‘Nothing was off-limits’: Mark Thomas on his West Bank comedy club
When the activist-standup put on a comedy show in a refugee camp in Jenin, the jokes he heard were angry, funny – and radicalThe first time I went to Jenin was when we did the Walking the Wall project – to hike the length of Israel’s wall in the West Bank. When we started, I was hu... [Read More]
'Bit daunting, really': the Edinburgh standups reading Chilcot in full – video
At 2.6m words it’s something of a mouthful, but John Chilcot’s Iraq war report is being tackled by comics at the 2016 fringe in a performance expected to take two weeks. Here, they explain why holding the powerful to account is ‘exactly what Edinburgh is for’Chilcot’s 6... [Read More]
'If I get laughs, I will have failed': Chilcot report recital begins in Edinburgh
Comedians kick off Iraq Out and Loud, the reading of all 6,000 pages of the Iraq war report in a small shed at the fringeThe most talked about performance at the Edinburgh festival fringe kicked off less with a bang and more with the clearing of a throat, the donning of some glasses, and the grippin... [Read More]
Bassem Youssef says 'get stuffed' to those who claim the Arab spring failed
Satirist whose show took Egypt by storm says the seeds of subversive humour he helped plant will be nurtured by a generation who has grown up online The Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef jokes that his compatriots joined the Arab spring revolt not because they wanted justice or democracy, but out of ... [Read More]