General Secretary review – satire of world politics misses its targets

Available onlineNot sure what you would do if you were given absolute power? Unfortunately, nor do the duo Thick’n’Fast in this lightweight fantasyWe may all, under lockdown, have fallen prey to feelings of powerlessness. In reaction, Georgie Thomas an…

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Poppy Hillstead: ‘My mum made me dress as a dog for non-school uniform day’

The illustrator, animator, actor and podcaster on the things that make her laugh the mostI love Vic and Bob’s MasterChef sketch where Vic is this horrific, grey, lightbulb-headed, levitating Loyd Grossman. There are so many weird details in it and it’s…

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Poppy Hillstead: ‘My mum made me dress as a dog for non-school uniform day’

The illustrator, animator, actor and podcaster on the things that make her laugh the mostI love Vic and Bob’s MasterChef sketch where Vic is this horrific, grey, lightbulb-headed, levitating Loyd Grossman. There are so many weird details in it and it’s…

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All white on the night: the perennial problem with TV panel shows

The format should give comic talents a time to shine. So why don’t our flagship shows reflect the diversity of comedy in 2021?Panel shows have been a pillar of British comedy for decades. The News Quiz began in 1977 and Have I Got News for You in 1990,…

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Athena Kugblenu: ‘The more you get cancelled, the more immune you are to it’

The standup comedian’s new Radio 4 series picks through the minefield of cancel culture – and offers up a few mea culpas“If real life was like social media, it would look like The Good Place,” says standup Athena Kugblenu, referring to the sitcom about…

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Beware the actoplasm! Spoof thespian Nicholas Craig returns

The mock classical actor created by Nigel Planer and Christopher Douglas scaled the heights at the RSC and the ‘Nash’. Now, he’s ready for a comebackIf you’ve ever marvelled at an actor “truthpumping”, “perf-quaking” or spraying their “actoplasm” acros…

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Katherine Parkinson: ‘I dreamed I was riding a dog – it was quite beautiful’

The Bafta award-winning comedy actor and The IT Crowd star on the things that make her laugh the mostI remember years ago meeting Peter Kay at the Edinburgh festival. He gave me a free ticket to his show, and I went along and could not breathe for laug…

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April Fools Gay: witty pranksters of comedy run riot

Simon David plays the frenzied host for a jolly hour of frivolity as an array of comics showcase the joys of mischiefFor this April Fools’ Day, comedian Simon David has become the April Fools Gay. That is, he dresses up in a baby blue onesie and jester…

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April Fools Gay: witty pranksters of comedy run riot

Simon David plays the frenzied host for a jolly hour of frivolity as an array of comics showcase the joys of mischiefFor this April Fools’ Day, comedian Simon David has become the April Fools Gay. That is, he dresses up in a baby blue onesie and jester…

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‘Rehab made me grateful to be alive’: Margaret Cho on sobriety, solitude and Stop Asian Hate

One of the world’s most outrageous comedians, Cho is leading the battle to end racism against Asian-Americans. She discusses hatred, hope and how humour saved her life● Warning: this article contains discussion of suicide from the startThe thing about …

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