Reviews

Nish Kumar
Pleasance****I don’t know what Nish Kumar has been putting in his tea over the last year but it seems to have done the trick. The London-based comic has always been funny but this year he has gone up... more
Greg McNair
Traverse***I thought I’d limber up for this year’s standup onslaught in Edinburgh by going to see a play about stand up at the Traverse. Donald Robertson Is Not A Stand Up Comedian, by Gary McNair,... more
Anthony Jeselnik
If you aren't partial to baby-killing jokes told by someone who looks like an extra from Grease then it is probably best to give Anthony Jeselnik a miss. The Pittsburgh-born comedian starts his gig... more
James Acaster
The thing about Latitude is that it is impossible to see everything. There is always something you miss because you are having such a good time somewhere else. The festival is also a bit of a victim... more
Mark Watson
Having expected Simon Amstell to be the closing act on Saturday it felt like a bonus that Mark Watson ended proceedings in the Comedy Tent. Watson is a bit of a comedy legend, what with his erudite... more
Pappys
I’m starting to wonder if Pappy’s will ever be able to get their onstage magic to transfer to the small screen. The second series of Badults seemed to slip by relatively unnoticed on Twitter. I’m not... more
Simon Amstell
This picture on the left shows how close I got to the stage when Simon Amstell was on. Yes, that’s him. The dot on the screen in the distance. It’s one of the annual problems of Latitude that the... more
Dara O'Briain
Headline acts at Latitude usually do abridged versions of a current show or an imminent show. Dara Ó Briain was a particularly appealing star attraction on the festival’s opening night because... more
Kyle Kinane
Kyle Kinane comes to the Soho Theatre bearing plaudits from America and his recent acclaimed appearance at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. He is supposed to be a cut above the usual slick US comedy... more
Brendon Burns
It’s wryly amusing that early on in Brendon Burns’ latest show he has a pop at the notion of comedians’ comedians and Stewart Lee – “he invented the pause”. Because Burns is a bit of a comedians’... more

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