Sophie Willan review – tales of neglect and addiction told with good cheer
Soho theatre, LondonFlashes of tenacious positivity illuminate a gleeful set that ranges over Willan’s troubled early years in care, from teenage delinquency to a run-in with SantaRebellious, defiant, rude – words that Sophie Willan has been branded with since infancy. And she’s go... [Read More]
Sophie Willan review – tales of neglect and addiction told with good cheer
Soho theatre, LondonFlashes of tenacious positivity illuminate a gleeful set that ranges over Willan’s troubled early years in care, from teenage delinquency to a run-in with SantaRebellious, defiant, rude – words that Sophie Willan has been branded with since infancy. And she’s go... [Read More]
Joel Dommett: ‘Adrian Mole is the funniest book I’ve ever read’
The comedian and I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! runner-up on the things that make him laugh the mostI remember seeing Frank Skinner do a set at Banana Cabaret in Balham about a year after I started comedy. It was the kind of laughter that stuck with me and made me want to do this job f... [Read More]
Reginald D Hunter: ‘Getting married, having kids is one ideal. But it’s not my ideal’
The American comedian explains how his relationship with his mother affected his life and how you have to leave your home to make sense of itI’m the fourth funniest person in my family, but No 1 for confidence. For years, Daddy was the funniest, but at 97 his memory is a bit off. I’... [Read More]
The 10 best things to do this week: Machynlleth festival, Arca and Mindhorn
Britain’s best standups hit the Welsh town, the Venezuelan producer plays London and Julian Barratt stars as a washed-up former TV copFrom Cradle to StageMum’s the word! Literally, actually, as Foo Fighter Dave Grohl’s mother, Virginia, has gone around the world to interview mother... [Read More]
Joel Dommett review – I'm a Celebrity star's goofy comedy gets big laughs
South Hill Park, BracknellSkype sex and confetti cannons are harnessed to full effect by a likable performer who breathes new life into a time-honoured persona‘Who here saw me on I’m a Celebrity? Who’s seen my penis?” Joel Dommett’s fame is of a very modern variety, the... [Read More]
Joel Dommett review – I'm a Celebrity star's goofy comedy gets big laughs
South Hill Park, BracknellSkype sex and confetti cannons are harnessed to full effect by a likable performer who breathes new life into a time-honoured persona‘Who here saw me on I’m a Celebrity? Who’s seen my penis?” Joel Dommett’s fame is of a very modern variety, the... [Read More]
Why I love… Dave Chappelle
I will never not laugh at his bit on chicken and racismBack when easy streaming was a twinkle in some young executive’s eye, some TV was just… unavailable. If you were desperate to watch that US TV show, you could try the dodgy VHS guy down the market (ahem). So for a long time, I ... [Read More]
Danny Baker: ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000 nearly killed me’
From crisps to his co-host Danny Kelly, the long-serving radio personality reveals the things that make him laugh the mostNot exactly standup, but Monty Python at Drury Lane in 1974. I had to leave my seat to compose myself – I genuinely thought I might die. Continue reading...... [Read More]
Charlie Murphy, Chappelle's Show star, dies aged 57
Brother of Eddie Murphy, who turned his encounters with Hollywood’s great and good into much-loved TV skits, has diedCharlie Murphy, the older brother of Eddie Murphy and a comic performer who turned his encounters with Rick James and Prince into standout sketches on Chappelle’s Show, ha... [Read More]