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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Wanda Sykes review – tough anti-Trump tirade is a potent tonic by Brian Logan

Union Chapel, LondonLife still holds surprises for a woman of 54, including the US presidency, and Sykes plays them for everything they’ve gotThe first half hour of Wanda Sykes’ maiden L…

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Keep review – want a list of every single thing in Daniel Kitson's house? by Brian Logan

Battersea Arts Centre, LondonThe storyteller sets out to list all 20,000 of his possessions in a show that misfires despite some delightful apercus‘I have a house with lots of things in it…

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Sindhu Vee: Sandhog review – marriage as a battle of wits by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe standup’s debut show insightfully dissects the travails of long-term commitment and the tsunami of having childrenSindhu Vee has a more interesting hinterland than …

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Decadence and dystopia: the unmissable theatre, dance and comedy of 2019 by Michael Billington, Lyndsey Winship and Brian Logan

Blanchett and Hiddleston get sexual, there are chills in a Glasgow tower block, Matthew Bourne takes on the star-crossed lovers, plus Catherine Tate, Tim Minchin and Ben Elton return to the …

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Top 10 comedy shows of 2018 by Brian Logan

We had volcanic eruptions from Nish Kumar, open-heart anguish from Jessie Cave and cold lasagne from James Acaster. But no one could beat the wild blazing brilliance of Flight of the Conchor…

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Hari Kondabolu review – standup's bid to step out of Apu's shadow by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, London In his new show, American Hour, the comedian delivers barbed routines on race, religion and culture wars‘I don’t want to be a cartoon martyr,” says Hari Kondabolu,…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Billy Connolly retiring from standup? He practically invented it by Brian Logan

The Big Yin mastered the art of funny – there was barely such a thing as standup comedy when he graduated from Glasgow’s shipyard to the stageIt was news we saw coming, but that barely d…

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Dick Whittington review – a winning London fantasia by Brian Logan

Lyric Hammersmith, LondonCariad Lloyd and Jude Christian’s panto boasts a nice balance of trashy and innocent, a charismatic cast and a warm spirit of fun Even by panto standards, the stor…

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What happens when a man performs a woman's drag show about consent? by Brian Logan

Natalie Palamides’ bravura piece about machismo, Nate, is now being performed by its male director, Dr Brown“How many of you here haven’t seen Natalie do this show?” A surprising num…

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Russell Brand: My Life by William Shakespeare review – self-help from the Bard by Brian Logan

Bristol Old VicNarrating his life via sonnets and speeches, the motormouth comic delivers a show that is both egotistical and endearing‘I’m trying to alchemise the work of our greatest p…

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

David O'Doherty review – delightfully daft tonic in troubled times by Brian Logan

The Stables, Milton KeynesFrom imagining Enya as president to a disappointing encounter with Leonardo da Vinci, the Irish whimsy merchant delivers oodles of soothing sillinessOh to be Irish!…

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Marcus Brigstocke review – horned comic fails to give devil his due by Brian Logan

Blackheath Halls, LondonThe comedian performs in the guise of Lucifer on his latest tour, but the material is standard snarkScarlet of skin and horny of head, Marcus Brigstocke plays Lucifer…

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

From the King of Comedy to People Just Do Nothing: why the 'cringe com' reigns by Brian Logan

Whether it’s cult films or the mockumentary style perfected by The Office, why do we seek discomfort from our comedies? Everyone agrees that Martin Scorsese’s collaboration with Robert D…

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Can Harry Hill teach kids to be funny? by Brian Logan

The big-collared clown’s new touring show is a galloping riot of idiocy aimed at children – and they love it. Whether they learn anything is another matterComedy for kids is on the rise.…

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Stephen Fry Live! in Heroes review – myths and Melchett around the fire by Brian Logan

Hammersmith Apollo, LondonFry’s retelling of Greek myths makes for an engaging evening, but it takes Blackadder and Harry Potter to ignite the audienceHestia was the goddess of the hearth,…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Still No Idea review – disability decoded with piercing honesty by Brian Logan

Royal Court, LondonReviving their 2010 show, Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence call on the inspiration of strangers to explore changing attitudes to disabilityEight years ago, Lisa Hammond and…

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Lauren Pattison review – geordie comic's peppy tales of triumph by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonIn her new show, Peachy, Pattison perkily traces her efforts to be young, free and single while coping with mental fragilityLauren Pattison’s first show was about a bre…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

The Exorcism review – devilishly tricksy haunted-house tale by Brian Logan

Battersea Arts Centre, LondonShifting between eerie ghost story and broad comedy, Ross Sutherland’s intriguing solo show about demonic possession never quite makes its intentions clearJust…

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Dave Gorman review – nitpicking fury of a PowerPoint maestro by Brian Logan

Royal Festival Hall, LondonThe comic is on solid form as he deploys graphs, data and ruthless over-thinking to rage against life’s tiny detailsChurnalism, fraudulent daytime TV, the idioci…

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

James Acaster review – a comedy genius at the peak of his powers by Brian Logan

Vaudeville theatre, LondonThe standup refines his intricate tales with a note of personal poignancy for a set that will leave you drunk on its brillianceWe had no right to ask more of James …

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Ali Siddiq review – charisma and hard-won authenticity from an ex-con by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe US standup, who spent six years in a Texas prison, delivers an accomplished set drawing on his misspent youth One in three black men in the US will spend time in jail…

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Dave Chappelle and Jon Stewart review – sharp satire at America's expense by Brian Logan

Royal Albert Hall, LondonThe world-renowned pair team up with comics Mo Amer and Michelle Wolf to tackle Trump, the opioid crisis and gun violence in a night which delivers big laughsPlenty …

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Rob Brydon: I Am Standing Up review – clowning crooner's homecoming gig by Brian Logan

Wales Millennium Centre, CardiffBrydon beats a well-trodden path through crowd work, gags about middle-aged decline and pitch-perfect impressions“Some people have said this show is more ho…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Joanna Lumley: It's All About Me review – Ab Fab gags and Trump tales by Brian Logan

Birmingham Symphony HallThe veteran comic’s enduring ability to captivate a crowd saves a best-of evening that occasionally descends into tediumThey’re a real pop-will-eat-itself phenome…

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Griefcast's Cariad Lloyd: 'Laughter? It's about survival. It’s about living' by Brian Logan

After her standup success and podcast about death, the comic’s next step was obvious: starring in a cancer-ward romcom It wasn’t, I assume, the toughest decision in the history of castin…

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Aziz Ansari suggests 'wokeness' can go too far at surprise gig by Brian Logan

The US comic is cynical about competitive virtue-signalling in a show that doesn’t directly respond to allegations against him but is full of friction What happens to men accused of sexual…

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Vulcan 7 review – the Young Ones meet again as old dinosaurs by Brian Logan

Cambridge Arts theatreAdrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer write and star in a Beckettian comedy about two past-it thesps making a sci-fi film on the edge of a volcanoOnce they were The Young O…

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Nish Kumar review – apoplectic state-of-the-nation standup by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe Mash Report host unleashes a high-octane, self-mocking political show brimming with exasperation and angerYou can tell it’s been two years since Nish Kumar’s last…

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Trump that: can standups keep up with a president like this? by Brian Logan

In Oh Come On, David Cross matches vulgarity with vulgarity but it’s not the only way to mock a political horror showI’m watching David Cross, but I can’t help thinking about Brett Kav…

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Lou Sanders: Shame Pig review – lurid gags from the comedians' comedian by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonWith an abundance of eyebrow-raising anecdotes about outrageous social faux pas, the standup is terrific companyThere was louder buzz around Lou Sanders’ Edinburgh frin…

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Catchphrase comedy is dead. Am I bovvered? by Brian Logan

The former head of BBC comedy claims catchphrases are out of fashion. But as Corporal Jones might say, ‘Don’t panic!’ There’s life in sloganeering yet Catchphrase comedy is a dying a…

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