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Thursday, September 10, 2020

'Kids can smell fear': the standups who took over children's TV by Ryan Gilbey

Is performing for young audiences easier? Far from it say the comedians who do clubs at night and CBBC shows by day What do standup comics do in the daytime? A glance at television schedules…

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Monday, August 10, 2020

'Edinburgh made us!' The stars catapulted to TV fame from the fringe by Ryan Gilbey

Lily Savage, The League of Gentlemen, Fleabag and a host of telly sensations started out on tiny stages at the extravaganza. In its absence, who will be next? Paul O’Grady’s first night …

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Sir Ian Holm obituary by Michael Billington and Ryan Gilbey

Acclaimed actor whose dazzling career included memorable roles in Alien, Chariots of Fire and The Lord of the Rings Ian Holm, who has died aged 88, was a brilliant actor in all media whose c…

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

La Princesa de Woking: Sex, Brexit and big hair in Emma Sidi's glorious spoof by Ryan Gilbey

Sidi’s new online soap opera brings all the overheated thrills of Mexican telenovelas to the home counties If a Mexican TV company set a Spanish-language soap opera in a bland British town…

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Friday, January 31, 2020

Persona review – it’s Bergman, but without the intensity by Ryan Gilbey

Riverside Studios, LondonAlice Krige’s commanding presence can’t ignite this stark adaptation, which suffers from needless narrator interjections Ingmar Bergman adaptations have provided…

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

'Indecently funny in every way' – Peter Cook's legacy by Eddie Izzard, Lucy Porter and more by Ryan Gilbey

His influence is everywhere – but is the great, groundbreaking comedian being forgotten? Twenty-five years after his death, we reassess his impact The reports of Peter Cook’s death on 9…

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Goldilocks and the Three Bears review – barrage of innuendo from Clary and co by Ryan Gilbey

London PalladiumJulian Clary, Paul O’Grady and Matt Baker vamp it up in this big-budget extravaganza yet it’s a case of double the entendres and half the story Now in its fourth year, th…

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Peter Panties and Pinocchio's whopper: it's adult panto everybody! by Ryan Gilbey

They revel in filth and have names like Sinderella and Jack Off the Beanstalk. But is there more to X-rated panto than gross-out gags? Panto season is under way and Pinocchio is on stage in …

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Douglas Hodge: 'I almost had to head-butt Harold Pinter' by Ryan Gilbey

He’s the musicals maestro who’s now starring in everything from Joker to Gemini Man. He reveals how he went from working men’s clubs to Hollywood – via a Pinteresque spell in theatre…

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

'I love seeing jaws on the floor': Hammed Animashaun, megastar in training by Ryan Gilbey

He’s been a blissful Bottom in Nick Hytner’s Dream and triumphed with the breakneck Barber Shop Chronicles. Now the rising actor is in a 50s political drama that chimes with today’s ri…

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

'Like a bullet from a gun': Laurie Kynaston on playing a tormented teen by Ryan Gilbey

He dresses like a New Romantic and played Johnny Marr and Danny Baker. Now the rising Welshman is taking on his most painful role yet On my way to interview Laurie Kynaston, who is about to …

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

'Whenever you have sex, it’s on your mind': Tom Rosenthal on turning circumcision into comedy by Ryan Gilbey

The procedure left the comedian with sexual anxiety – and a tell-all show at the Edinburgh festival Journalistic etiquette decrees that any delicate questions are usually saved until near …

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

'I don't believe it!': stars on life haunted by their catchphrases by Ryan Gilbey

How do actors cope with having their defining line shouted at them in the streets – for decades? Richard Wilson, Maureen Lipman and Tony Robinson tell all When it happens to Richard Wilson…

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Rose McGowan: 'I miss performing. My career was stolen' by Ryan Gilbey

Her revelations about Harvey Weinstein sparked #MeToo. Now, as the disgraced mogul’s trial approaches, the actor is back with an Edinburgh show Sometimes Rose McGowan can say his name, and…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Ken Jeong: insecure men find my nude scenes reassuring by Ryan Gilbey

After the smart-aleck sitcom Community and the outrageous Hangover movies, the rude and raging comedian is returning to standup Rage, mania and disinhibition are the common factors in Ken Je…

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Julian Clary review – a past master of the scornful ad-lib by Ryan Gilbey

Assembly Hall theatre, Tunbridge WellsThere may be a weary air to some of the obligatory scripted smut, but Clary’s affectionate put-downs remain acutely calibrated A week shy of his 60th…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Luisa Omielan: 'I want my standup shows to be like Dirty Dancing' by Ryan Gilbey

Combining TED talk and party, the comic’s gigs challenge sexism and body-shaming. Now she’s riffing on Mary Magdalene, singing Cher to Richard Curtis – and hoping viewers watch again a…

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

'The man controls the woman’s voice': why Berberian Sound Studio is horribly apt by Ryan Gilbey

The story of a sound engineer recording effects for an Italian horror film is coming to the Donmar Warehouse. It’s not a gorefest, say its director and writerThe first thing you see when y…

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Monday, February 4, 2019

'Beautiful and ferocious': the wild, enduring genius of Adrienne Shelly by Ryan Gilbey

She wrote, directed and starred in prickly comedies that put power in women’s hands. But she did not see her greatest success. As Waitress hits the stage, stars remember an explosive talen…

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Playing it straight: should gay roles be reserved for gay actors? by Ryan Gilbey

From Freddie Mercury to Queen Anne, awards season is set to be dominated by queer characters played by non-LGBT performers. So is this sexuality’s equivalent of blackface – or is it simp…

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Revenge of the clowns: how Bozo and chums put the fun back into fright wigs by Ryan Gilbey

After the ‘attacks’, tabloid fear-mongering and a devastating horror film, clowns were meant to be all clapped out – with pirates and princesses muscling in. So why is business booming…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Snow White review – festive filth from Julian Clary and Dawn French by Ryan Gilbey

London PalladiumRollerskating snowmen, a hydraulic dragon, a Strictly duo and Nigel Havers are among the attractions in this variety pantoWith Snow White, Julian Clary enters his third conse…

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

From improv to Ishtar: the many lives of comedy genius Elaine May by Ryan Gilbey

Trailblazing comic, Oscar-nominated writer and acting sensation Elaine May is back on Broadway. Nathan Lane, Cybill Shepherd and others reveal what makes her tickThe very idea ought to be mi…

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Todd Solondz: 'I have weak moral fibre. I wish I were stronger' by Ryan Gilbey

His films tackled paedophilia, abortion and deadly dachshunds. In his debut play, the barbed laureate of US cinema explores the race and class dynamics of childcare. But his own nanny isn’…

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Comedian Alex Edelman on meeting his antisemitic trolls: 'Curiosity is my defining characteristic' by Ryan Gilbey

The 29-year-old Bostonian followed a string of racist tweets all the way to a white nationalist meeting – and turned the experience into his new Edinburgh showThe 29-year-old Bostonian com…

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

'Sniffing poppers during sex? Such a cliche!' How Homos reinvented gay drama by Ryan Gilbey

Homos, Or Everyone in America is set in an almost quaint pre-Grindr world. Its writer reveals how his funny, provocative drama was inspired by a hate crimeIn the opening scene of Jordan Seav…

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Emma Sidi: 'You can only fully write a character if you can love them' by Ryan Gilbey

The character comic switches roles like a regenerating Time Lord in her new Edinburgh show, Faces of Grace – from a wannable Love Island contestant to a cat-loving lonerIt became clear to …

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Preacher writer Mary Laws: 'I'm happy to get angry and deep about faith and God' by Ryan Gilbey

As her horror comedy Blueberry Toast is staged in London, the Texan talks about how Christianity informs everything she writesIt’s a sunny Sunday morning in a middle-American kitchen. Walt…

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Get your hands off my double entendres! Is the smutty pun now under attack? by Ryan Gilbey

It is Britain’s favourite type of humour, the go-to gag for everyone from Carry On stars to Bake Off hosts. But are fnarr fnarr jokes just another example of male sexual entitlement?If you…

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Neil LaBute: 'Better for me not to be a Mormon than a bad Mormon' by Ryan Gilbey

His first work Bash got him excluded from the Mormon church. Now, as its three plays are revived in London with a modified script, Neil LaBute talks religion and R-rated moviesIt is common f…

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Baz Luhrmann: 'I've never waited for permission to do anything' by Ryan Gilbey

His frenetic hip-hop history The Get Down may have floundered but there’s no stopping the director. He talks about his Elvis movie, his boho love life – and resurrecting Strictly Ballroo…

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