Hari Kondabolu: ‘I’ve had death threats. I’ve unified a continent in hatred of me’

The comedian on his controversial documentary, giving white people the shivers on race, and why he’s bringing American-style standup to the UKComedian Hari Kondabolu, 36, was born in New York to Indian immigrant parents. He graduated in comparative pol…

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Jessie Cave: ‘I can’t remember jokes. It’s a problem socially … and in my career’

The standup, actor and cartoonist on the things that make her laugh the mostAlfie Brown in his show Scissor. He has a bit about falling in love that is very, very funny. Continue reading…

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Can Harry Hill teach kids to be funny?

The big-collared clown’s new touring show is a galloping riot of idiocy aimed at children – and they love it. Whether they learn anything is another matterComedy for kids is on the rise. Phil Ellis’s knockabout Funz and Gamez won an Edinburgh Comedy aw…

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Natalie Palamides: ‘I’ve had two perms. I regret neither. Fuzzy hair’s gr8’

The American standup, writer and 2017 Edinburgh best newcomer winner on the things that make her laugh the mostBrent Weinbach. I saw him in Los Angeles at the Upright Citizens Brigade in 2010 when I was doing a summer internship. He’s so absurd and fea…

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Natalie Palamides: ‘I’ve had two perms. I regret neither. Fuzzy hair’s gr8’

The American standup, writer and 2017 Edinburgh best newcomer winner on the things that make her laugh the mostBrent Weinbach. I saw him in Los Angeles at the Upright Citizens Brigade in 2010 when I was doing a summer internship. He’s so absurd and fea…

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Jerry Seinfeld announces four London dates in summer 2019

Superstar comic will give first UK performances in seven years at the Hammersmith ApolloJerry Seinfeld is to give four rare performances in London when he brings his standup show to the Hammersmith Apollo in summer 2019.Seinfeld will perform two shows …

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‘I felt a duty to speak up’: the female comic who opened for Louis CK

The standup continued his contentious comeback in Paris – presenting a dilemma for the woman asked to gig with himBeing asked to open for a famous comic is every struggling standup comedian’s dream. A chance to be seen, to get a foot in the door. But w…

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Lauren Pattison review – geordie comic’s peppy tales of triumph

Soho theatre, LondonIn her new show, Peachy, Pattison perkily traces her efforts to be young, free and single while coping with mental fragilityLauren Pattison’s first show was about a breakup. Her second – she tells us – celebrates the happiness she’s…

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Lauren Pattison review – geordie comic’s peppy tales of triumph

Soho theatre, LondonIn her new show, Peachy, Pattison perkily traces her efforts to be young, free and single while coping with mental fragilityLauren Pattison’s first show was about a breakup. Her second – she tells us – celebrates the happiness she’s…

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Mark Gatiss: ‘The League of Gentlemen was a premonition of Brexit’

After a turn on stage as George III, the co-founder of the League is returning to horror to recreate Dracula for TV. What he finds ‘frightening and debilitating’ now, though, is leaving the EUMark Gatiss is recalling an early memory, rocking back and f…

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