The best films about standup: from King of Comedy to Funny Bones
As Maxine Peake takes the mic to play a club comic in Funny Cow, here are five movies that capture the lacerating, soul-baring world of live comedyThere’s something so intimate, exposing and ruthless about their artform that standups make perfect symbols for the battle we all wage to assert ou... [Read More]
The best films about standup: from King of Comedy to Funny Bones
As Maxine Peake takes the mic to play a club comic in Funny Cow, here are five movies that capture the lacerating, soul-baring world of live comedyThere’s something so intimate, exposing and ruthless about their artform that standups make perfect symbols for the battle we all wage to assert ou... [Read More]
Review: James Acaster, “Repertoire” on Netflix
If you thought releasing two stand-up comedy specials simultaneously was big, how about four at once?! James Acaster did just that on Tuesday with Repertoire on Netflix. Only one of the four performances in the collection is actually new, although all four were filmed just this past fall in Notting ... [Read More]
Review: James Acaster, “Repertoire” on Netflix
If you thought releasing two stand-up comedy specials simultaneously was big, how about four at once?! James Acaster did just that on Tuesday with Repertoire on Netflix. Only one of the four performances in the collection is actually new, although all four were filmed just this past fall in Notting ... [Read More]
A Comedian’s Guide to Doing the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which is happening August 3rd through the 27th in 2018, is the largest performing arts festival in the world. Every year, thousands of performers go to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to showcase their work, build a UK following, make valuable connections, sell their sho... [Read More]
The top 10 comedy shows of 2017
A virgin dominatrix whipped Edinburgh, Tim Key looked for love and Hannah Gadsby quit then won two awards. But only the snide, brutal brilliance of Frankie Boyle could triumph over the year’s horrors• More of the best culture from 2017 Continue reading...... [Read More]
The top 10 comedy shows of 2017
A virgin dominatrix whipped Edinburgh, Tim Key looked for love and Hannah Gadsby quit then won two awards. But only the snide, brutal brilliance of Frankie Boyle could triumph over the year’s horrors• More of the best culture from 2017 Continue reading...... [Read More]
Hannah Gadsby and John Robins share Best Comedy Show honors at 2017 Edinburgh Fringe; Natalie Palamides Best Newcomer
For the first time ever, the Edinburgh Comedy Awards declared not one but two individual winners of the Best Comedy Show at the Fringe, with Australian Hannah Gadsby and Brit John Robins sharing the top 2017 prize. Meanwhile, American Natalie Palamides took home the Best Newcomer prize for the 2017 ... [Read More]
Edinburgh festival 2017: the best standup shows going on tour
Now the fringe is over, comics from Desiree Burch to John Bishop are hitting the road with jokes about fertility anxiety, political correctness and life as a ‘virgin dominatrix’Maybe you’re frustrated – or delighted – that the Edinburgh festival is over and you didn&rsq... [Read More]
Edinburgh’s double comedy winners mix humour with darker takes on life
Shows about relationship breakdown and homophobia pick up a prize – or two – for John Robins and Hannah GadsbyThe longest ever shortlist. The first ever joint winners. And clearly, the most indecisive judging panel ever.It was indeed, as the publicity would have it, an “unprecedent... [Read More]