Mischief Movie Night In review – make a musical with the masters of impro

Available onlineSofa-bound audiences help the team behind The Play That Goes Wrong to create spontaneous and funny stories on screenThey cornered the West End comedy market. They made it on TV. Now Mischief Theatre is coming for your streaming devices,…

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Mischief Movie Night In review – make a musical with the masters of impro

Available onlineSofa-bound audiences help the team behind The Play That Goes Wrong to create spontaneous and funny stories on screenThey cornered the West End comedy market. They made it on TV. Now Mischief Theatre is coming for your streaming devices,…

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Right on: does standup comedy have a leftwing bias?

The idea that the artform skews left is widespread, but the prevalence of comedians punching down suggests otherwise“Three-quarters of BBC comedians are liberals,” scream the headlines; or “New BBC boss targets ‘leftwing’ comedy shows.” In the ongoing …

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‘It gets to you’: trans comedians on transphobia and cancel culture

While ‘cancelled’ comedians continue to succeed after making transphobic jokes, their trans peers are still finding it an often unwelcome industryA month before the transgender comedian Jaye McBride was supposed to appear at a festival, she got a phone…

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‘It was like Avengers Assemble!’ Standups unite for sitcom to save comedy club

When venues were closed by the pandemic, James Acaster, Maria Bamford and other top comics got to work on a web series to rescue The Bill Murray in LondonIt sounds like the premise for a sitcom – and now it is. The Bill Murray in north London, home to …

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Radio 4 standups zoom through angst from all angles

The BBC’s new comedy series brings together half-hour sets from Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Imran Yusuf and Joz Norris Netflix, Amazon Prime … Radio 4? It’s not just global content platforms carving up the standup market. Radio 4 has broadcast sets in recen…

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Abnormally Funny People review – cabaret of comics with disabilities

Southbank Centre onlineThis Zoom gig of eyecatching diversity closed the Unlimited festival and felt like a family gathering with its affectionate mutual mockery‘‘Disabled entertainment,” jokes comedian Steve Day, “is a dog-eat-dog world.” He does some…

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Chris Rock: Total Blackout review – confessional comic cuts loose

Netflix The standup is back with an extended version of his 2018 special Tamborine that better captures the spirit of a live gigWhat persistent itch, I wonder, persuaded Chris Rock to revisit his 2018 special Tamborine, re-edit it, and release an exten…

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‘It’s everything I wanted’: how standups swapped the fringe for Twitch

There has been a huge comedy boom on the gaming platform, enabling acts such as Bilal Zafar to gain creative control and reach new audiencesA Bonjela-addicted football manager berates his pixelated players. A CEO builds a cat-milk empire. A cannon fire…

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A Run for Hope: Eddie Izzard’s marathon is a physical feat with a comedy treat

Available onlineOn top of running a marathon – while doubling as a chatshow host – every day this month, the comedian is reprising old favouritesEddie Izzard’s last comedy gigs were her swansong, she told us – because politics beckoned. Since then, she…

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