Reviews

There is stand-up comedy, there is theatre and then there is this different kind of phenomenon that seems to have emerged in recent years where people not connected to either genre pitch up onstage... more
I don't know how many times I've been to gigs at the Leicester Square Theatre but I know one thing. I haven't been to a gig as eagerly anticipated as Maria Bamford's first-ever London show*. There... more
Stewart Lee's latest show is to be filmed for DVD release and download and, according to his latest newsletter, also for BBC broadcast.No further information has been released by Lee at this stage... more
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

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