Flo & Joan: ‘I had a recurring nightmare Marilyn Manson would chase me on a horse’

The British musical comedy sisters on the things that make them laugh the mostNicola Dempsey: Our friend Al trod on a bird at a bird sanctuary. Continue reading…

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Carol Channing, star of Hello, Dolly! on Broadway, dies aged 97

Celebrated for her performances in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Hello, Dolly! Channing also earned an Oscar nomination for Thoroughly Modern MillieCarol Channing, the American actor who originated the roles of Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes an…

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Wanda Sykes review – tough anti-Trump tirade is a potent tonic

Union Chapel, LondonLife still holds surprises for a woman of 54, including the US presidency, and Sykes plays them for everything they’ve gotThe first half hour of Wanda Sykes’ maiden London gig is the biggest-hitting anti-Trump tirade I’ve heard yet …

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Olga Koch: ‘Funniest meal? An omelette that tasted a whole lot like bull testicles’

The Russian-born standup on the things that make her laugh the mostAhir Shah. I wonder if he’s ever going to see this? Hi, Ahir! You’re very good! Continue reading…

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Keep review – want a list of every single thing in Daniel Kitson’s house?

Battersea Arts Centre, LondonThe storyteller sets out to list all 20,000 of his possessions in a show that misfires despite some delightful apercus‘I have a house with lots of things in it,” says Daniel Kitson, “and this is a show about those things.” …

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Sindhu Vee: Sandhog review – marriage as a battle of wits

Soho theatre, LondonThe standup’s debut show insightfully dissects the travails of long-term commitment and the tsunami of having childrenSindhu Vee has a more interesting hinterland than most debut standups. She’s an ex-banker, has been married for 20…

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Sindhu Vee: ‘The funniest word? Discombobulated is a contender’

The standup and former banker on the things that make her laugh the mostWhen I was a kid I could not get enough of the Carol Burnett Show and it’s still one of the things I watch on YouTube all the time. Continue reading…

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Decadence and dystopia: the unmissable theatre, dance and comedy of 2019

Blanchett and Hiddleston get sexual, there are chills in a Glasgow tower block, Matthew Bourne takes on the star-crossed lovers, plus Catherine Tate, Tim Minchin and Ben Elton return to the road Continue reading…

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A new start: Phil Wang on how a coffee grinder with 12 settings changed his life

The standup bought himself the appliance to escape the yoke of big bean and find grownup enlightenment. All he learned was that he doesn’t like the stuffI bought myself a coffee grinder in 2018 so I could grind beans at home, thus finalising my transit…

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A new start: Suzi Ruffell on growing up dyslexic and discovering the joy of writing

School was a daily struggle for the standup. Now that she can write on her own terms, doing so serves as a release from lifeAt school, I feared English. My teacher, Mr Griffiths, was great, but my essays and coursework never lived up to much. I am not …

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