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Friday, January 12, 2018

Lucy Pearman: ‘I gave Mick Quinn from Supergrass one very big testicle’ by Harriet Gibsone

The standup and one half of sketch duo LetLuce on the things that make her laugh the most Continue reading...

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Ahir Shah: ‘The funniest number? £350m, in a gallows humour sort of way’ by Harriet Gibsone

The 2017 Edinburgh comedy award nominee on the things that make him laugh the mostDoug Stanhope, Emo Philips, Reginald D Hunter and Adam Hess are the only comedians who have made me laugh so…

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Paddy McGuinness: ‘I laugh in my sleep but I never remember why’ by Harriet Gibsone

The comic presenter and actor on the things that make him laugh the most, from Big Train to Airplane!I don’t go out of my way to see standup but I caught Micky Flanagan’s set on TV a whi…

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Friday, December 22, 2017

John Kearns: ‘Every family home should have a copy of Roger’s Profanisaurus’ by Harriet Gibsone

The double Edinburgh comedy award winner on the things that make him laugh the most, from Barry Humphries to Monkey TrousersSeeing Barry Humphries in Eat, Pray, Laugh! at the London Palladiu…

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Dave Gorman: ‘5318008 is the funniest number’ by Harriet Gibsone

The standup and TV presenter on the things that make him laugh the mostMorecambe and Wise with André Previn. Perfection. Closely followed by [Abbott and Costello’s] Who’s on First?. Con…

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Spencer Jones: ‘Wayne's World had a big influence on me’ by Harriet Gibsone

The prop comic and Upstart Crow actor on the things that make him laugh the most, from Danny Dyer’s book to Mr BeanFin Taylor is my favourite recent watch. He pokes and prods at the parts …

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Ellie Taylor: 'Poking my finger in my husband’s mouth mid-yawn is the funniest thing' by Harriet Gibsone

The standup, actor and ‘Steve Tyler lookalike’ on the things that make her laugh the mostI saw an Australian comedy group in Edinburgh in the summer called the Doug Anthony Allstars. The…

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Margaret Cho: ‘I love Pauline and her pens from The League of Gentlemen’ by Harriet Gibsone

The American standup and actor on the things that make her laugh the most, from Paul Foot to her motherIt was Paul Foot’s private show for specially selected audience members at a small pu…

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Lloyd Griffith: ‘I love both Mick Hucknall and Grimsby Town’ by Harriet Gibsone

The standup, TV presenter and choirboy on the things that make him laugh the mostMatt Lucas as George Dawes in Shooting Stars singing Peanuts. Whenever I’m feeling down I always watch it a…

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Shazia Mirza: ‘My local rabbi is funnier than most standups’ by Harriet Gibsone

The Brummie standup and writer on the things that make her laugh the most, from Woody Allen to Curb Your EnthusiasmRobin Williams, Mill Valley, San Francisco 2013, a year before his death. H…

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Paul Chowdhry: ‘When I was 15, I wore snakeskin-patterned trousers with pride' by Harriet Gibsone

The standup comic on the things that make him laugh the most, from people falling over to his dadMr Chowdhry, AKA my dad. In my lifetime he has provided me with countless material. My surrou…

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Rhod Gilbert: ‘The funniest heckle I’ve ever had? “Will you be long”’ by Harriet Gibsone

The Apprentice: You’re Fired host and comic on the things that make him laugh the mostMy answer changes every five minutes. Eddie Izzard on his Definite Article tour. Richard Pryor. Paul F…

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Ellie White: ‘Can you be jealous of a book? I am’ by Harriet Gibsone

The Windsors star and character comic on the things that make her laugh the most, from Cold Comfort Farm to Basil the Great Mouse DetectiveMy mum gave me a red bonnet for Christmas one year.…

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Robin Ince: ‘Brian Cox does not allow me to find numbers funny’ by Harriet Gibsone

The standup and Infinite Monkey Cage podcaster on the things that make him laugh the mostThis is a tie between Brian Gittins’s manic attempt at musical chairs at the Green Man festival and…

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Kerry Godliman: ‘The funniest heckle I had was a man lifting up his kilt’ by Harriet Gibsone

The standup and actor on the things that make her laugh the most, from animals wearing clothes to the League of Gentlemen in a loftBefore I did standup myself – before I fully understood h…

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Phoebe Walsh: 'We've all spent five minutes looking for the right emoji' by Harriet Gibsone

She self-eviscerates in the style of tragic Instagram feeds and harvests jokes from unsent tweets. But comedian Phoebe Walsh’s twitchy social-media spin is revitalising singleton standup a…

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

What if women ruled the world? by Interviews By Susanna Rustin, Harriet Gibsone and Hanna Yusuf

An end to abuse, a law against mansplaining, and reparations for two millennia of injustice … as a new sci-fi art show imagines a female-led future, we ask comedians, writers, politicians …

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

10 questions for Romesh Ranganathan by Harriet Gibsone

Last year’s best newcomer nominee returns – feeling pensive, paranoid and on the brink of a breakdown• 10 questions for Russell Kane• 10 questions for Mark WatsonHello Romesh Rangana…

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

'We must take a stand': the vital election issues – picked by young British artists by Harriet Gibsone, Hannah Ellis-Petersen, Kate Hutchinson and Chris Wiegand

Lily Cole wants a green century, Girli wants a housing revolution, and Liam Williams wants to boot out the billionaire club … some of Britain’s most talented young artists spell out the …

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Knock2Bag: home to the weirdo comics you won’t find on Live at the Apollo by Harriet Gibsone

The wild comedy night that hosts aggressive poetry, ‘sexy American girl cousins’ and unlimited oddballs is 10 years old – and as ramshackle as everSandwiched between a Tesco and a Weth…

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Edinburgh festival 2014: 10 questions for Ivo Graham by Harriet Gibsone

Eton alumnus and comedy upstart with a keen interest in quiz show Pointless discusses impressively long texts and irresponsibly messy bedrooms• Read our Edinburgh festival 2014 coverage he…

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Sofie Hagen: Danish comics would ask, ‘Do you need me to have sex with you?' by Harriet Gibsone

A poster girl for Generation Overshare, Danish standup Sofie Hagen talks about everything from being an obsessive Westlife fan to self-harming. She reveals why it was coming out as a feminis…

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Zoe Coombs Marr: It's a sexist world – comedy just reflects it by Harriet Gibsone

The Australian standup explains why there is a little bit of her alter ego Dave – a caricature of beer-swilling blokishness – in most comicsZoe Coombs Marr has a thing for green goo. Lit…

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Friday, August 21, 2015

What if a gig comes to the theatre? The Weekend Rockstars experiment by Harriet Gibsone

Weekend Rockstars explores what happens when an album’s narrative is played out on stage. Meet Stoner Terry, who is having an extremely bad week …Besides the blaring whine of bagpipes, t…

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Edinburgh sketch comedy roundup: magical, scatalogical and psychedelic by Harriet Gibsone

From the Boosh-like Beard to Gein’s Family Giftshop willy-jokes and Twisted Loaf’s gurning grotesquery, here are five more festival sets to see“And now we begin, as life does, with pre…

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Monday, August 17, 2015

From drugs to infidelity: the comedy couple exposing their romance on stage by Harriet Gibsone

Standups Harriet Kemsley and Bobby Mair have turned their bumpy relationship into material for their individual Edinburgh fringe shows – and in doing so, have learned to love each other’…

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Tim Key, the superstar standup poet, on fishcakes, Footlights and the fringe by Harriet Gibsone

Tim Key was a standup going nowhere fast until one day he took out a notepad and poetry spilled out of him. Now he’s one of the hottest comics around. As his show Work in Slutgress hits Ed…

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Talking to Strangers: Sally Phillips and Lily Bevan go beyond the one-liner by Harriet Gibsone

Tired of being asked to play Latvian prostitutes, Sally Phillips and Lily Bevan have come up with their own characters. They tell Harriet Gibsone about their new series of mini-playsThese da…

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Edinburgh festival 2014: the sketch show isn't over, it's just waking up by Harriet Gibsone

Twelve years after a comedy troupe last won the best newcomer award, there are signs of a resurgence in skits and silliness Continue reading...

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Edinburgh festival 2014: 10 questions for Tim Vine by Harriet Gibsone

A decade since winning the Perrier best newcomer award, Britain's top punny man reflects on his latest Edinburgh show 10 questions for Ellie Taylor 10 questions for Russell Kane Continue re…

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Edinburgh festival fight club: Bradford's Muslim women boxers enter the ring by Harriet Gibsone

The young Muslim women in No Guts, No Hearts, No Glory are fearless fighters far removed from the submissive stereotype Continue reading...

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