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Monday, January 15, 2018

Denim: World Tour review – cheeky, transgressive drag act think global by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, London Pop legends in their own minds, this swaggering five-piece retool Whitney and Beyoncé songs into sharp-clawed attacks on Trump and IslamThe conceit of drag girlband Den…

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Chris Rock review – comedy superstar doubles down on sex, race and religion by Brian Logan

Manchester ArenaWhat was billed as a more confessional, reflective show actually finds Rock on familiar ground, as he surveys contemporary America and finds it wanting In the US and elsewher…

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Different Party review – artful take on the absurdity of office life by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe drudgery of bureaucracy is sent up with great expressivity, loose-limbed flair and a heightened sense of the ridiculousAbsurdist takes on the office environment are a…

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Robert Newman: Total Eclipse of Descartes review – philosophical funnies by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonAn infinite number of monkeys, Pavlov’s dogs and Cartesian thought are gleefully debunked in a jaunty and refreshingly intelligent showAt the start of his comedy career…

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Sophie Willan: who are you calling a northern working-class comic? by Brian Logan

Her childhood in care, her mother’s heroin addiction, her days as a sex worker … Bolton comedian Sophie Willan is turning the details of her life into dazzling standupIt’s great to hav…

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Omid Djalili – cheesy gags and silly dancing from a lovable schmuck by Brian Logan

Leicester Square theatre, LondonThe convivial comic serves up a hotchpotch of creaking jokes, funny accents and satire – but not all his fans can stomach it‘I’ve been heckled, I’ve b…

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Angus Gordon and Aaron Chen review – kings of cringe fascinate and frustrate by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe award-winning Aussie duo flout standup’s conventions to mine laughs from misery and nihilism. It’s certainly bold – but can you get too much of a bad thing?The …

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Michael Richards revisits his racist rant … and the bonuses of being Brucie by Brian Logan

The Seinfeld star discusses the episode that ended his standup career, Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm get revolutionary – and an unexpected side to Bruce ForsythThis week, we finally get th…

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Dave Chappelle's 'reckless' #MeToo and trans jokes have real after-effects by Brian Logan

In his Netflix shows the comic defends his right to provoke, but protests against his gags about misconduct allegations and transgender people are justifiedDave Chappelle’s first Netflix s…

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Mark Watson: Flaws review – bracingly honest account of anxiety by Brian Logan

Stables, Milton KeynesExploring his own neuroses, Watson’s show is both funny and edgy – and the closer we get to his demons the more compelling it becomesThere’s anxiety as an onstage…

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Edinburgh festival 2014 review: Lucy Beaumont – cosy as a Hovis ad by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghAn endearing Beaumont makes her festival debut with a comedy routine that relies on homely tales and dizzy observations• Lucy Beaumont: are northerners funnie…

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Jon Richardson review – a wildly funny whinge of volcanic frustrations by Brian Logan

G Live, GuildfordIn his touring show The Old Man, Richardson’s peevish, mouse-that-roared routines range from loading the dishwasher to massaging his pregnant wife‘Let’s get ready to g…

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Flight of the Conchords, Chris Rock and 2018's most uproarious comedy by Brian Logan

One of the world’s biggest standups does his first tour in a decade, Bridget Christie looks beyond Brexit and Maria Bamford makes a rare UK appearance“Often more philosophical than scien…

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Late Night Gimp Fight review – death, deviance and smutty sketches by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, London The troupe return with gags about Tindr, Trump and kidnapping. But can you still sell puerile shock-comedy when you’re middle-aged?The best thing about this Late Night…

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Friday, December 29, 2017

John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman, Pleasance, Edinburgh by Brian Logan

Pleasance, EdinburghI like comedy with ambition, and saving the world is as ambitious as it gets. Such is the goal that John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman have teamed up to achieve. If the news p…

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Jeff Garlin – review by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, London Gluttony is hilarious, right? If you agree, Jeff Garlin's standup is for you. If not, the Curb Your Enthusiasm star – he plays Larry David's "fat fuck" manager Jeff Gr…

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Jeff Garlin review – Curb Your Enthusiasm comic goes off-script by Brian Logan

Larry David’s accomplice makes up for the fitfulness of a half-assembled show with infectious off-the-cuff comedy about bras, body lotions and creepy old men‘I’m aware it’s not been …

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

The top 10 comedy shows of 2017 by Brian Logan

A virgin dominatrix whipped Edinburgh, Tim Key looked for love and Hannah Gadsby quit then won two awards. But only the snide, brutal brilliance of Frankie Boyle could triumph over the year…

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Sofie Hagen's new show is raw, urgent and confessional … but is it comedy? by Brian Logan

Having explored her depression and anxiety, the Danish comic is tackling childhood trauma. How do standups amuse an audience if even they don’t find their subject funny?Her first show, Bub…

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Peter Kay – review by Brian Logan

O2 Arena, LondonTo start his show, Peter Kay turns a camera on his audience, gifting one or two their moment on the giant upstage screen. At the end, he karaokes Queen and the Proclaimers to…

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Debut standup comedy tour puts TV star Miranda Hart on the spot by Brian Logan

Nation's pratfaller-in-chief gambles on shift from eponymous sitcom and Call the Midwife to live show in UK's largest arenasIt was announced over a year ago; she has being giving interviews …

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Judd Apatow: The Return review – Netflix stand-up special is a bit of a trainwreck by Brian Logan

Hollywood super-producer’s attempts at self-deprecation don’t combine well with boasts about schmoozing the presidentWe have Amy Schumer to thank for the filmmaker Judd Apatow’s return…

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Ongals: meet the Korean clown babies baffling audiences of all ages by Brian Logan

Mixing circus skills with finely honed comedy and bum jokes, these juggling, beatboxing man-toddlers are joyous – and more than a little menacingMy three-year-old son, Gregor, thinks farti…

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Beakington Town Hall Meetings review – Adam Riches' tortoise tombola laughathon by Brian Logan

Battersea Arts Centre, London The winningly weird comic tasks his audience with solving an animal massacre mystery in an evening that spins a good story from endless fun nonsenseThere’s be…

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Christie, Kitson and an unholy cabaret: the best comedy shows this Christmas by Brian Logan

Bridget Christie promises a night of hope and despair, Daniel Kitson serves up a heartwarmer and Lucy McCormick delivers a trash take on the New Testament. Here are the funniest festive gigs…

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Margaret Cho review – a scorching, full-frontal comedy carnival by Brian Logan

Comedy Box, Bristol After spending a year in rehab, Cho returns to the mic and tackles Weinstein and Trump, leaving prudery and inhibition in her wakeSince her last UK visit, Korean-American…

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Marcus Brigstocke review – his eating-disorder material is fascinating and unexpected by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonBrigstocke's confessional standup gives this show its edge: he should lose the standard comedy shtick that surrounds itThis show, says Marcus Brigstocke, is about "stupid…

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Lena Dunham lashes out against porn by Brian Logan

The Girls creator hits back at a porn parody of her comedy show, Doug Stanhope wades into the Oklahoma God debate, and Dutch TV is slammed for satirising the Woolwich murderIn a week when Je…

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Ronny Chieng review – Daily Show comic's slick set is derailed by a heckle by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe standup and International Student sitcom star delivers jaunty routines about US life but the show suffers when he reacts to a heckler“I have a tone problem,” reck…

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sarah Silverman fans make mincemeat of Variety scribe by Brian Logan

TV writer Brian Lowry in hot water, Reginald Hunter says being called misogynist is 'rude' and Omid Djalili tries to crack America – againAn august organ makes a fool of itself this week, …

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Friday, November 17, 2017

We Are Klang | Comedy review by Brian Logan

Bloomsbury Theatre, LondonA man being teased about his small penis. Jokes about the disabled. A song asking what it's like to be a Jew. And this is just the first scene of last night's gig b…

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