Comic delivery: Josie Long and Jonny Donahoe on having a baby
Just a month before their first child is due, the standup couple are doing a show together – seeking the audience’s parenting tips“It’s mad,” says Josie Long, “but it feels like the right thing to do.” Braving the blustery weather at a pavement cafe near the... [Read More]
Bridget Christie: 'I don't do jokes about my personal life. Just my husband, my kids and my polyps'
The comedian Louise Reay is being sued for allegedly defaming her estranged husband on stage. So should standups keep their private lives to themselves?I’m not a confessional standup. I don’t know what I am. On the whole, I haven’t mined my personal life or relationships for comedy... [Read More]
I was a dad at 17, now I’m a grandad at 40 – it saved my life
Gary Meikle has forged a career in standup after finding inspiration from his life as a single dad. He also tried material about being a grandad, but audiences didn’t believe he was old enough to be oneWhen Gary Meikle was 17, he had sex in a cupboard at a party with a girl he barely knew... [Read More]
Tim Minchin: ‘If you ask Mum who was the most trouble, she’d say it was me’
The comedian, actor and musician on being part of a strong, close family, his parents’ high expectations, and discovering he could write good riffsMy granddad had a 1,500-acre hobby farm that he had built up from scratch in Western Australia, so my siblings and I spent our childhoods going the... [Read More]
Tim Minchin: ‘If you ask Mum who was the most trouble, she’d say it was me’
The comedian, actor and musician on being part of a strong, close family, his parents’ high expectations, and discovering he could write good riffsMy granddad had a 1,500-acre hobby farm that he had built up from scratch in Western Australia, so my siblings and I spent our childhoods going the... [Read More]
Tim Minchin: ‘If you ask Mum who was the most trouble, she’d say it was me’
The comedian, actor and musician on being part of a strong, close family, his parents’ high expectations, and discovering he could write good riffsMy granddad had a 1,500-acre hobby farm that he had built up from scratch in Western Australia, so my siblings and I spent our childhoods going the... [Read More]
Why I wrote a comedy show about incontinence | Elaine Miller
As a physiotherapist, I know a third of women don’t have reliable body control. I wanted to raise awareness of this taboo subject at Edinburgh festivalI’m a physiotherapist, and as a fresh-faced graduate, my ambition was to work in elite sports. I did it, too, thriving on team spirit, tr... [Read More]
10 of the UK's best music festivals for families
Kids’ discos, circus workshops, craft corners, PG-rated comedy … not forgetting proper music lineups, from Stormzy to Happy Mondays - here’s our pick of the events all the family can enjoyThe best rock, pop and dance festivalsThe best city and day festivalsThe best classical festi... [Read More]
Reginald D Hunter: ‘Getting married, having kids is one ideal. But it’s not my ideal’
The American comedian explains how his relationship with his mother affected his life and how you have to leave your home to make sense of itI’m the fourth funniest person in my family, but No 1 for confidence. For years, Daddy was the funniest, but at 97 his memory is a bit off. I’... [Read More]
Jim Davidson: ‘I’d have been happily married for ever if I hadn’t been famous’
The comedian discusses his marriages, his parents’ estrangement from each other and his pride in enabling them to buy their council houseI grew up in a nice little working-class council house in Blackheath, south-east London. Dad was a wiry little Protestant Glaswegian and Mum was an Irish Cat... [Read More]