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Sunday, March 8, 2020

Sarcasm and sausages: Manchester's tough crowds make comedians sizzle by Rachael Healy

Amateur nights, ‘chaos energy’ and jokes about yeast … Our writer continues her UK comedy tour and discovers Mancunians’ appetite for the alternative It’s Manchester’s first ever…

Linked From The Guardian at 12:32PM
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Howay the laughs! Is there a Geordie sense of humour? by Rachael Healy

We’re brutal, awkward, daft and surreal, say the rising stars of Tyneside’s booming comedy scene. Our writer braces herself for a gag-heavy night on the toon Anyone who’s had a night o…

Linked From The Guardian at 10:36AM
Monday, January 13, 2020

Joy of pecs: Jessica Fostekew, the weightlifting comic shredding body fascism by Rachael Healy

When her trainer called muscly women ‘unfeminine’, the standup turned her outrage into a hilarious show full of sweat, barbells, chalk and childbirth Jessica Fostekew felt nervous yester…

Linked From The Guardian at 02:36AM
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Congratulations, you played yourself: comics who fictionalise their lives by Rachael Healy

Larry David took the role of “Larry David” onscreen. But how close are such characters to real life? Three comics starring as versions of themselves reveal where they draw the line Fans …

Linked From The Guardian at 02:18AM
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

When the fringe is no joke: minding your mental health in Edinburgh by Rachael Healy

Performing at the festival can be a taxing experience. Objectively Funny has created a peer support network that turns attention offstage It’s lunchtime in Edinburgh’s Old Town and I’v…

Linked From The Guardian at 05:33PM
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

'Improv saved my life': the comedy classes helping people with anxiety by Rachael Healy

Once the domain of aspiring performers, improv courses are increasingly being attended by students experiencing mental health problems“Your heart’s beating faster, you feel all these eye…

Linked From The Guardian at 08:48AM

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