Standup comedian's husband sues for defamation over 'provocative' show
Louise Reay says she faces bankruptcy if she loses case that could boil down to judge’s sense of humourAn award-winning standup comedian is being sued by her estranged husband for allegedly defaming him in her show.The lawsuit, described by a leading lawyer as a test case, relates to a show by... [Read More]
Standup comedian's husband sues for defamation over 'provocative' show
Louise Reay says she faces bankruptcy if she loses case that could boil down to judge’s sense of humourAn award-winning standup comedian is being sued by her estranged husband for allegedly defaming him in her show.The lawsuit, described by a leading lawyer as a test case, relates to a show by... [Read More]
Polski sklep-stick – is Brexit Britain ready for eastern European standup?
A wave of comedians from Poland, Hungary, Latvia and Romania are helping to tackle stereotypes about EU immigrants in the UKIt’s not easy being a Polish comedian in Brexit Britain. “I haven’t heard anyone actually say the words, ‘Go back to your country,’” says Mi... [Read More]
The Big Burns Supper – in pictures
Dumfries celebrates the birth of Robert Burns with dance, theatre, live art and comedy, turning Burns Night into a festival of contemporary arts Continue reading... [Read More]
Sophie Willan: who are you calling a northern working-class comic?
Her childhood in care, her mother’s heroin addiction, her days as a sex worker … Bolton comedian Sophie Willan is turning the details of her life into dazzling standupIt’s great to have Sophie Willan’s working-class voice in the comedy industry. That’s not (just) me ta... [Read More]
Daliso Chaponda: from Malawi to a major UK tour with gags about slavery
Daliso Chaponda gets laughs from topics other comedians shun. After a whirlwind year of success on Britain’s Got Talent, he explains why he does itJokes about famine and slavery are not the standard fodder of a comedy routine, but Daliso Chaponda revels in crossing the line.The 38-year-old Mal... [Read More]
'Improv saved my life': the comedy classes helping people with anxiety
Once the domain of aspiring performers, improv courses are increasingly being attended by students experiencing mental health problems“Your heart’s beating faster, you feel all these eyes on you, your body reacts with panic.” No, it’s not the discarded first line of Eminem&rs... [Read More]
The League of Gentlemen announce 2018 UK tour
The dark comedy foursome are to hit the road, taking new show to ‘all the wonderful local places in our increasingly local country’Their three forthcoming reunion specials for the BBC are among this Christmas’s most anticipated television shows. Now, the League of Gentlemen have an... [Read More]
'Chinese burn? We just say burn': comics on joking about race and immigration
Phil Wang has a messy relationship with the British empire. Evelyn Mok felt dirty joking about her family. Kae Kurd riffs on being a refugee. Aisha Alfa was shocked to find she had a ‘black perspective’. They talk patriotism, stereotypes and stigmasI’m a sort of half-immigrant. I w... [Read More]
Peter Kay cancels UK and Ireland tour over 'family circumstances'
Comedian who has not toured for eight years says he deeply regrets decision to cancel more than 100 shows next yearPeter Kay has cancelled his tour of Britain and Ireland, which would have seen him perform more than 100 gigs, citing family circumstances. The comedian and actor had only announced the... [Read More]