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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Facebook feud: fan accuses Reginald D Hunter of 'misogyny and violence' by Brian Logan

Hunter's followers retaliate with death threats. Plus: Russell Brand is 'double double against genocide', Jon Stewart lashes out at media and John Cleese hates today's comedyA masterclass in…

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Ivo Graham: Educated Guess review – Eton schooldays and leftie laughs by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThere’s plenty to admire in Graham’s new show, including a teenage appearance on The Weakest Link and a fresh-minted routine about the £1 coin‘Push the envelope, b…

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Farewell to Sean Hughes, sparky comedy gadfly in a league of his own by Brian Logan

From the bumbling misadventures of Sean’s Show to the jaunty misanthropy of his later standup material, Hughes – who has died aged 51 – was a master of telling messy truths There were …

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Sean Hughes | Comedy review by Brian Logan

The Capitol, Horsham"I'm not saying I'm perfect," says Sean Hughes, as he mocks all the things the rest of us do wrong. But part of Hughes's charm is that he does claim to be, if not perfect…

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Tim Key review – spilt lager, Poohsticks and an agonising quest for romance by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonHis first standup set in three years works a treat as Key paints a slyly humorous and heavily ironic portrait of midlife disappointmentIt feels both apt and unlikely that…

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Comedy review: Horne and Corden / Royal Albert Hall, London by Brian Logan

Royal Albert Hall, LondonTheir current BBC3 sketch show has been drubbed by the critics - and there's no improvement on that programme's lobotomised humour at this live outing, a headline pe…

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Scream with laughter: can comedy ever be scary? by Brian Logan

Standup Nick Coyle’s new show Queen of Wolves takes a Victorian governess on a terrifying journey – and proves how humour and horror work in similar waysThe buzz around Australian standu…

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Simon Amstell review – perky, pained, anxious, ironic, wise – and funny by Brian Logan

Leicester Square theatre, LondonFrom his long process, after coming out, of self-acceptance to his newfound romantic happiness, this is classic, neurotic, angst-ridden Amstell If there were …

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Katy Brand review – standup goes on an interstellar adventure by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonI Could Have Been an Astronaut is an amusing ramble through Brand’s childhood obsessions, fate and the factors that make us who we areSome comics have extraordinary sto…

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

John Kearns: a supreme standup hidden behind bad teeth and a tonsure by Brian Logan

The wig-wearing comic’s new show about humdrum heroism is his best yet. But as his act strives for knockout poignancy, does the goofy get-up help or hinder?When John Kearns corpses, is he …

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Micky Flanagan – review by Brian Logan

O2 Arena, LondonIf you've got a taste for straight-up 1970s nostalgia comedy, you'll take a lot away from comedy stalwart Micky Flanagan's latest setYou may have seen Micky Flanagan on …

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The fing about Micky Flanagan: irresistible rise of a minted everyman by Brian Logan

The UK’s most popular comic is taking his cockney shtick on tour but he’s more than a cheeky caricature – his democratic brand of humour is smart and generousI’m not sure whether to …

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

When comedy's big hitters take a short cut to the punchline by Brian Logan

The stars of the Greenwich comedy festival had to concertina their standup routines. But can the likes of Dylan Moran and Bridget Christie ruminate and rage against the clock?What is the bas…

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Simon Amstell review – monogamy, masturbation and moral muddles by Brian Logan

Leicester Square theatre, LondonCasting himself as a social misfit in his new show To Be Free, Amstell turns his fire, sometimes embarrassingly, on all of usWhat becomes of the neurotic come…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Angels and demons: the unmissable theatre, comedy and dance of autumn 2017 by Michael Billington, Lyn Gardner, Judith Mackrell and Brian Logan

Hamilton hits London, Bryan Cranston’s news anchor goes berserk, Wayne McGregor turns his DNA into dance, Mae Martin revisits her teen addictions and Toyah Willcox is a time-travelling que…

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Lee Mack is panned for saying women aren't cut out for comedy by Brian Logan

The Daily Express blasts Lee Mack for his views on female comedians, a bunch of comedians take part in skirmishes, and Hello Ladies gets lacklustre reviewsYou know you're in trouble when the…

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Edinburgh festival 2017: the best standup shows going on tour by Brian Logan

Now the fringe is over, comics from Desiree Burch to John Bishop are hitting the road with jokes about fertility anxiety, political correctness and life as a ‘virgin dominatrix’Maybe you…

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Edinburgh’s double comedy winners mix humour with darker takes on life by Brian Logan

Relationship breakdown and homophobia in Australia pick up a prize – or two – for John Robins and Hannah GadsbyThe longest ever shortlist. The first ever joint winners. And clearly, the …

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Spencer Jones review – dorky clown lobs gags in gleefully madcap comedy by Brian Logan

Heroes @ Monkey Barrel, EdinburghThe laughs keep coming in The Audition, a ramshackle tale of Steven Spielberg, talking robots and a bank-robbing fishThere aren’t many ways that a Spencer …

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'Why did the lefty cross the road?' How liberal Edinburgh comics are panning PC by Brian Logan

A new wave of comedians probing faults in leftwing politics provoke a crucial debate, but does their exaggerated antagonism hamper the cause?Identity politics has gone too far. PC has gone m…

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Elf Lyons review – daffy take on Swan Lake delivered in Franglais by Brian Logan

Underbelly Med Quad, EdinburghWith a parrot costume, Jacques Brel songs and silly set pieces, Lyons dreams up an almost aggressively winsome hour of complete nonsenseIs it comedy, or a spiri…

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

The great Irish famine sitcom – a comedy hot potato? by Brian Logan

Some people are angry that Channel 4 is developing Hungry, a comedy set in one of Ireland’s darkest times. But don’t judge a script before it’s writtenThe idea dies hard that comedy au…

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Jordan Brookes review – wildly entertaining standup demolishes conventions of comedy by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghYou seldom know exactly what’s happening in this set as our host prowls the room, eyeballs the audience and wreaks confusionIs the comedy world big enough for…

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Mae Martin: Dope review – hair-raising comedy about romance and rehab by Brian Logan

Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, EdinburghIn a likable and thoughtful set, the Canadian standup revisits her adolescence and explores the affinities between relationships and recreational drugsYo…

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Sophie Willan review – cheery standup skewers lazy labels by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghIn a cracking show, Branded, Willan has an easy rapport with the audience as she interrogates her identity as a northern, female, working-class comedian Norther…

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Ahir Shah review – a call to arms against political complacency by Brian Logan

Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, EdinburghThe astute standup drills into the divided, dysfunctional state of our world in a combative hour of coruscating comedy “I’m left, I’m libera…

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Iain Stirling review – the voice of Love Island speaks out by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghFans have flocked to hear him spill the beans on the islanders, but instead we get some sharply expressed though extremely familiar standup materialEdinburgh na…

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Phil Wang: Kinabalu review – patriotism, privilege and lots of lube by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghEthnicity and empire are tricky subjects, but not for someone living the immigrant dream and riffing on race with a childlike glee‘I finally became a man this…

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Hannah Gadsby review – electrifying farewell to standup by Brian Logan

Assembly George Square, EdinburghComedy proves inadequate consolation for battling the patriarchy in the Tasmanian standup’s uncomfortable but indelible swansong Hannah Gadsby’s extraord…

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Rob Kemp: The Elvis Dead review – a gory cult classic in the making by Brian Logan

Heroes @ Monkey BarrelThe comedian’s inspired mashup of Evil Dead 2 and Elvis songs is much juicier than an ironic stunt‘This was only ever supposed to amuse me and my mates,” says Rob…

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Jon Pointing review – a cringeworthy new comic monster is unleashed by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Pointing’s egocentric creep Cayden Hunter and his spoof acting masterclass is mesmerisingly ghastly and deliciously daft Towards the end of last summer’s E…

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