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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Sara Pascoe takes lively tour of her magpie mind – Edinburgh 2014 review by Brian Logan

Assembly George Square, EdinburghFrom sperm selection to sexual anthropology to dating woes, a super-entertaining Pascoe gets personalSara Pascoe has been looking at history's epic romances,…

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Iliza Shlesinger review – dating, mating and crass Mars/Venus cliches by Brian Logan

Queen Elizabeth Hall, LondonThe US comic has charisma and craft but reinforces gender stereotypes with cartoonish vigour in a set that falls flatIliza Shlesinger raised hackles last summer w…

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Marc Maron review – a curious brew of swagger and self-loathing by Brian Logan

Royal Festival Hall, LondonThe laidback raconteur gets political and personal with riffs on everything from the US vice-president to PG Tips‘I don’t believe people’s joy,” says Marc …

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Mo Gilligan review – newfound star flexes his character-comedy chops by Brian Logan

Leicester Square theatre, LondonThe south Londoner’s hit character sketches transfer smoothly from social media to the comedy club in this crowd-pleasing showIt’s been a big year for sou…

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Comic delivery: Josie Long and Jonny Donahoe on having a baby by Brian Logan

Just a month before their first child is due, the standup couple are doing a show together – seeking the audience’s parenting tips“It’s mad,” says Josie Long, “but it feels like …

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Tom Allen review – quick-witted master of the nonstop rant by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonAllen’s amiable routines about gay and working-class stereotyping foreground his abundant skills as a raconteurIf Tom Allen weren’t already hosting a primetime Saturd…

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The best films about standup: from King of Comedy to Funny Bones by Brian Logan

As Maxine Peake takes the mic to play a club comic in Funny Cow, here are five movies that capture the lacerating, soul-baring world of live comedyThere’s something so intimate, exposing a…

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Joe Lycett review – pansexual gadfly tickles the pompous by Brian Logan

Royal and Derngate, NorthamptonThe naturally funny panel-show regular inhabits a small world, but he makes those narrow horizons teem with possibility and comic lifeWhen Mark Thomas engages …

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Tez Ilyas review – cheeky chappie takes on British Muslim identity by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonHis new show Teztify is a jumble of familiar, subversive and incongruous humour, put it all pulls together for a powerful denouementTez Ilyas’s touring show Teztify beg…

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Michael McIntyre review – master of the mundane gets stuck in first gear by Brian Logan

Nottingham ArenaMcIntyre’s endearing observations and self-mockery remain, but there’s an inescapable sense of deja vu in a show that breaks no new groundMichael McIntyre’s Big World T…

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Maria Bamford review – hard-won hilarity redefines quirky by Brian Logan

Leicester Square theatre, London The celebrated standup mines her self-doubt and general bafflement with life in a fine hour of extreme idiosyncrasyThe sense of event is palpable at Leiceste…

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Sara Schaefer review – US comic considers our fetish for the moral high-ground by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, London The standup critiques virtue-signalling modern culture in a thoughtful set argued with a light touch‘Do you guys remember truth?” Sara Schaefer is over from America …

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Ken Dodd: farewell to the tattifilarious marathon man of comedy by Brian Logan

Dodd, who has died aged 90, was a force of nature – a cheeky master of the one-liner who spread happiness in shows that lasted until the small hoursKen Dodd, who has died aged 90, was quit…

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Kings of loser comedy: how Flight of the Conchords took off by Brian Logan

New Zealand’s ‘fourth most popular folk-parody act’ are on a sold-out arena tour. Is there a shrewdness behind the duo’s laidback shtick?Few comedians ever play London’s O2 Arena a…

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Flight of the Conchords review – an intense hit of comic bliss by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonBret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement return with hilarious dialogue and new songs that easily scale the dizzy heights of their best workWe knew months ago that Flight of the…

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Griff Rhys Jones: Where Was I? review – humiliations of a hapless traveller by Brian Logan

The Old Market, BrightonThere’s no shortage of self-depreciating chatter as the comic looks back on a life of globetrotting in his touring show‘I’m going to talk about my holidays, the…

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Sandra Bernhard review – swagger, songs and starry stories by Brian Logan

Ronnie Scott’s, LondonThe standup and singer has stellar personality, and a few neat lines, but not all of her material lands with a London audience“If I looked at a crib sheet that much…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Bill Bailey review – standup scales the ​peaks of sublime silliness by Brian Logan

Cliffs Pavilion, SouthendBailey’s honest enthusiasm for the marginal, the overlooked and the seldom juxtaposed is delightfulMore than three decades into his career, Bill Bailey’s shows m…

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Denis Leary's No Cure for Cancer: still electrifying and obnoxious 25 years on by Brian Logan

Cited as one of the all-time great standup sets, Leary’s show both hasn’t aged well and has never been more topical‘I’m an asshole,” sings Denis Leary in a signature number at the …

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Lauren Pattison: Lady Muck review – an empowering hour of spirited standup by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonShortlisted for best newcomer at the Edinburgh festival, Pattison delivers a drolly direct account of an annus horribilisYou may not associate live comedy with tales of l…

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Darren Harriott review – perky gags about Corbyn, the Queen and Rastafarianism by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe Edinburgh award-nominated standup develops a cheery rapport with the audience in this promising first showIf you want tragicomedy that cuts deep – or, for that matt…

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Sarah Millican: Control Enthusiast review – a non-stop smut fest by Brian Logan

Marlowe theatre, CanterburyThe comic’s latest show is bursting with gags about bodily functions but reveals precious little about Millican herselfSarah Millican doesn’t appear much in th…

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Denim: World Tour review – cheeky, transgressive drag act think global by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, London Pop legends in their own minds, this swaggering five-piece retool Whitney and Beyoncé songs into sharp-clawed attacks on Trump and IslamThe conceit of drag girlband Den…

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Chris Rock review – comedy superstar doubles down on sex, race and religion by Brian Logan

Manchester ArenaWhat was billed as a more confessional, reflective show actually finds Rock on familiar ground, as he surveys contemporary America and finds it wanting In the US and elsewher…

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Different Party review – artful take on the absurdity of office life by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe drudgery of bureaucracy is sent up with great expressivity, loose-limbed flair and a heightened sense of the ridiculousAbsurdist takes on the office environment are a…

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Robert Newman: Total Eclipse of Descartes review – philosophical funnies by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonAn infinite number of monkeys, Pavlov’s dogs and Cartesian thought are gleefully debunked in a jaunty and refreshingly intelligent showAt the start of his comedy career…

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Sophie Willan: who are you calling a northern working-class comic? by Brian Logan

Her childhood in care, her mother’s heroin addiction, her days as a sex worker … Bolton comedian Sophie Willan is turning the details of her life into dazzling standupIt’s great to hav…

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Omid Djalili – cheesy gags and silly dancing from a lovable schmuck by Brian Logan

Leicester Square theatre, LondonThe convivial comic serves up a hotchpotch of creaking jokes, funny accents and satire – but not all his fans can stomach it‘I’ve been heckled, I’ve b…

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Angus Gordon and Aaron Chen review – kings of cringe fascinate and frustrate by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe award-winning Aussie duo flout standup’s conventions to mine laughs from misery and nihilism. It’s certainly bold – but can you get too much of a bad thing?The …

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Dave Chappelle's 'reckless' #MeToo and trans jokes have real after-effects by Brian Logan

In his Netflix shows the comic defends his right to provoke, but protests against his gags about misconduct allegations and transgender people are justifiedDave Chappelle’s first Netflix s…

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Jon Richardson review – a wildly funny whinge of volcanic frustrations by Brian Logan

G Live, GuildfordIn his touring show The Old Man, Richardson’s peevish, mouse-that-roared routines range from loading the dishwasher to massaging his pregnant wife‘Let’s get ready to g…

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