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Friday, November 19, 2021

New organisation launched to tackle sexual harassment in live comedy by Rachael Healy

Get Off! was set up by Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Nina Gilligan in order to create safer workplaces within little-regulated industry An organisation has been established to tackle sexual hara…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:03AM
Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Titania McGrath: Mxnifesto review – Twitter activist misfires on all cylinders by Rachael Healy

Duchess theatre, LondonAndrew Doyle’s Twitter creation – played by Alice Marshall – takes predictable aim at Greta, Meghan and trans athletes with jokes that just aren’t funny Titani…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:03PM
Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Comedian Bridget Christie: ‘I see my flasher’s penis all the time. But I can make horrible things amusing’ by Rachael Healy

The comic has come blazing out of lockdown fearless and on full throttle, buying a motorbike for her 50th birthday and turning the menopause – along with an incident in a park – into com…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:24AM
Wednesday, October 13, 2021

‘If I’m funny, no one cares who I sleep with’: queer comedians on finding a stage by Rachael Healy

Standups including Suzi Ruffell, Paul Sinha and Lee Peart reveal how hecklers, bookers and ‘the gay slot’ have affected their appearances in the spotlight The comedian Stephen Bailey was…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:03PM
Sunday, September 12, 2021

Trevor Noah review – a master of classic standup by Rachael Healy

O2 Arena, LondonHis arena show about the global experience of the pandemic – with some added jokes for a UK crowd about footie and Meghan Markle – shows Noah to be a skilled performer wi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Pose star Sandra Bernhard: ‘I never tried to be revolutionary. That’s just who I was’ by Rachael Healy

The trailblazing actor and comedian on asserting her bisexuality in the 80s, misogynistic male comics – and befriending Madonna During nearly five decades in showbiz, Sandra Bernhard has r…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:42AM
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Middle Eastern stand-ups: ‘People assume we only do terrorist jokes’ by Rachael Healy

Tired of racism on the comedy scene, Jenan Younis started her own night Weapons of Mass Hilarity – where gags about body hair and Farsi abound Every comedian expects rejection when they’…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:03AM
Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Mrs Merton and the naughty nun: Caroline Aherne’s first comedy gigs by Rachael Healy

She sometimes said she’d rather be a hairdresser but Aherne’s cheeky early appearances in the pubs and clubs of Manchester led her to TV fame In the early 90s, Manchester’s cultural re…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36AM
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

‘Explosively funny’: Victoria Wood’s song-filled slog to comedy glory by Rachael Healy

Joyce Grenfell inspired her, she wrote her own musical at school and a fringe theatre show with Julie Walters paved the way to TV fame. As Victoria Wood’s Talent returns, we revisit her ea…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:48AM
Friday, April 9, 2021

All white on the night: the perennial problem with TV panel shows by Rachael Healy

The format should give comic talents a time to shine. So why don’t our flagship shows reflect the diversity of comedy in 2021? Panel shows have been a pillar of British comedy for decades.…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:24AM
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

‘It’s democratising and exciting’: has lockdown changed comedy for ever? by Rachael Healy

The popularity of internet comics has ballooned in the past year, and talent agents are taking notice. But will viral lols translate to a long-term career? Whether it is Munya Chawawa as the…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03AM
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Garth Marenghi: how the Edinburgh award winner found his Darkplace by Rachael Healy

Our series exploring the stage origins of hit comedies continues with the cult hospital horror show that scared up audiences to become a fringe sensation Garth Marenghi, serious horror write…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:54AM
Monday, February 22, 2021

'People think it’s some weird rite of passage': standing up to sexual harassment in comedy by Rachael Healy

Live comedy’s lack of regulation has enabled sexist and predatory behaviour but a group of female standups have ambitious plans to overhaul the industry Irish comedian Ruth Hunter started …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:18AM
Thursday, January 28, 2021

Hot property: Jamie Demetriou on the rise of Stath Lets Flats by Rachael Healy

In the first of a series exploring the stage origins of hit comedies, the actor remembers creating the delusional letting agent at Bristol University “For a lot of series one, I don’t li…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:48AM
Tuesday, January 12, 2021

'It's everything I wanted': how standups swapped the fringe for Twitch by Rachael Healy

There has been a huge comedy boom on the gaming platform, enabling acts such as Bilal Zafar to gain creative control and reach new audiences A Bonjela-addicted football manager berates his p…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Friday, December 11, 2020

Standups and sex workers unite: 'I can joke about it because I've done it' by Rachael Healy

Carmen Ali and Siân Docksey are among the comedians who riff on their experiences as strippers. The pandemic has revealed both industries to be precarious – but they’re looking out for …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:32AM
Thursday, October 29, 2020

'Women are tired of having to walk men through it': the male comics standing up for #metoo by Rachael Healy

The world of standup has been rocked by allegations of sexual harassment and assault – and finally some men in the industry are vowing to tackle it When US comedian Kelly Bachman found her…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Don't mock the pasties!: Inside Cornwall's standup scene by Rachael Healy

In the UK’s most southwesterly county a burgeoning standup scene thrives everywhere from remote village halls and old bakeries to the cliffside Minack theatre A cliff edge, an old bakery …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:24PM
Friday, September 4, 2020

'You can tell jokes here you can't tell anywhere else' – inside Leicester's comedy scene by Rachael Healy

Pun fights in boxing rings, nine-year-old standups and a 19-day joke-a-thon … anything goes in vibrant, diverse Leicester, finds our writer as she continues her comedy tour It is the home …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:02AM
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

'It's creepy and uncomfortable': the sexism, harassment and assault faced by female standups by Rachael Healy

For years, sexual predators have infested the live comedy scene. But female comedians are demanding action. Is this British standup’s #MeToo moment? ‘If this was a normal office where, o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:36AM
Sunday, July 12, 2020

Pass the green screen, granny! The comics pushing homemade videos to new heights by Rachael Healy

Comedians’ old YouTube skits are enjoying a revival in lockdown. And now standups are returning to online video – to push its possibilities even further At a house party in the north-eas…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:54AM
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Ready for a roasting? Inside Belfast's standup scene by Rachael Healy

It’s the only place in the world where jokes about local councillors work. But is Belfast’s sharp-tongued comedy circuit becoming less hostile to outsiders? Patrick Kielty’s first Belf…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:48AM
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

'It's like the wild west!' – inside Cardiff's heckle-heavy comedy scene by Rachael Healy

How do you make audiences laugh in a town that hates show-offs and loves to hassle performers? Our writer gets some hot tips as she continues her comedy tour In 2005, you could fit the whole…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:42AM
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

'I'd love to see their parents' bank accounts': corona and comedy's class divide by Rachael Healy

From care work to shelf-stacking, many standups have taken up jobs to survive lockdown – highlighting how privilege has created a two-tier system in comedy On 16 March, when Boris Johnson …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54AM
Sunday, April 19, 2020

'We laugh at dark things': inside Glasgow's upfront comedy scene by Rachael Healy

Wit and four-letter artistry have made Glasgow a comedy stronghold – and with the clubs shut, the laughs are going online Glaswegian comedians haven’t always been complimentary about the…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:12PM
Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Seriously funny: political comedians on humour in horrific times by Rachael Healy

The Mash Report has always turned tough topics into comedy. As it returns in lockdown, host Nish Kumar and standups Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Tom Mayhew talk about satire’s role in a crisi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:54AM
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…

SOURCE: 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…

SOURCE: 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…

SOURCE: 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 …

SOURCE: 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…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:33PM

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