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]
Frankie Boyle review – the dark lord of comedy hits his meanest streak
EICC, EdinburghThe cackling peddler of brutal jokes about the most sensitive subjects is not for the faint-hearted, but his new standup show is relentlessly funnyIf you thought Frankie Boyle’s monologues on his recent BBC show New World Order were too mild, this is the show for you. Repeatedly... [Read More]
Frankie Boyle review – the dark lord of comedy hits his meanest streak
EICC, EdinburghThe cackling peddler of brutal jokes about the most sensitive subjects is not for the faint-hearted, but his new standup show is relentlessly funnyIf you thought Frankie Boyle’s monologues on his recent BBC show New World Order were too mild, this is the show for you. Repeatedly... [Read More]
The comedy trends of 2015: nostalgia, oversharing and new-school mimes
From newfound political awareness to a resurgence of clowning, 2015’s comedy landscape was bumpy but invigoratingIn election year, it was apt that political comedy seemed to be back on the agenda. We had Russell Brand’s last-minute intervention in the Westminster campaign – and so ... [Read More]
Frankie Boyle review – sick jokes used as hand grenades
Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-SeaBoyle delivers his vicious one-liners as palate cleansers between heartfelt routines beating us for our bovine acquiescence to political authority“It’s not always a happy talent, being reflexively horrible to people,” says Frankie Boyle. “But i... [Read More]
The Laugh Guide: Insult Comedy
The ongoing series of exploring different styles of comedy. The Laugh Guide: Issue 6 – Insult Comedy Hey dumbass, stick that flannel shirt up your ass and fit in with the other douche bags. I heard this direct insult from Jeffrey Ross as roasted crowd members during Just For Laughs 2011. Ross’ style... [Read More]
Publishers Have High Hopes for Comedy Memoirs to Top Bestsellers List
The publishers of celebrity memoirs are getting ready for Super Thursday, a day so named because it offers the best chance for potential Christmas bestsellers to launch on the mass market. Strong contenders for 2011 include quite a few autobiographie... [Read More]
Doug Stanhope on "offensive" comedy | Herald Scotland
"What has always twisted my spine in hate and will seemingly continue to do so is the fact that one contentious piece of material from a comedian can cause such an uproar, yet the masses of tired, pedestrian comedy that is dumped regularly on the populace never causes any furore anywhere outside the green room door. If there is cause for outrage, it shouldn’t be when people are occasionally offended but when they are repeatedly bored. One comic getting into a heated altercation with an audience ... [Read More]