get myself sacked’
In an extract from his new book, a collection of pieces written largely for this newspaper, the standup recalls how he learned column-writing on the jobMy new book, Content Provider, annotates and explains a selection of short and supposedly comic prose pieces, all written over the past five years, ... [Read More]
Searingly honest, bitingly funny: the female millennials changing comedy
A new wave of young women are set to dominate standup, sketch and character comedy at Edinburgh this yearThe Edinburgh Fringe festival kicks off three weeks of mayhem this week as a new generation of comedians jostle for headlines in the hope that the festival’s standup stardust will fall on t... [Read More]
Chris Gethard: turning shame and pain into laughs
He’s guested on Broad City and starred with Amy Schumer – and the comic has also struggled with depression, now material for his brutally raw standup show, which he’s about to take to EdinburghI’m late to meet the comic, actor and talkshow host Chris Gethard at a cafe on the ... [Read More]
Bridget Christie: ‘I ate strawberry-flavoured pants with baked beans’
From Amy Schumer to Best In Show, the comedian reveals the things that make her laugh the mostI’ll never forget Kevin McAleer’s Edinburgh warmup at the King’s Head in Crouch End in July 2006. I had to sit on the floor at the back of the room, cover my ears and try not to think abou... [Read More]