Reviews

There is hope for stand-up hacks everywhere. In Jerry Before Seinfeld we get to see the earliest 1970s routines of superstar Jerry Seinfeld. And guess what. He is tackling the same... more
The problem about making more than one episode available to view online before a series has aired is that idiots like me might not watch the show in the right order. That's why I posted a review of... more
Is Taskmaster the best show on Dave? It certainly seems to be the most talked about among my comedy-fan friends. And perhaps that’s not surprising given the calibre of guests it attracts. This fifth... more
What’s that saying about “keep a diary and one day it will keep you”? When comedian Adam Kay was a junior doctor he used to write down his thoughts at the end of some very long days. Following a... more
At 32 James Acaster does seem a trifle young to be writing his autobiography – not that that has stopped various footballers, pop stars and deluded reality TV stars – but he has found a neat way here... more
Spencer Jones is certainly having a busy 2017. He has picked up a last-minute.com Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination for his latest Fringe show and has filmed three sitcoms. He was in last week’s Tim... more
This year’s final of the English Comedian of the Year proved one thing. You don’t actually have to be English to be eligible, but maybe it helps. It also helps, of course, if you are funny, and the... more
There were plenty of young turks at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, but it was good to see that there were some, how shall we put this, more mature performers reminding us that form is temporary,... more
I had a heated debate with a colleague earlier this week about Natalie Palamides’ lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer-nominated show Laid. Is it a show about pro-choice? Is it a sex... more
2017 could go down at the lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Award’s year of the nutters. There have been nominations for oddball loon Spencer Brown and parrot-faced Elf Lyons in the Best Show category... more

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