Whoopi Goldberg review – standup or glorified chat show?
London Palladium, LondonUS comedian’s first UK standup show got personal with segments about ageing and resenting her child-friendly reputationThe last time Whoopi Goldberg played London, it was as a nun in Sister Act. And on this UK visit, the raptures greeting her entrance are more revivalis... [Read More]
Brett Gelman and King Cyrus King Just Released Every Episode of ‘Gelmania’ as Four Separate Comedy Albums
Now that we’re deep in the bizarre nightmare hellscape that is Trump America, Brett Gelman and Cyrus Ghahremani (AKA King Cyrus King) have made it easy to escape to another kind of nightmare hellscape when we need a little relief. Starting today, Gelman’s former podcast Gelmania — ... [Read More]
Susan Calman: ‘When I’m feeling down I watch clips of cats jumping on children’
The Glaswegian standup and Radio 4 regular on the things that make her laugh the mostBilly Connolly. I’ve never managed to see him live but when I was younger I had a tape of one of his gigs which I used to play on my Sony Walkman. I remember being on a train once and I had to switch the casse... [Read More]
Whoopi Goldberg to Secret Cinema: top things to do in the UK this week
From the actor’s rarely seen character comedy to an immersive version of Moulin Rouge: your at-a-glance guide to the best in cultureWhoopi GoldbergA brilliant one-off: the award-winning actor brings two performances of her character comedy to the London Palladium for the first time on Saturday... [Read More]
This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Welcome to ‘Dumb People Town’
The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We’re here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week our crack team of... [Read More]
This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Welcome to ‘Dumb People Town’
The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We’re here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week our crack team of... [Read More]
This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Welcome to ‘Dumb People Town’
The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We’re here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week our crack team of... [Read More]
Silver Lining review – witty lines can't save Sandi Toksvig's care-home comedy
Rose theatre, KingstonToksvig’s play has plenty of good gags but there’s far too little characterisation, leaving an experienced ensemble treading waterSandi Toksvig’s new comedy, set in a retirement home during a flood, puts five older women firmly centre stage. That should be som... [Read More]
Silver Lining review – witty lines can't save Sandi Toksvig's care-home comedy
Rose theatre, KingstonToksvig’s play has plenty of good gags but there’s far too little characterisation, leaving an experienced ensemble treading waterSandi Toksvig’s new comedy, set in a retirement home during a flood, puts five older women firmly centre stage. That should be som... [Read More]
Is comedy infectious to doctors?
A white coat is often a sign of funny bones, as periodic outbreaks of medically trained comedians demonstrateIs there an affinity between comedy and medicine? Certainly, a notable number of comedians used to work in the medical profession. One of them, Adam Kay of Amateur Transplants fame, has now s... [Read More]