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Friday, April 28, 2017

Hysterical Woman: the standup show blasting sexism in comedy by Brian Logan

Fed up with heckles, hostility and predatory promoters, Kiri Pritchard-McLean set out to detail the industry’s misogyny in a raucous, revelatory performanceAre women funny? At a time when …

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sarah & Duck’s Big Top Birthday review – sleepily surreal CBeebies knees-up by Brian Logan

Polka, London The dotty TV duo and their friend Scarf Lady become puppets in a touring stage show that should satisfy ardent fans aged three to sixSome swoon at the gentle dottiness of CBeeb…

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Sophie Willan review – tales of neglect and addiction told with good cheer by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonFlashes of tenacious positivity illuminate a gleeful set that ranges over Willan’s troubled early years in care, from teenage delinquency to a run-in with SantaRebellio…

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Reginald D Hunter review – charisma and curveballs from self-mythologising standup by Brian Logan

Richmond theatreHunter’s mercurial logic takes him into territory other comics don’t occupy … but sometimes leads him astrayReginald D Hunter begins with an apology to audiences who kn…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Joel Dommett review – I'm a Celebrity star's goofy comedy gets big laughs by Brian Logan

South Hill Park, BracknellSkype sex and confetti cannons are harnessed to full effect by a likable performer who breathes new life into a time-honoured persona‘Who here saw me on I’m a C…

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

TJ & Dave review – wizards of improv conjure a comedy gem by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, London The Chicago pair show they are masters of their art with an off-the-cuff performance that is as poignant and sharply observed as any scripted showMost writers and comics…

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Adam Kay review – ex-doctor dispenses mirth and strong medicine by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonAs well as diagnosing the entertaining eccentricities of patients, musical comic Kay issues an electrifying clarion call on behalf of NHS staffMusical comic Adam Kay is a…

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Massive Dad review – sketch trio sling gags from unexpected angles by Brian Logan

Pleasance, LondonThis lovably stupid group breathe fresh air into traditional material – even the throwaway jokes are hilariousI’m all for the shock of the new – but sometimes the old,…

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Dave Chappelle review – an outrageous white-knuckle ride by Brian Logan

Hammersmith Apollo, LondonChappelle kicks off with gleeful, scorching indelicacy, but his cock-of-the-walk comedy doesn’t always match his considerable charisma You’d think it was a rock…

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Dave Chappelle, Ricky Gervais and comedy's 'ironic bigotry' problem by Brian Logan

The onstage returns of Ricky Gervais and Dave Chappelle have both brought criticism of their jokes about trans people. Can their approach of tackling taboos with a sledgehammer ever work or …

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Henning Wehn review – Brit-baiting banter from Germany's comedy ambassador by Brian Logan

Leicester Square theatre, LondonIn his upbeat new show, Westphalia Is Not an Option, the playful standup tackles the EU referendum resultIn the age of Brexit, is self-styled German comedy am…

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Andy Parsons review – punchline king makes the world more bearable by Brian Logan

Nuffield, SouthamptonParsons’ cynicism about comedy’s transformative potential doesn’t stop him impaling his political targets with some smart barbsSatire has minimal effect, Andy Pars…

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Tez Ilyas review – clever comedy about British National Pakistani life by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonLight-hearted but trenchant, Ilyas’s show Made in Britain keeps the audience on their toes as he focuses on what unites, rather than divides usAfter the EU referendum r…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Desiree Burch review – stellar standup set about racism, sex and self-esteem by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe US standup takes a bull-in-a-china-shop approach to social anthropology – and riffs on the horrors of sleeping with someone born in the 90sAmerican comedian and the…

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Tim Allen demands to use the n-word by Brian Logan

The US actor sparks a fresh debate about racial jokes – and isn't the only one. Meanwhile, could Ricky Gervais swing a record deal for David Brent? And Spotify launches a comedy appComedia…

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

'This won't do the children any good at all' by Brian Logan

With his vicious puppet and heavy drinking, Jeremy Lion is no ordinary clown. His creator talks to Brian LoganBy day, he is Justin Edwards: a modest and mild-mannered comic, one third of ske…

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Lucy Porter review – comic is an honest tour guide to middle age by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe standup’s letter to her teenage self prompts some fine routines about maturity, parenthood and suburban livingThere are only three types of standup show, jokes Lucy…

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ricky Gervais's transgender jokes show we're all in a kind of transition by Brian Logan

The comic has been accused of transphobia after riffing about Caitlyn Jenner in his standup show. So does giving him a favourable review endorse those gags?Ricky Gervais sometimes gets peopl…

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Andrew Hunter Murray review – a fun-filled, pub quiz comedy by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe Austentatious comedian divides the audience into competing teams in this frivolous, sometimes surreal and very likable showThe improv group Austentatious has become q…

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Ugly Lies the Bone review – war veteran faces her demons in virtual reality rehab by Brian Logan

Lyttelton, LondonKate Fleetwood plays an American soldier returning home from a tour of duty in a striking, hi-tech production directed by Indhu RubasinghamWe know virtual reality is changin…

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Hate Thy Neighbor's Jamali Maddix: a crude, cartoonish, straight-up standup by Brian Logan

The comic who presented a TV series on the rise of the far right is back with a show that combines goofballery with cultural commentaryDid you see Hate Thy Neighbor on Viceland TV? A sizeabl…

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Seann Walsh review – enjoyable riffs on crumbs and courgetti by Brian Logan

Theatre Royal, Brighton Walsh wears his comic curmudgeonliness well as he rebels against sober maturity, clean eating, Tinder, vapes and smartphonesProfessional curmudgeon is a familiar stan…

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Friday, February 24, 2017

RIP Richard Briers, Hynes's new sitcom and Gervais and Cleese – oops by Brian Logan

Also this week, Ronnie Corbett couldn't make it in comedy now, Billy Connolly smoked the Bible and Marmite man Judd ApatowIn the week we lost Richard Briers, one of the all-time TV comedy gr…

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Ricky Gervais review – ruthless, self-revealing show is his best yet by Brian Logan

Colston Hall, BristolGervais’s new set, Humanity, is pumped with scorn and provocation but the inclusion of more personal material gives a rare glimpse of a gentler man In his new standup …

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Alfie Brown review – subversive standup rages about the pieties of our age by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonLike a British Doug Stanhope, the provocative comic oozes scorn, cynicism and sardonic spleenThere’s a gap in the market for a British Doug Stanhope, although Alfie Bro…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Max and Ivan review – rambunctious comic duo are a dorky delight by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonScout leaders haunt the woods with crossbows and there are groansome puns aplenty in this deliciously silly coming-of-age showAfter half a dozen shows together, Max Olesk…

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Monday, February 20, 2017

James Corden's TV show could learn from Simon Amstell by Brian Logan

Corden’s US TV debut is a success, but the mutual back-slappery of such chatshows is almost unwatchable – all the more so when the hosts are comediansDid you ever watch Simon Amstell on …

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Susan Calman review – Radio 4 favourite's sparky set is far from cosy by Brian Logan

The Stables, Milton Keynes The standup reveals she’s taken up boxing on her Calman Before the Storm tour, and the show swipes energetically at a formidable array of targets“No one says, …

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Sue Perkins: Spectacles Live review – comic comfort food from a good egg by Brian Logan

Cambridge Corn ExchangeThe ex-Bake Off presenter’s show is a droll self-portrait full of nostalgia with hints at hidden depths, though risks are scarceNeither standup show nor book tour, b…

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Whoopi Goldberg review - standup or glorified chat-show? by Brian Logan

London Palladium, LondonThe US comedian’s first standup show in the UK got personal with segments about the indignities of getting old and her resentment for her child-friendly reputation …

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Is comedy infectious to doctors? by Brian Logan

A white coat is often a sign of funny bones, as periodic outbreaks of medically trained comedians demonstrateIs there an affinity between comedy and medicine? Certainly, a notable number of …

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