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]
Don't go there? Standups on Weinstein, taboos – and the gags they regret
Is it ever OK for comedians to joke about sexual assault? Is there such a thing as ‘too soon’? Margaret Cho, Doug Stanhope, David Cross and other fearless comics on the fine line between funny and offensiveLast month, as accusations against Harvey Weinstein began to flood in, James Corde... [Read More]
Lefty Scum: Josie Long and the protest jokers serenading the Labour faithful
Can funny songs change the world? Jonny & the Baptists and Grace Petrie join Josie Long for a spirited night of comedy that imagines nationalising the Queen’s swans and banning Daily Mail readers from seeing their grandchildrenProspects have changed dramatically for UK lefties over the las... [Read More]
Lefty Scum: Josie Long and the protest jokers serenading the Labour faithful
Can funny songs change the world? Jonny & the Baptists and Grace Petrie join Josie Long for a spirited night of comedy that imagines nationalising the Queen’s swans and banning Daily Mail readers from seeing their grandchildrenProspects have changed dramatically for UK lefties over the las... [Read More]
A bleary agent of chaos: Tony Slattery returns to live impro
The charismatic Whose Line Is It Anyway? star is a blithely uninhibited lord of misrule at a new improvisation night in London On the way to Slattery Night Fever, the new weekend impro night featuring ex-Whose Line Is It Anyway? man Tony, I read two old interviews with its star. One was from 15 year... [Read More]
Tim Minchin: ‘If you ask Mum who was the most trouble, she’d say it was me’
The comedian, actor and musician on being part of a strong, close family, his parents’ high expectations, and discovering he could write good riffsMy granddad had a 1,500-acre hobby farm that he had built up from scratch in Western Australia, so my siblings and I spent our childhoods going the... [Read More]
Tim Minchin: ‘If you ask Mum who was the most trouble, she’d say it was me’
The comedian, actor and musician on being part of a strong, close family, his parents’ high expectations, and discovering he could write good riffsMy granddad had a 1,500-acre hobby farm that he had built up from scratch in Western Australia, so my siblings and I spent our childhoods going the... [Read More]
Tim Minchin: ‘If you ask Mum who was the most trouble, she’d say it was me’
The comedian, actor and musician on being part of a strong, close family, his parents’ high expectations, and discovering he could write good riffsMy granddad had a 1,500-acre hobby farm that he had built up from scratch in Western Australia, so my siblings and I spent our childhoods going the... [Read More]
Frank Skinner's impro odyssey: should we expect more for a fiver?
The master comedian’s off-the-cuff routine gets more laughs than most scripted standup. But he’s hardly breaking sweat. Will Skinner ever pull out all the stops?Is Frank Skinner a restless standup comedian, or a lazy one? Since he returned to live shows a decade ago, he’s tried on ... [Read More]
Frank Skinner's impro odyssey: should we expect more for a fiver?
The master comedian’s off-the-cuff routine gets more laughs than most scripted standup. But he’s hardly breaking sweat. Will Skinner ever pull out all the stops?Is Frank Skinner a restless standup comedian, or a lazy one? Since he returned to live shows a decade ago, he’s tried on ... [Read More]