Lydia Towsey: how I discovered the Venus in me
From Botticelli to glossy magazines, women have been idealised and misrepresented for centuries. Performance poet Lydia Towsey reveals how her own near-fatal eating disorder set her on a path to explore new ways of looking at female bodiesBotticelli’s painting of the Birth of Venus was the fir... [Read More]
Why I wrote a comedy show about incontinence | Elaine Miller
As a physiotherapist, I know a third of women don’t have reliable body control. I wanted to raise awareness of this taboo subject at Edinburgh festivalI’m a physiotherapist, and as a fresh-faced graduate, my ambition was to work in elite sports. I did it, too, thriving on team spirit, tr... [Read More]
'I had to relearn how to be funny': comedian Lou Conran on her show about baby loss
Lou Conran terminated her pregnancy after five months when she discovered her baby would not survive outside the womb. Now, she is telling her story at the Edinburgh fringe“Nobody has cried through the previews,” says Lou Conran, “so it can’t be that bad.” The standup, ... [Read More]
10 of the UK's best music festivals for families
Kids’ discos, circus workshops, craft corners, PG-rated comedy … not forgetting proper music lineups, from Stormzy to Happy Mondays - here’s our pick of the events all the family can enjoyThe best rock, pop and dance festivalsThe best city and day festivalsThe best classical festi... [Read More]
Reginald D Hunter: ‘Getting married, having kids is one ideal. But it’s not my ideal’
The American comedian explains how his relationship with his mother affected his life and how you have to leave your home to make sense of itI’m the fourth funniest person in my family, but No 1 for confidence. For years, Daddy was the funniest, but at 97 his memory is a bit off. I’... [Read More]
If you think dating is hard, try doing it as a female comedian | Nikki Britton
The choice to go into comedy coincided with the sharp descent of Nikki Britton’s love life. Here, she examines whyAs I sit here alone on a Sunday night, hairy-legged and bloated, typing the words “hairy-legged and bloated”, it dawns on me that sharing, or oversharing, might be part... [Read More]
If you think dating is hard, try doing it as a female comedian | Nikki Britton
The choice to go into comedy coincided with the sharp descent of Nikki Britton’s love life. Here, she examines whyAs I sit here alone on a Sunday night, hairy-legged and bloated, typing the words “hairy-legged and bloated”, it dawns on me that sharing, or oversharing, might be part... [Read More]
Shappi Khorsandi: ‘My worst job? Life modelling for a woman who made me recite Shakespeare as I posed’
The comedian and author on memories of Iran, doing things her way and buying her mum a walk-on partBorn in Iran, Shappi Khorsandi, 43, was granted asylum in the UK after her family was forced to flee following the Islamic Revolution. After a degree in drama, theatre and television, her career in sta... [Read More]
Why aren’t female comedians funny? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Ayesha Hazarika
Every day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queriesWe live in a time of profound change and challenge and even though we think we know it all, there are still some big existential questions that plague... [Read More]
Why aren’t female comedians funny? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Ayesha Hazarika
Every day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queriesWe live in a time of profound change and challenge and even though we think we know it all, there are still some big existential questions that plague... [Read More]