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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Jerry Seinfeld review – multimillionaire with a masterly common touch by Brian Logan

Hammersmith Apollo, LondonNow in his mid-60s, the comedian is still delivering beautifully honed, brilliantly timed observations on everyday life ‘I feel like a blacksmith up here sometime…

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Trevor Noah on Trump: ‘I’m just trying to raise questions’ by Brian Logan

From plummeting ratings to a global success, how did the Daily Show host become “America’s therapist”? It is a few hours before Trevor Noah takes his seat at The Daily Show’s present…

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Friday, July 12, 2019

'Stormzy inspired me': Mo Gilligan, the selfie comic turned chatshow star by Brian Logan

His viral videos earned him a sell-out tour and a new late night TV show – can the character comedian become the Instagram era’s Chris Evans? Two years ago, Mo Gilligan was selling jeans…

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Edinburgh fringe 2019: 10 essential shows by Brian Logan, Miriam Gillinson, Mark Lawson, Mark Fisher, Judith Mackrell, Bridget Minamore and Lyndsey Winship

Jessie Cave’s intimate standup, a beatbox Frankenstein and a twist on the star-crossed lovers are among the Edinburgh shows we’ve previously reviewed. Here’s what we said … Pleasance…

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Bad jokes? They're outright evil from this anti-comedian by Brian Logan

Neil Hamburger is a loser, insulting B-list celebs for our amusement, yet he can be less offensive – and funnier – than certain comedy superstars ‘What disease did legendary ice-cream …

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Sam Jay review – SNL comic's contrarian takes on Trump and #MeToo by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe Saturday Night Live writer has skill but hits bum notes and wanders into incoherence at the end It takes more than a few smart routines to make a show. I left Boston …

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

David Blaine review – astonishing spectacle is not for the squeamish by Brian Logan

Eventim Apollo, LondonIn Real or Magic? the bicep-piercing endurance artist demonstrates supernatural command of his body ‘The last time I performed in London, I was shut in a box for 44 d…

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Jimmy Carr review – a relentless wallow in grubbiness by Brian Logan

Rose theatre, KingstonDespite occasional glimmers of subversive wit, Carr continues to rely on dubious jokes about dwarves, fat women and FGM ‘Welcome to 90 minutes of your life you’re n…

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Edinburgh festival 2019: 50 theatre, comedy and dance shows to see by Mark Fisher, Lyndsey Winship and Brian Logan

There’s a Belle and Sebastian play, a show in a hair salon, Frances Barber performing Pet Shop Boys songs and top comics including Josie Long and Stephen Fry. Here’s our guide to the wor…

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Michael Palin review – entertaining whistle-stop trip through history by Brian Logan

Anvil, BasingstokePalin offers up a fascinating potted history of an ill-fated naval journey, then goes on an affable tour through his six-decade career Geography, history and comedy. Those …

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Seann Walsh review – standup steps back into his Strictly scandal by Brian Logan

Loughborough Town HallHe became ‘the most hated comedian in Britain’. Now Walsh is on tour with the most engaging show of his career Three weeks into Strictly Come Dancing last autumn, S…

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Jess Robinson review – slick impressions and super-powered ballads by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonBig of voice and wide of smile, the Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist fills the room with her singing and mimicry At points in Jess Robinson’s show, as you’re bein…

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Frank Skinner review – Mr Funny Bones reaps big laughs by Brian Logan

Leicester Square theatre, LondonThe former king of lad comedy moseys through a delightfully meandering set about ageing, libido and ‘the Strictly curse’ Frank Skinner is 62, and it’s r…

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Ricky Gervais review – anti-woke tittering over Liam Neeson and Louis CK by Brian Logan

Bournemouth International CentreCasting himself as a taboo breaker for his Netflix show Supernature, the cacklesome comic delivers a squarely liberal-baiting set ‘That’s not going in ……

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Human Jam: the hair-raising stories from HS2's exhumation of Euston's dead by Brian Logan

Haunted by the 60,000 bodies being disinterred to make way for High Speed Rail 2, Guardian comedy critic Brian Logan set out to connect Euston’s past and present ‘We’ve found four time…

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Rhod Gilbert review – volcanic, crusading odd-couple comedy by Brian Logan

G-Live, GuildfordAssisted by his life-saving chauffeur, Gilbert propels his high-octane humour with the pain of trauma When you make your name getting overheated at trivial things, what’s …

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Could the divine agony of Christopher Bliss bring back character comedy? by Brian Logan

Rob Carter’s delusional novelist is a lovable throwback to the comics of 20 years ago. The alter ego could be on the cusp of a comeback Fashions in comedy ebb and flow. Standup is hip now …

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Aziz Ansari: Road to Nowhere review – combative set hits raw nerves by Brian Logan

Hammersmith Apollo, LondonThe US standup tackles morality, racism, R Kelly and Michael Jackson in a barbed satirical show Much has changed for Aziz Ansari since his last UK tour. The US comi…

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Mo Amer and Guz Khan review – hip-hop and hummus in a double dose of funny by Brian Logan

Leicester Square theatre, LondonNetflix’s Vagabond star teams up with Man Like Mobeen’s Khan to headline a mischievous night of smart gags When the US standup Mo Amer first toured the UK…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Harriet Kemsley review – ebullient comic slams slut-shaming by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonKemsley packs in high-calibre jokes in a tour through the gendered politics of promiscuity In Nanette, Hannah Gadsby refused to pretend her personal pain was funny – an…

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Andy Zaltzman can't fix Brexit but he can make you laugh by Brian Logan

The comedian’s new show offers audiences ‘bespoke on-demand gags’ but reinforces the idea that satire is impotent In Richard Holloway’s book Waiting for the Last Bus – it’s abou…

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Growing: Amy Schumer is the daddy of carnal standup by Brian Logan

The comic’s new Netflix hour brings in some of her greatest themes: sex, bodies and the flouting of gendered taboos A new Amy Schumer special offers more than just a standup set. It’s a …

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Suzi Ruffell review – anxiety comedy could not be more uplifting by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonNocturnal is notionally about the things keeping the standup awake at night, but this cheery set shows she has nothing to worry about Had it been assembled by a jetpack m…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Mo Amer, refugee comedian: 'If you're angry, you can't fulfil your dreams' by Brian Logan

The Palestinian-US standup on British airports, his Netflix special The Vagabond and what he has in common with comic pals Guz Khan and Dave Chappelle There’s an auspicious precedent for H…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Never Mind the Backstop: the Brexit comedy club for Euro standups by Brian Logan

European comics assembled for a gig about Britain’s departure from the EU – but ended up talking about sex and poultry It’s an article of faith among remainers that Brexit has made the…

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Nish Kumar: ‘I have not got over Brexit’ by Brian Logan

The standup and TV host on how British politics broke his heart, Question Time abuse and why he’s the Bob Dylan of comedy When Nish Kumar first made his mark as a solo comic, his material …

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Ben Target review – kooky comic wants to send you to sleep by Brian Logan

Battersea Arts Centre, LondonTarget’s absurdist show Splosh! – about swimming and his childhood in Houston – cocks a quiet snook at machismo It’s my dream with this show, says Ben Ta…

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Russell Kane: The Fast and the Curious review – a comedy whirlwind by Brian Logan

Wyvern theatre, SwindonCartoonish characters and an operatic vomiting routine animate conventional observations about Brits abroad, marriage and moving to the provinces A “fast, mental, n…

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

'Bill Hicks was a bit misogynist' – young comics reassess the standup legend by Brian Logan

He was the Kurt Cobain of comedy, railing against advertising, politicians, the war on drugs, even waffle waitresses. What do the new generation make of the chain-smoking motormouth? Comedy …

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Ken Cheng review – fringe's 'funniest joke' teller is a calculating comic by Brian Logan

Vault festival, LondonIn Best Dad Ever, the ex-poker player and maths nerd has constructed a meticulous show of well-turned gagsKen Cheng was known as “the human calculator” at school, a…

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Matt Forde: Brexit Through the Gift Shop review – headline punchlines by Brian Logan

The Other Palace, LondonComedy’s rational surveyor of the political scene fires a centrist shot at easy targets from Boris Johnson to Jeremy CorbynThe left/right divide is no longer a usef…

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