Can you do comedy about rape? Natalie Palamides thinks so
The LA comic, who won best newcomer at last year’s Edinburgh fringe, has tested her electric new material on American audiences. But how will Nate – her ‘douchebag’ male alter ego – go down in Britain?We should know, after last year, to expect the unexpected from Natali... [Read More]
All the fun of the fringe: the best comedy to see in Edinburgh, part two
The tricky subjects of identity politics, consent and mental health make for electric shows• The best comedy to see in Edinburgh, part one“Unless you can say in one media-friendly soundbite exactly what it is that you’re talking about and exactly what it is that you stand for, peop... [Read More]
All the fun of the fringe: the best comedy to see in Edinburgh, part one
A drag queen who impersonates Nicola Sturgeon, Gujurati home life and a truly terrible novelist… we meet the comics behind the hottest Edinburgh festival shows• The best comedy to see in Edinburgh, part twoSome of the most biting political satire at this year’s Edinburgh festival w... [Read More]
Tom Ward: ‘Shooting Stars is the funniest TV show – Vic and Bob are gods’
The standup and 2017 Chortle best newcomer award winner on the things that make him laugh the mostCardinal Burns as Dean and Murf, playing two drug casualties dining out on their minor dance hit from 1993. I actually dropped to my knees laughing. Continue reading...... [Read More]
Paul Mayhew-Archer: 'I want to show people with Parkinson's can do comedy
The writer of The Vicar of Dibley and Mrs Brown’s Boys discusses the funny side of living with the illness and his new Edinburgh show, Incurable Optimist“Good news,” the comedy writer Paul Mayhew-Archer likes to say of the moment he learned he had Parkinson’s disease. “... [Read More]
End of the Pier review – Les Dennis plays a washed-up standup in Blackpool comedy
Park theatre, LondonThe politics of comedy is examined through the prism of faltering father and son comedians played by Les Dennis and Blake Harrison‘I realised why I never liked jokes,” says a character in Danny Robins’s new play, channelling comedian-of-the-moment Hannah Gadsby.... [Read More]
The Muppets Take the O2 review – Kermit quips with Kylie in a riot of silliness
O2 Arena, LondonThe anarchic comedy crew’s first ever UK date offers warmth, wit and mischief in an irresistible cavalcade of songs, skits and incongruous celebsThe Muppets long since conquered TV and the movies, and there’s been talk of a stage musical since Disney bought the franchise ... [Read More]
Funny bones run in the family as fringe plays host to comic dynasties
This year’s Edinburgh festival features many young standups with parents – from Mark Steel to Gyles Brandreth – who blazed the same trailAmong the many voices booming out across comedy venues next month during Edinburgh’s fringe festival, several will sound strangely familiar... [Read More]
Funny bones run in the family as fringe plays host to comic dynasties
This year’s Edinburgh festival features many young standups with parents – from Mark Steel to Gyles Brandreth – who blazed the same trailAmong the many voices booming out across comedy venues next month during Edinburgh’s fringe festival, several will sound strangely familiar... [Read More]
Jim Gaffigan review – a miscellany of jokes from a master of sardonicism
Leicester Square theatre, LondonWith his expert delivery, the US standup can lead even unpromising and overfamiliar material to giddy heights of comic dismayJim Gaffigan is touring the world, and he has jokes about every destination to show for it. Belgium? It was designed by 19-year-olds. New Zeala... [Read More]