Camilla Cleese on her dad John: 'He's not my favourite Python!'
The comedian is doing a show about her father in Edinburgh. She talks about the sexist LA standup scene, her reconciliation with her dad – and doing jokes about his ex-wivesWith just a hint of a smile, Camilla Cleese admits that the name of her Edinburgh fringe show is “the ultimate, sha... [Read More]
I asked my mum to be in my YouTube videos. Now she's a Bollywood star
When the comedian Mawaan Rizwan put his mother Shahnaz into his videos, they were an instant hit. And then Bollywood came calling...In 2012, the comedian Mawaan Rizwan was making videos for YouTube and gaining modest success. One day, he found himself in need of a stooge for his latest sketch, so he... [Read More]
Booze, bankruptcy, brain haemorrhage: the comics turning tragedy into laughs
A former alcoholic, a cancer survivor and a man who lost all his money in a Bitcoin crash are among the comics coming back from the brink at the Edinburgh fringe ‘I didn’t start drinking until I was 18,” says Matt Rees. “That’s quite a rarity for someone in the UK. But ... [Read More]
Booze, bankruptcy, brain haemorrhage: the comics turning tragedy into laughs
A former alcoholic, a cancer survivor and a man who lost all his money in a Bitcoin crash are among the comics coming back from the brink at the Edinburgh fringe ‘I didn’t start drinking until I was 18,” says Matt Rees. “That’s quite a rarity for someone in the UK. But ... [Read More]
Comic delivery: Josie Long and Jonny Donahoe on having a baby
Just a month before their first child is due, the standup couple are doing a show together – seeking the audience’s parenting tips“It’s mad,” says Josie Long, “but it feels like the right thing to do.” Braving the blustery weather at a pavement cafe near the... [Read More]
Bridget Christie: 'I don't do jokes about my personal life. Just my husband, my kids and my polyps'
The comedian Louise Reay is being sued for allegedly defaming her estranged husband on stage. So should standups keep their private lives to themselves?I’m not a confessional standup. I don’t know what I am. On the whole, I haven’t mined my personal life or relationships for comedy... [Read More]
I was a dad at 17, now I’m a grandad at 40 – it saved my life
Gary Meikle has forged a career in standup after finding inspiration from his life as a single dad. He also tried material about being a grandad, but audiences didn’t believe he was old enough to be oneWhen Gary Meikle was 17, he had sex in a cupboard at a party with a girl he barely knew... [Read More]
Tim Minchin: ‘If you ask Mum who was the most trouble, she’d say it was me’
The comedian, actor and musician on being part of a strong, close family, his parents’ high expectations, and discovering he could write good riffsMy granddad had a 1,500-acre hobby farm that he had built up from scratch in Western Australia, so my siblings and I spent our childhoods going the... [Read More]
Tim Minchin: ‘If you ask Mum who was the most trouble, she’d say it was me’
The comedian, actor and musician on being part of a strong, close family, his parents’ high expectations, and discovering he could write good riffsMy granddad had a 1,500-acre hobby farm that he had built up from scratch in Western Australia, so my siblings and I spent our childhoods going the... [Read More]
Tim Minchin: ‘If you ask Mum who was the most trouble, she’d say it was me’
The comedian, actor and musician on being part of a strong, close family, his parents’ high expectations, and discovering he could write good riffsMy granddad had a 1,500-acre hobby farm that he had built up from scratch in Western Australia, so my siblings and I spent our childhoods going the... [Read More]