The fing about Micky Flanagan: irresistible rise of a minted everyman
The UK’s most popular comic is taking his cockney shtick on tour but he’s more than a cheeky caricature – his democratic brand of humour is smart and generousI’m not sure whether to review Micky Flanagan’s comedy or weigh it. The biggest-selling comedian of 2016 is doin... [Read More]
Absurdist comedians Tim and Eric: 'Our show is a trainwreck of a live experience'
The comedy duo recently celebrated the ten-year anniversary of their cult show and talk about finding the funny in the mundane and how they metFor almost two decades now, comedy duo Tim (Heidecker) and Eric (Wareheim) have honed their absurdist and often gross sketch comedy. After a summer of tourin... [Read More]
Absurdist comedians Tim and Eric: 'Our show is a trainwreck of a live experience'
The comedy duo recently celebrated the ten-year anniversary of their cult show and talk about finding the funny in the mundane and how they metFor almost two decades now, comedy duo Tim (Heidecker) and Eric (Wareheim) have honed their absurdist and often gross sketch comedy. After a summer of tourin... [Read More]
Tears of clowns: who are the saddest of TV's sad comedians?
Television shows built around standup comics have taken a turn for the despairing. Louis CK has a lot to answer for“Are you havin’ a laugh?”Not recently, no. Related: Matt Okine and Harriet Dyer on drinking, drugs and diversity on TV Related: How Catastrophe became even more excru... [Read More]
Tears of clowns: who are the saddest of TV's sad comedians?
Television shows built around standup comics have taken a turn for the despairing. Louis CK has a lot to answer for“Are you havin’ a laugh?”Not recently, no. Related: Matt Okine and Harriet Dyer on drinking, drugs and diversity on TV Related: How Catastrophe became even more excru... [Read More]
Sara Schaefer: the breakout comic on trashing Trump and bombing on stage
After writing gigs on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, the American standup is heading for the big time via a show at the Edinburgh festival fringeLosing control of your bladder in a grocery store. Being bullied at school for using men’s deodorant. Getting posture problems as a result of walking ... [Read More]
From Del Boy’s cap to Steve Martin’s arrow – what happened to the comedy trademark?
Comedians once embraced a signature quip or look, so why have such tropes fallen out of favour? Related: Stand down: when comics make unfunny big-screen comedies Imagine a museum devoted to the iconography of comedy. There would be glass cases containing Del Boy’s flat cap, Father Ted’s ... [Read More]
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]