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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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Sunday, March 1, 2020

Kojo Anim review – BGT star on fame, faith and fatherhood by Brian Logan

Fairfield Halls, LondonIn his show Taxi Tour, the comic from last year’s Britain’s Got Talent offers only standard-issue middle-aged standup Kojo Anim was a star of the black standup ci…

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Mark Thomas: 50 Things About Us review – an inventory of Britishness by Brian Logan

Radlett Centre, HertfordshireThis grab-bag show sheds little light on our political travails but it’s stuffed with funny caricatures and plenty of myth-busting How did we get here? asks Ma…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

John-Luke Roberts: master of nonsense rails against comedy blandness by Brian Logan

The oddball standup delivers deliciously terrible, wonderful jokes as he leads the charge for alternatives to the mainstream When John-Luke Roberts scored an Edinburgh fringe success with th…

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Monday, February 10, 2020

David Baddiel – Trolls: Not the Dolls review – standup surveys the online cesspit by Brian Logan

Royal Shakespeare theatre, Stratford-upon-AvonThe comedian leads us from weird to wonderful to ‘the absolute worst of humanity’ in his new show about social media Twitter has curdled pub…

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Nigel Ng review – primetime culture-clash comedy by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe Malaysian standup is strongest when he delivers adroit gags about Asian versus British stereotypes, from dogs to food allergies Asians do this and Brits do that. That…

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Rosie Jones review – mischief, filth and poleaxing punchlines by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe standup’s new show, Backward, dissects the pitfalls of fame but her joyfully undercutting humour hasn’t suffered Rosie Jones appeared eight times, she specifies,…

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Chase's Paul Sinha: 'I’m going for laughs in bleak places' by Brian Logan

The gameshow star and former GP on how he wrote his ‘career best’ standup material after getting married – and being diagnosed with Parkinson’s ‘You don’t expect the most eventfu…

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel review – a magical fantasia by Brian Logan

Wilton’s Music Hall, LondonA transatlantic voyage in 1910, with the silent stars onboard, is the basis of Told By An Idiot’s beguiling comedy Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel shared a boa…

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Flo & Joan review – comedy's squabbling sister act pack in songs and surprises by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe charming musical misfits are funniest at their most absurd, serving up numbers that range from klezmer to folderol folk Most of us watched the Bros documentary and la…

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Maisie Adam review – hokey philosophy with a sucker punch by Brian Logan

Cambridge JunctionThe Yorkshire comic’s endearing set about mistakes made in public roars into life with a final, extraordinary reveal Who among us, deciding instantly on a course of actio…

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Trygve Wakenshaw review – behold the one-man band of mime by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe New Zealander’s minimalist Only Bones v1.4 combines the spellbinding and ridiculous but ultimately seems unsure what it wants to be No props. No set. No text. No na…

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Magic Goes Wrong review – Penn & Teller mangle minds with Mischief Theatre by Brian Logan

Vaudeville theatre, London Stunts and tricks go awry in this slapstick romp, though the running gag makes it hard to conjure suspense If you’ve watched a magic show, you may have experienc…

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Star debuts and happy returns: theatre, dance and comedy in 2020 by Arifa Akbar, Lyndsey Winship and Brian Logan

Tom Stoppard gets personal, Cush Jumbo does Hamlet, Hollywood names bring everything from tragedy to comedy … plus dance confronts shame and there’s standup open heart surgery Continue r…

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Christmas at the (Snow) Globe review – a marvellously messy festive medley by Brian Logan

Shakespeare’s Globe, LondonSandi Toksvig hosts a knowingly slapdash evening of irony-charged singalongs that revels in the magic of its venue Snowdrop the fairy has misplaced the magic of …

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Sex Shells: XXXmas review – 'tis the season to be filthy by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonWith repurposed classics such as 12 Gays of Christmas, this festive satirical show delivers big-hitting performances and cunning lyrics If you should find yourself at a c…

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Top 10 comedy shows of 2019 by Brian Logan

A double dose of Stewart Lee, Hannah Gadsby’s follow-up to Nanette and London Hughes’ uproarious blue humour tickled the comedy circuit this year More on the best culture of 2019 Continu…

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Suzi Ruffell review – smear tests, domestic bliss and ‘lesbian accoutrements’ by Brian Logan

Warwick Arts Centre A cool crowd warms to the standup’s animated stories, daft moves and disarming candour in Dance Like Everyone’s Watching A standup needs several qualities in their lo…

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Adam Kay review – lurid comedy, lyrical flair and blunt NHS humour by Brian Logan

Bloomsbury theatre, LondonDoc-turned-comic Kay recalls Christmases spent in hospitals – with anecdotes about peanut butter, ill-used confectionery and a blast of Spandau Ballet ‘Christma…

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Jim Jefferies review – filthy comic leaves a nasty stench by Brian Logan

O2 Arena, LondonGlimpses of wit float to the surface in this sex-and-excrement bonanza … but are quickly flushed away by tedious misogyny Two trips to the O2 in 10 days: two shows wallowin…

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Monday, December 2, 2019

An Act of God review – the Almighty returns to Earth and she's mad as hell by Brian Logan

Vaults, LondonZoe Lyons is a pyjama-clad deity with wrath-management issues and a retinue of doubtful angels in David Javerbaum’s enjoyable comedy It began as a Twitter account, which bega…

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Jack Dee: Off the Telly review – new targets, same old grump by Brian Logan

Chequer Mead, East GrinsteadAttacks on Extinction Rebellion and smashed avacado keep Dee in default pissed-off mode, but there are a few inspired moments Jack Dee speaks out of a diagonal mo…

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

John Kearns review – a toothy, tragicomic delight by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonKearns delivers a day-in-the-drab-life of a man with dreams, toting suburban existentialism in a style all his own Time was, I’d have bet my house against Count Arthur …

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Cinderella review – woke meets trad at pop panto by Brian Logan

Lyric Hammersmith, LondonPrince Charming? You must be joking – but this show will still leave families and festive fun-seekers satisfied You might think assignations with princes have lost…

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Ardal O'Hanlon review – shrugging off the ghost of Father Dougal by Brian Logan

Brighton DomeIn an endearing but gentle show, the comedian tries to leave his Father Ted alter ego behind Father Dougal casts a long shadow, Ardal O’Hanlon laments at the start of his tour…

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