Tim Renkow: ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide made me crash my wheelchair into a ditch’

The American actor, writer, comedian and standup on the things that make him laugh the mostDave Chappelle: For What It’s Worth. I mean that’s not the real answer for a comedian. For a comedian, the funniest standup you can see is always going to be wat…

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Middle Eastern stand-ups: ‘People assume we only do terrorist jokes’

Tired of racism on the comedy scene, Jenan Younis started her own night Weapons of Mass Hilarity – where gags about body hair and Farsi aboundEvery comedian expects rejection when they’re starting out. But an email mix-up convinced Jenan Younis that he…

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Middle Eastern stand-ups: ‘People assume we only do terrorist jokes’

Tired of racism on the comedy scene, Jenan Younis started her own night Weapons of Mass Hilarity – where gags about body hair and Farsi aboundEvery comedian expects rejection when they’re starting out. But an email mix-up convinced Jenan Younis that he…

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Jackie Mason: compellingly blunt joke-teller who was part of standup history

Though in later years he fell from fashion, his rabbinical style in early routines felt very much like live comedy’s native tongueIf Jackie Mason could speak to us now, he’d surely be reporting back on the amusing ways in which Jews do the afterlife. B…

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Jackie Mason: compellingly blunt joke-teller who was part of standup history

Though in later years he fell from fashion, his rabbinical style in early routines felt very much like live comedy’s native tongueIf Jackie Mason could speak to us now, he’d surely be reporting back on the amusing ways in which Jews do the afterlife. B…

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Ania Magliano: ‘Anyone described as a bit of a character is insufferable’

The comedian, writer and standup on the things that make her laugh the mostSam Campbell’s show The Trough was the most chaotic fun I’ve ever had. I got to be an audience plant for a few nights during the Edinburgh fringe, and even after seeing it five …

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Brighton Comedy Garden review – David O’Doherty brings the fireworks

Preston Park, BrightonLou Sanders, Ed Gamble and John Robins cracked jokes for an acres-wide crowd, with O’Doherty’s delightful stream of consciousness the highlightSave for incapacitating injury or actual death, you don’t cancel a gig: that was always…

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Brighton Comedy Garden review – David O’Doherty brings the fireworks

Preston Park, BrightonLou Sanders, Ed Gamble and John Robins cracked jokes for an acres-wide crowd, with O’Doherty’s delightful stream of consciousness the highlightSave for incapacitating injury or actual death, you don’t cancel a gig: that was always…

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Flora Anderson: ‘The funniest person I know? Whoever I’m on a date with’

The actor, comedian, writer and standup on the things that make her laugh the mostMitch Hedberg or Bernie Mac. Neither live, or alive, sadly. Related: The Guide: Staying In – sign up for our home entertainment tips Continue reading…

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Tom Cashman: the 10 funniest things I have ever seen (on the internet)

The comedian may have stretched this column’s numerical boundaries, but he makes up for it in forensic detailBefore I share my “funny things”, there are some distinctions I’d like to made. I’ve split my “funny things” into categories, and the distincti…

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