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Monday, January 25, 2021

Mischief Movie Night In review – make a musical with the masters of impro by Brian Logan

Available onlineSofa-bound audiences help the team behind The Play That Goes Wrong to create spontaneous and funny stories on screen They cornered the West End comedy market. They made it on…

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Right on: does standup comedy have a leftwing bias? by Brian Logan

The idea that the artform skews left is widespread, but the prevalence of comedians punching down suggests otherwise “Three-quarters of BBC comedians are liberals,” scream the headlines;…

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

'It was like Avengers Assemble!' Standups unite for sitcom to save comedy club by Brian Logan

When venues were closed by the pandemic, James Acaster, Maria Bamford and other top comics got to work on a web series to rescue The Bill Murray in London It sounds like the premise for a si…

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Radio 4 standups zoom through angst from all angles by Brian Logan

The BBC’s new comedy series brings together half-hour sets from Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Imran Yusuf and Joz Norris Netflix, Amazon Prime … Radio 4? It’s not just global content platfor…

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Monday, January 18, 2021

Abnormally Funny People review – cabaret of comics with disabilities by Brian Logan

Southbank Centre onlineThis Zoom gig of eyecatching diversity closed the Unlimited festival and felt like a family gathering with its affectionate mutual mockery ‘‘Disabled entertainment…

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Chris Rock: Total Blackout review – confessional comic cuts loose by Brian Logan

Netflix The standup is back with an extended version of his 2018 special Tamborine that better captures the spirit of a live gig What persistent itch, I wonder, persuaded Chris Rock to revis…

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Monday, January 11, 2021

A Run for Hope: Eddie Izzard's marathon is a physical feat with a comedy treat by Brian Logan

Available onlineOn top of running a marathon – while doubling as a chatshow host – every day this month, the comedian is reprising old favourites Eddie Izzard’s last comedy gigs were h…

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

It's time to give a new generation of comics a crack at the Grammys by Brian Logan

Familiar faces Jerry Seinfeld, Patton Oswalt and Jim Gaffigan feature on this year’s shortlist – an award dominated by Netflix specials with nary an indie voice in sight What do we expec…

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Saturday, January 2, 2021

Jerusalem, Beckett and Bridget Christie: theatre, comedy and dance to book in 2021 by Arifa Akbar, Brian Logan and Lyndsey Winship

Modern masterpiece Jerusalem storms back and Trevor Nunn goes underground with Beckett, while Bob Marley gets a musical and Frankenstein becomes a ballet Continue reading...

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

London Hughes: To Catch a D*ck review – swaggering hour of sex-comedy by Brian Logan

The X-rated stories still provoke a titter but this recorded performance is a limp substitute for her rousing original London Hughes was acting like a superstar when she was performing in a …

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Rhys James: Forgives review – quickfire comedy is packed with gags by Brian Logan

Available online This online stream of a 2016 Soho theatre show whips through the young comic’s angst and uncertainty There’s a moment in Rhys James’s 2016 show Forgives when the 25-ye…

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From Brexit to breakups, James Acaster is an audacious king of comedy by Brian Logan

Two years on, the Kettering comic’s show Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999 remains personal, painful and electrifying. What will he do next? In the drear of a socially isolated Christmas, it w…

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Monday, December 21, 2020

What a joke: the 10 funniest comedy shows of 2020 by Brian Logan

There wasn’t a lot to laugh about as venues closed and gigs were cancelled. But standups still delivered silly, edgy and heartfelt gags. Our critic picks his favourite new material More be…

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

The Comeback review – comedy that sparkles by double act The Pin by Brian Logan

Noël Coward theatre, LondonDescribed as ‘the cure for theatre’ by producer Sonia Friedman, Alex Owen and Ben Ashenden’s debut play is full of heart, pleasing pratfalls and endless fli…

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Monday, December 14, 2020

Robin Ince's 24-hour carnival of comics, comets and the Cure by Brian Logan

From Harry Hill to Helen Sharman, Ince’s Christmas mashup of comedy, science and music – Nine Lessons and Carols for Socially Distanced People – reached dizzy heights It’s Sunday mor…

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Friday, December 11, 2020

Death Drop review – murder most rollicking with Dragatha Christie by Brian Logan

Garrick theatre, London Panto innuendo, outrageous caricatures and death by crispy pancake haunt a riotous Christmas whodunnit A cast of drag kings and queens have been summoned to a West En…

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

Petrichor review – cringingly funny web sitcom with a fantastic cast by Brian Logan

Available online The Pin’s Alex Owen, Katy Wix and Lolly Adefope are among the cast in a superb series about a delusional wannabe auteur Where there is sitcom, there is (usually) self-delu…

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Joel Dommett review – playground humour elevated to an art form by Brian Logan

Available onlineThe I’m a Celebrity survivor and Masked Singer host makes irresistible use of his tabloid sex scandal in this fun set Standup doesn’t work on TV, they used to say. But no…

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Elvis meets the Evil Dead as comedy rewinds to the VHS era by Brian Logan

The cult show that splices Evil Dead II with Elvis Presley hits is now on video cassette as standups hark back to retro formats The movie was a sequel to one of the original video nasties, s…

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Sunday, December 6, 2020

Cinderella: the Socially Distanced Ball review – a show that radiates delight by Brian Logan

Turbine theatre, LondonWith high-end performers, rude jokes and lashes of self-irony, there’s throwaway fun to be had – despite the Perspex screens For those who associate pantos with fu…

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Ari Eldjárn: Pardon My Icelandic review – footie, Thor and Scandi noir by Brian Logan

NetflixPuncturing his country’s national stereotypes stays just the right side of charming in Eldjárn’s twinkly routine ‘First Icelandic standup on Netflix” may be as hollow a claim…

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Nate: A One Man Show review – outrageous and electrifying comedy by Brian Logan

Natalie Palamides’s drag king show remains both raucous and subtle, as it explores grey areas around consent There can be sacrifices when live comedy transfers to TV – and I expected the…

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

The Comeback: the farce with James Corden, Catherine Tate and Stephen Fry on board by Brian Logan

Comedy duo The Pin have livened up lockdown with their Zoom send-ups. Now their end-of-the-pier stage debut is being hailed as ‘the cure for theatre’. Is that why so many stars are linin…

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Friday, November 20, 2020

Tim Minchin review – bittersweet musings from comedy's Mr Marmite by Brian Logan

Live stream from Sydney, available onlineIf the performer gets in the way of himself and his impressive lyrical skills, the best of him still shines through in a fine set Reactions to Tim Mi…

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Kevin Hart: Zero F**ks Given review – fighting talk with a glass jaw by Brian Logan

NetflixThe US standup has his say on celebrity culture and Covid, but not the Oscars row, and ends up buffering his own ego in a new special ‘It’s my fucking household, I’m not holding…

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Sunday, November 8, 2020

An Evening with Tim Heidecker review – bad-standup spoof hits low notes by Brian Logan

YouTube In character as an offensively aggressive comic, Heidecker weaves dodgy jokes with engaging meta twists, but ultimately a lack of variety spoils the party Parody hack standup is a ge…

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Friday, November 6, 2020

Kevin James Doyle: The 30 Year Old Virgin review – sex and scripture by Brian Logan

Amazon Prime VideoThe American comic largely abstains from telling about his adventures in celibacy in a slick and wry standup special It’s an odd one, this. American comic Kevin James Doy…

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Monday, November 2, 2020

Russell Kane review – a cathartic shot of Covid comedy by Brian Logan

Rose Theatre, Kingston Before live comedy disappears once more, Kane delivers a terrific, barnstorming set sending up the pandemic – and the government’s laughable response to it On Wedn…

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Friday, October 30, 2020

'It feels good to bring the virus down a peg or two': should comedians joke about Covid? by Brian Logan

Some standups see it as their job to provide collective catharsis for the coronavirus, while others see pandemic gags as off-limits – even ones about Trump “I’ve been getting a lot ou…

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Sunday Antics review – gloves-off cross-cultural banter by Brian Logan

21Soho, LondonBritain’s Got Talent botherer Nabil Abdulrashid leads an impressively forthright and sometimes edgy night of standup dealing with race and identity Comedian Nabil Abdulrashi…

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Friday, October 23, 2020

Adam Kay: This Is Going to Hurt review – penis gags delivered in full PPE by Brian Logan

Apollo theatre, London London’s theatre district reopened its doors to stage an evening of well-aimed wrath that somehow finds comedy in kidney surgery After seven months away, the West E…

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