Hari Kondabolu: ‘My mother once made a tandoori Cornish game hen for Thanksgiving’

The American standup, writer and podcaster on the things that make him laugh the mostDave Chappelle is the funniest standup in the world. He’s gotten really buff in recent years, but still has the same-sized head. His head makes me laugh. Continue read…

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Hari Kondabolu review – standup’s bid to step out of Apu’s shadow

Soho theatre, London In his new show, American Hour, the comedian delivers barbed routines on race, religion and culture wars‘I don’t want to be a cartoon martyr,” says Hari Kondabolu, who received death threats after his TV documentary The Problem wit…

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Sofie Hagen and Scottee: ‘Fat should be something you flaunt’

The comedian and her artist-activist friend have teamed up for Hamburger Queen, a beauty pageant that celebrates fatnessA few months ago, I went to see a show and when I got to my seat, I sat down. Or rather, I tried to sit down. I realised quite quick…

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Billy Connolly retiring from standup? He practically invented it

The Big Yin mastered the art of funny – there was barely such a thing as standup comedy in the UK when he graduated from Glasgow’s shipyard to the stageIt was news we saw coming, but that barely diminishes the sadness of hearing that Billy Connolly’s l…

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Billy Connolly announces retirement from live performance

Comedian also rejects suggestions that Parkinson’s disease has ‘dulled’ his brainBilly Connolly has announced that after a half-century career in standup, music, film and television he is retiring from live performing.The news came in an interview wher…

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Anuvab Pal: ‘The funniest heckle I’ve ever had? “Change the topic”’

The standup, screenwriter, novelist and Radio 4 regular on what makes him laugh the mostAli G trying to sell venture capitalists the business idea for an ice-cream glove: a glove you wear only when you want to eat ice-cream. Continue reading…

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What happens when a man performs a woman’s drag show about consent?

Natalie Palamides’ bravura piece about machismo, Nate, is now being performed by its male director, Dr Brown“How many of you here haven’t seen Natalie do this show?” A surprising number of hands are raised – which might explain the laughter arrhythmia …

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Wanda Sykes on why she had to quit Roseanne – but still has empathy for its star

When Roseanne Barr wrote a racist tweet, the comedian walked off the show – and 90 minutes later it was cancelled. She talks about the furore, coming out and being booed by Trump fansThe last time Wanda Sykes was booed was four days after Donald Trump …

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Susan Calman: ‘When was I happiest? Dancing with Kevin Clifton on Strictly’

The comedian and writer on her fear of flying, Adrian Mole and sniffing her cats’ pawsBorn in Glasgow, Susan Calman, 44, was a lawyer before becoming a standup in 2006. She was in the Channel 4 sketch show, Blowout, which won a Scottish Bafta in 2007, …

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