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Posts tagged with: comedy review

Stewart Lee: A Room With a Stew - a tongue-in-cheek comic on top of his game

Review: “No one is equipped to review me,” Stewart Lee declares near the beginning of this work-in-progress show, referring to the mu …

Sunday 23rd August 2015 @ 12:00 am

Edinburgh festival 2015 comedy - heckling iPods, improv ballads and feminist rap

Review: Daniel Kitson doesn’t do comedy any more. At least, so the former Perrier award winner tells an audience member who fondly recalls …

Sunday 16th August 2015 @ 12:00 am

Edinburgh festival 2015 comedy - Lolly Adefope, Aisling Bea and Joseph Morpurgo among the highlights

Review: One of the great joys of the Edinburgh fringe is the yearly reminder of what a broad church contemporary comedy is, with every imaginable …

Sunday 9th August 2015 @ 12:00 am

Kim Noble: You’re Not Alone - a dark and often troubling performance

Review: Among the many questions that hover over Kim Noble’s work is whether it should even be classified as comedy. There are no jokes, th …

Sunday 22nd February 2015 @ 12:00 am

Rising stars of 2015: comedian Jenny Bede

Review: When Jenny Bede was training in musical theatre at the Royal Academy of Music, her ambition was to make people cry. “The ultimate g …

Sunday 28th December 2014 @ 12:00 am

An Evening with Noel Fielding – enjoyable silliness

Review: “If it hadn’t been for [Julian] Barratt, I’d be wearing red dungarees now and working in B&Q,” remarks Noel F …

Sunday 23rd November 2014 @ 12:00 am

John Kearns review – too much shtick, too little substance

Review: John Kearns has enjoyed a startlingly rapid rise to prominence: he won the Foster’s best newcomer award last year at the Edinburgh …

Sunday 12th October 2014 @ 12:00 am

Edinburgh 2014 comedy – what you have to do for a laugh these days

Review: The concept of Instrumental, Vikki Stone's new show (Underbelly), seems challenging enough to begin with: Stone, a classically t …

Sunday 17th August 2014 @ 12:00 am

Edinburgh 2014 comedy – the funny thing about feminism

Review: "To be honest, I was hoping my feminist comedy show wouldn't be very successful so I could give up work and be supported by my husband," …

Sunday 10th August 2014 @ 12:00 am

Edinburgh festival 2014 comedy – from a young Mary Berry to liberal smugness

Review: "Who'd have thought the Scots would be so good at sport?" one promoter muttered darkly on the first day of the fringe, referring to the f …

Sunday 3rd August 2014 @ 12:00 am

Monty Python Live (Mostly) – Parrot fashion and no bad thing for that

Review: Our motto has been 'Always leave them wanting less','' Eric Idle joked in last week's press conference to launch Monty Python's series of …

Sunday 6th July 2014 @ 12:00 am

Adrienne Truscott's Asking for It – feminist standup with its pants down

Review: Here's a dilemma: if you're a feminist comedian delivering a blisteringly funny broadside against rape jokes and the culture of casual mi …

Sunday 8th June 2014 @ 12:00 am

Miranda Hart: My, What I Call Live Show – 'a triumph of old-school entertainment'

Review: Ilast saw Miranda Hart performing live standup at the Edinburgh fringe in 2004, before her Radio 4 show Miranda Hart's Joke Shop …

Sunday 16th March 2014 @ 12:00 am

Tim Key: Single White Slut – master of bathos

Review: Standup comedy is a broad church, but Tim Key's quirky, experimental and often oddly beautiful shows have been pushing the definition of …

Sunday 9th March 2014 @ 12:00 am

Miles Jupp is the Chap You're Thinking Of

Review: Miles Jupp may not be a household name yet – hence the title of his new show – but he is steadily establishing himself as a f …

Sunday 23rd February 2014 @ 12:00 am


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