The Janelle James Comedy Festival will replace annual Eugene Mirman fest in Brooklyn
Eugene Mirman has long flown the coop from Park Slope, and now, so too has his eponymous comedy festival. But he has bequeathed the Brooklyn comedy party to Janelle James. So, behold, the inaugural Janelle James Comedy Festival will take place Dec. 4-6 at The Bell House. “I am thrilled to be p... [Read More]
Comedians threaten boycott of New Yorker Fest over invite to Steve Bannon; magazine rescinds invite
And how was your Labor Day? The New Yorker Fest announced its star-studded list of attendees for one-on-one talks Oct. 5-7, 2018, and one name stopped several of the stars from attending. Steve Bannon, the co-founder of Cambridge Analytica, the data-mining firm that helped Donald Trump win the White... [Read More]
Race is still a touchy subject at the Edinburgh fringe
As the only brown person in the room at The Glang Show, I couldn’t shake a sense of otherness when a quip turned sourI’m a few months into a new career as a standup comedian. I’ve had some lovely gigs, some horrific gigs and I have started to get paid for being funny. The path to c... [Read More]
Joke's over: why standups should refresh the tired 'Edinburgh show'
The classic Edinburgh comedy show lasts an hour, with a strong narrative component and an inevitable ‘sad bit’. But this rigid template is stifling creativityThe late Sean Hughes had a reasonable claim to inventing what we now know as the “Edinburgh show”. Before 1990, wannab... [Read More]
Sarah Keyworth: Dark Horse review – tomboy tales and top-notch jokes
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThe LGBTQ+ standup twists gender into new shapes in a fringe debut that feels like a great intro to a fresh comic personalityShould we be disowning words like “boys” and “girls” – or broadening what those words are allowed to mean? Sarah Ke... [Read More]
Sarah Keyworth: Dark Horse review – tomboy tales and top-notch jokes
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThe LGBTQ+ standup twists gender into new shapes in a fringe debut that feels like a great intro to a fresh comic personalityShould we be disowning words like “boys” and “girls” – or broadening what those words are allowed to mean? Sarah Ke... [Read More]
Rose Matafeo wins Edinburgh best comedy show award
New Zealander’s show about sex and modern social mores scoops top comedy gongNew Zealander Rose Matafeo has won the coveted best comedy show award at the Edinburgh fringe festival. Steve Coogan, one of Matafeo’s comic heroes, presented her with the £10,000 prize at a ceremony in Ed... [Read More]