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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Beyond The Comic Strip: what does ‘alternative comedy’ mean in 2022? by Rachael Healy

A scene that started as a counter to straight standup at the end of the 1970s is still hard to peg – but it’s much more than just weird stuff that doesn’t work on telly A giant sentien…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:18AM
Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Edinburgh fringe 2022: 20 theatre, comedy and dance shows you shouldn’t miss by Brian Logan, Catherine Love, Mark Fisher, Anya Ryan, Rachael Healy, Kate Wyver, Claire Armitstead, Arifa Akbar and Lyndsey Winship

In the first of our festival previews, we round up some of the best offerings we’ve already reviewed – including Tim Key, Liz Kingsman, La Clique and Hungry This searing, sweaty disco is…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:48AM
Tuesday, April 26, 2022

‘Comedy is a powerful recruitment tool’: how the US rightwing use laughs for vast influence by Rachael Healy

Matt Sienkiewicz and Nick Marx spent months researching rightwing comedy and found that whether or not you’re laughing, you can’t ignore its power In January, Neil Young gave Spotify an …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:33AM
Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Sophie Duker: ‘You have to laugh at yourself – you’ll never be in the right for long’ by Rachael Healy

Having defeated impostor syndrome, the standup is taking on Taskmaster and returning to the Edinburgh fringe with ‘sexy and chaotic’ new show Hag Sophie Duker’s just shared a Taskmaste…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:48AM
Tuesday, March 22, 2022

The Guilty Feminist Live review – serious comedy with Millie Bobby Brown by Rachael Healy

Kings Place, LondonThe Stranger Things actor discusses her experiences on male-dominated sets, alongside hosts Susan Wokoma and Deborah Frances-White’s standup comedy Since its first episo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:18PM
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

‘I’m literally an X-Man’ – is trans comic Jordan Gray the next stage of human evolution? by Rachael Healy

She sings naked, had an epiphany chopping wood in Sweden, came out dressed as a cat, is making a sitcom with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and is helping Matt Lucas to be funny. Meet comedy pow…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:03PM
Tuesday, February 22, 2022

This Is Going to Hurt’s Ambika Mod: ‘Whenever I did a caesarean I was buzzing!’ by Rachael Healy

Playing junior doctor Shruti is a far cry from the standup’s ‘really silly’ sketch comedy but her improv background helped her find moments of levity in Adam Kay’s NHS drama When Amb…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:54AM
Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Tim Key review – unexpected laughs from lockdown-deferred dreams by Rachael Healy

Soho theatre, LondonKey swerves Covid cliches by recreating his professional crisis in silly poems, poignant prose and punchlines involving his five-foot teddy bear companion Struggling to a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:06AM
Monday, January 24, 2022

‘Everything ends up about death and shagging’: Fern Brady on comedy, autism and intrusive thoughts by Rachael Healy

Her scathing, surreal standup wowed audiences – and when she was diagnosed as neurodivergent, it started to make more sense to her, too In 2018, Fern Brady’s comedy career was taking off…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:33AM
Thursday, January 6, 2022

‘We had the Spice Girls’: the two comics unpicking ladette culture by Rachael Healy

Shaparak Khorsandi and Esther Manito both came of age during a time when women were expect to comform to male stereotypes. To reflect, they did what they do best: wrote comedy shows about it…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:18AM
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