Man Like Mobeen’s Guz Khan: ‘As a child of immigrants, I can’t help but be politicised’

The Man Like Mobeen star on his political aspirations, infiltrating Hollywood and reacting to ChristchurchFormer teacher Guz Khan is recalling the time he legged it out of an A-level class. He had organised an interview about his fictional character Mo…

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Mo Amer and Guz Khan review – hip-hop and hummus in a double dose of funny

Leicester Square theatre, LondonNetflix’s Vagabond star teams up with Man Like Mobeen’s Khan to headline a mischievous night of smart gagsWhen the US standup Mo Amer first toured the UK, it was on the Muslim comedy bill Allah Made Me. There are echoes …

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Charlotte Ritchie: ‘Telling people your dreams just can’t be allowed, it’s too boring’

The actor, singer-songwriter and Fresh Meat star on the things that make her laugh the mostSpecifically, Billy Connolly on scaring his sister in the corridor; even more specifically, the way he runs around mapping said corridor. Continue reading…

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Harriet Kemsley review – ebullient comic slams slut-shaming

Soho theatre, LondonKemsley packs in high-calibre jokes in a tour through the gendered politics of promiscuityIn Nanette, Hannah Gadsby refused to pretend her personal pain was funny – and threw down a gauntlet to the comedy world. But there’s life yet…

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Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story review – tender Frank Sidebottom tribute

This documentary about Sievey’s wacky comic creation makes a good case for bestowing posthumous national treasure statusIt’s appropriate that this absorbing, tender documentary has been driven by a surge of fan loyalty and love. A grassroots Kickstarte…

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Andy Zaltzman can’t fix Brexit but he can make you laugh

The comedian’s new show offers audiences ‘bespoke on-demand gags’ but reinforces the idea that satire is impotent In Richard Holloway’s book Waiting for the Last Bus – it’s about dying – he peers into the existential abyss. “The experiment of being was…

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Stevie Martin: hello can be the hardest word in comedy

I wanted to write my first solo act but had no idea where to start. So I came up with 30 openings – and included them allIt was a dark and stormy night. It is a truth universally acknowledged. Hello, I’m beginning this article now …Simon Sinek, author …

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Gina Yashere: ‘Tell you a joke? No – people pay for that’

The comedian on America, wanting to be invisible and working as a lift engineerBorn in London, Yashere, 44, worked as a lift engineer before becoming a standup in the mid-90s. She appeared on The Lenny Henry Show and Mock The Week, and went on to win b…

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Ken Cheng: ‘Someone once muttered ‘Chinese’ through my whole show’

The professional poker player and standup comic on the things that make him laugh the mostThe Two Ronnies’ Mastermind “answering the question before” sketch. A perfect execution of the idea. Continue reading…

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Comic Strip’s riotous Soho club reborn as state-of-the-art theatre

New Boulevard theatre aims to awaken area’s rebel spirit in the building that hosted Eddie Izzard and Rik Mayall in the 80sA tiny new state-of-the-art theatre seeking to capture the “rebellious” spirit of London’s Soho is to open in the building where …

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