The Comeback: the farce with James Corden, Catherine Tate and Stephen Fry on board

Comedy duo The Pin have livened up lockdown with their Zoom send-ups. Now their end-of-the-pier stage debut is being hailed as ‘the cure for theatre’. Is that why so many stars are lining up to get involved?If you’d placed a bet on which comedians woul…

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‘He was a radical’: John Belushi remembered by his wife and fellow comics

The gruesome decline and drugs-related death of the comedy icon has overshadowed his legacy, says his widow Judy, who welcomes a new film showing him as a sensitive star full of doubtsCan you disentangle the life of John Belushi from his tragic death? …

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‘Tis the season for solo pantos: Cinderella and co are going it alone

From Polly Lister playing a dozen characters in Scarborough’s Snow Queen to Tom Binns’s solitary Buttons, one is fun for 2020’s pantomimes‘The length of each act should be the length of a child’s bladder,” Polly Lister laughs. “You never want it to spi…

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Tim Minchin review – bittersweet musings from comedy’s Mr Marmite

Live stream from Sydney, available onlineIf the performer gets in the way of himself and his impressive lyrical skills, the best of him still shines through in a fine setReactions to Tim Minchin have always been extreme: you either find him brilliant, …

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Tim Minchin review – bittersweet musings from comedy’s Mr Marmite

Live stream from Sydney, available onlineIf the performer gets in the way of himself and his impressive lyrical skills, the best of him still shines through in a fine setReactions to Tim Minchin have always been extreme: you either find him brilliant, …

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Panto in a pandemic: honks not hisses and an unprecedented cow

This season, pantomimes are shifting from the theatre to drive-ins and online. Two shows will still make a song and dance about itIain Lauchlan has been putting on panto in Coventry for almost 30 years. Whenever he starts rehearsals, the writer, direct…

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Panto in a pandemic: honks not hisses and an unprecedented cow

This season, pantomimes are shifting from the theatre to drive-ins and online. Two shows will still make a song and dance about itIain Lauchlan has been putting on panto in Coventry for almost 30 years. Whenever he starts rehearsals, the writer, direct…

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Bill Bailey: ‘Strictly’s been extraordinary! I’ve even surprised myself’

The comic has dazzled viewers with his dancing skills. He explains how he has used lockdown to learn exotic musical instruments, how the arts are being devastated by the pandemic, and why we’re all sick of ‘jackanape’ politiciansBill Bailey is not sitt…

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Bill Bailey: ‘Strictly’s been extraordinary! I’ve even surprised myself’

The comic has dazzled viewers with his dancing skills. He explains how he has used lockdown to learn exotic musical instruments, how the arts are being devastated by the pandemic, and why we’re all sick of ‘jackanape’ politiciansBill Bailey is not sitt…

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Kevin Hart: Zero F**ks Given review – fighting talk with a glass jaw

NetflixThe US standup has his say on celebrity culture and Covid, but not the Oscars row, and ends up buffering his own ego in a new special‘It’s my fucking household, I’m not holding back!” That’s the conceit of Kevin Hart’s latest special, filmed che…

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