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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Netflix or Hill? The standups streaming on rival service NextUp by Brian Logan

Bec Hill, Laura Davis and Eshaan Akbar can be watched on this online home for comedy’s rising stars and circuit regulars With gig venues closed, where do you turn for your comedy fix? You …

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Hannibal Buress: Miami Nights review – comic reflects on his arrest by Brian Logan

YouTubeBuress revisits the story of his 2017 arrest for disorderly intoxication in an enjoyable online set that uses technology creatively Cross a comedian at your peril. They can put their …

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Meg Stalter: Little Miss Ohio review – happy parade of hopeless wannabes by Brian Logan

YouTubeIn Stalter’s sharply observed, bittersweet character comedy, a string of awkward talkative types bare their souls Disastrous for many comedians, lockdown has propelled others to pr…

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Eddie Pepitone: For the Masses review – cult angry comic on bracing form by Brian Logan

Available onlineThe gruff comic from Brooklyn appalls and entertains as he rages against the debauchery of modern America Eddie Pepitone’s closest brush with UK fame came in 2012, when the…

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Stream with laughter: top comics experiment with lockdown festival by Brian Logan

From a daft James Bond spoof to reliving a disastrous audition over Zoom, the Upload comedy extravaganza had some delectable moments As the black hole left by the cancelled Edinburgh fringe …

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

The refugee standup night: 'none of us can believe how successful it is' by Brian Logan

Coached by Tom Parry, the comedy collective No Direction Home are bucking stereotypes about refugees and migrants – and thriving online during lockdown ‘Let me tell you something more ab…

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Monday, June 15, 2020

The best blissfully silly comedy for lockdown by Brian Logan

Looking for some escapist laughs? Here are a few tips, from John-Luke Roberts’ chaotic sketches to Flight of the Conchords’ smile-guaranteed songs Hottest front-room seats: the best thea…

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Jigsy review – Les Dennis sheds tears of a clown for comedy's lost era by Brian Logan

Available onlineThe scuzzy end of show business and all its sozzled, sentimental excesses are captured by the ex-standup in a heartfelt monologue I last saw Les Dennis on stage two years ago…

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Monday, June 8, 2020

Gina Brillon: The Floor is Lava review – a deft dance across class divides by Brian Logan

Amazon Prime VideoQuinoa, veganism and lakehouses are ticked off on the Bronx comic’s journey to affluence but her charm shines through Lockdown laughs: where to watch online comedy The …

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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Comedy at the Covid Arms review – the perfect formula for lockdown standup by Brian Logan

Consummate host Kiri Pritchard-McLean sets the stage for Frankie Boyle and others in a show with true comedy-club feel Lockdown laughs: where to watch online comedy The Covid Arms started…

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Jen Brister: Meaningless review – a furiously funny blast of rage by Brian Logan

Available online With weariness and seething frustration, the comedian sounds off in style about gender inequality and sexism The starting point of Jen Brister’s 2018 show Meaningless, no…

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Stamptown Comedy Night review – flying the flag for leftfield comedy by Brian Logan

Available onlineLive cabaret becomes alternative sketch show as the Stamptown gang make merry with Zoom-era laughs Can you capture online the raucous energy of the best live comedy cabarets?…

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Patton Oswalt/Bob Rubin review – cuddly curmudgeon finds midlife bliss by Brian Logan

Available on Netflix★★★☆☆/★★☆☆☆Oswalt’s frothy set about ageing, Jesus and fitness freaks keeps the laughs coming, while a barking Rubin delivers something much harder …

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Hannah Gadsby: Douglas review – crusading comedy with great gags by Brian Logan

Available on NetflixGadsby follows up her hit show Nanette with a swaggering set that blazes with well-earned confidence Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance online The last …

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Lenny Bruce is Out Again review – the sound of distilled provocation by Brian Logan

Audio downloadSixty years on, the taboo-busting comic can seem incoherent and insensitive but there’s no doubting his masterful wordplay He may be the least listened-to of standup icons. N…

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Friday, May 22, 2020

'What even is theatre now?': the fringe artists left out in the cold by Brian Logan

Festivals cancelled, venues shut and funding shelved: Covid-19 has forced those working in theatre to rethink their art form ‘It’s like the seven stages of grief,” says Paula Varjack,…

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Comedy Without Borders review – globe-straddling quarantine comedy by Brian Logan

Available on YouTubeEddie Izzard and standups from India, Australia and beyond roast fake news and bust coronavirus taboos in an entertaining if patchy webcam variety fundraiser for frontlin…

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill review – sublime standup from Mr Generic by Brian Logan

NetflixFinding a novel angle on everything from Pop-Tarts to the annoyances of modern technology, the American everyman is still on sparkling form Mixed messages emanate from Jerry Seinfeld…

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Sunday, May 3, 2020

Mark Watson’s Comedy Marathon: an irresistible carnival of idiocy by Brian Logan

The blokey joker fired up his webcam to deliver a 24 hours of faux-ballads, toilet humour and even a real-life wedding The best theatre and dance to watch online The best arts and entertain…

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Maria Bamford: Weakness is the Brand – a comic totally in command by Brian Logan

Available onlineTherapy, foreplay and the nature of standup all fall into the crosshairs of a scattergun show that never fails to find its target Who better to turn to at a time of social is…

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Ross Noble’s Lockdown Lounge: a welcome escape into nonsense by Brian Logan

Available onlineThe comedian’s daily interactive webcast is a load of shambolic, lo-fi silliness – which is just what we need right now Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and da…

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Alice Fraser: Savage review – artful comedy from private trauma by Brian Logan

Amazon PrimeWith this adroit and thoughtful show about death and sadness, the Australian standup has her audience in tears • Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance to watch …

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Sunday, April 12, 2020

Lockdown laughs: my night at a Cheese, Sex and Self-isolation Party by Brian Logan

This streaming event hosted by Anna Mann (AKA Colin Hoult) on NextUp was a valiant experiment in performing live comedy without an audience “There is no eerier sight,” my fellow comedy c…

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Sincerely Louis CK review – #MeToo casualty returns with not-quite apology by Brian Logan

Available onlineThe comedian’s first standup special since he was disgraced in 2017 is heavy on self-pity and won’t appease those outraged by his behaviour Hottest front-room seats: the …

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Stay at Home festival review – Mark Gatiss's dystopia flashbacks kick off comedy series by Brian Logan

The Sherlock star joined Robin Ince and Josie Long’s daily online broadcast to self-isolated comedy fans – and the results were rallying ‘Stay apart – and keep connecting,” is the …

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Comedy's coronavirus crisis: 'performers are in deep, deep trouble' by Brian Logan

With gigs cancelled and no support given to an art form that Art Council England does not officially recognise, comedians fear the worst Coronavirus and culture – a list of major cancella…

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Friday, March 13, 2020

The Special Relationship review – compelling tales in Trump cabaret by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonSix almost-Americans narrate stories of cruelties inflicted when being expelled from the US When we think of deportees, we seldom think of native Brits. But sometimes the…

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Alexei Sayle review – a blizzard of rage and gloriously biting wit by Brian Logan

Epstein theatre, LiverpoolTouring for the first time in seven years, it’s clear that the standup veteran hasn’t lost any of his sharp humour ‘As Emperor Hirohito said after the Hiroshi…

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Steve Martin and Martin Short review – a delightfully daft double act by Brian Logan

SSE Hydro, GlasgowThe Two Amigos deploy mutual mickey-taking and the odd banjo riff in a variety show with comic timing to die for It started life as a cosy Q&A at a comedy festival. The…

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Allez les standups! Are French comics gutsier than their British rivals? by Brian Logan

They’re inspired by Charlie Hedbo and tell jokes that would get British comedians cancelled. Our writer spends a week watching French standups How Greece’s theatre staged triumph from t…

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Monday, March 2, 2020

'It still frightens me': Tommy Tiernan on 25 years in comedy, from the Perrier to Derry Girls by Brian Logan

The titan of Irish comics is on a roll after his sitcom and chatshow success, but he is still excited and overwhelmed by the art of standup ‘The older you get,” asks Tommy Tiernan, “do…

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