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Thursday, November 15, 2018

From the King of Comedy to People Just Do Nothing: why the 'cringe com' reigns by Brian Logan

Whether it’s cult films or the mockumentary style perfected by The Office, why do we seek discomfort from our comedies? Everyone agrees that Martin Scorsese’s collaboration with Robert D…

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Can Harry Hill teach kids to be funny? by Brian Logan

The big-collared clown’s new touring show is a galloping riot of idiocy aimed at children – and they love it. Whether they learn anything is another matterComedy for kids is on the rise.…

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Stephen Fry Live! in Heroes review – myths and Melchett around the fire by Brian Logan

Hammersmith Apollo, LondonFry’s retelling of Greek myths makes for an engaging evening, but it takes Blackadder and Harry Potter to ignite the audienceHestia was the goddess of the hearth,…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Still No Idea review – disability decoded with piercing honesty by Brian Logan

Royal Court, LondonReviving their 2010 show, Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence call on the inspiration of strangers to explore changing attitudes to disabilityEight years ago, Lisa Hammond and…

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Lauren Pattison review – geordie comic's peppy tales of triumph by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonIn her new show, Peachy, Pattison perkily traces her efforts to be young, free and single while coping with mental fragilityLauren Pattison’s first show was about a bre…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

The Exorcism review – devilishly tricksy haunted-house tale by Brian Logan

Battersea Arts Centre, LondonShifting between eerie ghost story and broad comedy, Ross Sutherland’s intriguing solo show about demonic possession never quite makes its intentions clearJust…

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Dave Gorman review – nitpicking fury of a PowerPoint maestro by Brian Logan

Royal Festival Hall, LondonThe comic is on solid form as he deploys graphs, data and ruthless over-thinking to rage against life’s tiny detailsChurnalism, fraudulent daytime TV, the idioci…

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

James Acaster review – a comedy genius at the peak of his powers by Brian Logan

Vaudeville theatre, LondonThe standup refines his intricate tales with a note of personal poignancy for a set that will leave you drunk on its brillianceWe had no right to ask more of James …

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Ali Siddiq review – charisma and hard-won authenticity from an ex-con by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe US standup, who spent six years in a Texas prison, delivers an accomplished set drawing on his misspent youth One in three black men in the US will spend time in jail…

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Dave Chappelle and Jon Stewart review – sharp satire at America's expense by Brian Logan

Royal Albert Hall, LondonThe world-renowned pair team up with comics Mo Amer and Michelle Wolf to tackle Trump, the opioid crisis and gun violence in a night which delivers big laughsPlenty …

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Rob Brydon: I Am Standing Up review – clowning crooner's homecoming gig by Brian Logan

Wales Millennium Centre, CardiffBrydon beats a well-trodden path through crowd work, gags about middle-aged decline and pitch-perfect impressions“Some people have said this show is more ho…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Joanna Lumley: It's All About Me review – Ab Fab gags and Trump tales by Brian Logan

Birmingham Symphony HallThe veteran comic’s enduring ability to captivate a crowd saves a best-of evening that occasionally descends into tediumThey’re a real pop-will-eat-itself phenome…

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Griefcast's Cariad Lloyd: 'Laughter? It's about survival. It’s about living' by Brian Logan

After her standup success and podcast about death, the comic’s next step was obvious: starring in a cancer-ward romcom It wasn’t, I assume, the toughest decision in the history of castin…

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Aziz Ansari suggests 'wokeness' can go too far at surprise gig by Brian Logan

The US comic is cynical about competitive virtue-signalling in a show that doesn’t directly respond to allegations against him but is full of friction What happens to men accused of sexual…

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Vulcan 7 review – the Young Ones meet again as old dinosaurs by Brian Logan

Cambridge Arts theatreAdrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer write and star in a Beckettian comedy about two past-it thesps making a sci-fi film on the edge of a volcanoOnce they were The Young O…

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Nish Kumar review – apoplectic state-of-the-nation standup by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe Mash Report host unleashes a high-octane, self-mocking political show brimming with exasperation and angerYou can tell it’s been two years since Nish Kumar’s last…

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Trump that: can standups keep up with a president like this? by Brian Logan

In Oh Come On, David Cross matches vulgarity with vulgarity but it’s not the only way to mock a political horror showI’m watching David Cross, but I can’t help thinking about Brett Kav…

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Lou Sanders: Shame Pig review – lurid gags from the comedians' comedian by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonWith an abundance of eyebrow-raising anecdotes about outrageous social faux pas, the standup is terrific companyThere was louder buzz around Lou Sanders’ Edinburgh frin…

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Catchphrase comedy is dead. Am I bovvered? by Brian Logan

The former head of BBC comedy claims catchphrases are out of fashion. But as Corporal Jones might say, ‘Don’t panic!’ There’s life in sloganeering yet Catchphrase comedy is a dying a…

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Cameron Esposito: a new kind of comedy hero by Brian Logan

Esposito’s last show, Rape Jokes, was hailed as part of a new queer-friendly, woke brand of comedy for the #MeToo era. How does she follow it up?When Hannah Gadsby’s show Nanette went su…

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Kevin Bridges review – savant of Clydebank laughs in the face of piety by Brian Logan

Hammersmith Apollo, London The 31-year-old breathes new life into well-worn observational comedy in a masterful show that scorns pretensionKevin Bridges is in his 30s now, a time when fear o…

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Olga Koch review – from Russia with love and oligarchs by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh In a spirited Edinburgh debut, the daughter of a former deputy PM of Russia tells her father’s fascinating storyPlenty of comics get good material from their…

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Sarah Keyworth: Dark Horse review – tomboy tales and top-notch jokes by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThe LGBTQ+ standup twists gender into new shapes in a fringe debut that feels like a great intro to a fresh comic personalityShould we be disowning words like …

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

The League of Gentlemen review – a brilliantly twisted return to the stage by Brian Logan

Sunderland Empire Exhilarating new material joins favourite vintage sketches as Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton bring their chilling creations to life again on tourTV tie-i…

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Edinburgh award champ Rose Matafeo's Horndog is a comedy smash by Brian Logan

The Kiwi standup thoroughly deserves her success with an uproarious, emotionally intimate and feminist show With the triumph of Rose Matafeo in this year’s Edinburgh Comedy awards, a sub-p…

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Larry Dean: Bampot review – cheeky, chatty, all-smiles comedy by Brian Logan

Assembly Checkpoint, EdinburghDean is a standup with the popular touch and an easy swing to his style. Just don’t go expecting anything high-conceptWednesday was a day of ups and downs for…

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Jason Donovan’s Amazing Midlife Crisis review – heartthrob hits 50 by Brian Logan

Assembly George Square, EdinburghThe star revisits his success as a singer and soap-star to find out whether he is older and wiser, or just olderWhat an odd confection this touring show by J…

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Glenn Moore review by Brian Logan

Just the Tonic @ The Tron, EdinburghSupposedly the story of his attempt to go on a mission to Mars, Moore’s set is actually a string of high-quality jokes Comedy is not just about jokes, a…

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Felicity Ward: Busting a Nut review – a jumble sale of jokes by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghFrom gags about vintage frocks to her toilet roll-hoarding mother-in-law, Ward is endearing, if under-poweredNot every Edinburgh comedy set needs a theme, story…

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Brexit's a joke: Edinburgh fringe's EU comedies by Brian Logan

Britain’s exit from the EU is quicksand for artists as well as politicians. This year, it’s inspired polemical cabaret and a drama that goes nowhere fastThe Edinburgh fringe’s best res…

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Lazy Susan: Forgive Me, Mother! review – brilliant send-up of #MeToo anxiety by Brian Logan

Assembly George Square, EdinburghSketch duo Celeste Dring and Freya Parker are unstoppable in an outrageous and irreverent hour for ‘ladies and predators’‘Good afternoon, ladies and pr…

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