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Dom Joly / Daniel Sloss, Brent Cross reviews - UK's first drive-in comedy shows

It was a weary and frustrated Dom Joly (★★) who left the stage after performing the first drive-in comedy show in the UK. Sadly it had been, as he said earlier, “the first car crash at a drive-in”.In the inauspicious surroundings of the car park at...

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Lockdown Comedy 2: where to get your laughs this week

Daniel KitsonDaniel Kitson, in a rare and welcome move, has released his 2009 Edinburgh Fringe show, The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church, in a version he has edited.Various times, 18-22 Maydanielkitson.comCambridge Footlights Stand-up...

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Jerry Seinfeld, Netflix review - not bad for a swansong

Jerry Seinfeld said in a recent interview that this Netflix special – 23 Hours to Kill – may be his last stand-up show. That's a shame, as there's much to enjoy here, even if he is retreading some old ground.Much of this material he performed during...

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Lockdown Comedy 1: where to get your laughs this week

It looks like live comedy will be impossible for a while yet, but there are lots of things going on to keep us entertained. This is just some content available this week.Katherine Ryan's Telling Everybody EverythingKatherine Ryan's podcast has...

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Simon Amstell, Netflix review - wisdom and wisecracks

Who knew in the early days of his career, when Simon Amstell was taking the mick out of celebrities on Popworld and then Never Mind the Buzzcocks, that he would turn into one of the cleverest comics of his generation, with a special talent for...

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Rachel Fairburn, Go Faster Stripe review - smart and subtle gags

Rachel Fairburn says she didn't know what to wear for the gig. She's dressed in an all-black ensemble; hotpants, animal-print boots and a feather bolero jacket. “I've come as a mistress at a funeral.” It's a doozy of an opener to Her Majesty...

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Michelle Wolf: Joke Show, Netflix review - edgy and original material

Michelle Wolf, best known to UK audiences as the comic who upset Donald Trump with some smart barbs aimed at his staff at the 2018 White House Correspondents' Dinner, has done some occasional dates this side of the pond (plus a run at the 2016...

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Mister Winner, BBC2 review - gentle comedy about one of life's losers

Spencer Jones, a clownish stand-up, has been responsible for some the cheeriest, daftest and most heart-warming shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, where he has twice been nominated in Dave's Edinburgh Comedy Awards (ECA). Others may know him from his...

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Shappi Khorsandi, Soho Theatre On Demand - enjoyable run-through of her career

Shappi Khorsandi's latest show, Skittish Warrior – Confessions of Club Comic, is an enjoyable look back at the stand-up's 20 years in the comedy business. She starts by taking us back to when she was child refugee; her father, a poet and satirist,...

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Feel Good, Channel 4 and Netflix review - a fresh, bingeable comedy that digs deep but feels mild

“I am not intense.” That declaration arrives early in Feel Good, the new Channel 4 and Netflix romantic comedy fronted by comedian Mae Martin, who plays a fictionalised version of herself. Over Mae’s shoulder, we see a literal trash fire. She’s lit...

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Steve Martin and Martin Short, SSE Hydro Glasgow review - old friends bring a touch of vaudeville

Steve Martin and Martin Short first met in 1986 on the set of The Three Amigos (in which they co-starred with Chevy Chase), became fast friends and have since worked on a few projects together. In what was quite a coup for the Glasgow Comedy...

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Tom Rosenthal, The Hawth, Crawley review - circumcision made funny

There's nothing you can't joke about, say all stand-up comics, but Tom Rosenthal has entered new territory with Manhood – a riveting and often raucously funny show about his circumcision. He is here, he says,  “to avenge the theft of my...

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