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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

End of the Pier review – Les Dennis plays a washed-up standup in Blackpool comedy by Brian Logan

Park theatre, LondonThe politics of comedy is examined through the prism of faltering father and son comedians played by Les Dennis and Blake Harrison‘I realised why I never liked jokes,…

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Muppets Take the O2 review – Kermit quips with Kylie in a riot of silliness by Brian Logan

O2 Arena, LondonThe anarchic comedy crew’s first ever UK date offers warmth, wit and mischief in an irresistible cavalcade of songs, skits and incongruous celebsThe Muppets long since conq…

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Jim Gaffigan review – a miscellany of jokes from a master of sardonicism by Brian Logan

Leicester Square theatre, LondonWith his expert delivery, the US standup can lead even unpromising and overfamiliar material to giddy heights of comic dismayJim Gaffigan is touring the world…

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Sarah Millican defends Page 3 – and Stewart Lee goes for Charlie Brooker by Brian Logan

Our roundup of the week's comedy sees scrappy statements from Sarah Millican and Stewart Lee, while Peter Kay has mooted a possible return of Phoenix NightsThe week's comedy news divides nea…

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Jason Manford review – confessions of a 'muddle-class' comic by Brian Logan

Hammersmith Apollo, LondonThe standup’s new show, ostensibly about class in Britain, is often amusing, very likable but stubbornly middle-of-the-roadThere is so much to say about class in …

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Dylan Moran review – storming set from a soothsaying standup by Brian Logan

Orchard, DartfordMoran shows off his highly quotable brand of crackpot lyricism in routines about midlife travails, hipster scorn and feeling like a ‘jelly baby with money’Most standups …

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50 shows to see at the Edinburgh fringe 2018 by Brian Logan and Chris Wiegand

Superstar standups, daring dance, Brexit cabaret and a Bon Jovi musical … Dive into our guide to some of the shows at the world’s biggest arts festivalGilded Balloon Continue reading...

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Monday, June 25, 2018

The Mash Report's Rachel Parris: 'There was a lot of excitement and fury' by Brian Logan

The whip-smart comic talks about mocking Piers Morgan and Donald Trump, mixing scorn with good cheer and moving from songs to satire‘Determined cheerfulness is something I happen to do ver…

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Gina Yashere review – liberal anxieties defanged in homecoming triumph by Brian Logan

Underbelly, South Bank, LondonThe Londoner turned US Daily Show star shows herself more clown than commentator as she unpicks British race relations and Anglo-Nigerian manners Last month, UK…

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Comedy: Roseanne Barr, Leicester Square theatre, London by Brian Logan

Leicester Square theatre, LondonRoseanne Barr's London gig starts with a video of her in her closet, choosing a frock. The set that follows suggests that, comedically speaking, she no longer…

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Doug Stanhope, Tron, Edinburgh by Brian Logan

Tron, EdinburghAway from the big three venues, the wildest comedian in Edinburgh is playing for just six days. Doug Stanhope is performing his first European gigs as part of the Tron's Velve…

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Doug Stanhope – review by Brian Logan

Leicester Square theatre, LondonTonight sees bilious US comic Doug Stanhope at his best and worst. When his scorn and loathing is intelligently applied, he tears away the veil of socialised …

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Doug Stanhope review – grim, thrilling and appallingly funny by Brian Logan

Brixton Academy, LondonOne of the sharpest minds and loosest cannons in comedy is back with material about rape, race and #MeToo“Is it wrong to use racism to try and stop gang rape?” Ame…

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Pieter-Dirk Uys review – South African satirist relives his apartheid clashes by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonUys delivers an engaging memoir about his life, from 1940s Cape Town to a regime-mocking drag actPart memoir, part nostalgia trip for white South Africans, Pieter-Dirk Uy…

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Roseanne Barr goes on the rampage over 'joke theft' by Brian Logan

The US comedian slams Two and a Half Men's Chuck Lorre for nabbing her gags, Jennifer Saunders slags off the BBC and Johnny Vegas interviews himselfIt's a powderkeg issue in the world of com…

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Is Trevor Noah really proof of US comedy's soft power? by Brian Logan

Apparently US comedy is so powerful and pervasive that people all over the world want to, and can, fit its template. I have some problems with thatIs the US a shining city upon a hill for co…

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Trevor Noah review – what if Harry and Meghan had 'a real black wedding'? by Brian Logan

O2 Arena, LondonThe royal couple get a cheerful ribbing from the Daily Show host in a set that’s a delight – even to huffy republicansWhat a gift to Trevor Noah that his one-off UK date …

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Bridget Christie review – gleeful in trashing the label that defined her by Brian Logan

Brighton DomeAward-winning standup serves up ruthless self-mockery in a show that is playful and pugnacious in equal measureLying, says Bridget Christie, has been tainted by association with…

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Jonny and the Baptists v Ukip: aren't there better targets to lampoon? by Brian Logan

After their YouTube video went viral, the comedy duo are expanding their Stop Ukip tour. But do they have anything new to say about Nigel Farage's party?• Stewart Lee: a vision of life und…

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Shappi Khorsandi review – convivial and caustic set from I'm a Celebrity star by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonIn her new show Mistress and Misfit the standup delivers droll tales, gasp-inducing skits and a Georgian history lessonMistress and Misfit, Shappi Khorsandi’s latest se…

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Sarah Kendall review – stargazing raconteur riffs on fate and fortune by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonIn her show One-Seventeen, the Australian comedian grapples with big ideas but these absorbing stories don’t fully connectIn a recent trilogy of shows, Sarah Kendall to…

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Alexei Sayle: How Stalin stole my childhood by Brian Logan

Comedian Alexei Sayle got heckled by his 90-year-old mother, who calls his memoirs 'a pack of lies', so it's no mystery where he gets his tireless revolutionary fury fromAlexei Say…

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Dara O Briain review – Mock the Week star delivers big-hitting comedy by Brian Logan

Cliffs Pavilion, SouthendO Briain mines his public status, midlife hypochondria and the march of technology for his new show Voice of ReasonPlymouth, Dubai, Oslo – the locations of three c…

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Michelle Wolf: the unstoppable rise of America's provocative political comic by Brian Logan

Her caustic White House correspondents’ dinner speech will be no shock for fans of the former Daily Show contributorWhen Michelle Wolf arrived at the Edinburgh festival in 2016 she was the…

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Milton Jones review – pun-loving comedian's desert island adventure by Brian Logan

The Hawth, CrawleyThe shock-haired master of wordplay unearths some terrific one-liners in a comedy quest to revive his archaeology careerAudiences come to Milton Jones for one thing, and th…

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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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