Choose your favourite UK theatre show of 2020

Tell us about your standout show of the year – we’ll feature a selection of your favourites later this monthIt has been a tough year for theatre. But we are celebrating the shows that got us through 2020.Did you catch a play in between lockdowns? Did a…

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Robin Ince’s 24-hour carnival of comics, comets and the Cure

From Harry Hill to Helen Sharman, Ince’s Christmas mashup of comedy, science and music – Nine Lessons and Carols for Socially Distanced People – reached dizzy heightsIt’s Sunday morning, and Robin Ince is feeling dizzy after twentysomething hours of hi…

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John Sessions remembered by William Boyd

11 January 1953 – 2 November 2020The novelist recalls his friend, the actor and joyful comedian who suffered badly from stage fright and was too shy to publish his own storiesLynn Shelton remembered by Mark DuplassRead the Observer’s obituaries of 2020…

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Standups and sex workers unite: ‘I can joke about it because I’ve done it’

Carmen Ali and Siân Docksey are among the comedians who riff on their experiences as strippers. The pandemic has revealed both industries to be precarious – but they’re looking out for each otherWhat do standup comedy and stripping have in common? “I s…

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Petrichor review – cringingly funny web sitcom with a fantastic cast

Available online The Pin’s Alex Owen, Katy Wix and Lolly Adefope are among the cast in a superb series about a delusional wannabe auteurWhere there is sitcom, there is (usually) self-delusion: in the gap between self-image and reality, you’ll find Basi…

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Joel Dommett review – playground humour elevated to an art form

Available onlineThe I’m a Celebrity survivor and Masked Singer host makes irresistible use of his tabloid sex scandal in this fun setStandup doesn’t work on TV, they used to say. But now TV is more or less the only place you can see it, in ever-prolife…

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Elvis meets the Evil Dead as comedy rewinds to the VHS era

The cult show that splices Evil Dead II with Elvis Presley hits is now on video cassette as standups hark back to retro formatsThe movie was a sequel to one of the original video nasties, so what better format for a stage show that pays it tribute? Com…

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Ari Eldjárn: Pardon My Icelandic review – footie, Thor and Scandi noir

NetflixPuncturing his country’s national stereotypes stays just the right side of charming in Eldjárn’s twinkly routine‘First Icelandic standup on Netflix” may be as hollow a claim as “the most Nobel prize-winners in the world per capita” – a compatrio…

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Ari Eldjárn: Pardon My Icelandic review – footie, Thor and Scandi noir

NetflixPuncturing his country’s national stereotypes stays just the right side of charming in Eldjárn’s twinkly routine‘First Icelandic standup on Netflix” may be as hollow a claim as “the most Nobel prize-winners in the world per capita” – a compatrio…

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Laura Davis: the 10 funniest things I have ever seen (on the internet)

We asked Australian comedians to supply the stuff that makes them giggle online. Laura Davis may be in New Zealand, but she’s given us the goodsHello, I’m Laura Davis. I’m an Australian comedian who normally lives in London, but I’ve ended up unexpecte…

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