Forget the Funky Gibbon: how musical comedy went from square to hip
Novelty singles gave this art form a bad rap but acts such as Flight of the Conchords and Frisky and Mannish have brought it countercultural cachetIt was like taking a step back in time, watching Weird Al Yankovic at the Hammersmith Apollo last weekend. Not because I’m nostalgic for Al’s... [Read More]
This week’s best live comedy
Laugh4Rory | Joe Lycett | Sean HughesWaldenström’s Macroglobulinemia sounds like the sort of fictitious disease you’d find in the works of Chris Morris, but in fact it’s a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma which, in 2013, claimed the life of Radio 4 broadcaster Rory Morrison. ... [Read More]
Josh Widdicombe review – cosy laughs from a pampered millennial
G Live, GuildfordWiddicombe’s tone of plaintive adenoidal consternation is as funny as his best gagsThere are words, of course: about contactless debit cards, about secret Santa, about an embarrassing childhood “cabin bed”. But you could remove all the words from Josh Widdicombe&rs... [Read More]
Cameron's quips: were the PM's punchlines funny?
David Cameron’s Conservative conference speech was laced with jokes and innuendo, but how would his gags have gone down in a comedy show?David Cameron joked about sex positions and having been a hooker in a speech unusually laced with innuendo for a Conservative party conference. We asked Guar... [Read More]
Eddie Izzard to bring epic Force Majeure tour to London
The comic arrives in the West End in January with ‘reloaded’ version of his four-language show for a three-week residency Related: Eddie Izzard on going into politics: 'Why shouldn't I be mayor of London?' After touring it around 28 countries and performing it in four languages – E... [Read More]
Swing your pants: Trev and Simon are back
The groovy Going Live! duo, who spent Saturday mornings mucking around with Sting and Kylie, are embarking on a sci-fi adventure with Sophie Aldred. It’s a journey into space, time and daftnessSay the words “we don’t do duvets” or “swing your pants” to most Britis... [Read More]
Finding the unfunny: a year of watching standups die on stage
There’s nothing like a comedian bombing so hard that the audience is left confused and angry. To create my new show I sought out comics’ catastrophes – and endured my own baptism of fire at the micIn 2012, I was invited by the National Theatre of Scotland and The Arches to make a p... [Read More]
Bo Burnham's Make Happy review – YouTube sensation's growing pains
The former teen star’s theatrical shtick is nothing new but his mix of music, wit and experimental comedy creates a freshness rarely seen on stagePlayStation Theater, New YorkIt was less than a decade ago that Bo Burnham broke out as a YouTube teen sensation, but you’d never know it from... [Read More]
Finding the unfunny: a year of watching standups die on stage
There’s nothing like a comedian bombing so hard that the audience is left confused and angry. To create my new show I sought out comics’ catastrophes – and endured my own baptism of fire at the micIn 2012, I was invited by the National Theatre of Scotland and The Arches to make a p... [Read More]
Variety's last hurrah: Des O'Connor and Jimmy Tarbuck at the Palladium
The jokes were dated and non-PC, the delivery perfectly timed: for one night only, the showbiz survivors teamed up to create a piece of theatre historyWith the two performers having a combined age of 158 – and the aggregate age of some rows of theatregoers potentially running into the thousand... [Read More]