Michelle Wolf’s “So Brave” lone American show nominated for 2016 Edinburgh Fringe “Edinburgh Comedy Awards”
Congrats to Michelle Wolf on being named today as one of the best newcomers to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe! With the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe coming to a close this weekend, the annual Edinburgh Comedy Awards announced their shortlisted nominees today for the major honors of Best Comedy Show 2016 and... [Read More]
Michelle Wolf’s “So Brave” lone American show nominated for 2016 Edinburgh Fringe “Edinburgh Comedy Awards”
Congrats to Michelle Wolf on being named today as one of the best newcomers to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe! With the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe coming to a close this weekend, the annual Edinburgh Comedy Awards announced their shortlisted nominees today for the major honors of Best Comedy Show 2016 and... [Read More]
Edinburgh comedy awards 2016: the nominees in full
Eight comedy shows are in the running for the prestigious prize at the Edinburgh festival, with James Acaster receiving a fifth consecutive nominationA confessional show about sexual assault, a puppet writing a novel and a record-breaking fifth consecutive nomination for James Acaster all feature in... [Read More]
Edinburgh comedy awards 2016: the nominees in full
Eight comedy shows are in the running for the prestigious prize at the Edinburgh festival, with James Acaster receiving a fifth consecutive nominationA confessional show about sexual assault, a puppet writing a novel and a record-breaking fifth consecutive nomination for James Acaster all feature in... [Read More]
Nish Kumar review – smart skewering from Britain's cheery clown-preacher
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThe affable comic expertly blends comedy and commentary in a routine that snipes unpityingly at Britain’s political classOne of the worst things about Brexit, says Nish Kumar, was its timing, five weeks before the fringe. Bridget Christie had to rewrite her set fr... [Read More]
'Booed off in 17 seconds' – comedians recall their first gigs
Shappi Khorsandi felt as if she’d walked on the moon. Isy Suttie watched a man change a dressing on a wound as she spoke. Omid Djalili fell off the stage. So how did the first gigs of Paul Merton, Susan Calman and other top comics go?I was on at midnight and did a show about a policeman giving... [Read More]
Nish Kumar: ‘I laughed so hard I nearly threw up’
From Catch-22 to his cousins, the standup reveals the things that make him chortle the mostOne out of Louis CK, Chris Rock, Daniel Kitson, Stewart Lee, Richard Pryor or Bridget Christie. James Acaster is phenomenal, but he’s my friend so I can’t say him or he’ll make fun of me. Con... [Read More]
Brian Logan's top 10 comedy of 2015
Bridget Christie was belligerent, Doug Stanhope was savage, and Nish Kumar was reborn a rightwinger. But a touching show about Lance Armstrong wins our critic’s best comedy of 2015• More on the best culture of 2015You’d have got long odds at the start of the year if you had tipped a... [Read More]
Nish Kumar's Christmas Q&A: 'I’m a prolific self-gift-giver'
The standup comedian reveals his secret for effective Christmas shoppingHi Nish! Are you feeling Christmassy yet?Yeah I am, actually. I’m doing a short film for Sky 1 that comes out over Christmas and is Christmas-themed, so my head is very Christmassy at the moment. I’ve sort of acceler... [Read More]
What's the one consolation of 10 years of Tories? Some decent political comedy
Political comedy used be an orthodox, tub-thumping affair. Today, it’s a far subtler art, with Nish Kumar, Sheeps, Stewart Lee and Ahir Shah all reinventing the form You can tell plenty about the state of a nation from its comedy. Throughout the noughties, live comedy was by and large unintere... [Read More]