TV Review: The First Team, BBC2
We might have to wait a bit longer for the real Premier League to start but you can get an early football fix with this new sitcom set in the world of soccer's top flight written by Inbetweeners... more
The first thing that gig-less comedians did after lockdown was put live shows online. The second was launch a podcast. But television hasn’t been far behind, using the format of quickfire, viral-... more
TV Review: Horizon – What's The Matter With Tony Slattery?
A decade ago I wrote a book about comedians and mental health. Except that when Beyond A Joke* was published society had not really started talking that much publicly about mental health, so... more
Book Review: Alternative Comedy: 1979 and the Reinvention of British Stand-Up By Oliver Double
When I saw that Oliver Double’s new book about Alternative Comedy was £75 I assumed it was a massive doorstep tome that the postperson would never be able to carry. So I was surprised when (thank you... more
TV Review: Charlie Brooker's Antiviral Wipe, BBC Two
Well at least one good thing has come out of this bloody pandemic. We've got another Wipe. And while this one was filmed under lockdown social distancing conditions it didn't really hit the... more
Review: Jerry Seinfeld – 23 Hours to Kill, Netflix
Jerry Seinfeld arrives for his latest Netflix special by helicopter and beats the New York traffic by jumping out and landing in the water. It's a) pretty impressive for a 65-year-old stand-up... more
Review: Jordan Brookes – Bleed, Soho Theatre On Demand
Jordan Brookes won the Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2019 for I've Got Nothing, a show that was substantially improvised. But this show, Bleed, from 2018, is the show that should have won him the... more
Review: Cracked Up: The Darrell Hammond Story, Netflix
If you are feeling a bit bleak or fragile at the moment, Cracked Up: The Darrell Hammond Story, may not be the thing to watch. It's one of those behind-the-grins documentaries about a comedian that... more
Review: Trying, Apple TV
Apple TV+'s first British original comedy is an interesting one. It both plays it very safe, with its cosy thirtysomething Camden Town environment and also goes into some unusual territory as it... more
Review: Never Have I Ever, Netflix
Mindy Kaling (The Office, The Mindy Project) takes on the teen experience in her new Netflix series Never Have I Ever. It's a classic coming of age tale: teenage girl wants to become cool... more
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