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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Phil Wang review – standup’s Netflix special skewers PC panic, Covid racism and himself by Brian Logan

NetflixWang studs his special with memorable one-liners that dissect his feminist pretensions, the fear of ageing and UK perceptions of east Asia From the other side of a global pandemic, he…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:36AM
Friday, August 6, 2021

West End producer David Pugh: ‘My guiding principle was always: will mum like it?’ by Brian Logan

He turned Art and The Play What I Wrote into smashes. Now he’s handing out flyers for Charlie and Stan. But will pandemic-shy audiences come and see it? Reports of the death of the stere…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:36PM
Monday, August 2, 2021

Gagging order: is it ever OK to heckle a comedian? by Brian Logan

A set-ruining act of boorishness, or a vital rite of passage for standups? Often it depends on who’s doing the heckling In the Guide’s weekly Solved! column, we look into a crucial pop-c…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:03PM
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Jackie Mason: compellingly blunt joke-teller who was part of standup history by Brian Logan

Though in later years he fell from fashion, his rabbinical style in early routines felt very much like live comedy’s native tongue If Jackie Mason could speak to us now, he’d surely be r…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54AM
Friday, July 16, 2021

Brighton Comedy Garden review – David O’Doherty brings the fireworks by Brian Logan

Preston Park, BrightonLou Sanders, Ed Gamble and John Robins cracked jokes for an acres-wide crowd, with O’Doherty’s delightful stream of consciousness the highlight Save for incapacitat…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06PM
Sunday, July 11, 2021

Cambridge Comedy festival review – Mark Watson keeps head above water in washed-out Friday by Brian Logan

Grange Farm, HuntingdonWatson and Nabil Abdulrashid were two standups who managed to thrive on a first night where the rain was less forgiving than the hecklers Another al fresco comedy gala…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:48AM
Monday, July 5, 2021

Aisling Bea and Friends review – a ridiculous, furious treat by Brian Logan

Regent’s Park Open Air theatre, LondonThe Irish comedian and guests Nish Kumar and Fatiha El-Ghorri lift their crowd’s soggy spirits with some choice gags Aisling Bea is getting soaked; …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:03AM
Thursday, June 24, 2021

My Son’s a Queer (But What Can You Do?) review – a family drops the love-bomb by Brian Logan

Turbine theatre, LondonUsing home videos of their own childhood, Rob Madge presents the moving and funny story of how a young Disney fan got to grow up to be Belle of the ball “Are you fil…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:03AM
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Contrarian comic Fin Taylor: ‘I don’t believe in anything beyond getting the next laugh’ by Brian Logan

The explosively funny standup has joked provocatively about race, leftwing politics and gender. Next up, his mother-in-law In 2019, a performance of Fin Taylor’s #MeToo-themed When Harassy…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36AM
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Alyssa: Memoirs of a Queen review – ego fest with a helping of humility by Brian Logan

Vaudeville theatre, LondonRuPaul’s Drag Race star Alyssa Edwards rampages into the West End and has an easy way with the crowd “My favourite subject is talking about me,” Alyssa Edward…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:54PM
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Sound Heap review – one podcast to spoof them all by Brian Logan

Available onlineThe age of peak podcast meets its match in John-Luke Roberts and his procession of hilariously titled imaginary shows In 2018, John-Luke Roberts’s Edinburgh show consisted …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:03AM
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Chris Gethard: Half My Life review – arresting snapshots of a standup by Brian Logan

Available onlinePart behind-the-scenes doc and part reiteration of Gethard’s faith in comedy, this is a vivid portrait of a peripatetic life Chris Gethard’s new film opens with the 40-ye…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:18PM
Monday, May 31, 2021

Bo Burnham: Inside review – this is a claustrophobic masterpiece by Brian Logan

Netflix With electro-pop social commentary, bleak humour and sock-puppet debates, the comic’s lockdown creation is astonishing Well, now we know what Bo Burnham did with his lockdown. Insi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:42AM
Thursday, May 27, 2021

Rob Newman’s Philosophy Show review – a treat for the mind and funny bone by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, London Newman dissects ideas with intelligence, running around the houses and back, on themes from politics and humanity to parenthood A masked audience is a novelty at his gig…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:24PM
Monday, May 24, 2021

Aisles, stalls or near the loos: what are the best seats in the house? by Brian Logan

Do you want your sightlines unobstructed by big hair, or is avoiding the eyeline of savage comics your priority? Here’s the perfect spot to enjoy the show In the Guide’s weekly Solved! …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:12AM
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

NextUp Relaunch Party review – Dane Baptiste and Josie Long back at the mic by Brian Logan

Pleasance, London, and onlineSeven comedians, including Priya Hall and Chloe Petts, marked the reopening of theatres with some slick live sets “I think I can remember how to comedy,” say…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:06PM
Sunday, May 16, 2021

Simon Bird: Debrief review – winningly silly standup spins jokes in the air by Brian Logan

All4The Inbetweeners star plays on his first TV special’s lack of audience by claiming high sophistication – while deftly pricking the bubble with pretend banter Simon Bird always intend…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:48AM
Sunday, May 9, 2021

A Killer Party review – Jason Manford hosts cheery, tuneful murder mystery by Brian Logan

Available onlineThe cast of a whodunnit are all suspects when an impresario is found dead in this likably silly, hummable show Blackpool impresario Varthur McArthur has a doozy of an idea fo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:33PM
Thursday, May 6, 2021

Listen Up review – a standup, a rapper and a playwright in a lonely theatre by Brian Logan

Available onlineLauren Pattison, Kay Greyson and Richard Boggie deliver audio plays about stage disasters, a sobering drinks interval and playing to an audience of none Some of the finest lo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:42PM

Dylan Moran: ‘I’ve offended people, I regret it and I’ll probably do it again’ by Brian Logan

The comedian’s 2018 show Dr Cosmos addressed mental health, midlife and Brexit – little knowing a crisis lurked around the corner. Now it’s being streamed, might no mention of Covid be…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:36AM
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

‘You love me? I can’t take that to the bank’: Johnny Vegas on money, fame and grief by Brian Logan

Lockdown and the loss of both parents have transformed the entertainer. He talks about the disappointments of TV, outgrowing his comic persona – and his move into the glamping business I r…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:24PM
Monday, April 12, 2021

General Secretary review – satire of world politics misses its targets by Brian Logan

Available onlineNot sure what you would do if you were given absolute power? Unfortunately, nor do the duo Thick’n’Fast in this lightweight fantasy We may all, under lockdown, have falle…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:03AM
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Grave New World: the current affairs spoof unmasking our new normal by Brian Logan

Anxiety, absurdity and little else pervade the post-pandemic world of Stuart Laws’ mockumentary – so what’s it trying to say about life after Covid? Twelve months into the Covid pandem…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:48PM
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Rosie Jones: ‘I hope disabled people can see me on TV and think: if she can do it, I can do it' by Brian Logan

The standup on representation, Matt Hancock, her new travel show and why she loves Norwich A Great British, Female, Gay, Disabled, Covid-Compliant Adventure was the original name for Rosie J…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:24AM
Sunday, March 28, 2021

Best Medicine Gala review – uplifting stream of health consciousness by Brian Logan

Angel Comedy Club online Comedians led by Jordan Brookes and Tim Key turn lockdown worries into riffs on parenting, personality and body hair in a night of infectious live fun “Let’s do …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:06AM
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

'This feels like a breakthrough': comedian Loyiso Gola on his new Netflix show by Brian Logan

He started out learning his craft on a school work experience programme. Now the comic is about to make history with the first standup special from Africa It’s not every day a comedian can…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:32AM
Monday, March 22, 2021

'I got a job on a fishing trawler' – Covid: one year on, stars of music and theatre look back by Dave Simpson , Imogen Tilden, Arifa Akbar, Lyndsey Winship and Brian Logan

In the second of our two-parter, rock stars, roadies, actors, dancers, composers and comics describe how their lives have been transformed without live shows – and imagine what now lies ah…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:12PM

Working from Home review – Johnny Vegas's chaotic pub quiz is a winner by Brian Logan

Available onlineJust the Tonic’s three-hour standup sprawl comes close to the comedy club experience, featuring Matt Forde’s Boris tribute and Jason Byrne’s toilet trumpet alongside Ve…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:18AM
Sunday, March 21, 2021

LAUGHNow Comedy Club review – gremlins mess with the joy of jokes by Brian Logan

Available onlineRussell Kane saves the day with energetic Covid gags as technical issues and uninspired material blight the first edition of a new standup series LIVENow has streamed “a st…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:18PM
Monday, March 8, 2021

Funny Festival Live review – BBC series puts standups back on stage by Brian Logan

BBC2, live and on catchupThis chance to see new comedy faces, including Judi Love, Michael Stranney and Toussaint Douglass, reaps easygoing rewards Victoria Wood, Harry Hill and Eddie Izzard…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:42AM
Sunday, March 7, 2021

Sarah Silverman review – after a year of exile from the stage, a standup looks inward by Brian Logan

Available onlineSilverman shifts away from shock-peddling and scripted jokes in a Q&A that comes alive when she reflects on comedy itself “I hope this was interesting in some way,” s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:06PM

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