Sweat, tears and terrible gigs: why heavy metal is just like standup

Ed Gamble reflects on his lifelong love for the genre: it’s baffling, it’s noisy, but – like comedy – it’s a welcoming communityMy name is Ed Gamble, and I love heavy metal. I say it loud, and I say it proud. Ideally, I would scream it from the top of …

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How have you been affected by the cancellation of the Edinburgh festivals?

If you were planning on performing or attending the festivals, we’d like to hear from youThe cancellation of this year’s Edinburgh festivals, including the world-famous fringe, will be felt far and wide. This year, the August festivals were due to welc…

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Now I’m Fine review – candid gem mixes standup and mesmerising music

Available onlineAhamefule J Oluo’s 2014 show about having an autoimmune disease is a moving hybrid of comedy, theatre and jazzSince venues closed their doors because of the coronavirus, a wealth of online theatre has emerged and the industry is finding…

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Edinburgh’s August festivals cancelled due to coronavirus

Fringe joins international, book and art festivals and military tattoo in pulling plugEdinburgh absence will be felt throughout arts worldCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEdinburgh’s five August festivals, which were due to w…

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Laughing in the face of lockdown: comedy videos to raise your spirits

Self-isolating comedians are working from home to bring a little light relief to the nation. Here’s a roundup of some of the funniestWarning: contains strong language• See all our coronavirus coverage• Coronavirus and culture – a list of major cancella…

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Stay at Home festival review – Mark Gatiss’s dystopia flashbacks kick off comedy series

The Sherlock star joined Robin Ince and Josie Long’s daily online broadcast to self-isolated comedy fans – and the results were rallying‘Stay apart – and keep connecting,” is the mantra of Robin Ince’s new Stay at Home festival, a daily online broadcas…

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‘Comedy is my way of making sense of life’: the comics standing up for mental health

As the series Comedy Against Living Miserably launches, two comedians explain how their jobs affect their emotional wellbeing – and how they hope to help their audiences“Every time you get depressed, comedy will be there to drag your ass out of it,” sa…

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From standup to the Sistine chapel: the best online culture for self-isolation

The coronavirus crisis has closed galleries and concert halls – but inspired an explosion of creativity to enjoy at home. Here’s some of the best The best theatre and dance to watch onlineThe best classical music onlineGreat livestreamed gigs to watch …

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Vicki Pepperdine: ‘I farted quite loudly as I reported my mother’s death’

The comedian, actor and writer on the things that make her laugh the mostJulia Davis. We make each other roar while recording our podcast Dear Joan and Jericha. Then we have to edit it all out. Continue reading…

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Imagine all the standups: Gal Gadot video mocked by comics

Actor’s earnest re-creation of John Lennon classic draws satirical response from all-star lineup of comics fronted by Joe Lycett In times of crisis a celebrity viral video can unite us either through joy or ridicule. Judi Dench’s cheery message to keep…

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