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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Patrick Kielty: Borderline review – cautionary Northern Irish tales by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonAt a crisis point for his country, Kielty’s ‘module on borders’ is warm and engaging, though his even-handedness dims some of the laughter “A comedian shouldn’t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:18AM

Arrest that joke! A history of gags so offensive that punters called the cops by Brian Logan

Standup Joe Lycett has revealed that he was reported to police for one of his routines. From Sacha Baron Cohen to Jo Brand, our writer looks at what happens when laughter and the law collide…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:48AM
Sunday, June 26, 2022

Chris McGlade review – working-class scourge of wokeness by Brian Logan

Conway Hall, LondonMcGlade pours his heart and soul into the show but his picture of a golden age of working-class racial harmony is a stretch When Soho theatre declined to re-book Chris McG…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:42PM
Thursday, June 23, 2022

Travis Jay review – a loose, likable set about fathers and sons by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe comedian’s troubled relationship with his ‘alpha dad’ is under scrutiny in this enjoyable show of (mostly) new material There’s a choice joke, midway through…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:12PM
Monday, June 20, 2022

Chris McCausland: Speaky Blinder review – genial gags for midlife grumps everywhere by Brian Logan

Leicester Square theatre, LondonEngaging, blokey, old-school standup about domesticity, parenthood and the frustrations of modern life is mixed with material specific to the scouse joker’s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:24AM
Friday, June 17, 2022

Brodi Snook: Handful review – caustic comedy of depressing dates by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonMalign males on the dating scene are the focus of this heartfelt set, with keep-fit fans, activists and men who claim to be feminists also under the microscope Hot on the…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:48PM
Thursday, June 16, 2022

Mary Beth Barone review – sex comedy that keeps on giving by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonA delightfully silly but sneakily serious take on hook-up culture and its collateral damage, with bonus standup sets Comedy show or treatment programme? Mary Beth Barone…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:48PM
Sunday, June 12, 2022

John Waters: False Negative review – the 'sultan of sleaze' at the Barbican by Brian Logan

Barbican, LondonThe veteran film-maker is on fine form in this motor-mouthed show, which mixes slick anecdotes with gleeful transgression Common as it now is for well-loved figures to bring …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:37AM
Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Edinburgh fringe 2022: 20 theatre, comedy and dance shows you shouldn’t miss by Brian Logan, Catherine Love, Mark Fisher, Anya Ryan, Rachael Healy, Kate Wyver, Claire Armitstead, Arifa Akbar and Lyndsey Winship

In the first of our festival previews, we round up some of the best offerings we’ve already reviewed – including Tim Key, Liz Kingsman, La Clique and Hungry This searing, sweaty disco is…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:48AM
Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Backstage With Katherine Ryan – the secrets of standups revealed, kind of by Brian Logan

A series that promises to expose the offstage antics of comics including Seann Walsh and Jimmy Carr gets off to a slick and intriguing start Is there anything connected to comedians that TV …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:42PM
Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Jordan Brookes review – a disconcerting deep-dive into existential morality by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe comedian’s latest show is quarried from the darker subsoil of a disturbed soul, delivered by a man whose warmest smile still stirs a tincture of unease It’s quite…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:48AM
Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Bo Burnham’s Inside is a masterpiece – even these outtakes are hilarious by Brian Logan

Much of the leftover material from Burnham’s twisted Netflix special sparkles as brightly as the original A year after the release of his Netflix special Inside – by any measure, one of…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:12PM

‘Our ears were bleeding!’ – Harry Hill on making his Tony Blair opera by Brian Logan

Saddam gets a Groucho Marx makeover, Gordon Brown sings about macroeconomics – and Cherie is part Lily Savage, part Lili Marleen. The big-collared comic reveals all about Tony! It’s a Tu…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:24AM
Monday, May 30, 2022

Norm Macdonald’s Nothing Special: a standup says farewell by Brian Logan

The revered comic, who died last year, recorded his last Netflix set at home in 2020. It has the feel of a wake, as fans including David Letterman pay tribute After two years of closed venue…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:33PM
Friday, May 27, 2022

Iain Stirling: Failing Upwards review – familiar territory, but funny nonetheless by Brian Logan

Amazon Prime VideoThe comedian plays it safe with his subject matter, but delivers his show with affable warmth and animation “Why can’t I just be normal?” laments the comic and voice …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:12PM

Chris Redd: Why Am I Like This? review – Saturday Night Live star’s random gags by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe SNL cast member has some impressive off-the-cuff riffs with the audience but never crafts an answer to his own question If you saw Saturday Night Live cast member Chr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:37AM
Sunday, May 22, 2022

Joe Lycett review – pranks, partygate and ghostly goats by Brian Logan

Cambridge Corn Exchange From his parody Sue Gray report to his Twitter spat with Alan Sugar, the new stage show by the loveably impudent joker collects and comments on his most successful co…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:37PM
Friday, May 20, 2022

Athena Kugblenu review – class act flips conventional thinking on its head by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe daughter of an aspirational mum and an overqualified dad, Kugblenu ruminates on privilege, parenthood and Nigella recipes It’s 25 years since New Labour told us: …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06AM
Thursday, May 19, 2022

Toasting not roasting: these comedians would surely mock Netflix’s hall of fame by Brian Logan

Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Joan Rivers and Robin Williams are given their dues in The Hall but the event is oddly sanctimonious How should we celebrate great comedians? Netflix’s latest…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:24PM
Thursday, May 12, 2022

Chris Rock: Ego Death review – taking the temperature of a ‘near-destroyed’ America by Brian Logan

Royal Albert Hall, LondonThe standup returns to the stage on fine form, though one might wish The Slap was addressed, not glossed “I’m OK, if you’re wondering …” Of course, Chris R…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:24PM
Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Chris Rock in a hard place: will he make comedy gold out of Will Smith’s slap? by Brian Logan

As his hotly anticipated tour arrives in the UK, audiences are wondering whether Rock will share some freshly minted material on the Oscars bust-up Might “the slap” – when Will Smith w…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:54AM
Thursday, May 5, 2022

Schalk Bezuidenhout review – a fun introduction to a genial misfit by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe South African storyteller’s expressive presence and assured comedy chops ensure easy laughs With its back-to-basics account of who he is and where he comes from, S…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:37PM

Chloe Petts review – cheery comedy confronting thorny issues by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonSkilful standup’s debut, Transience, takes the heat out of fraught conversations about gender and is well worth the wait Was ever a debut show longer awaited? Chloe Pet…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:37PM
Thursday, April 28, 2022

Jack Docherty: Nothing But review – fantasy and tragedy at the Edinburgh fringe by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonAs he tells the story of a one-night stand from 30 years ago, the comic explores youthful dreams and midlife disappointment A bittersweet love letter to the Edinburgh fri…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:42AM
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Alan Partridge: Stratagem review – two hours of tremendous silliness by Brian Logan

Edinburgh PlayhouseIn a joyful return to the stage, Steve Coogan’s deathless alter ego delivers a motivational lecture he keeps on derailing The last time Alan Partridge graced the nation…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:48AM
Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Barry Humphries: The Man Behind the Mask review – basking in nostalgia by Brian Logan

Richmond theatre, LondonWhile an impish spirit remains, the comic behind Dame Edna Everage follows the well-worn template of celebs recounting their life stories At 88, with almost seven dec…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:54AM
Tuesday, April 12, 2022

What a calamity! Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em turned a bit of trouble into comic bliss by Brian Logan

As the hapless Frank Spencer, Michael Crawford brought a light touch to the classic 70s sitcom but the stage version with a game Joe Pasquale feels creakier Think Peckham market traders duck…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:24AM
Sunday, April 3, 2022

Katherine Ryan review – softer, more sympathetic but just as razor sharp by Brian Logan

London PalladiumMissus – an account of her unexpected marriage to her childhood sweetheart and their surprisingly traditional new life together – is quite a departure from Ryan’s showy…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:36AM
Thursday, March 31, 2022

Jacqueline Novak review – audaciously funny trolling of the penis by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe standup ruthlessly dismantles the machismo around the act of fellatio while telling her own cocksure journey through oral sex ‘Do I overreach?”, asks Jacqueline N…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:36AM
Wednesday, March 30, 2022

C’est Drôle! Netflix’s Standing Up is a love letter to Paris’s comedy scene by Brian Logan

The showrunner of Call My Agent! is back with a winning series about France’s young comics and how their onstage routines and real lives intersect Is there a gap in the market for an ensem…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:06PM

‘A lot of kids’ songs are absolute bangers’: the comedy show about warring children’s entertainers by Brian Logan

Back by popular demand, Ed MacArthur and Kiell Smith-Bynoe are reworking their anarchic show about the rivalry between a toff and a TikToK rapper on the kids’ party scene This doesn’t u…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:54PM