Comedy in a care home: the standups taking slapstick into new territory
The residents were expecting bingo. Instead they got lessons in strawberry spitting, a Railway Children spoof – and a stuntman stripping to his underpantsMonday afternoon is usually bingo time at the Madelayne Court care home, in the village of Broomfield, near Chelmsford. So today’s act... [Read More]
Comedy in a care home: the standups taking slapstick into new territory
The residents were expecting bingo. Instead they got lessons in strawberry spitting, a Railway Children spoof – and a stuntman stripping to his underpantsMonday afternoon is usually bingo time at the Madelayne Court care home, in the village of Broomfield, near Chelmsford. So today’s act... [Read More]
Lydia Towsey: how I discovered the Venus in me
From Botticelli to glossy magazines, women have been idealised and misrepresented for centuries. Performance poet Lydia Towsey reveals how her own near-fatal eating disorder set her on a path to explore new ways of looking at female bodiesBotticelli’s painting of the Birth of Venus was the fir... [Read More]
Why I wrote a comedy show about incontinence | Elaine Miller
As a physiotherapist, I know a third of women don’t have reliable body control. I wanted to raise awareness of this taboo subject at Edinburgh festivalI’m a physiotherapist, and as a fresh-faced graduate, my ambition was to work in elite sports. I did it, too, thriving on team spirit, tr... [Read More]
Confronting my own mortality in my 20s has forced me to make the most of life | Tom Gockelen-Kozlowski
A spiteful genetic disease has meant regular chemotherapy for the last four years. But it’s also made me appreciate life all the more • Tom Gockelen-Kozlowski is a journalist and comedianThe chemotherapy ward. Surely one of the most fearsome places imaginable, filled with the ill, the dyi... [Read More]
Confronting my own mortality in my 20s has forced me to make the most of life | Tom Gockelen-Kozlowski
A spiteful genetic disease has meant regular chemotherapy for the last four years. But it’s also made me appreciate life all the more • Tom Gockelen-Kozlowski is a journalist and comedianThe chemotherapy ward. Surely one of the most fearsome places imaginable, filled with the ill, the dyi... [Read More]
Confronting my own mortality in my 20s has forced me to make the most of life | Tom Gockelen-Kozlowski
A spiteful genetic disease has meant regular chemotherapy for the last four years. But it’s also made me appreciate life all the more • Tom Gockelen-Kozlowski is a journalist and comedianThe chemotherapy ward. Surely one of the most fearsome places imaginable, filled with the ill, the dyi... [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]
Ricky Gervais's transgender jokes show we're all in a kind of transition
The comic has been accused of transphobia after riffing about Caitlyn Jenner in his standup show. So does giving him a favourable review endorse those gags?Ricky Gervais sometimes gets people’s backs up and so, it transpires, do reviewers who write about him. “B4 you write another @guard... [Read More]
Silver Lining review – witty lines can't save Sandi Toksvig's care-home comedy
Rose theatre, KingstonToksvig’s play has plenty of good gags but there’s far too little characterisation, leaving an experienced ensemble treading waterSandi Toksvig’s new comedy, set in a retirement home during a flood, puts five older women firmly centre stage. That should be som... [Read More]