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Sunday, May 9, 2021

A Killer Party review – Jason Manford hosts cheery, tuneful murder mystery by Brian Logan

Available onlineThe cast of a whodunnit are all suspects when an impresario is found dead in this likably silly, hummable show Blackpool impresario Varthur McArthur has a doozy of an idea fo…

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Listen Up review – a standup, a rapper and a playwright in a lonely theatre by Brian Logan

Available onlineLauren Pattison, Kay Greyson and Richard Boggie deliver audio plays about stage disasters, a sobering drinks interval and playing to an audience of none Some of the finest lo…

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Dylan Moran: ‘I’ve offended people, I regret it and I’ll probably do it again’ by Brian Logan

The comedian’s 2018 show Dr Cosmos addressed mental health, midlife and Brexit – little knowing a crisis lurked around the corner. Now it’s being streamed, might no mention of Covid be…

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

‘You love me? I can’t take that to the bank’: Johnny Vegas on money, fame and grief by Brian Logan

Lockdown and the loss of both parents have transformed the entertainer. He talks about the disappointments of TV, outgrowing his comic persona – and his move into the glamping business I r…

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Monday, April 12, 2021

General Secretary review – satire of world politics misses its targets by Brian Logan

Available onlineNot sure what you would do if you were given absolute power? Unfortunately, nor do the duo Thick’n’Fast in this lightweight fantasy We may all, under lockdown, have falle…

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Grave New World: the current affairs spoof unmasking our new normal by Brian Logan

Anxiety, absurdity and little else pervade the post-pandemic world of Stuart Laws’ mockumentary – so what’s it trying to say about life after Covid? Twelve months into the Covid pandem…

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Rosie Jones: ‘I hope disabled people can see me on TV and think: if she can do it, I can do it' by Brian Logan

The standup on representation, Matt Hancock, her new travel show and why she loves Norwich A Great British, Female, Gay, Disabled, Covid-Compliant Adventure was the original name for Rosie J…

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Sunday, March 28, 2021

Best Medicine Gala review – uplifting stream of health consciousness by Brian Logan

Angel Comedy Club online Comedians led by Jordan Brookes and Tim Key turn lockdown worries into riffs on parenting, personality and body hair in a night of infectious live fun “Let’s do …

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

'This feels like a breakthrough': comedian Loyiso Gola on his new Netflix show by Brian Logan

He started out learning his craft on a school work experience programme. Now the comic is about to make history with the first standup special from Africa It’s not every day a comedian can…

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Monday, March 22, 2021

'I got a job on a fishing trawler' – Covid: one year on, stars of music and theatre look back by Dave Simpson , Imogen Tilden, Arifa Akbar, Lyndsey Winship and Brian Logan

In the second of our two-parter, rock stars, roadies, actors, dancers, composers and comics describe how their lives have been transformed without live shows – and imagine what now lies ah…

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Working from Home review – Johnny Vegas's chaotic pub quiz is a winner by Brian Logan

Available onlineJust the Tonic’s three-hour standup sprawl comes close to the comedy club experience, featuring Matt Forde’s Boris tribute and Jason Byrne’s toilet trumpet alongside Ve…

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Sunday, March 21, 2021

LAUGHNow Comedy Club review – gremlins mess with the joy of jokes by Brian Logan

Available onlineRussell Kane saves the day with energetic Covid gags as technical issues and uninspired material blight the first edition of a new standup series LIVENow has streamed “a st…

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Monday, March 8, 2021

Funny Festival Live review – BBC series puts standups back on stage by Brian Logan

BBC2, live and on catchupThis chance to see new comedy faces, including Judi Love, Michael Stranney and Toussaint Douglass, reaps easygoing rewards Victoria Wood, Harry Hill and Eddie Izzard…

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Sunday, March 7, 2021

Sarah Silverman review – after a year of exile from the stage, a standup looks inward by Brian Logan

Available onlineSilverman shifts away from shock-peddling and scripted jokes in a Q&A that comes alive when she reflects on comedy itself “I hope this was interesting in some way,” s…

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

BGT standup sensation Nabil Abdulrashid: 'There's so many people to annoy!' by Brian Logan

His routines about race, identity and a black Winston Churchill clocked 3,000 complaints. As he looks forward to touring again, the standup explains why he won’t be toning things down Wat…

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Improv your lockdown: the comedian delivering laughs and life hacks by Brian Logan

Pippa Evans, star of improvised musical Showstopper!, has written a self-help book based on her stage experiences. ‘Yes … and?’ asks our comedy critic Did you ever think: I wish my lif…

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Monday, February 15, 2021

After Hours with Margaret Cho review – say it with sexual adventure by Brian Logan

OnlineCho’s live-streamed Valentine’s Day sex advice workshop encompassed BDSM, bestiality and the fun that can be had with ‘pervertible’ household objects Valentine’s Day is a cel…

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Comedians Telling Erotic Stories review – first snogs, orgies and a come-on from Boris by Brian Logan

OnlineRachel Fairburn’s showcase aroused funny bones, if not G-spots, with Shappi Khorsandi, Lou Sanders and Will Duggan If ever there was a time for comedians to diversify their skills, i…

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

Leicester Comedy festival review – gags, groans and heckling gremlins by Brian Logan

Available onlineFelicity Ward and Tony Law star in the event’s opening cabaret, First Night Funnies, with false starts and flat-out laughs “Thank you all so much for coming out,” is ho…

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Monday, February 1, 2021

Tim Key review – banter, bathing and terrific poems about our new normal by Brian Logan

Angel Comedy onlineKey and sidekick Edward Easton deliver a delightful housebound hour of shtick, backchat and verse Take a supercilious comedian, let him deliver live comedy without leaving…

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Sunday, January 31, 2021

The History of Sketch Comedy review – Keegan-Michael Key's love letter to laughter by Brian Logan

Podcast The comic actor’s exuberant 10-part history unpicks the nuts-and-bolts of what makes sketches funny, from overlooked past acts to SNL, and British favourites including the Two Ronn…

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Friday, January 29, 2021

The Virt Locker review – new comedy show addresses the elephant in the Zoom room by Brian Logan

Available onlineBanter and live laughter help NextUp’s show – featuring a grumpy Jen Brister, a lovable Sarah Keyworth and more – replicate in-person comedy “What is this? What are w…

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Monday, January 25, 2021

Mischief Movie Night In review – make a musical with the masters of impro by Brian Logan

Available onlineSofa-bound audiences help the team behind The Play That Goes Wrong to create spontaneous and funny stories on screen They cornered the West End comedy market. They made it on…

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Right on: does standup comedy have a leftwing bias? by Brian Logan

The idea that the artform skews left is widespread, but the prevalence of comedians punching down suggests otherwise “Three-quarters of BBC comedians are liberals,” scream the headlines;…

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

'It was like Avengers Assemble!' Standups unite for sitcom to save comedy club by Brian Logan

When venues were closed by the pandemic, James Acaster, Maria Bamford and other top comics got to work on a web series to rescue The Bill Murray in London It sounds like the premise for a si…

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Radio 4 standups zoom through angst from all angles by Brian Logan

The BBC’s new comedy series brings together half-hour sets from Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Imran Yusuf and Joz Norris Netflix, Amazon Prime … Radio 4? It’s not just global content platfor…

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Monday, January 18, 2021

Abnormally Funny People review – cabaret of comics with disabilities by Brian Logan

Southbank Centre onlineThis Zoom gig of eyecatching diversity closed the Unlimited festival and felt like a family gathering with its affectionate mutual mockery ‘‘Disabled entertainment…

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Chris Rock: Total Blackout review – confessional comic cuts loose by Brian Logan

Netflix The standup is back with an extended version of his 2018 special Tamborine that better captures the spirit of a live gig What persistent itch, I wonder, persuaded Chris Rock to revis…

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Monday, January 11, 2021

A Run for Hope: Eddie Izzard's marathon is a physical feat with a comedy treat by Brian Logan

Available onlineOn top of running a marathon – while doubling as a chatshow host – every day this month, the comedian is reprising old favourites Eddie Izzard’s last comedy gigs were h…

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

It's time to give a new generation of comics a crack at the Grammys by Brian Logan

Familiar faces Jerry Seinfeld, Patton Oswalt and Jim Gaffigan feature on this year’s shortlist – an award dominated by Netflix specials with nary an indie voice in sight What do we expec…

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Saturday, January 2, 2021

Jerusalem, Beckett and Bridget Christie: theatre, comedy and dance to book in 2021 by Arifa Akbar, Brian Logan and Lyndsey Winship

Modern masterpiece Jerusalem storms back and Trevor Nunn goes underground with Beckett, while Bob Marley gets a musical and Frankenstein becomes a ballet Continue reading...

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