Get your hands off my double entendres! Is the smutty pun now under attack?
It is Britain’s favourite type of humour, the go-to gag for everyone from Carry On stars to Bake Off hosts. But are fnarr fnarr jokes just another example of male sexual entitlement?If you want a double entendre, I’ll give you one. They pop up all over the place: on risque chat shows hos... [Read More]
Get your hands off my double entendres! Is the smutty pun now under attack?
It is Britain’s favourite type of humour, the go-to gag for everyone from Carry On stars to Bake Off hosts. But are fnarr fnarr jokes just another example of male sexual entitlement?If you want a double entendre, I’ll give you one. They pop up all over the place: on risque chat shows hos... [Read More]
Sir Ken Dodd obituary
Comedian with an endless desire to make people laugh known for his tickling sticks, Diddymen and marathon stage performancesThe last great “front-cloth” comic of our times, and the last standing true vaudevillian, Ken Dodd, who has died aged 90, was even more than that – a force of... [Read More]
Sir Ken Dodd obituary
Comedian with an endless desire to make people laugh known for his tickling sticks, Diddymen and marathon stage performancesThe last great “front-cloth” comic of our times, and the last standing true vaudevillian, Ken Dodd, who has died aged 90, was even more than that – a force of... [Read More]
I sympathise with Louise Beamont: we comedians are truth-seekers | Arnab Chanda
Looking for the laughs in painful personal stories makes for interesting subject matter, but emotionally it’s a high-risk pathI don’t really feel comfortable speaking about Louise Beamont’s case, in which Thomas Reay, her estranged husband, is suing her on the grounds that she defa... [Read More]
I sympathise with Louise Beamont: we comedians are truth-seekers | Arnab Chanda
Looking for the laughs in painful personal stories makes for interesting subject matter, but emotionally it’s a high-risk pathI don’t really feel comfortable speaking about Louise Beamont’s case, in which Thomas Reay, her estranged husband, is suing her on the grounds that she defa... [Read More]
I feel for the standup being sued by her ex: we comedians seek the truth | Arnab Chanda
Louise Reay was looking for laughs in personal stories, but emotionally it’s a high-risk pathI don’t really feel comfortable speaking about the case of comedian Louise Beamont, known on stage as Louise Reay , in which her estranged husband, is suing her on the grounds that she defamed hi... [Read More]
Fall Comedy Reads: ‘Jack Benny and the Golden Age of American Radio Comedy’
Welcome to our Fall Comedy Reads series, where we take a closer look at some of the newly released comedy-related books worth checking out this month. In 1937, while visiting Los Angeles, British journalist Austin J. Putnam described the “Seven Wonders of Hollywood.” His list included re... [Read More]
David Sedaris: ‘There are things nobody wants to hear. But the disturbing things are great’
The dry-witted US essayist talks about how he went from working as an elf in Macy’s to becoming ‘the American Alan Bennett’David Sedaris’s partner of 25 years, Hugh Hamrick, calls the first chunk of the essayist’s diaries, published under the title Theft By Finding... [Read More]
Arrest that comedian! How satire could swing the UK election
From disrupting dam-building to toppling dictators, comedy has shown itself to be a global force for good. Here’s what ‘laughtivism’ could do for British politicsAt a protest to mark the inauguration of President Trump, film-maker Michael Moore volunteered an unusual rallying call.... [Read More]