Comedians on how to banish festive fear and have a better Christmas
From faking illness to binning Brexit chat, standups including Rachel Parris, Milton Jones and Phil Wang share advice on taking the hassle out of the holidaysRachel Parris: Wear something hilarious at all times. A novelty jumper or naughty apron will give everyone something to talk about that isn&rs... [Read More]
Christie, Kitson and an unholy cabaret: the best comedy shows this Christmas
Bridget Christie promises a night of hope and despair, Daniel Kitson serves up a heartwarmer and Lucy McCormick delivers a trash take on the New Testament. Here are the funniest festive gigsMore to see: Theatre | Carols and concerts | DanceHer last show, Because You Demanded It, was one of the comed... [Read More]
Comedy in a care home: the standups taking slapstick into new territory
The residents were expecting bingo. Instead they got lessons in strawberry spitting, a Railway Children spoof – and a stuntman stripping to his underpantsMonday afternoon is usually bingo time at the Madelayne Court care home, in the village of Broomfield, near Chelmsford. So today’s act... [Read More]
Comedy in a care home: the standups taking slapstick into new territory
The residents were expecting bingo. Instead they got lessons in strawberry spitting, a Railway Children spoof – and a stuntman stripping to his underpantsMonday afternoon is usually bingo time at the Madelayne Court care home, in the village of Broomfield, near Chelmsford. So today’s act... [Read More]
I was a dad at 17, now I’m a grandad at 40 – it saved my life
Gary Meikle has forged a career in standup after finding inspiration from his life as a single dad. He also tried material about being a grandad, but audiences didn’t believe he was old enough to be oneWhen Gary Meikle was 17, he had sex in a cupboard at a party with a girl he barely knew... [Read More]
Tim Minchin: ‘If you ask Mum who was the most trouble, she’d say it was me’
The comedian, actor and musician on being part of a strong, close family, his parents’ high expectations, and discovering he could write good riffsMy granddad had a 1,500-acre hobby farm that he had built up from scratch in Western Australia, so my siblings and I spent our childhoods going the... [Read More]
Tim Minchin: ‘If you ask Mum who was the most trouble, she’d say it was me’
The comedian, actor and musician on being part of a strong, close family, his parents’ high expectations, and discovering he could write good riffsMy granddad had a 1,500-acre hobby farm that he had built up from scratch in Western Australia, so my siblings and I spent our childhoods going the... [Read More]
Tim Minchin: ‘If you ask Mum who was the most trouble, she’d say it was me’
The comedian, actor and musician on being part of a strong, close family, his parents’ high expectations, and discovering he could write good riffsMy granddad had a 1,500-acre hobby farm that he had built up from scratch in Western Australia, so my siblings and I spent our childhoods going the... [Read More]
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]