Tag Archives: Comedy

The man who had too much of everything

Talent being at the top of the list. From my Times review of a weighty new account of the rise and fall of the genius that was Robin Williams: The warning signs were there that moment in the 1970s when … Continue reading

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Menopausal madness

The grumpy old women are back on the road, and Dillie Keane is back in the line-up. My Times review: The franchise is well into late middle age now — 13 years have passed since Jenny Eclair and friends first … Continue reading

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Comedy masterclass

Quite an evening. My review of Bill Burr’s show in Bristol: Sometimes there is a fine line between being a world-class stand-up and one of those taxi drivers who won’t stop ranting into the rear-view mirror. Part of the joy … Continue reading

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Deconstructing the protest song

Having fun with right-on slogans. My review [£] of comedy duo Jonny & the Baptists: Jonny Donahue and Paddy Gervers are an eccentric double act. One is short and stout, the other tall and slim, much like a bargain-basement, Labour-leaning … Continue reading

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Ronnie Corbett RIP

“One’s a trade union leader, the other’s a member of the Cabinet…” I thought Ronnie Barker wrote the script, but I was getting it mixed up with another classic, “Four Candles”  The Mastermind spoof is actually the work of David … Continue reading

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Have you heard the one about the Muslim comedian?

Not a night to remember. My review [£] of Shazia Mirza’s show at Soho Theatre: She seems to want to have it both ways. When Shazia Mirza complains about being treated as a token brown face in an industry dominated by … Continue reading

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Old but topical

Came across this oh so timely political joke in an article about one of my favourite 60s comedy shows, “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In”. “The Republicans have a good chance this year, but they’ll probably spoil it by nominating somebody.”

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