'So the universe implodes – no matter': comedians share their best one-liners
In Steve Best’s new book Joker Face, standups pick some of the funniest gags they’ve told. Here are 10 of our favouritesJenny Collier: The worst sport ever is throwing a hand-sized round thing as far as you can. Discus.Candy Gigi: Who’s a northerner’s favourite R&B star? ... [Read More]
Optimism v pessimism in 2017: the comedian and the psychologist debate
Liam Williams quit standup fearing his pessimism about the state of the planet was making audiences worryingly apathetic. But is a sunny outlook really any healthier? We sat him down for a session with psychotherapist Philippa PerryMore uplifting culture for 2017One day last year, Liam Williams lock... [Read More]
Capital panto: Ricky Whittington surveys modern London's malaises
A crack cast of millennial comics deliver social satire amid the poo jokes and spoof songs in an alt-panto created by Liam Williams and Daran JohnsonThe “all-age family entertainment” of panto is being “doused with ill-disguised ordure,” protested one correspondent in the Gua... [Read More]
Capital panto: Ricky Whittington surveys modern London's malaises
A crack cast of millennial comics deliver social satire amid the poo jokes and spoof songs in an alt-panto created by Liam Williams and Daran JohnsonThe “all-age family entertainment” of panto is being “doused with ill-disguised ordure,” protested one correspondent in the Gua... [Read More]
Capital panto: Ricky Whittington surveys modern London's malaises
A crack cast of millennial comics deliver social satire amid the poo jokes and spoof songs in an alt-panto created by Liam Williams and Daran JohnsonThe “all-age family entertainment” of panto is being “doused with ill-disguised ordure,” protested one correspondent in the Gua... [Read More]
The rise and fall of the Invisible Dot, comedy's Factory Records
The innovative outfit that cultivated talents such as Tim Key and Claudia O’Doherty is no more. So why, during this boom time for comedy, did it fail?Three weeks ago, it went into voluntary liquidation; a meeting of creditors was held last week. Visit its website – once a portal to the m... [Read More]
The rise and fall of the Invisible Dot, comedy's Factory Records
The innovative outfit that cultivated talents such as Tim Key and Claudia O’Doherty is no more. So why, during this boom time for comedy, did it fail?Three weeks ago, it went into voluntary liquidation; a meeting of creditors was held last week. Visit its website – once a portal to the m... [Read More]
We the Jury and Travesty: do Acaster and Williams's new scripts stand up?
James Acaster has penned a sitcom pilot and Liam Williams has written a play. Both bring echoes of their striking comedy routines but neither is as successfulSitcoms, in the UK at least, are rarely written by renowned standups – Jo Brand is an exception, as are self-penned star vehicles Mirand... [Read More]
We the Jury and Travesty: do Acaster and Williams's new scripts stand up?
James Acaster has penned a sitcom pilot and Liam Williams has written a play. Both bring echoes of their striking comedy routines but neither is as successfulSitcoms, in the UK at least, are rarely written by renowned standups – Jo Brand is an exception, as are self-penned star vehicles Mirand... [Read More]
We the Jury and Travesty: do Acaster and Williams's new scripts stand up?
James Acaster has penned a sitcom pilot and Liam Williams has written a play. Both bring echoes of their striking comedy routines but neither is as successfulSitcoms, in the UK at least, are rarely written by renowned standups – Jo Brand is an exception, as are self-penned star vehicles Mirand... [Read More]