Matt Richardson: ‘The funniest dream? To have a steady income from comedy’

The standup, radio DJ and TV presenter on the things that make him laugh the mostJason Byrne at Latitude festival in 2011: he had the audience in the palm of his hand. He was walking the line between a comedy gig and a riot. Continue reading…

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From first love to unfollowing – culture that sums up romance in 2020

A book redefining marriage, a riotous show about dating, the secret meanings of breakup songs and a sex show to put your back out … ahead of Valentine’s Day, our critics pick works that sum up passion in our turbulent timesFrom Adam and Eve in the book…

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John-Luke Roberts: master of nonsense rails against comedy blandness

The oddball standup delivers deliciously terrible, wonderful jokes as he leads the charge for alternatives to the mainstreamWhen John-Luke Roberts scored an Edinburgh fringe success with the absurdly titled All I Wanna Do Is [FX: GUNSHOTS] With a [FX: …

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John-Luke Roberts: master of nonsense rails against comedy blandness

The oddball standup delivers deliciously terrible, wonderful jokes as he leads the charge for alternatives to the mainstreamWhen John-Luke Roberts scored an Edinburgh fringe success with the absurdly titled All I Wanna Do Is [FX: GUNSHOTS] With a [FX: …

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David Baddiel – Trolls: Not the Dolls review – standup surveys the online cesspit

Royal Shakespeare theatre, Stratford-upon-AvonThe comedian leads us from weird to wonderful to ‘the absolute worst of humanity’ in his new show about social mediaTwitter has curdled public discourse, says David Baddiel; it has normalised angry and extr…

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Maisie Adams: ‘The funniest word? Fiscal, it sounds proper saucy’

The standup, writer, and actor on the things that make her laugh the mostI’m obsessed with This Country. All the relationships are completely dysfunctional yet there’s a real warmth to the whole thing. There’s not one weak episode. Continue reading……

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Nigel Ng review – primetime culture-clash comedy

Soho theatre, LondonThe Malaysian standup is strongest when he delivers adroit gags about Asian versus British stereotypes, from dogs to food allergiesAsians do this and Brits do that. That’s the territory of Malaysian comic Nigel Ng’s maiden hour, whi…

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Howay the laughs! Is there a Geordie sense of humour?

We’re brutal, awkward, daft and surreal, say the rising stars of Tyneside’s booming comedy scene. Our writer braces herself for a gag-heavy night on the toonAnyone who’s had a night out in Newcastle knows it’s friendly, fun and feels as if anything cou…

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Njambi McGrath: ‘The funniest number? 3, it looks like a bird’s-eye view of a bum’

The Kenya-born UK comedian and author on the things that make her laugh the mostJim Jefferies does a brilliant routine about Americans’ right to bear arms, and the ridiculousness of arguments of self-protection. Continue reading…

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Vault festival 2020: all of the latest reviews

Keep track of the shows at the sprawling arts extravaganza beneath Waterloo Station in London. This page will be updated throughout the festivalUntil 16 FebruaryIt’s party time at this show about what it means to be queer in the Caribbean. Based on int…

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