From Beyond the Fringe to Nanette: five shows that changed the face of comedy
With the Edinburgh fringe in full flow, here are the five standup sets that catapulted their creators to fameThese days, as BBC comedy controller Shane Allen recently confirmed, “Oxbridge white blokes” are out of comedy fashion. Time was they were the cutting edge, as when Messrs Cook, M... [Read More]
'So the universe implodes – no matter': comedians share their best one-liners
In Steve Best’s new book Joker Face, standups pick some of the funniest gags they’ve told. Here are 10 of our favouritesJenny Collier: The worst sport ever is throwing a hand-sized round thing as far as you can. Discus.Candy Gigi: Who’s a northerner’s favourite R&B star? ... [Read More]
From scissor attacks to diabetes improv: comedians' weirdest gigs
Lucy Porter caused a breakup. Romesh Ranganathan did a diabetes panel show. And Alexei Sayle survived a skinhead invasion. Comics relive their worst moments on stageThe 10 best jokes from the Edinburgh fringeA guy in the crowd had been drunkenly obnoxious all evening so I got everyone to chant &ldqu... [Read More]
Alexei Sayle review – still angry after all these years
Underbelly Med Quad, Edinburgh The standup aims his moral disgust at targets including the Queen, Dominic Sandbrook and Jack Whitehall, in a hilariously mean but erudite setWatching late-period Alexei Sayle reminds you how far intemperate moral disgust has fallen out of favour as a standup virtue. Y... [Read More]
Alexei Sayle review – still angry after all these years
Underbelly Med Quad, Edinburgh The standup aims his moral disgust at targets including the Queen, Dominic Sandbrook and Jack Whitehall, in a hilariously mean but erudite setWatching late-period Alexei Sayle reminds you how far intemperate moral disgust has fallen out of favour as a standup virtue. Y... [Read More]
Alexei Sayle review – still angry after all these years
Underbelly Med Quad, Edinburgh The standup aims his moral disgust at targets including the Queen, Dominic Sandbrook and Jack Whitehall, in a hilariously mean but erudite setWatching late-period Alexei Sayle reminds you how far intemperate moral disgust has fallen out of favour as a standup virtue. Y... [Read More]
Cool thing to buy this week: “Delete” from comedian Josh Blue
With an undeniably unique worldview, Josh Blue explores the preconceived ideas surrounding disability, and how the disabled community really feels about being called “inspirational”. This thought-provoking performance provides a glimpse into the day-to-day life of the loveable Josh Blue.... [Read More]
Game Changers of Comedy: Alexei Sayle
This game changer is the comedy equivalent of the Sex Pistols. He’s British. He’s punk. He has had a lot to say about the Queen and UK politics. Like the band, he had his own sound, and he set the standard. This game changer is Alexei Sayle. Sayle was born in 1952 Liverpool. His parents ... [Read More]
Game Changers of Comedy: Alexei Sayle
This game changer is the comedy equivalent of the Sex Pistols. He’s British. He’s punk. He has had a lot to say about the Queen and UK politics. Like the band, he had his own sound, and he set the standard. This game changer is Alexei Sayle. Sayle was born in 1952 Liverpool. His parents ... [Read More]