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Tuesday, December 20, 2022

One Woman Show review – joke-packed Fleabag parody is perfectly pitched by Rachael Healy

Ambassadors theatre, LondonLiz Kingsman’s slick, self-conscious ‘troubled woman’ show nests its complex jokes within jokes to tremendous effect ‘We need women’s story,” says Liz …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:36AM
Friday, November 18, 2022

The Delightful Sausage: ‘Impostor syndrome has propelled us forward’ by Rachael Healy

It will take more than multiple Edinburgh nominations to convince comedy duo Amy Gledhill and Chris Cantrill that they’re a success. Perhaps a TV sitcom would do it? When Amy Gledhill and …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:42AM
Friday, November 11, 2022

Swarm review – a scathing appraisal of Britain’s political parasites by Rachael Healy

Camden People’s theatre, LondonDonning an insect costume, the magnetic Liv Ello uses clowning to land a deeply serious point about our times Liv Ello is the director of Frankie Thompson’…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54AM
Friday, September 23, 2022

‘I felt a responsibility to get it right’: the male standups using jokes to cope with miscarriage by Rachael Healy

Even though it affects one in five pregnancies, the loss of a baby is rarely talked about, especially among men. But standups Jacob Hawley and Will Duggan are using comedy to break that tabo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:25AM
Thursday, September 22, 2022

‘We need an intervention’: five ways to fix the Edinburgh festival fringe by Rachael Healy

Too pricy, too elitist, just too big? After the criticisms of this year’s event, a panel of festival regulars consider the way forward for Edinburgh’s summer spectacular Katy Koren, co-a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:13AM
Friday, September 16, 2022

‘I try to be repulsive’: comedian Patti Harrison on why she likes to bait liberal audiences by Rachael Healy

The Ohio-raised star of movies and TV shows such as Shrill and I Think You Should Leave says comedy is a refuge from the impacts of being trans and that, right now, she’s happy to be in th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:13AM
Friday, August 26, 2022

How to say the unsayable: the comics tackling anti-‘woke’ trolling by Rachael Healy

While debates about cancel culture rage on at Edinburgh, a trio of performers are critiquing ‘edgelord’ humour, while still remembering to be funny ‘Cancel Anti Wokeflake Snow Culture…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:43AM
Friday, August 19, 2022

‘It felt like this might never happen again’: comedians rejoice at the return of crowds by Rachael Healy

After lockdowns kept them out of touch with audiences, standups explain their exhilaration at coming together to raise laughs at Edinburgh fringe The lights go down signalling the start of t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:54AM
Thursday, August 18, 2022

‘Night after night I get harassed’: comedians call for safer working conditions by Rachael Healy

With research showing sexual harassment is a routine occurrence, there is growing demand for arts venues to commit to protecting entertainers Posey Mehta, like many performers at the Edinbur…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:07AM
Monday, August 15, 2022

‘You have to be 100 times funnier in Danish’: the pitfalls and pleasures of taking comedy across borders by Rachael Healy

Just because a joke works in one country or language doesn’t mean it will in another. Globetrotting standups talk about routines that have bombed – and the changes that saved them When Y…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:33PM
Monday, August 8, 2022

Olga Koch review – break-up sex and getting left on read by Rachael Healy

Monkey Barrel Comedy, EdinburghFrom relationship recovery to getting her phone messages spoken out by the audience, Koch has charisma and punchlines to burn The infamous opening notes of Sha…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:12AM
Sunday, August 7, 2022

Frankie Thompson review – all the feline feels with a magnetic performer by Rachael Healy

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghLeaving no cat-related reference unlicked, Thompson’s show is artfully clownish and funny The stage is set with a treadmill, yoga mat, step-up box and a big s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:42AM
Saturday, August 6, 2022

Ania Magliano review – skilled off-key laughs from affable rising star by Rachael Healy

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghA properly fresh take on quarter-century living, Magliano’s is a charismatic debut moving through divorce, sexuality and cat-buying with ease Absolutely No W…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:54PM
Friday, August 5, 2022

Jordan Gray review – a standup superhero by Rachael Healy

Assembly George Square, The Box, EdinburghIn her show Is It a Bird? the comic has the audience on their feet with a nuanced and deeply funny hour of music and jokes ‘This is going to be br…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:42PM

Kylie Brakeman review – Hollywood’s hypocrisies lampooned by Rachael Healy

Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose, EdinburghThe US comic plays a fast-talking agent, a straight-talking sex therapist and a six-year-old divorcee in this high-energy hour Linda Hollywood is an old…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:42PM
Monday, July 11, 2022

‘Someone’s making money but it’s not us’ – the comics spurning the Edinburgh fringe by Rachael Healy

Standups used to think they’d never make it if they didn’t play the festival. But it’s leaving many saddled with debt, stuck in squalid flats and even suicidal. Refuseniks tell us why …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:24AM
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

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