Twitter’s ‘PC brigade’ aren’t killing comedy – they’re shining a light on bigotry | Jack Bernhardt

The BBC comedy chief says social media is stopping comedy from testing boundaries. Has he seen Fleabag and Derry Girls?Great leaps forward in comedy happen by asking the big questions. What if you created a show that unapologetically showed the horror …

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Ian Cognito obituary

Provocative standup who never appeared on television, but was a much loved figure on the comedy circuitThe charismatic and iconoclastic comedian Ian Cognito, who has died aged 60, was a critically acclaimed and much loved figure on the British circuit …

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Comedians pay tribute to Ian Cognito after standup dies on stage

Jimmy Carr and Katy Brand among those to pay public respect to ‘fearless’ comic who fell suddenly ill during Bicester gigTributes have been paid to the anarchic comedian Ian Cognito, who died on stage during a gig on Thursday night. The cult standup wa…

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Stevie Martin: ‘I cry laughing when Victoria Wood upskirts herself’

The writer, actor, standup and Massive Dad member on the things that make her laugh the mostLazy Susan are brilliant, John Kearns is sublime and I will always love anything Adam Riches does on a stage. Continue reading…

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Abracadabra: London show puts magic props under the spotlight

Tommy Cooper’s fez and Paul Daniels’ saw-in-half box part of display at Wellcome Collection Tommy Cooper’s fez, a gorilla mask used by Derren Brown and a wooden box and saw that Paul Daniels used to saw Debbie McGee in half have gone on display at a mu…

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Demetri Martin: ‘My funniest meal? A tie between the ones that have almost killed me’

The American comedian, actor and musician on the things that make him laugh the mostMonty Python’s Argument Sketch is hard to beat. Continue reading…

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Aziz Ansari: Road to Nowhere review – combative set hits raw nerves

Hammersmith Apollo, LondonThe US standup tackles morality, racism, R Kelly and Michael Jackson in a barbed satirical showMuch has changed for Aziz Ansari since his last UK tour. The US comic’s previous gigs at this address showcased a slick, suited-and…

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Luisa Omielan: ‘I want my standup shows to be like Dirty Dancing’

Combining TED talk and party, the comic’s gigs challenge sexism and body-shaming. Now she’s riffing on Mary Magdalene, singing Cher to Richard Curtis – and hoping viewers watch again and againLuisa Omielan is fuming. When I arrive to meet the 36-year-o…

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How my deafness made me a comedian | Anna Morris

As I’m deaf in one ear, I have always had to watch people extra closely – the perfect preparation for character comedyWhen I was little, my sister Kate used to play the recorder really loudly down my deaf ear as a party trick for her friends. I liked t…

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‘Anyone else would have kicked him out’: celebrity flatmates reveal all

Stealing clothes, sharing a bed, cereal for dinner… from Shaun Ryder and Bez to the boys from Busted, former housemates remember their first houseshareShaun Ryder and his Happy Mondays bandmate Bez first lived together in Salford, Greater Manchester,…

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