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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

John-Luke Roberts: master of nonsense rails against comedy blandness by Brian Logan

The oddball standup delivers deliciously terrible, wonderful jokes as he leads the charge for alternatives to the mainstream When John-Luke Roberts scored an Edinburgh fringe success with th…

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Monday, February 10, 2020

David Baddiel – Trolls: Not the Dolls review – standup surveys the online cesspit by Brian Logan

Royal Shakespeare theatre, Stratford-upon-AvonThe comedian leads us from weird to wonderful to ‘the absolute worst of humanity’ in his new show about social media Twitter has curdled pub…

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Nigel Ng review – primetime culture-clash comedy by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe Malaysian standup is strongest when he delivers adroit gags about Asian versus British stereotypes, from dogs to food allergies Asians do this and Brits do that. That…

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Rosie Jones review – mischief, filth and poleaxing punchlines by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe standup’s new show, Backward, dissects the pitfalls of fame but her joyfully undercutting humour hasn’t suffered Rosie Jones appeared eight times, she specifies,…

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Chase's Paul Sinha: 'I’m going for laughs in bleak places' by Brian Logan

The gameshow star and former GP on how he wrote his ‘career best’ standup material after getting married – and being diagnosed with Parkinson’s ‘You don’t expect the most eventfu…

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel review – a magical fantasia by Brian Logan

Wilton’s Music Hall, LondonA transatlantic voyage in 1910, with the silent stars onboard, is the basis of Told By An Idiot’s beguiling comedy Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel shared a boa…

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Flo & Joan review – comedy's squabbling sister act pack in songs and surprises by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe charming musical misfits are funniest at their most absurd, serving up numbers that range from klezmer to folderol folk Most of us watched the Bros documentary and la…

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Maisie Adam review – hokey philosophy with a sucker punch by Brian Logan

Cambridge JunctionThe Yorkshire comic’s endearing set about mistakes made in public roars into life with a final, extraordinary reveal Who among us, deciding instantly on a course of actio…

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Trygve Wakenshaw review – behold the one-man band of mime by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe New Zealander’s minimalist Only Bones v1.4 combines the spellbinding and ridiculous but ultimately seems unsure what it wants to be No props. No set. No text. No na…

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Magic Goes Wrong review – Penn & Teller mangle minds with Mischief Theatre by Brian Logan

Vaudeville theatre, London Stunts and tricks go awry in this slapstick romp, though the running gag makes it hard to conjure suspense If you’ve watched a magic show, you may have experienc…

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Star debuts and happy returns: theatre, dance and comedy in 2020 by Arifa Akbar, Lyndsey Winship and Brian Logan

Tom Stoppard gets personal, Cush Jumbo does Hamlet, Hollywood names bring everything from tragedy to comedy … plus dance confronts shame and there’s standup open heart surgery Continue r…

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Christmas at the (Snow) Globe review – a marvellously messy festive medley by Brian Logan

Shakespeare’s Globe, LondonSandi Toksvig hosts a knowingly slapdash evening of irony-charged singalongs that revels in the magic of its venue Snowdrop the fairy has misplaced the magic of …

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Sex Shells: XXXmas review – 'tis the season to be filthy by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonWith repurposed classics such as 12 Gays of Christmas, this festive satirical show delivers big-hitting performances and cunning lyrics If you should find yourself at a c…

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Top 10 comedy shows of 2019 by Brian Logan

A double dose of Stewart Lee, Hannah Gadsby’s follow-up to Nanette and London Hughes’ uproarious blue humour tickled the comedy circuit this year More on the best culture of 2019 Continu…

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Suzi Ruffell review – smear tests, domestic bliss and ‘lesbian accoutrements’ by Brian Logan

Warwick Arts Centre A cool crowd warms to the standup’s animated stories, daft moves and disarming candour in Dance Like Everyone’s Watching A standup needs several qualities in their lo…

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Adam Kay review – lurid comedy, lyrical flair and blunt NHS humour by Brian Logan

Bloomsbury theatre, LondonDoc-turned-comic Kay recalls Christmases spent in hospitals – with anecdotes about peanut butter, ill-used confectionery and a blast of Spandau Ballet ‘Christma…

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Jim Jefferies review – filthy comic leaves a nasty stench by Brian Logan

O2 Arena, LondonGlimpses of wit float to the surface in this sex-and-excrement bonanza … but are quickly flushed away by tedious misogyny Two trips to the O2 in 10 days: two shows wallowin…

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Monday, December 2, 2019

An Act of God review – the Almighty returns to Earth and she's mad as hell by Brian Logan

Vaults, LondonZoe Lyons is a pyjama-clad deity with wrath-management issues and a retinue of doubtful angels in David Javerbaum’s enjoyable comedy It began as a Twitter account, which bega…

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Jack Dee: Off the Telly review – new targets, same old grump by Brian Logan

Chequer Mead, East GrinsteadAttacks on Extinction Rebellion and smashed avacado keep Dee in default pissed-off mode, but there are a few inspired moments Jack Dee speaks out of a diagonal mo…

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

John Kearns review – a toothy, tragicomic delight by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonKearns delivers a day-in-the-drab-life of a man with dreams, toting suburban existentialism in a style all his own Time was, I’d have bet my house against Count Arthur …

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Cinderella review – woke meets trad at pop panto by Brian Logan

Lyric Hammersmith, LondonPrince Charming? You must be joking – but this show will still leave families and festive fun-seekers satisfied You might think assignations with princes have lost…

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Ardal O'Hanlon review – shrugging off the ghost of Father Dougal by Brian Logan

Brighton DomeIn an endearing but gentle show, the comedian tries to leave his Father Ted alter ego behind Father Dougal casts a long shadow, Ardal O’Hanlon laments at the start of his tour…

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Jack Whitehall review – puerile, inauthentic and by-numbers jokes by Brian Logan

O2 Arena, LondonThe comic, who doesn’t seem to have any interest in people or the world, puts on a weak show with anecdotes that ring untrue It’s not an auspicious start to Jack Whitehal…

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Rob Beckett review – class-based laughs from a cheeky chappie by Brian Logan

Fairfield Halls, LondonThe perky comic provides plenty of material and eye-rolling at how the other half live but some of the jokes flatline Some marry for love, some for money, and some –…

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Fern Brady: Power and Chaos review – a scattergun blast of cynicism by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe Scottish comic hits some acerbic highs with an oddly episodic set that hops from politics to porn to parenthood ‘Scary. Brutal. Forthright.” That’s how Fern Br…

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Tim Minchin review – a triumphant comeback that is short on laughs by Brian Logan

Eventim Apollo, LondonIn his first tour for eight years, the Australian polymath offers up a three-hour spectacular tracing the story of his life Tim Minchin was “misdiagnosed” as a come…

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Stewart Lee: Tornado / Snowflake review – joyously funny by Brian Logan

Leicester Square theatre, LondonWith typical deftness, the standup has made his scintillating two-part show a hymn to political correctness and a giddy attack on lefty sensibilities What is …

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Count Arthur Strong review – fuzzy logic and cosmic nonsense by Brian Logan

Leicester Square theatre, LondonAt every turn, the confused ‘astronomer-in-chief’ gives us something to marvel at – from crap ventriloquism to the films of ‘Dustbin Hoffman’ At lea…

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Lou Sanders review – feminism, desire and a 12-month 'man ban' by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonSanders is genial company in her new hour, Say Hello to Your New Step-Mummy, but this isn’t a big-hitting show Lou Sanders made a big leap forward with her 2018 show Sh…

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Lenny Henry review – clips, gossip and a night of self-congratulation by Brian Logan

Watford ColosseumThe comedian has his buddy Jon Canter tee up one big-name anecdote after another in a cosy night that pays tribute … to himself At one point in his touring show, Lenny Hen…

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Hannah Gadsby review – Nanette follow-up doesn't surprise, but delights by Brian Logan

New Theatre, OxfordFollowing the success of her 2017 smash hit, the Australian comedian returns triumphant with a confident routine about her dog, her body and her out-and-proud neurodiversi…

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