Race is still a touchy subject at the Edinburgh fringe
As the only brown person in the room at The Glang Show, I couldn’t shake a sense of otherness when a quip turned sourI’m a few months into a new career as a standup comedian. I’ve had some lovely gigs, some horrific gigs and I have started to get paid for being funny. The path to c... [Read More]
Alex Edelman review – a Jewish comic walks into a Nazi meeting …
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghIn Just for Us, the smooth-talking and apparently fearless Bostonian standup recounts gatecrashing a white supremacist gathering in New YorkA young Jewish guy goes to a Nazi meeting assuming he’ll be OK … it’s the definition of white privilege, the Bo... [Read More]
Polski sklep-stick – is Brexit Britain ready for eastern European standup?
A wave of comedians from Poland, Hungary, Latvia and Romania are helping to tackle stereotypes about EU immigrants in the UKIt’s not easy being a Polish comedian in Brexit Britain. “I haven’t heard anyone actually say the words, ‘Go back to your country,’” says Mi... [Read More]
Polski sklep-stick – is Brexit Britain ready for eastern European standup?
A wave of comedians from Poland, Hungary, Latvia and Romania are helping to tackle stereotypes about EU immigrants in the UKIt’s not easy being a Polish comedian in Brexit Britain. “I haven’t heard anyone actually say the words, ‘Go back to your country,’” says Mi... [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]
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]