Reviews

Pippa Evans is part of the improvisation night Showstoppers, but she also moonlights with a showstopper of her own in the form of Loretta Maine, a country rock chanteuse who is vocally a little bit... more
Loretta Maine started life as a tiny part of comedian Pippa Evans' repertoire but has now blossomed into a full blown comedy monster. The kohl-eyed Maine is a Country and Western crooner who when not... more
The docucomedy genre is part of the comedy landscape these days. If Dave Gorman pioneered it with shows such as A Better World, Are You Dave Gorman? and Googlewhack Adventure the format has spread... more
Will Franken
A friend saw something I'd written about Will Franken being silly and fun and asked me if his show would be suitable for a 16-year-old's birthday night out with friends. It was a tricky call.... more
noel fielding
How do you review a gig that features nearly twenty acts in a few paragraphs? It is not easy, but if you have busy, busy lives here is my short review of Russell Brand's Wembley fundraiser that... more
Simon Munnery
Comedy on film is clearly all the rage. In the same week that The Comedy Store launched its Raw & Uncut shows in the UK's cinemas, Simon Munnery opened his latest show at the Leicester Square... more
Jamie Kilstein
It can't be easy being a political comedian in America these days. No sooner do you open your mouth than the critics are measuring you against Bill Hicks. Jamie Kilstein must be getting used to this... more
Sean Hughes
The bobbies on the beat might be getting younger but you can tell that the comedians are getting older by the number doing shows about mid-life crises and their ailing parents. Mark Thomas' Bravo... more
Ardal O'Hanlon
Sometimes fate steps in to make a story more topical after it has been published. That is the case with this Ardal O'Hanlon review which appeared in the Evening Standard last week. You can read the... more
Sarah Silverman
A version of this review of Sarah Silverman below first appeared in the Evening Standard. You can read the original review here. I wanted to add a new introduction because Silverman is so uniquely... more

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