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]
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]
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]
Alex Edelman: ‘Picking the best Mel Brooks movie is like picking a favourite child’
The Edinburgh comedy award winner and millennial poster boy on the things that make him laugh the mostBrent Forrester’s “Pre-Taped Call-In Show” sketch for Mr Show or any one of the more anarchic Whitest Kids U’ Know sketches like The Grapist. Continue reading...... [Read More]
Alex Edelman: ‘Picking the best Mel Brooks movie is like picking a favourite child’
The Edinburgh comedy award winner and millennial poster boy on the things that make him laugh the mostBrent Forrester’s “Pre-Taped Call-In Show” sketch for Mr Show or any one of the more anarchic Whitest Kids U’ Know sketches like The Grapist. Continue reading...... [Read More]
Dylan Moran: ‘Britain is sending itself to its room and not coming down’
The comedian’s new show questions how to cope with the relentlessness of today’s politics. He discusses the ‘cult’ of Catholicism, his love of poetry and giving up his vices“I’ve been doing this for a quarter of a century,” points out Dylan Moran. “I&r... [Read More]
Dylan Moran: ‘Britain is sending itself to its room and not coming down’
The comedian’s new show questions how to cope with the relentlessness of today’s politics. He discusses the ‘cult’ of Catholicism, his love of poetry and giving up his vices“I’ve been doing this for a quarter of a century,” points out Dylan Moran. “I&r... [Read More]
John Cleese blasts the BBC in lecture on the rise of stupidity
The Fawlty Towers star rails against the government, the BBC and British newspapers in stage appearance for Hacked OffIt was hard to know what to expect of a solo show by John Cleese, organised by campaign group Hacked Off. On 29 June, the comedian tweeted that it would be a “speech” but... [Read More]
Jason Manford review – confessions of a 'muddle-class' comic
Hammersmith Apollo, LondonThe standup’s new show, ostensibly about class in Britain, is often amusing, very likable but stubbornly middle-of-the-roadThere is so much to say about class in Britain. So why am I always hearing the same jokes about hummus and smashed avocado? Jason Manford grew up... [Read More]