Sacha Dhawan to star as a standup in Nikesh Shukla’s lockdown drama

Yash Gill’s Power Half Hour, directed by Milli Bhatia, is among a new batch of Virtual Collaborators films released this weekWith comedy clubs closed by the coronavirus lockdown, many standups have been experimenting with streaming their performances o…

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Edinburgh’s August festivals cancelled due to coronavirus

Fringe joins international, book and art festivals and military tattoo in pulling plugEdinburgh absence will be felt throughout arts worldCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEdinburgh’s five August festivals, which were due to w…

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Woody Allen memoir shelved by publisher after immediate protests

Earlier this week, Grand Central Publishing surprised the world by announcing a new memoir from Woody Allen that would come out in April. On Tuesday, Allen’s estranged son, Ronan Farrow, announced he’d cut ties with the publishing group, wh…

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Jon Culshaw to play Bill Bryson in Notes from a Small Island adaptation

Dead Ringers impressionist takes lead role in stage version of bestselling book on British identityThe impressionist Jon Culshaw is to play Bill Bryson in a new stage adaptation of Notes from a Small Island, the Iowa-born author’s bestselling book abou…

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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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March of the Lemmings by Stewart Lee review – making Brexit funny

Entertainment and abusive despair … the comedian and columnist dissects his own work in this merciless look at the past three yearsThe American magazine writer EB White once declared: “Humour can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the…

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Jenny Slate: ‘For every bit of garbage Trump spews, I’ll write something beautiful’

The standup comedian is used to writing for public performance, but her remarkable book Little Weirds was written as private consolationJenny Slate is sitting in the middle of a storm. She’s safe inside, somewhere on a Massachusetts peninsula, and it’s…

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Boulevard theatre, London’s new Soho venue, announces first shows

State-of-the-art West End theatre opens its doors with a season including plays by Cormac McCarthy and Lucy PrebbleA “novel in dramatic form” by Cormac McCarthy, a revival of Lucy Prebble’s The Effect and dramas directed by Kathy Burke and Yaël Farber …

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Ben Elton’s return to standup: ‘I’m as scared as I get’

Back on tour for the first time in 15 years, the trailblazing comedian has some scores to settle. How can he be a sellout, he asks, if he was never radical to begin with?They say you shouldn’t meet your heroes – but my inner 13-year-old would never for…

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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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