Aziz Ansari suggests 'wokeness' can go too far at surprise gig
The US comic is cynical about competitive virtue-signalling in a show that doesn’t directly respond to allegations against him but is full of friction What happens to men accused of sexual misconduct in the #MeToo era? Assuming their offences don’t incur legal sanction, how, if at all, m... [Read More]
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]
Michelle Wolf: ‘It’s weird that Trump doesn’t have a sense of humour’
As host of the White House correspondents’ dinner, comic Michelle Wolf insulted Trump, his inner circle and the press. What happened next?In the past 35 days, Michelle Wolf has hosted the annual White House correspondents’ dinner, scandalised Washington DC, outraged the president, run a ... [Read More]
Empire state of mind: the comedian untangling India's identity crisis
With his persona of a Raj-revering Indian, Anuvab Pal dons a Beefeater jacket and judge’s wig to trace colonial legacy in the standup show The EmpireReckoning with colonialism is on the minds of third-generation diaspora kids. Projects such as the Crimes of Britain website are monitoring Brita... [Read More]
‘Nothing was off-limits’: Mark Thomas on his West Bank comedy club
When the activist-standup put on a comedy show in a refugee camp in Jenin, the jokes he heard were angry, funny – and radicalThe first time I went to Jenin was when we did the Walking the Wall project – to hike the length of Israel’s wall in the West Bank. When we started, I was hu... [Read More]
As a comic, Al Franken joked about rape, sex robots and Afghan women
The Minnesota senator has apologised following allegations of sexual misconduct, and it is not the first example of his attitudes about women and sexSenator Al Franken of Minnesota apologised on Thursday after being accused of sexually harassing the journalist Leeann Tweeden in 2006, highlighting th... [Read More]
Sean Hughes: comedian dies aged 51
Hughes, Perrier award winner and team captain on BBC’s Never Mind the Buzzcocks, died on Monday morningSean Hughes: sparky comedy gadfly in a league of his ownSean Hughes, the Irish standup comedian, author and actor, has died aged 51, his former agent said. Related: 'I matured very late in li... [Read More]
Sean Hughes: comedian dies aged 51
Hughes, Perrier award winner and team captain on BBC’s Never Mind the Buzzcocks, died on Monday morningSean Hughes: sparky comedy gadfly in a league of his ownSean Hughes, the Irish standup comedian, author and actor, has died aged 51, his former agent said. Related: 'Charming, soulful, a prop... [Read More]
Tez Ilyas: 'When comics talk about religion, it's not very funny'
His show Made in Britain debunked myths about Muslims in the UK. As he returns to Edinburgh, Tez Ilyas talks about the cut and thrust of panel shows and why the fringe is like a freshers’ week for standupsHi, Tez. This is your third standup show. What’s it all about?In the crudest terms,... [Read More]
Tez Ilyas: 'When comics talk about religion, it's not very funny'
His show Made in Britain debunked myths about Muslims in the UK. As he returns to Edinburgh, Tez Ilyas talks about the cut and thrust of panel shows and why the fringe is like a freshers’ week for standupsHi, Tez. This is your third standup show. What’s it all about?In the crudest terms,... [Read More]