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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Michael McIntyre: Showman review – super-trivial pursuits on Netflix by Brian Logan

Netflix The horizons may be narrow in the British standup’s special but nobody does this sort of material better There’s something odd about watching Michael McIntyre’s first Netflix …

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Felipe Esparza: Bad Decisions review – cynical, in any language by Brian Logan

Netflix The Mexican-American comic offers English and Spanish versions of his show, but the sexist fare is depressing however you look at it With Bad Decisions/Malas Decisiones, Felipe Espar…

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Friday, September 4, 2020

Jokes, guffaws and hardy perennials: Shedinburgh mows down the fringe by Brian Logan

With the Edinburgh festival shelved by Covid, standups have turned a garden shed into a stage for an online extravaganza. Our writer enjoys flashes of brilliance amid a dislocating experienc…

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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Standup Under the Stars: comics bounce back with a live show – and a sheathed mic by Brian Logan

Bridget Christie pokes fun at Madonna, Suzi Ruffell talks smear tests and John Robins is heckled about Butlins. Our critic’s first standup gig in months is a riot of joy and tension ‘Thi…

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Sunday, August 23, 2020

Edinburgh Unlocked review – a carnival of comedy from the festival that never was by Brian Logan

Audiobook, available onlinePenguin’s fine pandemic audio festival delivers hours of laughs from comics including Jordan Brookes, Glamrou, Mo Amar, Michelle de Swarte and Sheeps ‘I’m ju…

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Monday, August 17, 2020

Kim Noble: Futile Attempts (At Surviving Tomorrow) review – twisted and tender by Brian Logan

Podcast There are secret recordings, spoof calls and cringing reflections in the performance artist’s attempts to find meaning in life ‘I used to be a comedian,” says Kim Noble in part…

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Forecast is funny: the best comedy shows to stream this summer by Brian Logan

The Edinburgh fringe may have been cancelled but there are plenty of online gigs to enjoy featuring Dane Baptiste, Ivo Graham, Sarah Millican and more The line between charity gigs and norma…

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Sunday, August 9, 2020

Greatest Ever Late ’n’ Live review – a welcome hit of Edinburgh standup by Brian Logan

YouTubeFootage of Dara Ó Briain, Sarah Millican, John Bishop and Jason Byrne features in this attempt to recapture the mythic status of a renowned fringe night Greatest Ever Late ’n’ Li…

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Friday, August 7, 2020

August without Edinburgh fringe: 'the heart has been pulled out of my year' by Brian Logan

Covid-19 has cancelled the annual jamboree, leaving performers – and our comedy critic – bereft. What does the festival mean to them and how will it change? Meeting Flight of the Conchor…

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Monday, August 3, 2020

John Cleese: Why There Is No Hope review – we're all idiots, says Mr Gloomy by Brian Logan

Cadogan Hall, LondonIn a global livestream, the former Python delivers alimony gags, a bit of PC-baiting – and an amusingly grumpy lecture on how nobody knows anything The decision to post…

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Why the 2020 Edinburgh fringe will be missed by Brian Logan

The yearly festival is a celebration of entertainment, art, rain, booze, cobbles and closeness to strangers. Roll on 2021 ... Remotely entertaining: Edinburgh highlights beamed to your livi…

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Sibling revelry: the sisters who became ferociously funny comedy duos by Brian Logan

When you’ve shared jokes since childhood, you can be brutally honest with each other. Flo & Joan and Ruby Wax’s daughters, Maddy and Marina Bye, on becoming family double acts They…

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Monday, July 27, 2020

Tim Key and Tom Basden turn up the heat on curry night by Brian Logan

Alan Partridge’s Sidekick Simon takes it out on his own hapless wingman – but Enya’s repeated interruptions slow the flow I’ve missed live comedy very much since the closure of theat…

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Joz Norris captures spirit of fringe comedy in crafty new film by Brian Logan

Originally planned as an Edinburgh show, You Build the Thing You Think You Are is now a film – and a different proposition to live-streamed lockdown comedy Joz Norris’s new experiment st…

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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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