Comedians for Corbyn? They were keeping shtoom – or serenading Farage
Standup is supposedly a leftie haven. But from what I saw this week, the scene offered little support for the Labour leader – and, despite some droll insights, a lack of real debateWhere were you when you heard the exit poll? I was at a comedy show: Matt Forde’s Election Party Lock-In at... [Read More]
Arrest that comedian! How satire could swing the UK election
From disrupting dam-building to toppling dictators, comedy has shown itself to be a global force for good. Here’s what ‘laughtivism’ could do for British politicsAt a protest to mark the inauguration of President Trump, film-maker Michael Moore volunteered an unusual rallying call.... [Read More]
A right laugh: Geoff Norcott, the standup who turned Tory
He’s a likable performer capitalising on the idea that most of his fellow comedians are lefties. So is Norcott’s show Conswervative more wind-up than battle cry?“Have I got any Tories in?” Geoff Norcott is “the UK’s only declared Conservative comedian,” his ... [Read More]
How Bridget Christie found the funny side of Brexit
After the EU referendum result, Bridget Christie ripped up her Edinburgh show and created a new one in just a few weeks. This is an anatomy of a standup set that has changed with the headlinesCreating a new hour of standup can be a lengthy process. Most comics spend months writing material and honin... [Read More]
How Bridget Christie found the funny side of Brexit
After the EU referendum result, Bridget Christie ripped up her Edinburgh show and created a new one in just a few weeks. This is an anatomy of a standup set that has changed with the headlinesCreating a new hour of standup can be a lengthy process. Most comics spend months writing material and honin... [Read More]
Beyoncé to Black Mirror; the culture that defines 2016
How better to make sense of this turbulent year than through the art and literature it has produced? Our critics choose the works that sum up the last 12 monthsIf there is one film that holds a political key to understanding 2016, it is Ghostbusters: that funny, good-natured, easygoing female remake... [Read More]
Beyoncé to Black Mirror; the culture that defines 2016
How better to make sense of this turbulent year than through the art and literature it has produced? Our critics choose the works that sum up the last 12 monthsIf there is one film that holds a political key to understanding 2016, it is Ghostbusters: that funny, good-natured, easygoing female remake... [Read More]
Beyoncé to Black Mirror; the culture that defines 2016
How better to make sense of this turbulent year than through the art and literature it has produced? Our critics choose the works that sum up the last 12 monthsIf there is one film that holds a political key to understanding 2016, it is Ghostbusters: that funny, good-natured, easygoing female remake... [Read More]
An American original: comic Barry Crimmins is as radical as ever
For more than 40 years, Barry Crimmins has honed his political skewering of the American dream to a fine artFrustratingly, I missed veteran US standup Barry Crimmins when he performed his debut UK tour this September. Happily, Louis CK has produced and distributed Crimmins’s first special, Wha... [Read More]
How comedians struggled to parody Donald Trump
There was no lack of jokes about the Republican nominee from Samantha Bee to Alec Baldwin – but despite comics’ best efforts, Trump put himself past satireSupport our fearless, independent journalism by making a contribution or becoming a memberThis election season has inspired acres of ... [Read More]