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Monday, September 30, 2019

Brydon, Mack & Mitchell review – backchat and banter from TV trio by Brian Logan

Cliffs Pavilion, SouthendRob Brydon, Lee Mack and David Mitchell take the off-the-cuff gags of Would I Lie to You? on the road for a nonessential but entertaining night of comedy The panel s…

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Eddie Izzard review – surreal, featherlight sugar on the pill of messianic politics by Brian Logan

Brighton DomeThe would-be MP’s ‘last’ standup show teems with delightful animals and gobbledook but often feels in need of an edit ‘This is my last tour before politics,” says Eddi…

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Ben Elton's return to standup: 'I’m as scared as I get' by Brian Logan

Back on tour for the first time in 15 years, the trailblazing comedian has some scores to settle. How can he be a sellout, he asks, if he was never radical to begin with? They say you should…

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Steve Martin and Martin Short: 'Do you think the Queen will come to our show?' by Brian Logan

Two of the Three Amigos are hitting the road with a banter and banjo-filled double act. But it’s not about nostalgia, they insist “I’m a Guardian subscriber!” Oh, come now, Steve, yo…

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Bianca del Rio review – startlingly mean drag star loves to hate by Brian Logan

Wembley Arena, London Though the timing is spot-on, the comedian’s outrageous swipes at every sexuality, race and even disability descend to cliche as their wickedness exceeds their wit I…

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Romesh Ranganathan review – entertaining grouchiness from TV's Mr Ubiquitous by Brian Logan

Royal Concert Hall, NottinghamIf the domesticity subject matter is well-worn, the Crawley comic’s vivacity keeps it fresh You know your career has taken off when you become – as Romesh R…

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The 50 best comedians of the 21st century by Hannah J Davies, Paul Fleckney, Harriet Gibsone, Brian Logan and Stuart Heritage

From apocalyptic standup Frankie Boyle to the many hilarious faces of Tina Fey, Steve Coogan, Sharon Horgan and Kristen Wiig, we present the funniest comics of the era Our No 1 comedian’s…

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Monday, September 16, 2019

'75% of the audience get it!' How Count Arthur Strong conquered comedy by Brian Logan

As the dyspeptic old-school entertainer embarks on a tour, his creator Steve Delaney reflects on dedicating his life to one character Comedy has its careerists: thrusting tyros zeroing in on…

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Frankie Boyle review – scorched-earth standup serves up a self-interrogation by Brian Logan

King’s theatre, GlasgowOn his first home tour for a decade, Boyle tempered bad-taste gags by trying to decide whether his trademark humour has any worth in extreme times Australian standup…

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Sofie Hagen: The Bumswing review – a tricksy trip into a slippery comic mind by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe standup riffs on the oddness of memory in a show that takes in Danish queens, Welsh sex breaks and a late gutpunch Sofie Hagen’s last three shows – including her …

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Aditi Mittal: Mother of Invention review – fun with 'fempowerment' by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonFrom being spat at by male audience members to mum riding ‘groin first’ to the rescue, Mittal delivers an irreverent set When Aditi Mittal made her UK debut two years…

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Richard Gadd on his stalker: ‘It would be unfair to say she was awful and I'm a victim’ by Brian Logan

The soul-baring comedian has turned his experience of being stalked into a gripping piece of theatre, Baby Reindeer It had all ended so well. When Richard Gadd won the Edinburgh Comedy award…

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Jordan Brookes: 'I wanted to be the existential Michael MacIntyre' by Brian Logan

After years working in bars and call centres, Brookes’ absurdist show netted him the Edinburgh comedy award. So why does he want to want to blow the whole thing up? It’s an hour after J…

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15 of the best Edinburgh festival shows now touring by Kate Wyver, Catherine Love, Anna Winter, Brian Logan, Mark Fisher and Chris Wiegand

The festival is over for another year but plenty of its theatre, comedy and dance hits have announced dates around the UK CollapsibleBreffni Holahan gives a searing performance as Essie in M…

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Nick Helm: Phoenix from the Flames review – bracingly vulnerable comedy by Brian Logan

Pleasance Dome, EdinburghHelm’s first new show since 2013 combines humour and emotional intimacy, directly addressing his depression Nick Helm was doing mental health comedy before it got …

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From Titania McGrath to a Brexit party standup: is rightwing comedy on the rise? by Brian Logan

This year’s Edinburgh fringe was full of wokeness jokes from liberal standups as well as a host of conservative comedians who punch down Has there been a rise in rightwing comedy? Or just …

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Max and Ivan: Commitment review – a doozy of a comedy show by Brian Logan

Pleasance Dome, EdinburghThe comedy duo – who don’t do things by half – send themselves up as they attempt to reassemble their teenage band for one longed-for final gig ‘I don’t do…

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Rob Auton: The Time Show review – twinkling hour of clock-watching by Brian Logan

Assembly George Square Studios, EdinburghIn a wistful show with playful paradoxes, the comic ruminates on the little round face on our wrists and what it means ‘Did the people who set time…

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Jonny and the Baptists review – hard-hitting politics and a soft centre by Brian Logan

Assembly Roxy, EdinburghAs politicised as each of its predecessors but the musical comics also explore the ineffable mysteries of life ‘As of right now, we’re no longer political.” Th…

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Jordan Brookes is disturbingly funny – and a worthy Edinburgh Comedy awards champ by Brian Logan

Brookes has won the biggest prize in live comedy, with Catherine Cohen named best newcomer and Jessica Brough recognised for her Fringe of Colour project The Edinburgh Comedy award has found…

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Demi Lardner review – an explosion of animated oddities by Brian Logan

Gilded Balloon Teviot, EdinburghThe Australian standup’s show is stuffed with arbitrary observations – and some of the funniest moments on the fringe Absurdism-gone-haywire won the 2015 …

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Ivo Graham review – old Etonian's awfully droll domestic jokes by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThe comic lets rip – if only a bit – for a fine hour of standup about new parenthood and his fogeyish tendencies The only thing holding Ivo Graham back in p…

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Darren Harriott review – confessions of a kiss-chase failure by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThe comic relives playground traumas in an attempt to make sense of his stunted emotions in this award-nominated show It’s a common complaint among comedians…

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Spencer Jones review – unrefined idiocy delivered with care and skill by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghStrangers’ junk items give a semblance of structure to the latest by this gloriously skittish man-child who revels in the inane Spencer Jones’s new show is …

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Tarot review – anarchic sketch trio play their cards right by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Sordidly silly sketches including a semi-clothed standoff, a gory childbirth and an appearance by Satan bring the house down with their delinquent humour We wa…

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Jayde Adams: The Ballad of Kylie Jenner’s Old Face review – a pop at pop-feminism by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThe Bristolian standup’s blunt good sense is deployed to optimal effect in taking fashionable feminism in the Instagram age to task After several shows in whi…

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Edinburgh Comedy awards 2019: surrealists, standups and sausage act vie for prize by Brian Logan

London Hughes and Jessica Fostekew are among the comics on the shortlist of nine nominees, while Catherine Cohen is up for best newcomer The shortlist for the biggest prize in live comedy, …

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James McNicholas: The Boxer review – a knockout comedy by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghMcNicholas throws down a heavyweight hour of standup and storytelling about his champion grandad Terry Downes Terry Downes was world middleweight boxing champio…

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Crystal Rasmussen review – drag star with charisma by the bucketload by Brian Logan

Underbelly Cowgate, EdinburghA Romanov raised by wolves meets a struggling Lancashire boy in a memoir dipped in glamour and pulsating to powerpop There’s a well-travelled road from boy- or…

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

'I want everyone to pay attention to me!' Meet Catherine Cohen, comedy's peak millennial by Brian Logan

Caught between self-love and neurosis, Cohen has taken Edinburgh by storm with a musical show that plays up to her generation’s stereotypes. She’s even got a song called Look At Me ... …

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It'll Be Alt-Right on the Night review – punk, trumpets and far-right friends by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghMatthew Greenhough’s buzzy one-man show clashes comedy, factionalism and jazz trumpet into a plea for tolerance between the echo chambers Are we “trapped in…

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