Standups on tour: ‘Why have I left my kids to stay in a rat-infested garret?’
How do comics survive life on the road? They rob their minibars, turn roadies into bird-watchers – and read The Da Vinci CodeI once played in a tiny little school hall in a tiny little village called Drumnadrochit, on the shores of Loch Ness. After the gig, the manager came in and said the aud... [Read More]
Standups on tour: ‘Why have I left my kids to stay in a rat-infested garret?’
How do comics survive life on the road? They rob their minibars, turn roadies into bird-watchers – and read The Da Vinci CodeI once played in a tiny little school hall in a tiny little village called Drumnadrochit, on the shores of Loch Ness. After the gig, the manager came in and said the aud... [Read More]
Bill Bailey review – standup scales the ​peaks of sublime silliness
Cliffs Pavilion, SouthendBailey’s honest enthusiasm for the marginal, the overlooked and the seldom juxtaposed is delightfulMore than three decades into his career, Bill Bailey’s shows march to the beat of no one’s drum but his own – in tonight’s case, an adapted steel ... [Read More]
Christie, Kitson and an unholy cabaret: the best comedy shows this Christmas
Bridget Christie promises a night of hope and despair, Daniel Kitson serves up a heartwarmer and Lucy McCormick delivers a trash take on the New Testament. Here are the funniest festive gigsMore to see: Theatre | Carols and concerts | DanceHer last show, Because You Demanded It, was one of the comed... [Read More]
Bill Bailey: ‘The worst thing anyone’s said to me? “You’re that bloke off the Hairy Bikers”’
The comedian on mistaken identity, his love of birds and his disappointment at being overlooked for the role of 007Born in Bath, Bill Bailey, 52, was nominated for a Perrier award at the 1996 Edinburgh fringe, and went on to star in the TV sitcom Black Books. He has appeared regularly on Never Mind ... [Read More]
Bill Bailey: ‘The worst thing anyone’s said to me? “You’re that bloke off the Hairy Bikers”’
The comedian on mistaken identity, his love of birds and his disappointment at being overlooked for the role of 007Born in Bath, Bill Bailey, 52, was nominated for a Perrier award at the 1996 Edinburgh fringe, and went on to star in the TV sitcom Black Books. He has appeared regularly on Never Mind ... [Read More]
Bill Bailey: The funniest person I know? My Auntie Jean
From Louis CK to A Confederacy Of Dunces, the comedian reveals the things that make him laughPhysically seen live was Louis CK – I thought he was very good. He’s found a way of accessing a truth about subjects and making them hilariously funny as well. Continue reading...... [Read More]
Bill Bailey review – back to his blithe best
Vaudeville theatre, LondonFrom riffs on Labour’s ‘experimental’ period to a German-language heavy-metal Waterloo, Bailey’s ticklish joy in the trivial delights a warm crowdBill Bailey may be a household name, with a year-long tour on the go, including this five-week West End ... [Read More]
Bill Bailey's Christmas message: don't run holding a trifle
The comedian reveals his Hawaiian pudding nightmare – and explains why he ignores Christmas in his showsHi Bill! Are you feeling Christmassy yet?No, I’m not really. I actually find it quite odd when I see the proliferation of trees and lights and decorations around Britain while I’... [Read More]
Bill Bailey webchat – as it happened
The bearded surrealist joined us to answer questions on everything from the odds of being torn apart by a badger to the best way to drink tea, via the refugee crisis and Bobby Crush 1.10pm GMTThanks for all your wonderful and quite bizarre questions! 1.05pm GMTThanks for all your wonderful and quite... [Read More]