Danny Baker review – heroic good cheer and banging anecdotes

Tyne theatre, NewcastleThe broadcaster and writer’s second live show is a warm storm of rollicking tales about musicians and his familyYou could ask the question of any comedy show: how much is truth and how much is performative topspin? It’s particula…

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Twitter’s ‘PC brigade’ aren’t killing comedy – they’re shining a light on bigotry | Jack Bernhardt

The BBC comedy chief says social media is stopping comedy from testing boundaries. Has he seen Fleabag and Derry Girls?Great leaps forward in comedy happen by asking the big questions. What if you created a show that unapologetically showed the horror …

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Mo Amer, refugee comedian: ‘If you’re angry, you can’t fulfil your dreams’

The Palestinian-US standup on British airports, his Netflix special The Vagabond and what he has in common with comic pals Guz Khan and Dave ChappelleThere’s an auspicious precedent for Houston comedians trying their luck in the UK: when Bill Hicks did…

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Jeremy Hardy: a ferocious talent who radicalised radio comedy

Provocative and political, the stand-up – who has died aged 57 – shook up Radio 4 at a time when it was in danger of resembling a Rotary Club quiz night Although generally excluded from lists of BBC Radio 4 shows of historic longevity, a series present…

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Jeremy Hardy: a ferocious talent who radicalised radio comedy

Provocative and political, the stand-up – who has died aged 57 – shook up Radio 4 at a time when it was in danger of resembling a Rotary Club quiz night Although generally excluded from lists of BBC Radio 4 shows of historic longevity, a series present…

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Standup comedian’s husband drops defamation case

Award-winning comic Louise Reay faced lawsuit for using personal material in her showThe estranged husband of an award-winning comedian who was suing her for defamation over material in her standup show has dropped the case.Thomas Reay was also suing L…

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Dave Gorman review – nitpicking fury of a PowerPoint maestro

Royal Festival Hall, LondonThe comic is on solid form as he deploys graphs, data and ruthless over-thinking to rage against life’s tiny detailsChurnalism, fraudulent daytime TV, the idiocies of social media – these are the targets of Dave Gorman’s peev…

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Dave Gorman review – nitpicking fury of a PowerPoint maestro

Royal Festival Hall, LondonThe comic is on solid form as he deploys graphs, data and ruthless over-thinking to rage against life’s tiny detailsChurnalism, fraudulent daytime TV, the idiocies of social media – these are the targets of Dave Gorman’s peev…

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Dave Gorman review – nitpicking fury of a PowerPoint maestro

Royal Festival Hall, LondonThe comic is on solid form as he deploys graphs, data and ruthless over-thinking to rage against life’s tiny detailsChurnalism, fraudulent daytime TV, the idiocies of social media – these are the targets of Dave Gorman’s peev…

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Dave Chappelle and Jon Stewart review – sharp satire at America’s expense

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The world-renowned pair team up with comics Mo Amer and Michelle Wolf to tackle Trump, the opioid crisis and gun violence in a night which delivers big laughs

Plenty of comics critique Donald Trump. Few until now have been greeted with cries of “Run for president!”. Such is the stature of tonight’s American headliners, Dave Chappelle and – the president-not-quite-elect in question – Jon Stewart. I’m not sure this level of reverence is ideal for comedy. But – give or take a self-mythologising moment, most of them in the post-show Q&A – Chappelle and Stewart keep it at arm’s length, delivering strong sets about the state of their nation, with peppy support from compatriots Mo Amer and Michelle Wolf.

There certainly is a statesmanlike quality to Stewart’s 40 minutes, which prove he’s got standup chops while staying resolutely on left-liberal message. It’s textbook stuff, starting with jokes about how he looks (“Jews age like avocados”) then broaching one by one the racism, sexism and gun violence that exercise his Daily Show fanbase. Some jokes are old hat, such as the one about Leviticus, homophobia and shellfish, or the one about Obama’s un-American name. (Stewart argues persuasively that Obama’s, not Trump’s, was the anomalous presidency in US history.) Some are neatly done, like the switchback that makes a mockery of the safeguards around buying firearms.

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