The opening night of the Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival made a splash last Thursday with big gigs from Katherine Ryan and Love Island’s Iain Stirling. By the time I made it... more
Come to the opera they said. The English National Opera. Well the only ENO I know is Brian, who used to be in Roxy Music. But I'll try anything once. And I was particularly tickled to hear that the... more
TV comedy seems to be particularly full of idiots at the moment, from the youthful lovers in Mum to the shell-suited clowns in The Young Offenders. But my favourites – although it's a close run thing... more
This is the show that you won't have seen dodgy, wobbly clips of on YouTube. Despite it having a different title, Tamborine, directed by Bo Burnham and filmed at the classy Brooklyn Academy of Music... more
Are sexual abuse and sex trafficking suitable subjects for comedy? My gut instinct would say no but the first episode of the second series of social worker comedy Damned somehow managed to... more
When I heard that American comedian David Cross was writing a comedy starring Stephen Mangan as an Englishman with two families who do not know about each other I assumed that one family would be in... more
#UKPunday, founded by the Leicester Comedy Festival, has become a fixture in the social media calender. This year wordplay-based tweets notched up over 100 million impressions during the day. That’s... more
The organisers of this long-running competition have the motto "New Variety Lives" but this year's show seemed to specialise in old variety. While this final has previously thrown up stand-up greats... more
It's been a funny old year for sketch group with attitude Gein's Family Giftshop. The trio (plus non-performing writer Kiri Pritchard McLean) lost a member just before Edinburgh and had to do... more
It’s getting increasingly difficult to keep up with all of the comedy coming out of Netflix. I’d only just finished the excellent The Good Place when A Futile And Stupid Gesture popped up. At least... more


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