Reviews

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
TV Review: Staged, BBC
Back in mid-December when the launch date for the second series of Staged was announced I jokingly tweeted: “So clever of BBC to schedule it to coincide with new lockdown”. Little did I know how... more
Reviews: Billy Connolly It's Been A Pleasure & Micky Flanagan Peeping Behind The Curtain
It's been a good festive season for comedy documentaries, particularly if you like your comedians with long flowing hair. Christmas has been bookended for me by two docs about two fantastic comedians... more
News: Last Leg Guests Tonight
There was a fuss a while back about the lack of female travel series presenters on mainstream television. Joanna Lumley seemed to be flying a fairly solitary flag, but now here comes Sara Pascoe to... more
Review: Death To 2020, Netflix
This is no doubt more my problem than Charlie Brooker's but I never thought I'd be disappointed by something Brooker was involved in. I even loved Nathan Barley. I'd been looing forward to Death To... more
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