Jon Richardson: ‘My personal decline is much funnier than that of the country’

The comedian on supermarket petrol stations, working with his wife Lucy Beaumont and the comedy heroes he fell in love with in the 90sHow did you get into standup?Sadly, by leaving the town I grew up in [Lancaster] and my family. I hope things are diff…

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Jen Brister: The Optimist review – expertly calibrated crabbiness

Bloomsbury Theatre, LondonNo one rages against life and the world better than Brister, but the comic is too good to be confined by her furious personaHer touring show is called The Optimist, but fans can rest assured: it reflects no brightening of Jen …

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Jen Brister: The Optimist review – expertly calibrated crabbiness

Bloomsbury Theatre, LondonNo one rages against life and the world better than Brister, but the comic is too good to be confined by her furious personaHer touring show is called The Optimist, but fans can rest assured: it reflects no brightening of Jen …

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Robyn Reynolds: the 10 funniest things I have ever seen (on the internet)

The British comedian shares her favourite videos and memes, including an Italian nonna, Flight of the Conchords and an Instagram dedicated to bad dates in MelbourneGet our weekend culture and lifestyle emailI am Robyn! I’m a British comedian living in …

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Kelly Monteith obituary

American comedian whose influential BBC TV show mixed sitcom and standup material Kelly Monteith, who has died aged 80, was one of the first American standup comedians to get his own show on British television. Titled simply Kelly Monteith and running …

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Frankie McNair: Relax Your Knees review – silly, rediscovered

Soho theatre, London The sparkling Aussie brings their award-winning Melbourne comedy festival show to the UKWhen Frankie McNair started taking comedy seriously, they tell us, it got boring – so boring they almost quit. Only when the Canberra native re…

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Cally Beaton: ‘Connecting with people is the only skill I have. Luckily it’s a superpower’

The former TV executive on life lessons from Joan Rivers, paper-plane heckles and a ‘perfect day’ doing Live at the ApolloBefore becoming a full-time comedian, you were a high-profile TV exec and producer. Are there any transferable skills from this wo…

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Rhod Gilbert: ‘I think about my cancer 24/7. But there’s humour in there, definitely’

The Welsh standup used to direct his fury at service stations, baked potatoes and the tog-rating of duvets. Now he’s tackling anxiety, infertility – and his own battle with the cancer that stopped his tourA lot has changed since Rhod Gilbert began tour…

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Comedian Catherine Cohen: ‘Look, I find myself quite annoying, too’

The US comedy sensation is making up for lost time after Covid with a new show – still self-obsessed, but ‘a bit darker’ – and an opportunity for us to observe a quintessentially millennial comic grow up in publicAs long as there has been standup, comi…

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The best theatre, dance and comedy tickets to book for 2023

Danny Boyle’s Matrix-inspired spectacular opens in Manchester, Succession star Brian Cox returns to the stage and standups Maisie Adam, Guz Khan and Catherine Cohen are on tourMore from the 2023 culture preview Continue reading…

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