Episode #147: Ian Harvie
Ian Harvie came out to his family three times in Maine, as gay at 19, as transgender at 22, and as a stand-up comedian at 33. Now a trans man in his 40s, Harvie produced one of the best stand-up specials of 2016, Seeso’s May the Best Cock Win. In between, he met Margaret Cho […] [Read More]
Episode #147: Ian Harvie
Ian Harvie came out to his family three times in Maine, as gay at 19, as transgender at 22, and as a stand-up comedian at 33. Now a trans man in his 40s, Harvie produced one of the best stand-up specials of 2016, Seeso’s May the Best Cock Win. In between, he met Margaret Cho […] [Read More]
Ricky Gervais's transgender jokes show we're all in a kind of transition
The comic has been accused of transphobia after riffing about Caitlyn Jenner in his standup show. So does giving him a favourable review endorse those gags?Ricky Gervais sometimes gets people’s backs up and so, it transpires, do reviewers who write about him. “B4 you write another @guard... [Read More]
Manwatching: a secret female playwright's liberating look at sex
The author of a hit show about desire explains why she’s staying anonymous – and why her play is only performed by male comediansYou’ve written a hit play, it’s been programmed for a run at the Royal Court – and you can’t take a shred of credit for it? You’d... [Read More]
Review: Ian Harvie, “May the Best Cock Win,” on Seeso
Transgender became a much more buzzed-about identity over the past couple of years, from Olympic champion and Wheaties cereal box hero Bruce Jenner transitioning to Caitlyn Jenner to keep up with the Kardashians, to North Carolina’s oppressively obnoxious bathroom legislation, to the awar... [Read More]
Banned Harry Hill gag shows a shift in attitudes to both comedy and gender
Ofcom has censured an old episode of TV Burp, eight years after deeming its skit about a transgender man acceptable. It signals a sea change in how trans issues are treated on the small screen and beyondWe’re used to the idea that what’s offensive, in comedy and beyond, can change over t... [Read More]
Larry Wilmore talks about his surprising cancellation by Comedy Central
Larry Wilmore built his Nightly Show on Comedy Central around the concept of "Keeping it 100," and in the final week of shows on TV, Wilmore has made that even more evident -- not only by ditching the idea of producing new segments Tuesday night (joking that he and his staff got into all of [&hellip... [Read More]
Larry Wilmore talks about his surprising cancellation by Comedy Central
Larry Wilmore built his Nightly Show on Comedy Central around the concept of "Keeping it 100," and in the final week of shows on TV, Wilmore has made that even more evident -- not only by ditching the idea of producing new segments Tuesday night (joking that he and his staff got into all of [&hellip... [Read More]
Zoë Coombs Marr: why a 'cranky lesbian in her 30s' should be person of the year
‘You can’t make intersectional feminism funny,’ says Coombs Marr as Dave, her alter ego. He goes on to make it hilarious, in a show that everyone should seeI’m lobbying for a new person-of-the-year award. While Time magazine’s fêted title honours one who has done ... [Read More]
Julia Scotti’s groundbreaking audition for America’s Got Talent 2016
Julia Scotti is a 63-year-old stand-up comedian who impressed the judges Tuesday night during her audition on America's Got Talent, then wowed them even more when she explained that she had tried to make a go of a career in comedy for 20 years, then quit, took an 11-year-break, and came back. As a w... [Read More]