Reviews

Live Review: (Yes, A Live Review): Angel Comedy, The Bill Murray, N1
An enduring comedy trivia question is who did the first UK arena comedy performance? People will usually say it was Baddiel and Newman when they played Wembley Arena in 1993. But smug, insufferable... more
Review: Johnny Vegas: Carry On Glamping, C4
Johnny Vegas is having a bit of a moment on TV right now. He co-stars in a trilogy of comedy dramas on Gold from this Saturday, entitled Murder They Hope and he also stars in a comedy documentary... more
TV/Online Review: Starstruck, BBC Three/BBC One
One of the first times I saw Rose Matafeo was in 2017 when she did an Edinburgh show entitled Sassy Best Friend, about the movie cliche of the romantic female lead usually having a wisecracking... more
TV/Online Review: Dreaming Whilst Black, BBC Three/BBC One
The BBC's latest Comedy Slice pilot started life as a web series and after a one-off being re-made for BBC Three it gets a late-night outing on BBC One. Which is certainly deserves. It may not be the... more
Review: Bill Bailey, Limboland
The BBC is screening Bill Bailey's 2015 live show Limboland tonight at 9pm. On BBC One. It's part of the channel's Festival of Funny season but the fact that it is going out on the main channel in... more
TV Review: Stand Up And Deliver, Part Two, C4
It was always going to be tough to top last week's hilarious, compelling opening episode in which five comics mentored five non-comics to prep them for a stand up gig, but this second show in which... more
TV Review: Stand Up And Deliver, Part Two, C4
If I'm completely honest I wasn't expecting much from the two-parter Stand Up And Deliver, in which comics trained celebrities to be comics. What we got was a fabulous first part in which unlikely... more
TV; King Rocker: Sky Arts, By Stewart Lee/Michael Cumming
I wasn't sure whether I should be reviewing this. It's not a comedy after all, is it? It's just a documentary about obscure Midlands musician Robert Lloyd. But it's co-made by Stewart Lee and... more
TV: Back, C4
Now this is more like it. At the risk of sounding like a fogeyish version of the David Mitchell character in Peep Show/real life this is a proper good old grown up comedy. Not really a sitcom at all... more
TV Review: Bamous, BBC Three/BBC One
Comedian Dane Baptiste has been an articulate voice about race and representation in the media in recent years. He also seemed to suggest that there were viewers in outer space watching Channel 4... more
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