Are you gruesome tonight? The comedy hit splicing Evil Dead 2 and Elvis songs
In Sam Raimi’s horror classic, a man is tormented by demons and his own severed hand. All the story needed was a few tunes by the king of rock’n’roll, says Rob KempBy day, he was a mild-mannered examinations officer at a school near Wolverhampton. By night, he was a chainsaw-wieldi... [Read More]
Kathy Griffin review – Trump's nemesis laughs away the pain of persecution
London Palladium The standup leans too heavily on showbiz mudslinging here, but the remarkable story of the fallout from her severed-head stunt is uplifting comedy catharsis American comic Kathy Griffin fainted on stage in Dublin last week, and there were doubts over whether this London gig would go... [Read More]
Shazia Mirza: ‘My local rabbi is funnier than most standups’
The Brummie standup and writer on the things that make her laugh the most, from Woody Allen to Curb Your EnthusiasmRobin Williams, Mill Valley, San Francisco 2013, a year before his death. He is the funniest standup I have ever seen and ever will see. There will never be anyone like him; unique, int... [Read More]
Shazia Mirza: ‘My local rabbi is funnier than most standups’
The Brummie standup and writer on the things that make her laugh the most, from Woody Allen to Curb Your EnthusiasmRobin Williams, Mill Valley, San Francisco 2013, a year before his death. He is the funniest standup I have ever seen and ever will see. There will never be anyone like him; unique, int... [Read More]
Carry on Screaming's Fenella Fielding on fighting with Kenneth Williams and bouncing back after bankruptcy
She survived a violent upbringing to become the 60s’ favourite comedy vamp. As she turns 90, the star remembers fending off Norman Wisdom, attempting suicide – and having two lovers for 20 yearsFenella Fielding, 90 this month, has lost none of her comic timing. She is about to publish he... [Read More]
Don't wait for the punchline: Jordan Brookes and comedy's rule breakers
Shows that delight in flouting conventions, like Brookes’s Body of Work, make us question our expectations of standup – including whether it should all be funnyAn offstage voice announces his entrance, but our host refuses to appear. That’s the first shredded expectation in Jordan ... [Read More]
Don't wait for the punchline: Jordan Brookes and comedy's rule breakers
Shows that delight in flouting conventions, like Brookes’s Body of Work, make us question our expectations of standup – including whether it should all be funnyAn offstage voice announces his entrance, but our host refuses to appear. That’s the first shredded expectation in Jordan ... [Read More]
Katherine Ryan review – a comic in supreme command of her shtick
Churchill theatre, BromleyRyan delivers plenty of astringent one-liners in a tart set that ranges from single parenthood to Khloé Kardashian’s ‘revenge body’ and the musical HamiltonThe default comparison when describing Katherine Ryan’s work is Joan Rivers, whom she a... [Read More]
Ken Dodd at 90: the rib-tickling genius is still crazy after all these years
With a gag for every occasion, the tattyfilarious comic clocks up 50,000 miles a year performing his epic standup shows. He talks about stage fright, playing Yorick for ‘Sir Kenneth All-Bran’ and taking on the audience like a gladiatorIs theatre the best rejuvenating pill on the market? ... [Read More]
Paul Chowdhry: ‘When I was 15, I wore snakeskin-patterned trousers with pride'
The standup comic on the things that make him laugh the most, from people falling over to his dadMr Chowdhry, AKA my dad. In my lifetime he has provided me with countless material. My surroundings are an integral part of my comedy, which he unintentionally orchestrated. He has been watching British ... [Read More]