tue 20/10/2020

standup comedy

Live From the Grand Hall, BAC review - strong mixed bill to start autumn season

After a successful – and very welcome - summer season of gigs in its outdoor courtyard, Battersea Arts Centre has come indoors for its autumn season of comedy from the Grand Hall; it started with this strong mixed bill curated by the promoters Berk'...

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The Cheeky Chappie, The Warren Outdoors review - entertaining drama about risqué comic Max Miller

It’s fitting that there’s another run of Dave Simpson’s terrific play about Brighton’s favourite son, Max Miller (aka The Cheeky Chappie), at this delightful pop-up on the seafront he knew and loved so well.Jamie Kenna, who has been playing the role...

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Picnic at the Castle review - entertaining mixed bill

Of all the outdoor spaces being utilised to keep live performance going in this maddest of years, Warwick Castle is surely among the most striking. Its Picnic at the Castle series has the building as an imposing backdrop to events, the stage reached...

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Mixed bill, 21Soho review - opening of new club is cause for celebration

Comedy is all about timing, and the owners of the UK's newest comedy club should know. Just days after they obtained the final licences they needed to open, the national lockdown was announced in March. Now the brave souls are opening 21Soho at...

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The New Normal, Royal Victoria Patriotic Building review - strong mixed bill

We live in strange times, so it's appropriate that a socially distanced pop-up arts festival – of theatre, comedy, improv, music and magic – calls itself The New Normal. I went to the first comedy night of its August run, curated by Good Ship Comedy...

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Comedy in the Courtyard, BAC review - al fresco gags

After drive-ins, now come Covid-secure outdoor shows as the comedy industry tries to find its way back to normality. Battersea Arts Centre is utilising its hitherto unused courtyard for a season of outdoor comedy, during which Al Murray and Russell...

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Mark Watson's Carpool Comedy Club, Hever Castle review - mixed bill with gags and gourmet food

Drive-in comedy shows are now well into their groove (although sadly a couple of promoters have had to cut their losses because of poor sales at some venues), and distinct differences in approach to what's on offer have emerged. Clearly going for...

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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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