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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Fawlty Towers review – comedy history repeats itself as stage farce by Brian Logan

Apollo theatre, London John Cleese’s transposition of his TV sitcom to the theatre has pitch perfect performances, but it never quite becomes a play What should we hope for when TV hits of…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:54PM

Artists shouldn’t be political? Here’s a show that challenges Britain’s creeping censorship | Brian Logan by Brian Logan

Cutting the Tightrope: The Divorce of Politics from Art, at the Arcola in London, tackles freedom of expression – with particular focus on Gaza Arts Council England unleashed fury in Febru…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:02AM
Monday, May 13, 2024

Rhod Gilbert and the Giant Grapefruit review – hilarity and horror on standup’s cancer journey by Brian Logan

Cliffs Pavilion, SouthendNow free of cancer, Gilbert looks back on his illness with a characteristic mixture of emotional candour and uproarious humour A standup show about cancer? It’s a …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:48AM
Thursday, May 9, 2024

The Government Inspector review – Ghosts stars team up for cartoonish corruption satire by Brian Logan

Marylebone theatre, LondonKiell Smith-Bynoe and Martha Howe-Douglas ably embody Gogol’s schemers, but this show doesn’t hit any 21st-century targets You can see why, in 2024, one might r…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:18AM
Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Dawn of the Big Yin: rediscovered film shows Billy Connolly on the road to comedy glory by Brian Logan

The 1975 tour documentary Big Banana Feet captures a comic growing into his extraordinary talents – and adjusting to unprecedented fame In an age where our every selfie, photogenic breakfa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:54AM
Monday, May 6, 2024

Rosie Holt: That’s Politainment review – Tory targets are a safe seat by Brian Logan

Colchester Arts CentreThe comedian’s rightwing alter egos have not yet evolved beyond the two-dimensional in this droll but conventional set It’s lovely to be here in Colchester, says Ro…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:42AM
Friday, May 3, 2024

John Bishop: Back at It review – a meandering mess-about by Brian Logan

Cliffs Pavilion, SouthendThe standup delivers an unstructured show with autobiographical anecdotes and routines about henpecked husbands and women called Fanny How hard should a comedian try…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:36AM
Thursday, May 2, 2024

Marie Faustin: Sorry I’m Late review – an irresistible hour from a stellar standup by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonA lesser act might have struggled to follow the brilliant Sydnee Washington, but Faustin’s swaggering, gossipy shtick is superb Has Marie Faustin blundered? Support act…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:36AM
Monday, April 29, 2024

Sophie’s Surprise 29th review – thrilling birthday bash of circus and cabaret by Brian Logan

Underbelly Boulevard, LondonThere are shocks aplenty as daredevils perform death-defying acts hair-raisingly close to the audience Circus used to happen in big tops. The Underbelly Boulevard…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:18AM
Sunday, April 28, 2024

Romesh Ranganathan review – misanthropic midlife everyman wears his world-weariness well by Brian Logan

Brighton DomeRanganathan’s Hustle delivers laughs, but not the shock of the new. It is at its best when we glimpse something meaningful beneath the standard-issue curmudgeonliness ‘I’l…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:02AM
Friday, April 26, 2024

Doctor Brown: Beturns review – the original clown prince in total control by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonPhil Burgers made clowning hip after winning the Edinburgh comedy award in 2012. Now older, if not wiser, his new show is a little undercooked, but his skill as a perform…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:02AM
Tuesday, April 23, 2024

With her Netflix comedy special Autistic Bikini Queen, Fern Brady is a cynic to savour by Brian Logan

The huge success of her memoir has turbocharged the Scottish comedian’s career, with midlife, Catholicism and marriage in her withering sights Cynicism is now and then expressed about the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:36PM
Friday, April 19, 2024

‘It’s been a thrill!’ My first time at the mind-boggling Melbourne comedy festival by Brian Logan

At the world’s biggest barrel of laughs, Hannah Gadsby, John Kearns and Rose Matafeo rub shoulders with homegrown stars-in-the-making. Our writer has the time of his life What’s the bigg…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:06PM
Thursday, March 21, 2024

Monét X Change: Life Be Lifein’ review – Drag Race champ’s fabulous rise to fame by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe star’s stage presence is impressive as she charts the journey from her religious upbringing to her first sexual encounters and becoming an adored icon “Premium ti…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:24PM
Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Leslie Liao review – heard the one about the Netflix staffer turned standup? by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonIn a lively but disjointed show, the comedian – who used to work in HR for the streamer – delivers routines on office life, dating apps and 90s R&B From the mailr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:42PM
Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Robby Hoffman review – New Yorker unleashes her nerd-jock shtick by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonSnarling at the audience and cracking cynical jokes, Hoffman’s intriguing faux-boorish persona wears thin, undermining her subversively funny riffs Robby Hoffman recent…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:18AM
Monday, March 11, 2024

Leigh Francis: My First Time review – cacophonously unfunny with the emphasis on cack by Brian Logan

London PalladiumThe comic revives Avid Merrion, Keith Lemon and others in a scatological set of unimaginative jokes Is he funny, or is his comedy the nadir of western civilisation? Not being…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:12AM
Friday, March 8, 2024

Jerrod Carmichael is a superb standup – if only he’d stop checking his phone on stage by Brian Logan

The US comedian, who won an Emmy for the remarkable 2022 special Rothaniel, makes a bemusing visit to London When Sarah Silverman took to the stage at Hammersmith Apollo one night in 2008, …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:54AM
Thursday, March 7, 2024

Catherine Bohart: Again, With Feelings review – firecracker of an hour is her best yet by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe Irish comedian refines gossip to a high art in a big-hitting show packed with whipsmart jokes about the panic of settling down in your 30s The dates on Catherine Boha…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42AM
Thursday, February 29, 2024

Sarah Keyworth: My Eyes Are Up Here review – top surgery becomes a family affair by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonWith fine one-liners, the crowd-pleasing east Midlander traces their relationship with their parents in a touching show Sarah Keyworth launched their standup career with …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:42PM
Monday, February 26, 2024

Miles Jupp: On I Bang review – elegantly funny, terribly English account of a tumour by Brian Logan

Brighton DomeThe comedian guides us through this life-and-death tale of seizure, diagnosis and treatment with his usual brand of self-deprecation We have all seen comedians die on stage. Is …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:18AM

Bill Hicks: the scorching standup who thought comedy could change the world by Brian Logan

Thirty years after his death, the Texan who set out to ‘topple idols’ remains an outlaw truth-teller for many but his raging material can land with a clunk I could mark out my comedy cri…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:48AM
Sunday, February 25, 2024

Lara Ricote review – endearingly offbeat comedy of self-exploration by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe fringe award-winner compares her romantic relationship to how she feels about her audience in this mildly evasive investigation of inner knottiness There’s a formul…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:24AM
Friday, February 23, 2024

Steve Brown obituary by Brian Logan

Composer and lyricist who was a long-time collaborator of Steve Coogan and Harry Hill, and co-created the award-winning musical Spend, Spend, Spend The composer and lyricist Steve Brown, who…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:32PM
Thursday, February 22, 2024

Bill Bailey: a comic maestro of bits, bobs and barbs at the Tories by Brian Logan

Thoughtifier, a new European tour, brings familiar whimsy from the Strictly Come Dancing champ. But does the mirth cramp his musical stylings? Forty years into his performing career, you kno…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:24PM
Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Leicester comedy festival – post-natal distress, a Trumpian dictator and Robo Bingo by Brian Logan

Various venuesSets from Lily Phillips, President Obonjo and Foxdog Studios may not rival the Edinburgh fringe, but give a bracing sense of the diversity of the comedy scene We need a new ki…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:02AM
Monday, February 12, 2024

Jessica Fostekew review – accelerated age triggers volcanic rage by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, London New show Mettle finds the comic annoyed about flirting, litter, the climate crisis and more, following a milestone birthday There are few more familiar standup comedy at…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:12AM
Friday, February 9, 2024

No sets, less fuss, a cast of one: can standups save the UK’s cash-strapped theatres? by Brian Logan

For the Royal Court and Park theatres, putting on comedy acts is a moneyspinning way to find new audiences. But are playhouses set to stage fewer plays? Caryl Churchill. Sarah Kane. Chris Ra…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:12AM
Monday, February 5, 2024

Don’t mention the war … and the rest: the trouble with bringing back Fawlty Towers by Brian Logan

Stage revivals of the 70s sitcom and The Fast Show have enough nostalgia value to delight fans. Less certain is what will happen to their more problematic material The essence of humour is s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:54AM
Sunday, February 4, 2024

Gwyneth Goes Skiing review – camp cartoonish courtroom drama revels in all the razzmatazz and idiocy by Brian Logan

Pleasance theatre, LondonWith Linus Karp as Paltrow, Joseph Martin as the optometrist and a muppet as his lawyer, Awkward Productions delight in the shallowness, star-worship and bad faith O…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
Thursday, January 25, 2024

Guz Khan review – Man Like Mobeen star relishes the outrageous by Brian Logan

Hammersmith Apollo, LondonThe Coventry comic’s new show centres more on storytelling than polished quips but this is still a boisterous set In a world where big-name comics prep their tour…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:42AM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards