Julian Clary: ‘I was terribly good at heterosexual sex … I mastered it’

The comedian has spent more than 30 years outraging and educating straight audiences. He recalls his early fame, the infamous Norman Lamont gag – and his brief stab at heterosexualityIn a secluded room in the Guardian offices, Julian Clary is letting m…

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Bianca del Rio review – startlingly mean drag star loves to hate

Wembley Arena, London Though the timing is spot-on, the comedian’s outrageous swipes at every sexuality, race and even disability descend to cliche as their wickedness exceeds their wit It’s a big night for Bianca del Rio, breakout star of RuPaul’s Dra…

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London Hughes: ‘There are no black female household names in the UK, bar Naomi Campbell’

From Lizzo to Prince Charles to race and the British standup circuit, the rising comic lets rip London Hughes is the talk of the town. Every town. At this year’s Edinburgh festival fringe, her sold-out, roof-raising show To Catch a Dick narrowly missed…

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Jen Brister: ‘My mother-in-law once served us chicken pie and custard’

The standup, author and actor on the things that make her laugh the mostHas to be Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. I read it on holiday with a mate and laughed so hard I annoyed her to the point that she chucked it in the bin. Continue reading…

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Romesh Ranganathan review – entertaining grouchiness from TV’s Mr Ubiquitous

Royal Concert Hall, NottinghamIf the domesticity subject matter is well-worn, the Crawley comic’s vivacity keeps it freshYou know your career has taken off when you become – as Romesh Ranganathan has – other comedians’ byword for ubiquity. The Crawley …

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All hail Tina Fey: the funniest comic of the 21st century

From skewering Sarah Palin to handing us Liz Lemon on 30 Rock, here are 10 of the SNL legend’s most hilarious moments The 50 best comediansA nice girl with an anarchic bent and a tongue as sharp as a boning knife, Tina Fey has dominated sketch comedy (…

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The 50 best comedians of the 21st century

From apocalyptic standup Frankie Boyle to the many hilarious faces of Tina Fey, Steve Coogan, Sharon Horgan and Kristen Wiig, we present the funniest comics of the eraOur No 1 comedian’s funniest momentsMore of the best Theatre | TV | Dance | Film | Al…

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‘75% of the audience get it!’ How Count Arthur Strong conquered comedy

As the dyspeptic old-school entertainer embarks on a tour, his creator Steve Delaney reflects on dedicating his life to one characterComedy has its careerists: thrusting tyros zeroing in on the fame, the TV gigs, the movie roles. But there are other, m…

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Frankie Boyle review – scorched-earth standup serves up a self-interrogation

King’s theatre, GlasgowOn his first home tour for a decade, Boyle tempered bad-taste gags by trying to decide whether his trademark humour has any worth in extreme timesAustralian standup Hannah Gadsby’s 2017 show Nanette bagged a clutch of awards, too…

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Sofie Hagen: The Bumswing review – a tricksy trip into a slippery comic mind

Soho theatre, LondonThe standup riffs on the oddness of memory in a show that takes in Danish queens, Welsh sex breaks and a late gutpunchSofie Hagen’s last three shows – including her award-winning debut Bubblewrap – mined personal trauma for comedy. …

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