Reviews

Podcast Review: Richard Herring Interviews Charlie Brooker
Well, they do say timing is everything in comedy. At the end of Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast interview with Charlie Brooker Herring asked the Black Mirror writer what he was up... more
When the coronavirus hit home last week there was a lot of talk about comedians setting up online gigs as their touring workload dropped off a cliff. As well as Scott Bennett setting up a show in his... more
Review: This Country BBC One/BBC Three – Final Episode
And so the third and final series of This Country bows out in style. There was always a risk that the third run would see the quality drop off, but it ends as strongly as it began. And actually,... more
TV Review: The Trip The Greece – Sky One, A Correction
I'm going to do a thing that I don't think I've ever seen a critic do before. I'm going to say that my review was wrong. When I reviewed the first episode of the latest series of The Trip, set in... more
Live Review: Scott Bennett, Scott Bennett's Shed
I must be getting live comedy withdrawal symptoms, I dreamt about being at a Stewart Lee gig the other night. Still maybe help is at hand. Comedians have been quick to get stuck into the online world... more
Live Review: Sketch Off Final 2020, Leicester Square Theatre
It wasn’t a great surprise that the Leicester Square Theatre was not quite full for this year’s Sketch Off Final. What was more of a surprise was that the line-up for the final was not full of sketch... more
I remember an old joke from when I was growing up, I think told by Bob Monkhouse or someone else from his generation. A hippy gets on a train wearing one shoe and a commuter asks "did you lose a shoe... more
Live Review: Clinton Baptiste – The Paranormalist Returns, Leicester Square Theatre
It has always fascinated me how the briefest of television appearances can sometimes make the biggest impressions. I’ve often wondered why John Thomson didn’t capitalise further on his appearance as... more
News: Big Tour for John Shuttleworth
John Shuttleworth's back. In every sense. This is the title of his current tour and it also refers to his latterday lumber problems that have been giving him a right bit of pain. It also, handily,... more
Theatre Review: The Upstart Crow, Gielgud Theatre, W1
I was anxious about this stage version of TV sitcom Upstart Crow about the comedic travails of William Shakespeare. When I interviewed writer Ben Elton earlier this year he talked about tackling... more
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