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Comedy Reviews

Desiree Burch, Soho Theatre On Demand review - fantastical storytelling

Veronica Lee

You may have seen Desiree Burch, a Californian now living in London, on The Mash Report on BBC One.

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Jerry Seinfeld, Netflix review - not bad for a swansong

Veronica Lee

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.

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Aditi Mittal, Soho Theatre On Demand review - cows, mothers and fempowerment

Veronica Lee

“There are places in India where it's safer to be a cow than a woman” is a seemingly innocuous statement, but for Indian comic Aditi Mittal it was a dangerous one to make in a comedy show.

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Simon Amstell, Netflix review - wisdom and wisecracks

Veronica Lee

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 making existential angst funny?

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

Veronica Lee

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.” 

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Lazy Susan, Soho Theatre On Demand review - sketch duo's ingeniously plotted show

Veronica Lee

You may have seen Lazy Susan's excellent BBC pilot last year; now a series has been commissioned from Freya Parker and Celeste Dring so we can look forward to more sketches, surreal interludes and tiptop visual gags – as well as returning characters including Northern lasses Megan and Michaela, tottering on their heels to a night out where they “don't want any drama”.

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

Veronica Lee

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 Edinburgh Fringe), so her fans will be grateful for Joke Show...

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

Veronica Lee

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, offended the clerics in Iran, and was even the target of an assassination gang in London.

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

Veronica Lee

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 Festival, the first night of their UK tour was a starry curtain-raiser to the festival proper, which starts on Thursday.

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

Veronica Lee

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 foreskin”.

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