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]
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]
Is comedy infectious to doctors?
A white coat is often a sign of funny bones, as periodic outbreaks of medically trained comedians demonstrateIs there an affinity between comedy and medicine? Certainly, a notable number of comedians used to work in the medical profession. One of them, Adam Kay of Amateur Transplants fame, has now s... [Read More]
Why aren’t female comedians funny? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Ayesha Hazarika
Every day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queriesWe live in a time of profound change and challenge and even though we think we know it all, there are still some big existential questions that plague... [Read More]
Why aren’t female comedians funny? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Ayesha Hazarika
Every day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queriesWe live in a time of profound change and challenge and even though we think we know it all, there are still some big existential questions that plague... [Read More]
Optimism v pessimism in 2017: the comedian and the psychologist debate
Liam Williams quit standup fearing his pessimism about the state of the planet was making audiences worryingly apathetic. But is a sunny outlook really any healthier? We sat him down for a session with psychotherapist Philippa PerryMore uplifting culture for 2017One day last year, Liam Williams lock... [Read More]
Zoe Lyons review – diverting riffs on outsider life
Leicester Square theatre, London The comedian’s Little Misfit show takes aim at tribalism, social awkwardness and British reserve, though her potent wit should land more blowsBy Zoe Lyons’s own admission, the starting point for her touring show Little Misfit – that she’s neve... [Read More]
Zoe Lyons review – diverting riffs on outsider life
Leicester Square theatre, London The comedian’s Little Misfit show takes aim at tribalism, social awkwardness and British reserve, though her potent wit should land more blowsBy Zoe Lyons’s own admission, the starting point for her touring show Little Misfit – that she’s neve... [Read More]