Nina Conti: The Dating Show review – joy and chaos with the magical matchmaker

Palace theatre, SouthendAided by audience volunteers, the fleet-footed comic balances several difficult tricks at the same time before a finale set in an erotic fire stationIs there an act anywhere in comedy as machine-tooled to make us laugh as Nina C…

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Michael Spicer review – online satirist delivers his greatest hits

Old Market, Hove The YouTuber drily responds to some chucklesome internet footage, and plays the part of a frustrated political adviser, in onstage re-enactments of his best clipsAs a rule, I like my live shows to have some element of liveness about th…

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Megan Stalter review – a true star turn from the super-silly comic

Soho theatre, LondonAs a wannabe stage and screen queen in the spotlight, the American comedian brings to life her character’s unquenchable thirst for attention‘You guys are a horrible audience!” Like Patti Harrison at this address a few weeks ago, or …

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String v Spitta review – children’s entertainers do battle

Soho theatre, LondonThis odd-couple double act of east London MC and toffee-nosed children’s entertainer are great fun for adultsThe world of children’s entertainment has provided a rich seam for comedians: see Justin Edwards’ alcoholic clown Jeremy Li…

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On my radar: Bridget Christie’s cultural highlights

The comedian on Jon Ronson’s take on the culture wars, an app for menopausal women, and a life-affirming book about deathBorn in Gloucester in 1971, comedian Bridget Christie’s debut BBC Radio 4 series, Bridget Christie Minds the Gap, was first broadca…

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‘People think my videos are real!’: meet Megan Stalter, the new queen of online cringe comedy

Pinpoint parodies of ‘weird church ladies and soccer moms’ made the Ohio comic famous during the pandemic – even if progressives mistake her for the real thingMegan Stalter put a video online recently of a churchgoer from the US midwest distressed to b…

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Grammy awards: controversial comedians Dave Chappelle and Louis CK receive nominations

The prominent critics of ‘cancel culture’ received nominations for best spoken word album and best comedy album, respectivelyControversial comedians Dave Chappelle and Louis CK, who have both forcefully decried so-called “cancel culture”, have received…

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Luisa Omielan: God Is a Woman review – faith, feminism and family

Komedia, BrightonThe comic’s swaggering take on religion is ebullient before a handbrake-turn brings emotional candour tooLuisa Omielan’s last show, Politics for Bitches, ostensibly about public affairs, devolved into a personal tale of her mother’s de…

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New organisation launched to tackle sexual harassment in live comedy

Get Off! was set up by Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Nina Gilligan in order to create safer workplaces within little-regulated industryAn organisation has been established to tackle sexual harassment in the UK comedy industry. Get Off! Live Comedy was laun…

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Rob Brydon review – croons and lampoons from the affable uncle of showbiz

London PalladiumThe clubbable comic casts himself as master of ceremonies in a self-effacing musical story of his life – with celeb mimicry‘I’ve done so many strange things in my career,” says Rob Brydon – not the least of which is journeying from the …

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