BGT standup sensation Nabil Abdulrashid: ‘There’s so many people to annoy!’

His routines about race, identity and a black Winston Churchill clocked 3,000 complaints. As he looks forward to touring again, the standup explains why he won’t be toning things down Watch Nabil Abdulrashid’s audition for Britain’s Got Talent from las…

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Improv your lockdown: the comedian delivering laughs and life hacks

Pippa Evans, star of improvised musical Showstopper!, has written a self-help book based on her stage experiences. ‘Yes … and?’ asks our comedy criticDid you ever think: I wish my life was more like Whose Line Is It Anyway? It’s not, I suspect, the fir…

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Odd couple: can a leftie comic teach a Tory baroness standup?

She used to chair the Conservatives. He used to perform in his underpants. Could Nick Helm turn Sayeeda Warsi into a comedian?A Tory baroness and a leftwing comedian walk into a bar. As setups for a punchline go, it sounds fairly promising. But on day …

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Garth Marenghi: how the Edinburgh award winner found his Darkplace

Our series exploring the stage origins of hit comedies continues with the cult hospital horror show that scared up audiences to become a fringe sensationGarth Marenghi, serious horror writer and self-described “master of the macabre”, was born in 1950 …

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‘People think it’s some weird rite of passage’: standing up to sexual harassment in comedy

Live comedy’s lack of regulation has enabled sexist and predatory behaviour but a group of female standups have ambitious plans to overhaul the industryIrish comedian Ruth Hunter started standup in 2015. She immediately noticed “everyday sexism” – male…

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After Hours with Margaret Cho review – say it with sexual adventure

OnlineCho’s live-streamed Valentine’s Day sex advice workshop encompassed BDSM, bestiality and the fun that can be had with ‘pervertible’ household objectsValentine’s Day is a celebration of love and romance, I’d thought, with a bit of commerce thrown …

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After Hours with Margaret Cho review – say it with sexual adventure

OnlineCho’s live-streamed Valentine’s Day sex advice workshop encompassed BDSM, bestiality and the fun that can be had with ‘pervertible’ household objectsValentine’s Day is a celebration of love and romance, I’d thought, with a bit of commerce thrown …

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Comedians Telling Erotic Stories review – first snogs, orgies and a come-on from Boris

OnlineRachel Fairburn’s showcase aroused funny bones, if not G-spots, with Shappi Khorsandi, Lou Sanders and Will DugganIf ever there was a time for comedians to diversify their skills, it’s as we enter a second year of closed theatres. Rachel Fairburn…

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Comedians Telling Erotic Stories review – first snogs, orgies and a come-on from Boris

OnlineRachel Fairburn’s showcase aroused funny bones, if not G-spots, with Shappi Khorsandi, Lou Sanders and Will DugganIf ever there was a time for comedians to diversify their skills, it’s as we enter a second year of closed theatres. Rachel Fairburn…

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They move in mysterious ways: the delirious thrill of Figs in Wigs

The identically dressed quintet combines dance, comedy and DIY electro-punk in a world they have created for themselvesHow to describe the joy of watching people dancing in unison? Anthropologists talk about synchronous activities leading to a sense of…

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