Tez Ilyas: 'When comics talk about religion, it's not very funny'
His show Made in Britain debunked myths about Muslims in the UK. As he returns to Edinburgh, Tez Ilyas talks about the cut and thrust of panel shows and why the fringe is like a freshers’ week for standupsHi, Tez. This is your third standup show. What’s it all about?In the crudest terms,... [Read More]
Tez Ilyas: 'When comics talk about religion, it's not very funny'
His show Made in Britain debunked myths about Muslims in the UK. As he returns to Edinburgh, Tez Ilyas talks about the cut and thrust of panel shows and why the fringe is like a freshers’ week for standupsHi, Tez. This is your third standup show. What’s it all about?In the crudest terms,... [Read More]
Tez Ilyas: 'When comics talk about religion, it's not very funny'
His show Made in Britain debunked myths about Muslims in the UK. As he returns to Edinburgh, Tez Ilyas talks about the cut and thrust of panel shows and why the fringe is like a freshers’ week for standupsHi, Tez. This is your third standup show. What’s it all about?In the crudest terms,... [Read More]
Daniel Kitson can’t reclaim a racist word he’s never been the target of | Nosheen Iqbal
Comedian’s use of the P-word was designed to show how attitudes have changed – but standups pushing boundaries don’t have the right to be offensiveDaniel Kitson called me a Paki last week. Well, not literally: he stood up at his sold-out show at the Roundhouse in north London, wher... [Read More]
Desiree Burch review – stellar standup set about racism, sex and self-esteem
Soho theatre, LondonThe US standup takes a bull-in-a-china-shop approach to social anthropology – and riffs on the horrors of sleeping with someone born in the 90sAmerican comedian and theatre-maker Desiree Burch won the Funny Women award two years ago, then bagged a Poster award at the Edinbu... [Read More]
Desiree Burch review – stellar standup set about racism, sex and self-esteem
Soho theatre, LondonThe US standup takes a bull-in-a-china-shop approach to social anthropology – and riffs on the horrors of sleeping with someone born in the 90sAmerican comedian and theatre-maker Desiree Burch won the Funny Women award two years ago, then bagged a Poster award at the Edinbu... [Read More]
All standups have angles. But my jokes about being Asian just seem to upset @BritFIrstPete7
Often people just Asian assume Asian that Asian everything you Asian talk about Asian is just the Asian fact that you’re AsianIt has become a rule that if I ever make any sort of joke about my race on TV, I can pretty much guarantee that I will receive a series of tweets along the lines o... [Read More]
Hari Kondabolu: 'People want to laugh to deal with frustrations about the world'
The comedian, who forged a career tackling American race politics, is going mainstream with his new album that takes on Black Lives Matter and the electionHari Kondabolu actively resists being labeled an “Indian” or “political” comedian. In a conversation with the writer bell... [Read More]
Dane Baptiste: 'If we lived in an equal society, I wouldn't need to do comedy'
Dane Baptiste packed in his dead-end job to change the world. Britain’s answer to Chris Rock talks about his new sitcom Sunny D – and laughing at his own jokesSpeak to some black standups and they’ll say their skin colour is incidental. That, to put it mildly, is not Dane Baptiste&... [Read More]
Shaved and savage: has comedian Margaret Cho finally gone too far?
She has bust every taboo going. But has the caustic comic gone too far with her new song about rape? She talks about being accused of racism, falling out with Tracey Emin – and why she loves British audiencesMargaret Cho’s latest single is called I Want to Kill My Rapist. In the video, C... [Read More]