Pull the other one! Top 10 modern Christmas cracker jokes revealed

TV channel Gold announces the winners in a national competition for topical festive gags – can you do any better?What do Donald Trump, Santa and Olivia Colman have in common? No, it’s not a joke – but all three feature in the winning gags of a national…

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Suzi Ruffell review – smear tests, domestic bliss and ‘lesbian accoutrements’

Warwick Arts Centre A cool crowd warms to the standup’s animated stories, daft moves and disarming candour in Dance Like Everyone’s WatchingA standup needs several qualities in their locker, among which tenacity may be the least heralded. It’s a specta…

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Adam Kay review – lurid comedy, lyrical flair and blunt NHS humour

Bloomsbury theatre, LondonDoc-turned-comic Kay recalls Christmases spent in hospitals – with anecdotes about peanut butter, ill-used confectionery and a blast of Spandau Ballet‘Christmas comes but once a year – and if you work in the NHS, you’ll say: t…

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‘He just isn’t funny in real life’ – surely the nice couple can’t mean me? | Romesh Ranganathan

Being approached by people who like my work is a privilege, but not every interaction is positiveBeing on tour is my favourite thing to do. It is amazing to be able to play to people who have come on a night out to see you – immediately followed by the…

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Harry and Chris: ‘The funniest standup? An author reading a poem about bums’

World poetry slam champion Harry Baker and jazz musician Chris Read on the things that make them laugh the mostHarry: This National Poetry Day I performed alongside [poet] Paul Cookson, who at one point had a roomful of primary school children joining …

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Jim Jefferies review – filthy comic leaves a nasty stench

O2 Arena, LondonGlimpses of wit float to the surface in this sex-and-excrement bonanza … but are quickly flushed away by tedious misogynyTwo trips to the O2 in 10 days: two shows wallowing in faeces. Reader, the life of the comedy reviewer is not all g…

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‘They threw sausage rolls!’ Christmas gigs bring no cheer for standups

During the festive season, comedy clubs can be hijacked by drunk, obnoxious audiences. Dave Johns, Maff Brown and Jessica Fostekew recount their worst experiences‘We would sometimes bet to see how long a comic would last on stage. We amused ourselves b…

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Choose your favourite stage show of 2019

Tell us about your standout stage show of the year – we’ll feature a selection of your favourites later this monthWhat was your favourite theatre, comedy or dance show of the year? Please briefly explain why (250 words max) by filling in the form below…

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An Act of God review – the Almighty returns to Earth and she’s mad as hell

Vaults, LondonZoe Lyons is a pyjama-clad deity with wrath-management issues and a retinue of doubtful angels in David Javerbaum’s enjoyable comedyIt began as a Twitter account, which begat a book, which begat a Broadway show, in which God descended amo…

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Jack Dee: Off the Telly review – new targets, same old grump

Chequer Mead, East GrinsteadAttacks on Extinction Rebellion and smashed avacado keep Dee in default pissed-off mode, but there are a few inspired momentsJack Dee speaks out of a diagonal mouth: one corner where you’d expect it to be, the other tugged d…

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