Shappi Khorsandi: ‘I had a dream Donald Trump got a lead role in Hamilton’
The standup and president of the British Humanist Association on what makes her laugh the most Continue reading... [Read More]
A John Kearns Christmas review – festive toast to mundane merriment
Battersea Arts Centre, LondonComedian Kearns celebrates the pain and joy of a family Christmas with wit, whimsy and wistful silencesHow do you sustain a loser persona after winning the most coveted awards in UK comedy? John Kearns has nailed it. Having avoided the Edinburgh fringe since his unpreced... [Read More]
Michael McIntyre – the new king of Saturday night. Who knew?
McIntyre may be a floppy-haired berk who has built a career out of listing things people do, but his cheeky Big Show is the best weekend variety telly in yearsLet me begin by running through some basic facts we all know to be true. First, Michael McIntyre isn’t funny. Second, Michael McIntyre ... [Read More]
Nick Cody review – tales of a globetrotting standup
Soho theatre, London The Australian comic’s stories and mickey-takes spin along well, but there’s a stale cynicism to the material“Modish crap” was Michael Gove’s verdict on Turner prize-winning artist Helen Marten this week. Maybe he should hasten to Soho to see Austra... [Read More]
Josh Widdicombe webchat – your questions answered on politics, fans, and the best of Blur
The standup comedian and Last Leg host fielded your questions on niche 90s football references, ribbing Devon for a living and how much of a posh boy he is exactly 2.09pm GMTThat’s it folks … thank you all for your questions. 2.08pm GMTThank you so much for all of your questions. I can... [Read More]
Jewish humour ain't what it used to be
The UK Jewish Comedy festival’s salute to the Borscht Belt comedy of Woody Allen and Joan Rivers is poised awkwardly between tribute and parodyYou could argue that standup was born in the Catskill mountains of upstate New York – the so-called Borscht Belt where Jewish New Yorkers holiday... [Read More]
Just like hat! Why Tommy Cooper’s fez was much more than a prop
Four months after opening its archive about the comedy great without including his famous bonnet, the V&A has added one to its collectionWhen the V&A launched its Tommy Cooper archive in August, coverage pounced on a conspicuous omission. “V&A acquires Tommy Cooper archive of jokes... [Read More]
Tell us your favourite stage shows of 2016
’Tis the season to compile lists of your favourite productions of the year – let us know which ones left you spellboundAs the end of the year beckons, we’re remembering the theatre, comedy and dance shows that stood out in 2016 – and we’d love to hear your favourites. P... [Read More]
Lolly Adefope: ‘Looney Tunes is the funniest TV show ever made’
From Mr Show to troubling YouTube videos, the up-and-coming character comedian reveals the things that make her laugh the mostThis isn’t technically a standup, but I saw Nick Mohammed as his alter ego Mr Swallow during one of my first visits to Edinburgh and I basically just screamed for an ho... [Read More]
Josh Widdicombe webchat – post your questions now
The standup comedian and Last Leg host is joining us to answer your questions in a live webchat, on Tuesday 6 December 10.49am GMTEquipped with constant astonishment at life’s little absurdities and injustices – from the perils of cabin beds to disappointing Argos stores – Josh Wid... [Read More]