Bill Bailey review – standup scales the ​peaks of sublime silliness
Cliffs Pavilion, SouthendBailey’s honest enthusiasm for the marginal, the overlooked and the seldom juxtaposed is delightfulMore than three decades into his career, Bill Bailey’s shows march to the beat of no one’s drum but his own – in tonight’s case, an adapted steel ... [Read More]
Denis Leary's No Cure for Cancer: still electrifying and obnoxious 25 years on
Cited as one of the all-time great standup sets, Leary’s show both hasn’t aged well and has never been more topical‘I’m an asshole,” sings Denis Leary in a signature number at the start of No Cure for Cancer, first televised 25 years ago this month. Still regularly cite... [Read More]
'My accent's ridiculous so it's great for comedy': standups on their home town's humour
Does a regional accent give you a headstart in standup? Are some places funnier than others? Jayde Adams, Tez Ilyas and Ardal O’Hanlon explore laughter and localityAn Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman walk into a bar. The punchline? That depends on which part of the country you’re i... [Read More]
'My accent's ridiculous so it's great for comedy': standups on their home town's humour
Does a regional accent give you a headstart in standup? Are some places funnier than others? Jayde Adams, Tez Ilyas and Ardal O’Hanlon explore laughter and localityAn Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman walk into a bar. The punchline? That depends on which part of the country you’re i... [Read More]
Lou Sanders: ‘I took a friend to a breast cancer op, all told it was a great day out’
The writer, standup and actor on the things that make her laugh the mostLuke McQueen singing. Or Holly Burn really committing to something in front of a bewildered audience. Senseless comedy, but it makes sense. Continue reading...... [Read More]
Lauren Pattison: Lady Muck review – an empowering hour of spirited standup
Soho theatre, LondonShortlisted for best newcomer at the Edinburgh festival, Pattison delivers a drolly direct account of an annus horribilisYou may not associate live comedy with tales of learning to love oneself and overcoming adversity. But standup is no stranger to redemption these days, and roo... [Read More]
Lauren Pattison: Lady Muck review – an empowering hour of spirited standup
Soho theatre, LondonShortlisted for best newcomer at the Edinburgh festival, Pattison delivers a drolly direct account of an annus horribilisYou may not associate live comedy with tales of learning to love oneself and overcoming adversity. But standup is no stranger to redemption these days, and roo... [Read More]
Lauren Pattison: Lady Muck review – an empowering hour of spirited standup
Soho theatre, LondonShortlisted for best newcomer at the Edinburgh festival, Pattison delivers a drolly direct account of an annus horribilisYou may not associate live comedy with tales of learning to love oneself and overcoming adversity. But standup is no stranger to redemption these days, and roo... [Read More]
'Fame proved toxic for the relationship': when comedy double acts split
David Baddiel, Andy Zaltzman, Richard Herring and other comics on fame, failure and friendshipIn 1978, the year before the film 10 made a Hollywood star of Dudley Moore, the comedian appeared alongside his long-standing double-act partner, Peter Cook, on the Saturday-night chatshow Parkinson.“... [Read More]
Jen Kirkman: ‘The thing that shouldn't be funny? Trump's off-the-cuff speeches'
The standup, screenwriter and actress on the things that make her laugh the mostNorm Macdonald’s new Netflix special; his bit about suicide. Continue reading... [Read More]