sun 21/04/2019

Comedy Reviews

Craig Hill, Glasgow International Comedy Festival review - sweary and filthy fun

Veronica Lee

The Glasgow International Comedy Festival kicked off with a performance by one of its most popular performers, Craig Hill, a comic far better known in his native Scotland than south of the border. That may be because his shtick relies so much on knowing the ins and outs of Scottish social classification – anyone from Fife, Paisley or Aberdeen was fair game for insults here, but non-Scots may be none the wiser.

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Fern Brady, Soho Theatre review - opinions with raw edge

Veronica Lee

Fern Brady is a young Scot with plenty of provocative opinions – on politics, society and relationships – with a delivery that can only be described as dry as a desert. It means that some pieces of information – as well as a few gags – take some time to pass through the “Is she joking?” filter. 

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Rose Matafeo, Soho Theatre review - sassy and she knows it

Veronica Lee

New Zealand comic Rose Matafeo is a fan of romcoms and has decided she is destined to appear in one at some point in her career.

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Hannah Gadsby, Soho Theatre review - misogyny explored

Veronica Lee

Hannah Gadsby was awarded best show (jointly with John Robins) at the 2017 Edinburgh Comedy Awards for Nanette, which had already been given the equally prestigious Barry award at last year's Melbourne Comedy Festival.

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Andrew Maxwell, Soho Theatre - insightful political comedy

Veronica Lee

“I don't want to talk about Donald Trump,” Andrew Maxwell tells us as he comes on stage at the beginning of Showtime, because no matter what comics make up about the US President, he then goes and does something more weirdly comic, more comically weird, than they could ever invent.

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Chris Rock, SSE Wembley Arena review - energetic and fast-moving performance

Veronica Lee

Chris Rock, another fine alumnus of the comedy factory known as Saturday Night Live, rarely comes to these shores, so his short arena tour was welcome.

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Leicester Comedy Festival Gala Preview Show - going from strength to strength

Veronica Lee

In the early 1990s, a group of students at Leicester Polytechnic (now De Montfort University) staged an end-of-year comedy project. Three of them – Claire Walker, Abi Palmer and Geoff Rowe – developed the idea into what in 1994 became the first Leicester Comedy Festival; Walker and Palmer have gone on to other great things in the arts and Rowe remained as the festival's director.

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Margaret Cho, Hen & Chickens Bristol review - sex and drugs, no holds barred

Veronica Lee

Margaret Cho takes no prisoners: if you don’t like good honest filth or feel uncomfortable around matters of feminism, sex and race, then this Korean-American comic is not for you.

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The Elvis Dead, Soho Theatre review - schlock horror told through Elvis songs

Veronica Lee

A fair few Edinburgh Fringe shows are just that – things that work perfectly in the “let's do the show right here” spirit that permeates the festival, in a tiny (and often grotty) venue that adds hugely to the vibe. That's all well and good during August, of course, but come later in the year when a show moves beyond the festival confines it can lose much of its spark.

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Natalie Palamides, Soho Theatre review - delightful and disturbing show about motherhood

Veronica Lee

It's not often the publicity material for a comedy show has a health advisory attached.

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