‘Nothing was off-limits’: Mark Thomas on his West Bank comedy club
When the activist-standup put on a comedy show in a refugee camp in Jenin, the jokes he heard were angry, funny – and radicalThe first time I went to Jenin was when we did the Walking the Wall project – to hike the length of Israel’s wall in the West Bank. When we started, I was hu... [Read More]
As a comic, Al Franken joked about rape, sex robots and Afghan women
The Minnesota senator has apologised following allegations of sexual misconduct, and it is not the first example of his attitudes about women and sexSenator Al Franken of Minnesota apologised on Thursday after being accused of sexually harassing the journalist Leeann Tweeden in 2006, highlighting th... [Read More]
Sean Hughes: comedian dies aged 51
Hughes, Perrier award winner and team captain on BBC’s Never Mind the Buzzcocks, died on Monday morningSean Hughes: sparky comedy gadfly in a league of his ownSean Hughes, the Irish standup comedian, author and actor, has died aged 51, his former agent said. Related: 'I matured very late in li... [Read More]
Sean Hughes: comedian dies aged 51
Hughes, Perrier award winner and team captain on BBC’s Never Mind the Buzzcocks, died on Monday morningSean Hughes: sparky comedy gadfly in a league of his ownSean Hughes, the Irish standup comedian, author and actor, has died aged 51, his former agent said. Related: 'Charming, soulful, a prop... [Read More]
Tez Ilyas: 'When comics talk about religion, it's not very funny'
His show Made in Britain debunked myths about Muslims in the UK. As he returns to Edinburgh, Tez Ilyas talks about the cut and thrust of panel shows and why the fringe is like a freshers’ week for standupsHi, Tez. This is your third standup show. What’s it all about?In the crudest terms,... [Read More]
Tez Ilyas: 'When comics talk about religion, it's not very funny'
His show Made in Britain debunked myths about Muslims in the UK. As he returns to Edinburgh, Tez Ilyas talks about the cut and thrust of panel shows and why the fringe is like a freshers’ week for standupsHi, Tez. This is your third standup show. What’s it all about?In the crudest terms,... [Read More]
Tez Ilyas: 'When comics talk about religion, it's not very funny'
His show Made in Britain debunked myths about Muslims in the UK. As he returns to Edinburgh, Tez Ilyas talks about the cut and thrust of panel shows and why the fringe is like a freshers’ week for standupsHi, Tez. This is your third standup show. What’s it all about?In the crudest terms,... [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]
All standups have angles. But my jokes about being Asian just seem to upset @BritFIrstPete7
Often people just Asian assume Asian that Asian everything you Asian talk about Asian is just the Asian fact that you’re AsianIt has become a rule that if I ever make any sort of joke about my race on TV, I can pretty much guarantee that I will receive a series of tweets along the lines o... [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]