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]
New BBC curbs on comedy: 'Derogatory remarks' banned | Chortle
Comedy is to come under even tighter scrutiny at the BBC as new guidelines banning ‘derogatory remarks’ come into force. New restrictions compiled in the wake of the media furore over Sachsgate and Frankie Boyle’s jokes about swimmer Rebecca Adlington are to be introduced next week. The clause most likely to cause headaches for comedians is number 5.4.32, which stages: ‘Unduly derogatory remarks aimed at real people (as opposed to fictional characters or historic figures) must not be celebrated ... [Read More]
Frankie Boyle's Down's Syndrome jokes provoke victim's mother | Mail Online
Frankie Boyle devoted five minutes of a stand-up show to a foul tirade against sufferers and their parents by criticising their hair, clothing and voices. He then turned on the audience, picking on a couple - Sharon and Keiron Smith - in the front row and accusing them of talking. Laughter turned to awkward silence when Mrs Smith told Boyle: 'My daughter has Down's syndrome and I'm very upset.' Boyle was unrepentant. He made fun of the couple before saying: 'This is my last tour. I don't give a ... [Read More]