Tez Ilyas: 'When comics talk about religion, it's not very funny'
His show Made in Britain debunked myths about Muslims in the UK. As he returns to Edinburgh, Tez Ilyas talks about the cut and thrust of panel shows and why the fringe is like a freshers’ week for standupsHi, Tez. This is your third standup show. What’s it all about?In the crudest terms,... [Read More]
Tez Ilyas: 'When comics talk about religion, it's not very funny'
His show Made in Britain debunked myths about Muslims in the UK. As he returns to Edinburgh, Tez Ilyas talks about the cut and thrust of panel shows and why the fringe is like a freshers’ week for standupsHi, Tez. This is your third standup show. What’s it all about?In the crudest terms,... [Read More]
Tez Ilyas: 'When comics talk about religion, it's not very funny'
His show Made in Britain debunked myths about Muslims in the UK. As he returns to Edinburgh, Tez Ilyas talks about the cut and thrust of panel shows and why the fringe is like a freshers’ week for standupsHi, Tez. This is your third standup show. What’s it all about?In the crudest terms,... [Read More]
Hans Teeuwen: 'I mock Islam … but I make it funny'
On stage, the absurdist Dutch comedian is all fairytales and silly songs. Off it, he’s a deadly serious – and controversial – political campaigner. He talks fun, failure and freedom of speechIt’s been six years since Hans Teeuwen last performed in the UK, which is a long time... [Read More]
Shazia Mirza review – scattergun thinking defuses the shock tactics
Tricycle, LondonThere are laughs to be had in Mirza’s passionate, taboo-busting comedy but she’s let down by duff puns and an aversion to logical argumentShazia Mirza dislikes performing to Guardian readers, because we analyse silently, she says, rather than laugh. Well, I like a laugh, ... [Read More]
Shazia Mirza: 'Look at me – Isis would stone me to death'
The Muslim comic received prizes and hate mail for her dark humour in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. She talks about the British jihadi bride schoolgirls who inspired her new showWith her trademark deadpan delivery, Shazia Mirza is discussing the east London school where four pupils have left for Syr... [Read More]
Gunmen massacre in Paris at Charlie Hebdo, French weekly satirical magazine
At least 10 journalists and two police officers were killed today in a massacre launched by multiple gunmen at Charlie Hebdo, a weekly satirical magazine in Paris that frequently lampooned Islam and its prophet Muhammad. Perhaps five others were seriously wounded in the terror attack. The magazine's... [Read More]
Gunmen massacre in Paris at Charlie Hebdo, French weekly satirical magazine
At least 10 journalists and two police officers were killed today in a massacre launched by multiple gunmen at Charlie Hebdo, a weekly satirical magazine in Paris that frequently lampooned Islam and its prophet Muhammad. Perhaps five others were seriously wounded in the terror attack. The magazine's... [Read More]
Comedian Bassem Youssef Not Sweating Islamists’ Death Threats
Bassem Youssef is a comedian with the uncanny courage of a soldier. For Youssef, the fight is free speech – the right to argue against institutional powers without fear of prosecution or punishment. A news report today revealed that Islamic fun... [Read More]