Reginald D Hunter webchat – post your questions now
The outspoken comic will be answering your questions in a live webchat from 12noon BST onwards on Monday 17 August – post them in the comments below 11.25am BSTWith his easy chuckle and broad smile, you might not instantly peg Reginald D Hunter as a firebrand – but his standup comedy is ... [Read More]
Sarah Kendall on Lucille Ball, slapstick queen of a comedy revolution
With her shock of orange hair and clownish eyes, the star of I Love Lucy had me and my grandmother in stitches – she was my gateway drug to comedyIn summer, during the school holidays, I’d often go to play at my grandma’s house. Here’s Lucy was on TV at 11am, and Grandma and ... [Read More]
A solitary black standup at Edinburgh fringe? Thankfully, those days are gone
Non-white comedians were once scarce at the festival but now it’s more racially diverse than ever – which means standups no longer stand out for their skin colour and don’t feel the need to reference it in their jokes“Diversity in the arts is a subject that’s very close... [Read More]
Fringe issue: Edinburgh, race and UK comedy
The festival’s comedians were historically young, gifted and white. Now, shows by black and minority ethnic acts are popular, diverse and nothing to do with skin colour“Diversity in the arts is a subject that’s very close to my face,” jokes Nish Kumar in his smart new fringe ... [Read More]
Aisling Bea: Edinburgh festival review – peppy set from standup with star quality
Gilded Balloon, EdinburghBea is an energetic storyteller with charm to spare but she’s going through the motions a bit with these observations about shame and confidenceMost comics perform half a dozen fringe stints, or more, before the festival starts its slide down their list of priorities. ... [Read More]
Katherine Ryan: Edinburgh fringe review – gossip comedy gets gasps and laughs
The Stand, EdinburghRyan excels at the barbed comedy of supercilious abuse in a disjointed set that riffs on the Taylor Swift/Nicki Minaj row and has a standout section on Bill CosbyReportedly the fastest comedian to sell out on this year’s fringe, Katherine Ryan is the woman of the moment &nd... [Read More]
Tim Key, the superstar standup poet, on fishcakes, Footlights and the fringe
Tim Key was a standup going nowhere fast until one day he took out a notepad and poetry spilled out of him. Now he’s one of the hottest comics around. As his show Work in Slutgress hits Edinburgh, he talks about fooling Footlights, dying on stage – and the power of late-night fishcakes.&... [Read More]
Straight outta Edinburgh: a rap guide to the fringe's freestyling standups
Wherever you look at the festival, comedians are unselfconsciously rocking the mic. Critic Brian Logan joins the party …Cue hip-hop beat. Middle-aged, middle-class, white comedy critic trying to conceal his identity behind sunglasses, backwards baseball cap and extraordinarily large medallion... [Read More]
Joseph Morpurgo at Edinburgh festival review – one of the best comedy shows in town
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghPart musical comedy, part doomed romance and part Desert Island Discs, this is an eccentric, subversive work about the soundtrack to a life Joseph Morpurgo might have made a show paying fond tribute to obscure, bargain-bucket LPs, or a show about a forlorn teenage love ... [Read More]
Zoe Coombs Marr at Edinburgh festival review – psychic collapse of a cross-dressing caricature
Underbelly Cowgate, EdinburghThe comedian is impressive as her sexist alter ego Dave, but the brand of chauvinist comedy depicted makes for a fairly soft target“I mostly hang out with comedians,” says Zoe Coombs Marr’s alter ego Dave, “so I don’t really know any women.&... [Read More]