‘Standup was a weapon to him’: Ian Cognito, the comedian who died on stage – literally

Three years ago, the caustic comic had a fatal aortic dissection mid-show. Now a new documentary about the self-proclaimed ‘most banned act in Britain’ reveals a saga of booze and outrageWhen Ian Cognito walked on stage in Bicester, Oxfordshire, on 11 …

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‘Horror and comedy were a saving grace’: facing her anger gave Elf Lyons the last laugh

Scary movies can exorcise the audience’s own demons but silliness can also help you process rage, says the comedian“Stop being hysterical!” “You are over-reacting!” “Put that watermelon down!” If I had a pound for every time I’d heard one of these rebu…

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Adam Sandler to star in Netflix comedy “You Are SO Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah!”

Adam Sandler is teaming up with his Uncut Gems co-star Idina Menzel and Saturday Night Live’s Sarah Sherman for a… MORE
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The Balance review – film about Muslim entertainers treads a fine line

The rise of an Islamic arts industry is celebrated by its screen, music and comedy stars, but the view rarely strays beyond a western perspectiveIn this survey of the expanding Islamic entertainment industry, The Balance presumably refers to the line f…

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John Waters: False Negative review – the sultan of sleaze at the Barbican

Barbican, LondonThe veteran film-maker is on fine form in this motor-mouthed show, which mixes slick anecdotes with gleeful transgressionCommon as it now is for well-loved figures to bring their life stories, gossip and opinions to the touring stage, o…

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Chris Rock in a hard place: will he make comedy gold out of Will Smith’s slap?

As his hotly anticipated tour arrives in the UK, audiences are wondering whether Rock will share some freshly minted material on the Oscars bust-upMight “the slap” – when Will Smith walloped Chris Rock at the Oscars ceremony – have been a publicity stu…

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The official trailer for Adam Sandler’s “Hustle” is here

Since 2015, Netflix has more or less been Adam Sandler’s go-to platform when it comes to films (and even a… MORE
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Gilbert Gottfried, comedian and actor, dies aged 67

The standup comic, also known for voicing Iago in Disney’s animated Aladdin, has died after a long illnessComedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried has died at the age of 67.His family announced his death after a long illness via his Twitter page. Gottfried…

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‘Chris Rock did the brave, smart, toughest thing’: comics on that Oscars slap

Four seasoned standups, all with the comic’s dread of hosting awards shows, on what to do when a gig goes very wrong – and how they might have reactedIt was the slap that was heard around the internet – Will Smith’s outraged stage invasion at the Oscar…

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Seth Rogen is joining the cast of Aziz Ansari’s directorial debut film

A few weeks ago, it was announced that Aziz Ansari was making his directorial debut with a new film that… MORE
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