Scream with laughter: can comedy ever be scary?
Standup Nick Coyle’s new show Queen of Wolves takes a Victorian governess on a terrifying journey – and proves how humour and horror work in similar waysThe buzz around Australian standup Nick Coyle’s latest offering Queen of Wolves suggested a show that not only tickles the funny ... [Read More]
Simon Amstell review – perky, pained, anxious, ironic, wise – and funny
Leicester Square theatre, LondonFrom his long process, after coming out, of self-acceptance to his newfound romantic happiness, this is classic, neurotic, angst-ridden Amstell If there were any doubts that romantic bliss might have dulled Simon Amstell’s neurotic edge, they’re allayed in... [Read More]
Simon Amstell review – perky, pained, anxious, ironic, wise – and funny
Leicester Square theatre, LondonFrom his long process, after coming out, of self-acceptance to his newfound romantic happiness, this is classic, neurotic, angst-ridden Amstell If there were any doubts that romantic bliss might have dulled Simon Amstell’s neurotic edge, they’re allayed in... [Read More]
Mae Martin: ‘Waiting for Guffman is the funniest film I’ve ever seen’
The Canadian standup and actor on the things that make her laugh the most, from suede waistcoats to PG WodehouseThis is so hard. I feel sick. OK, I’m going to say Tom Allen taking out a drunk heckler at the Soho theatre was probably one of my favourite live comedy experiences. Tom calmly destr... [Read More]
Mae Martin: ‘Waiting for Guffman is the funniest film I’ve ever seen’
The Canadian standup and actor on the things that make her laugh the most, from suede waistcoats to PG WodehouseThis is so hard. I feel sick. OK, I’m going to say Tom Allen taking out a drunk heckler at the Soho theatre was probably one of my favourite live comedy experiences. Tom calmly destr... [Read More]
Katy Brand review – standup goes on an interstellar adventure
Soho theatre, LondonI Could Have Been an Astronaut is an amusing ramble through Brand’s childhood obsessions, fate and the factors that make us who we areSome comics have extraordinary stories to tell about their lives. Katy Brand is among them – but perhaps she used hers up on last year... [Read More]
Katy Brand review – standup goes on an interstellar adventure
Soho theatre, LondonI Could Have Been an Astronaut is an amusing ramble through Brand’s childhood obsessions, fate and the factors that make us who we areSome comics have extraordinary stories to tell about their lives. Katy Brand is among them – but perhaps she used hers up on last year... [Read More]
John Kearns: a supreme standup hidden behind bad teeth and a tonsure
The wig-wearing comic’s new show about humdrum heroism is his best yet. But as his act strives for knockout poignancy, does the goofy get-up help or hinder?When John Kearns corpses, is he coming out of character? It happens on a few occasions during his current Soho theatre gig, and – ev... [Read More]
John Kearns: a supreme standup hidden behind bad teeth and a tonsure
The wig-wearing comic’s new show about humdrum heroism is his best yet. But as his act strives for knockout poignancy, does the goofy get-up help or hinder?When John Kearns corpses, is he coming out of character? It happens on a few occasions during his current Soho theatre gig, and – ev... [Read More]
John Kearns: a supreme standup hidden behind bad teeth and a tonsure
The wig-wearing comic’s new show about humdrum heroism is his best yet. But as his act strives for knockout poignancy, does the goofy get-up help or hinder?When John Kearns corpses, is he coming out of character? It happens on a few occasions during his current Soho theatre gig, and – ev... [Read More]