Lil Dicky and the truth about comedy rap – it’s tricky!
Comedy rapper Lil Dicky has reached No 1, adding to successes such as Big Shaq and the Lonely Island. But as Honey G’s example shows, doing funny rhymes right takes sophistication‘He’s not like a ‘rapper’ rapper,” the guy in the restaurant explains to his unimpres... [Read More]
'It sounds like Michael Bubbly!' Big Shaq rates his rivals for Christmas No 1
The coat-obsessed Man’s Not Hot rapper has made the viral pop hit of the year – and could now be the Christmas No 1. So does he think he can beat Ed Sheeran, Mariah Carey and Gregory Porter?Amid the usual sleigh bells, string sections and festive lyrics in this year’s Christmas No ... [Read More]
Bridget Christie and Drake: top things to do in the UK this week
From the super-sharp standup latest set to the hip-hop megastar’s mammoth tour: your at-a-glance guide to the best in cultureBridget ChristieThe queen of feminist comedy continues her two-week run in London, with a new show that faces up to our EU exasperation, before heading out on tour.At Le... [Read More]
Bridget Christie and Drake: top things to do in the UK this week
From the super-sharp standup latest set to the hip-hop megastar’s mammoth tour: your at-a-glance guide to the best in cultureBridget ChristieThe queen of feminist comedy continues her two-week run in London, with a new show that faces up to our EU exasperation, before heading out on tour.At Le... [Read More]
Episode #17: Myq Kaplan and Zach Sherwin
Myq Kaplan and Zach Sherwin have been friends of mine for years, and together, they have a new podcast miniseries, Words of the Years, on the new podcast app, Howl. You probably saw Kaplan performing this summer as a contestant on America's Got Talent. In 2010, Kaplan also made the final f... [Read More]
On my radar: Doc Brown’s cultural highlights
The rapper, comedian, actor and screenwriter on Slow West, Ray Celestin’s The Axeman’s Jazz, The Waters by Mick Jenkins and the magic of Kermode and MayoBen Bailey Smith, AKA Doc Brown, is a rapper, comedian, actor, screenwriter, and younger sibling of Zadie Smith. He began his career in... [Read More]
Straight outta Edinburgh: a rap guide to the fringe's freestyling standups
Wherever you look at the festival, comedians are unselfconsciously rocking the mic. Critic Brian Logan joins the party …Cue hip-hop beat. Middle-aged, middle-class, white comedy critic trying to conceal his identity behind sunglasses, backwards baseball cap and extraordinarily large medallion... [Read More]
Cipha Sounds like a DJ, thinks like a comedian: Don’t Get Gassed; Take It Personal!
It’s never too late to get bit by the comedy bug. Cipha Sounds could have jumped headfirst into stand-up comedy a decade before he did. He told The Comic's Comic about hanging around with Dave Chappelle one night in 2002. “We were at some party, an Eminem album release party, and he was ... [Read More]
Donald Glover’s FX hip-hop comedy pilot ‘Atlanta’ is happening
Donald Glover will create and star in a new comedy pilot for FX Networks. Childish Gambino is already working on the next season of Community for Yahoo! Screen and his next project Atlanta will show off more of his hip-hop chops. Atlanta is about two cousins working their way up the Atlanta rap scen... [Read More]
Neko White: The Intro of the Whole Story
At fourteen years old, a teenager is getting ready for high school.  Trying out for sports, joining after school clubs, and starting to date are things one does commonly at that age.  For Neko White, being fourteen also meant becoming a stand-up comedian.  After seven years in, the no... [Read More]