My Family: Not the Sitcom review – David Baddiel is breathtakingly honest
Menier Chocolate Factory, LondonNothing is out of bounds in Baddiel’s new standup, which exposes his father’s dementia and his mother’s hyperactive sex life to the same affectionate scrutinyDavid Baddiel describes his new two-hour show better than any critic could when he calls it ... [Read More]
Sara Pascoe: Animal review – God, pubes and glow worms in a fun, fresh show
Soho theatre, LondonPascoe makes for charming company with a dose of self-deprecating skits on body image, being good and 21st-century sexYou’d think from the title of Sara Pascoe’s new standup set that this is the show of her just-released “autobiography of the female body”,... [Read More]
David Baddiel: ‘I am constantly mistaken for Ben Elton and Alan Yentob'
I cry a lot. Especially on planes. What is that about? On a plane, I’ll be in floods at The Good Dinosaur.Raised in London, David Baddiel, devised the Fantasy Football League television show with Frank Skinner in 1994. He writes novels for adults and children, and scripted the 2010 movie The I... [Read More]
Comedians come to together to make it clear that gun violence is no joke
Amy Schumer’s sketch comedy show tackles gun control, and in New York Janeane Garofalo joins other comedians in benefit show to raise awarenessIncongruous as it seems, comedy and the campaign to end gun violence are regular bedfellows these days. Last month, Amy Schumer devoted an entire episo... [Read More]
Kenneth Branagh on The Entertainer: 'I've been bending Rob Brydon's ear about standup'
In the final production of his West End season, Kenneth Branagh takes on the role of the failing comic Archie Rice. He explains how he’s taken tips from funnymen Rob Brydon and Ken DoddYou’re playing music-hall performer Archie Rice in a revival of John Osborne’s The Entertainer. C... [Read More]
Why I love… Michaela Coel
Coel is fearless. No joke is too risque, no comedic situation too outrageous to explore in pursuit of the funny Generally speaking, I love being surprised. It’s an increasingly hard thing to do, because the world is so predictable and my cynicism is a hard shell to breach. But someti... [Read More]
Wanted: more jokes about an Englishman, Irishman and Scotsman
When it comes to Britishness, comedy doesn’t tend to get further than Michael McIntyre’s benign observations. As the EU referendum approaches, comedians should be digging deeperIn 2000, Chris Addison’s debut Edinburgh show was about Englishness, Cakes and Ale. The following year, h... [Read More]
Fun factory: the finest comedy of summer 2016
Bridget Christie grapples with a Motörhead vibrator, David Baddiel tackles dementia, Todd Barry busts boredom – and Mr Swallow re-creates Houdini’s daftest escapeSummer culture: Theatre | Music | Film | Dance | ArtHaving ducked out of last year’s Edinburgh fringe to write a bo... [Read More]
Louis CK: 'Two human babies have never fought ... I Google it occasionally'
Louis CK, Gilbert Gottfried, Vanessa Bayer and Jim Gaffigan proved at the David Lynch Foundation comedy benefit that laugher, along with transcendental meditation, is the best medicine“People think I’m dumb,” said comedian Jim Gaffigan on stage at the New York Center on Saturday ni... [Read More]
Tom Green Looks Back on His KFC Museum Visit in This ‘Coming to the Stage’ Sneak Peek
Comedy Dynamics is back with a new season of its standup show Coming to the Stage next month with host Tom Green, and they gave us a sneak peek today featuring Green looking back on his visit to the KFC Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, where he was unable to visit Colonel Sanders’s grave becaus... [Read More]