Jeremy Hardy: a ferocious talent who radicalised radio comedy

Provocative and political, the stand-up – who has died aged 57 – shook up Radio 4 at a time when it was in danger of resembling a Rotary Club quiz night Although generally excluded from lists of BBC Radio 4 shows of historic longevity, a series present…

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Ken Cheng review – fringe’s ‘funniest joke’ teller is a calculating comic

Vault festival, LondonIn Best Dad Ever, the ex-poker player and maths nerd has constructed a meticulous show of well-turned gagsKen Cheng was known as “the human calculator” at school, and quit university to become a professional poker player. No surpr…

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‘I absolutely freaked’: Benita Collings on Play School, ageing and the oddities of fame

Speaking ahead of the stage show Senior Moments, Collings talks about what it was like to be Australia’s TV mumIf you grew up with a TV in Australia, Benita Collings was very likely your on-screen mum.Benita (we were on a first name basis) was my most …

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Matt Forde: Brexit Through the Gift Shop review – headline punchlines

The Other Palace, LondonComedy’s rational surveyor of the political scene fires a centrist shot at easy targets from Boris Johnson to Jeremy CorbynThe left/right divide is no longer a useful guide to interpreting modern Britain, Matt Forde tells us in …

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Sarah Keyworth: ‘Funniest heckle? I once picked on a couple who were having an affair’

The standup and nanny on the things that make her laugh the mostSarah Keyworth and Catherine Bohart: the couple who mine their love-life for laughsSean McLoughlin is hands down the funniest standup I’ve ever seen. He makes me howl. Continue reading…

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Is this thing on? Robot comedians | Chips with Everything podcast

Jordan Erica Webber chats to roboticist Heather Knight about why she builds performing robots. What can cyborg cabaret and robot standups teach us about human-robot interaction?This week, Jordan Erica Webber chats to a computer scientist who programs r…

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Josh Glanc review – come and join the ringmaster of the ridiculous

Vault festival, LondonGlanc’s big-hearted, puppyish persona is hard to resist, especially if you’re in the front row at this lovably silly show ‘I like to rub myself down with a raw fish.” We’re in the far-out realms of – well, let’s call it cod-surrea…

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Josh Glanc review – come and join the ringmaster of the ridiculous

Vault festival, LondonGlanc’s big-hearted, puppyish persona is hard to resist, especially if you’re in the front row at this lovably silly show ‘I like to rub myself down with a raw fish.” We’re in the far-out realms of – well, let’s call it cod-surrea…

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Showstopper! The hit musical that’s made up every night

It started as a challenge from Ken Campbell in a squat but Showstopper! The Improvised Musical grew into a West End sensation. The pair behind it tell allAcross the road from Victoria Station is one of London’s longest-running musicals, Wicked. Walk fu…

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Hands off my anecdote! The couple who mine their love-life for laughs

When you and your partner are both standups, jokes are a competitive business. But are there any limits? Sarah Keyworth and Catherine Bohart reveal all“When something funny happens to us,” says standup Sarah Keyworth, “it’s almost a race to see who can…

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