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Friday, October 27, 2023

Park your cynicism! Michael McIntyre is a super-relatable well-oiled joke machine by Brian Logan

The everyman standup delivers substantial comic payloads by itemising the oddity of human behaviour. A successful formula his new tour continues to exploit All the countries of the world hav…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:25AM
Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Tig Notaro: Hello Again review – all the right notes, except on piano by Brian Logan

Theatre Royal, BrightonThe comic brings an assured touch to tales of everyday humiliation, and even her terrible musicianship is endearing for a while Tig Notaro has never had an interval on…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:07AM
Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Munya Chawawa review – YouTube star’s standup still a work in progress by Brian Logan

Kentish Town Forum, LondonThis is a big stage for a streaming star who’s still a rookie standup, and at times his show feels over-engineered and effortful – but he still has enough hones…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:13AM
Friday, October 13, 2023

‘We’re all learning’: why Netflix needs Hannah Gadsby’s Gender Agenda by Brian Logan

A mixed bill of standups, presented by the Nanette star and due to be recorded for the streamer, is a valuable response to its Dave Chappelle controversy When Dave Chappelle released his Net…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:04AM
Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Foodie funnies: James Acaster and Ed Gamble’s podcast Off Menu goes on the road by Brian Logan

As it fills the Royal Albert Hall on tour, the comedians’ ‘dream restaurant’ show questions what ingredients a live performance really needs ‘I can’t believe this many people like …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:04AM
Friday, October 6, 2023

John Robins: Howl review – the sad hilarity of high anxiety by Brian Logan

Assembly Hall theatre, Tunbridge Wells Heartfelt two-act show revels in the manic, painful and sometimes amusing fallout of recovering from alcoholism Has the advent of trauma-comedy been a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:37AM
Thursday, October 5, 2023

Rosie Jones: Triple Threat review – sly gags delivered with a wicked grin by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe comedian launches her campaign to become a national treasure with a show that has charm, smut, irony and laughs in equal measure Rosie Jones was going to write a gag-…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:37AM
Friday, September 29, 2023

Helen Bauer: Grand Supreme Darling Princess review – cartoonishly confident comedy by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe standup’s loud and proud show about female self-sufficiency presents her as an attention-hogging misfit parading her indignities for our delight Aged 32, Helen Baue…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:55AM
Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Unbelievable review – Derren Brown presents an evening of magic by proxy by Brian Logan

Criterion theatre, LondonThere’s plenty to enjoy here as a cast of non-magicians subvert conjuring convention with song, dance and synchronised skill As if a career confounding audiences i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:19AM
Sunday, September 17, 2023

Seann Walsh review – the comic returns to type as he surveys the bin-fire of hope that is middle-age by Brian Logan

Hackney Empire, LondonAs the dust settles on his recent tabloid notoriety, Walsh contrasts the domestic landscape of maturity with his wild youth We had a fun night, says Seann Walsh – “…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:13AM

Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool review – plunging into the deep end of mortality and middle-age by Brian Logan

Wyndham’s theatre, LondonWhere other midlife male standups splash in the shallows of domesticity, dinner parties and feeling tired, Birbiglia dives right into family, death and the meaning…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:13AM
Thursday, September 7, 2023

TJ & Dave review – long-form improv finds an endless fount of funny by Brian Logan

Soho Theatre, LondonAs they craft their extended sketches off the cuff, TJ Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi deliver laughs with a surprisingly moving emotional twist Nothing in comedy defines ex…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:43AM
Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Kate Berlant is Kate review – wicked and winningly daft performance lives up to the hype by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe electrifying Berlant recounts her fictional life in this sharp and silly show directed by Bo Burnham Comedies don’t come hipper than this New York transfer from Kat…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:43AM
Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Salty Brine: Bigmouth Strikes Again review – a self-made monster hit by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe Smiths’ songs are transplanted on to the gothic horror of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – and it works A lifelong fan of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the New Yo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:33AM
Saturday, September 2, 2023

Will the Edinburgh fringe ever return to its pre-pandemic self? I hope not | Brian Logan by Brian Logan

Fresh from this year’s jubilant festival, I’m not the only one hoping that it has given up its addiction to growth “Ticket sales still 19% down on 2019.” “Can the Edinburgh fringe …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:33AM
Monday, August 28, 2023

Adrian Bliss: Inside Everyone review – fun lucky dip of historical sketches by Brian Logan

Pleasance Dome, EdinburghThe TikTok star follows an atom through time, via a dinosaur, Julius Caesar’s lunch and Van Gogh’s ear, in an uncynical show with an excess of scene changes Inju…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:19PM

Paul Foot: Dissolve review – a comic antidote to life’s pain by Brian Logan

Underbelly Cowgate, EdinburghAstute, well-built set about suffering and its surprise elimination is charmingly at odds with other festival narratives We’ve seen shows about trauma, depress…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:55AM
Sunday, August 27, 2023

Darren Harriott: Roadman review – tentative steps to self-improvement by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh The comic pores over the insecurities that attended his twisty journey from Black Country boyhood to TV celebrity This isn’t the first of Darren Harriott’s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:19PM

Urooj Ashfaq: Oh No! review – Indian standup makes an endearing debut by Brian Logan

Assembly George Square, Edinburgh Material about Hindu-Muslim relations aside, this award-winning performer’s gags covers familiar confessional ground, delivered with engaging skill and gr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:37AM
Saturday, August 26, 2023

Ahir Shah arrived at Edinburgh with a work-in-progress but leaves as comedy champ by Brian Logan

The Edinburgh comedy award-winning show Ends is a superb set about Shah’s grandfather, the standup’s imminent wedding and multicultural Britain The cliche about Edinburgh fringe comedy …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:55AM

Phil Ellis’s Excellent Comedy Show review – helter-skelter hour of fun by Brian Logan

Monkey Barrel Comedy at The Hive, EdinburghThe Edinburgh comedy award nominee dials up the silly to 11 as he delivers a series of shambolic gags There is no more uproarious opening sequence …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:33AM
Friday, August 25, 2023

Louise Young: Feral review – upbeat blast through a wayward youth by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThe comic’s material on years lost to drugs, booze and drama school is delivered with energy but this show lacks context and heft You know you’re in trouble…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:13PM

Lindsey Santoro: Pink Tinge review – unpretentious filth and fun by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghHer material may be crude but there is no denying the bawdy Brummie comedian’s craft, nor her gift for getting the audience onside The defining routine of Lin…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:07PM
Thursday, August 24, 2023

Ian Smith: Crushing review – there are few fringe shows as purely funny as this by Brian Logan

Monkey Barrel at The Tron, EdinburghIn an act mining similar territory to Rhod Gilbert, Smith flounders in everyday life and revels in being the butt of the joke The little guy floundering a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:34PM

Ahir Shah: Ends review – superb show assails heartstrings and funny bone by Brian Logan

Monkey Barrel Comedy, EdinburghWritten in the shadow of grief and nominated for the Edinburgh comedy award, this barnstorming set takes in race, class and migration Quite the fringe journey …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:13PM

Emmanuel Sonubi: Curriculum Vitae review – from bouncer to standup in charismatic résumé by Brian Logan

Underbelly Bristo Square, EdinburghNominated for best newcomer at last year’s fringe, Sonubi is a warm performer but this leisurely new show lacks shape ‘I never asked to be so goddam gi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:07AM
Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Late-night clown-therapy act among nominees for Edinburgh comedy awards by Brian Logan

Julia Masli, Ahir Shah and Janine Harouni are on the eight-strong shortlist for the coveted £10,000 prize at the festival A clown-therapy show that takes place in the middle of the night. A…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:37PM

Shelf: The Kids’ Show review – mayonnaise on your Oreo? Yes please! by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThe duo, doing separate shows for children and adults at the fringe, have hit on a winner – their daft pranks bring the young audience right in It’s a thing…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:13AM

Starry Shakespeare, super standups and a Black Sabbath ballet: the best theatre, dance and comedy of autumn 2023 by Arifa Akbar, Brian Logan and Lyndsey Winship

Patsy Ferran takes on Eliza in Pygmalion, Andrew Scott plays multiple characters from Uncle Vanya and Mlima’s Tale tells a powerful tale of the ivory trade. Here’s what’s in store on s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:55AM
Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Hannah Camilleri: Lolly Bag review – star quality shines through the skits by Brian Logan

Assembly George Square, EdinburghThe Australian comedian makes it immediately clear you are in safe hands with a show of sketches and characters It’s a thrill when a comic you’re seeing …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:13AM

John Tothill: The Last Living Libertine review – bubbly, flirty tangents through history by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghSchoolteacher-by-day Tothill’s foppish persona is a delight and his thesis, that hedonism died with the Reformation, is convincing There are newcomers on the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:07AM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards