Can Daphne and The Pin save Radio 4 comedy?
One act offers Badults-style sketches, the other does mindbending meta-gags. Both bring new shows to a station that specialises in self-satisfied comedyThe Pin and Daphne were part of a wave of creative, self-reflexive new sketch comedy that peaked at the Edinburgh festival two or three years ago. N... [Read More]
Mrs Brown's Boys live? They'll need more than malaprops and mincing to thrill an entire arena
Good Mourning Mrs Brown, the cross-dressing hit’s live show, is so full of horseplay, guffaws and in-jokes, I started to feel like a gooseberryOne surefire way to elicit sympathy from your cultured friends: tell them you’re going to see Mrs Brown’s Boys at the O2 arena. Was there e... [Read More]
Ronny Chieng on International Student and testing the limits of The Daily Show
Playing himself might be the ‘easiest job in the world’, but the boyish-looking, sick burn-delivering comic has been reliving some excruciating memoriesOn stage and screen, the comedian Ronny Chieng is famously irritable. A senior correspondent on America’s beloved news satire The ... [Read More]
Jenny Slate: ‘Ivanka Trump is a fake feminist and should be ashamed’
The US actor, standup and author on her new film, Gifted, rescuing her career after being fired from Saturday Night Live, inspirational women and the terrifying situation in the White HouseJenny Slate, 35, is an American comedian, actor and author. The middle of three sisters, with a ceramicist moth... [Read More]
Jenny Slate: ‘Ivanka Trump is a fake feminist and should be ashamed’
The US actor, standup and author on her new film, Gifted, rescuing her career after being fired from Saturday Night Live, inspirational women and the terrifying situation in the White HouseJenny Slate, 35, is an American comedian, actor and author. The middle of three sisters, with a ceramicist moth... [Read More]
Freak out! Reggie Watts on jamming with James Corden and tackling Trump with improv
The freestyle standup and bandleader on The Late Late Show is in London for a gig and has no idea what he’ll perform. Improv, he says, can free the mind – and maybe silliness can help save the worldVocal artist, musician, beatboxer, actor, alt-comedian and now bandleader: it might be qui... [Read More]
Freak out! Reggie Watts on jamming with James Corden and tackling Trump with improv
The freestyle standup and bandleader on The Late Late Show is in London for a gig and has no idea what he’ll perform. Improv, he says, can free the mind – and maybe silliness can help save the worldVocal artist, musician, beatboxer, actor, alt-comedian and now bandleader: it might be qui... [Read More]
Stuart Goldsmith: ‘The funniest thing? A toddler falling over at speed’
The Comedian’s Comedian host and comic on the things that make him laugh the most, from Arrested Development to the South Park movieI saw Brian Gittins a few weeks ago and don’t think I’ve laughed harder in years and years. Absolute joyous idiocy. Continue reading...... [Read More]
Why I love… Dave Chappelle
I will never not laugh at his bit on chicken and racismBack when easy streaming was a twinkle in some young executive’s eye, some TV was just… unavailable. If you were desperate to watch that US TV show, you could try the dodgy VHS guy down the market (ahem). So for a long time, I ... [Read More]
Help! We're trapped in an American sitcom – exclusive Comic Relief video
In Flatshare, created by the comedy sketch trio Massive Dad for Comic Relief, two mates walk into the world of a US sitcom, complete with canned laughter. The sketch is part of the Comic Relief Originals series to mark Red Nose Day on 24 March. Flatshare was written by Stevie Martin, Tessa Coates an... [Read More]