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]
Amy Schumer: ‘I’m not invincible. I need to slow down’
Outrageously rude and shockingly funny, Amy Schumer has always made her audiences gasp. She talks to Sophie Heawood about falling in love, one-night stands and going nuts on stageWhen I meet Amy Schumer, she has been married for exactly one month and is working on a joke about her husband’s pe... [Read More]
Amy Schumer: ‘I’m not invincible. I need to slow down’
Outrageously rude and shockingly funny, Amy Schumer has always made her audiences gasp. She talks to Sophie Heawood about falling in love, one-night stands and going nuts on stageWhen I meet Amy Schumer, she has been married for exactly one month and is working on a joke about her husband’s pe... [Read More]
Opera isn’t elitist. If I can learn to love it so can anybody | Chris Addison
Only a handful of people can sing in this visceral, thrilling way – but the feelings they evoke are universalThe best thing I’ve ever seen, in all my long and misspent years hanging around comedy gigs, wasn’t standup. It was opera. Back in the late 90s, I was standing at the bar in... [Read More]
Opera isn’t elitist. If I can learn to love it so can anybody | Chris Addison
Only a handful of people can sing in this visceral, thrilling way – but the feelings they evoke are universalThe best thing I’ve ever seen, in all my long and misspent years hanging around comedy gigs, wasn’t standup. It was opera. Back in the late 90s, I was standing at the bar in... [Read More]
Tickling sticks laid in tribute at Ken Dodd's Liverpool home
Fans remember comedy legend who ‘broke the mould’ at house where he was born and died A pile of flowers and feather dusters – or “tickling sticks” – has begun to grow outside the 18th-century house in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, where the comedian Ken Dodd was born and... [Read More]
Sir Ken Dodd, legend of comedy, dies aged 90
His wife of two days, Anne Jones, says the Liverpudlian comic ‘lived to perfect his art’Michael Billington on Ken Dodd: last of the music-hall maestrosTributes have been paid to Sir Ken Dodd, who has died aged 90 just two days after marrying his long-term partner.The entertainer died on ... [Read More]
Sir Ken Dodd, legend of comedy, dies aged 90
His wife of two days, Anne Jones, says the Liverpudlian comic ‘lived to perfect his art’Michael Billington on Ken Dodd: last of the music-hall maestrosTributes have been paid to Sir Ken Dodd, who has died aged 90 just two days after marrying his long-term partner.The entertainer died on ... [Read More]
Kings of loser comedy: how Flight of the Conchords took off
New Zealand’s ‘fourth most popular folk-parody act’ are on a sold-out arena tour. Is there a shrewdness behind the duo’s laidback shtick?Few comedians ever play London’s O2 Arena and fewer still manage three nights in a row. Those who do tend to have some things in comm... [Read More]