Jerry Seinfeld review – multimillionaire with a masterly common touch

Hammersmith Apollo, LondonNow in his mid-60s, the comedian is still delivering beautifully honed, brilliantly timed observations on everyday life‘I feel like a blacksmith up here sometimes,” says Jerry Seinfeld in a routine addressing 21st-century comm…

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The comedians are ready and so are the crowds … but where are the Edinburgh critics?

The world’s biggest arts festival has no shortage of talent, but it could suffer this year from a lack of media coverageThe Edinburgh festival does not look as if it is in crisis. When tens of thousands of visitors pour into the Scottish capital in Aug…

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Comedians’ guide to Edinburgh: where to eat, drink, swim and snog

Sofie Hagen, Phil Wang, Nish Kumar and others reveal their favourite festival spots, from Portobello Beach to the middle of the Royal MileMy girlfriend did a show in Ciao Roma and ever since the owner has treated her like his child. When we walk in, it…

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What Seinfeld can teach us about science

From micro pigs to the doping dangers of a poppy seed bagel, how life may be imitating the US sitcomWhen Jerry Seinfeld starts his UK tour, listen out for a science joke. From early on in his TV career, the comedian poked fun at science. In his 1981 HB…

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‘Stormzy inspired me’: Mo Gilligan, the selfie comic turned chatshow star

His viral videos earned him a sell-out tour and a new late night TV show – can the character comedian become the Instagram era’s Chris Evans?Two years ago, Mo Gilligan was selling jeans in the Levi’s store in Covent Garden. This month, he’s fronting – …

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TV channel Dave is new Edinburgh comedy awards sponsor

Awards, with three categories including £10,000 prize for best comedy show, will be known as DavesThe television channel Dave is to follow fizzy water, finance, lager and online travel as the sponsor of the Edinburgh comedy awards.The announcement was …

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The sardonic joy of the Black Country, where no one is spared a ribbing

The region has long been a national punchline. Funny, then, that it’s where you’ll find some of the country’s sharpest witsIf ever, on a weekend, I get the train out of London and up through the countryside, I watch the buildings turn from stained crea…

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‘Frankly, it’s ridiculous!’ Fleabag super-producer Francesca Moody

She unleashed Phoebe Waller-Bridge on the Edinburgh fringe. The former actor with the Midas touch tells us her recipe for a hit show‘We had wine. It was late.” Producer Francesca Moody shrugs as if that combination is where all genius lies. Six years a…

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Sophie Duker: ‘The funniest thing that shouldn’t be funny? Dogs licking lemons’

The actor, writer and standup on the things that make her laugh the mostIt changes constantly, but she’s always a she. Josie Long singing baby songs. Suzi Ruffell doing a bit on doctors. Desiree Burch on dating dicks. Continue reading…

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Katherine Ryan: ‘Men are like dolphins – best enjoyed on holiday!’

The queen of the caustic punchline talks about plastic surgery, embarrassing her daughter – and turning her life as a single mum into a sitcomKatherine Ryan is busily scrolling through a neighbourhood Facebook group when we meet. “Someone’s dog attacke…

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