Hari Kondabolu: 'My comedy is very American. It’s aggressive'
When his joke about race and racism went viral, Kondabolu was pegged as the voice of protest. The Indian-American comic on making British audiences uncomfortable, losing out at the Grammys and redefining AmericannessIn 2014, the Indian-American comedian Hari Kondabolu was waiting to hear if his debu... [Read More]
Does your nuclear shelter have a bar? Michael Smith on 40 years of mocking America
Scared at airport security? Anxious about ageing? Fearful your fallout shelter doesn’t quite cut it? The artist Michael Smith has been reliving the horrors of modern life since the 70s – as a dance-cum-comedy actThe man closes his office door for what seems like the last time. Around him... [Read More]
Choose your favourite stage show of 2015
’Tis the season to compile lists of your favourite productions of the year – let us know which ones left you spellboundAs December disappears and the new year beckons, we’re remembering the theatre, comedy and dance shows that stood out in 2015 – and we’d love to hear y... [Read More]
Kevin Bridges webchat – as it happened
The Scottish comedian joined us during his UK tour to answer your questions. From why stand-up is full of needy people to what he’d say to David Cameron via why he’s considering giving acting a go, catch up with his answers here 2.13pm GMTThanks everyone for your questions, and to Kevin ... [Read More]
Five of the best comedy gigs for Christmas 2015
Sara Pascoe, Margaret Cho, Brian Cox and Kevin Bridges are among those promising better laughs than you’ll get from your Christmas crackersThe leftfield comedy club Weirdos stages the fourth of its now well-loved alt.pantos. Edinburgh comedy award winner John Kearns and ace clown duo LetLuce s... [Read More]
A toast to Twelfth Night: comedy of ale, pranks and passion
Shakespeare’s play is a paean to pleasure thanks to Sir Toby Belch, whose revelry chimes with the festive season“Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?” So asks seasoned pisshead and sensualist Sir Toby Belch in Act II of Twelfth Night, pa... [Read More]
Cassetteboy vs DJ Rubbish review – surgical video satirists struggle offline
New Cross Inn, London Far from the sharp satire of their fastidious video mash-ups, the duo’s live ‘comedy disco’ opts for a studentish broad-brush approachThe satirical duo Cassetteboy are renowned for digital mash-ups that subvert figures in the public eye by cut-and-pasting snip... [Read More]
Nish Kumar's Christmas Q&A: 'I’m a prolific self-gift-giver'
The standup comedian reveals his secret for effective Christmas shoppingHi Nish! Are you feeling Christmassy yet?Yeah I am, actually. I’m doing a short film for Sky 1 that comes out over Christmas and is Christmas-themed, so my head is very Christmassy at the moment. I’ve sort of acceler... [Read More]
Bill Bailey's Christmas message: don't run holding a trifle
The comedian reveals his Hawaiian pudding nightmare – and explains why he ignores Christmas in his showsHi Bill! Are you feeling Christmassy yet?No, I’m not really. I actually find it quite odd when I see the proliferation of trees and lights and decorations around Britain while I’... [Read More]
This week’s new live comedy
Henning Wehn: Authentic German Christmas Do | The Geekatorium | Johnny Vegas: Nottingham Xmas ShowThere are many things the Germans do better than us: football, beer, economic growth. They’re also extremely good at celebrating Christmas, to the point where their traditional festive markets hav... [Read More]