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Comedy Reviews

Loyiso Gola, Netflix review - South African muses on race, religion and friendship

Veronica Lee

Loyiso Gola, twice nominated for Emmy awards for his satire show Late Nite News, has been a big star in South Africa for some years now but this show should help cement his reputation abroad.

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Working From Home online review - Johnny Vegas and Jason Byrne in a strong line-up

Veronica Lee

Comedy promoters Just the Tonic have been keeping occupied during various lockdowns, and are continuing with livestreamed shows until comics can perform live in clubs and theatres again.

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Comedy podcasts round-up 4: plus a vodcast and some retro audio

Veronica Lee

Fawlty Towers: For the Record

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Chinese Arts Now Festival review - comedy of the diaspora

Veronica Lee

Chinese Arts Now was founded in 2005 and aims to produce and present work that explores Chinese themes, stories and art forms in the UK. Its annual festival includes a comedy night (presented in conjunction with Soho Theatre), and this year three comics of Chinese heritage – Evelyn Mok, Ken Cheng and Phil Wang – performed.

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Rachel Parris and Marcus Brigstocke's Tuesday Night Club review - daft and good-hearted

Veronica Lee

Lockdown has been mostly pants for live performers, comics included. There was that brief foray into open-air performances last summer, made even more fun by some lovely weather (although not always) – and I sincerely hope that promoters and comics will venture outdoors again this spring and summer.

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First Night Funnies, Leicester Comedy Festival review - uneven start to 2021's online gathering

Veronica Lee

The Leicester Comedy Festival, always great fun, was one of the last to be able to run fully in 2020, but this year it's not so lucky. Instead of several hundred events in and around Leicester, the 2021 iteration is an online-only version with many fewer shows of Zoom gigs and interviews.

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Comedy podcasts round-up 3: from home and abroad

Veronica Lee

There's something in the water, as no fewer than three comics are launching podcasts related to the one thing we can't do at the moment – travel. They're having a laugh, aren't they? Other offerings include escapist fun with superheroes, music collections and a spoof true-crime series.

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Alan Carr's Life's a Beach

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Back, Channel 4 review - return of sibling-rivalry comedy with Mitchell and Webb

Veronica Lee

It has taken three years for the second series of Back to reach our screens (a combination of the creator being busy, a star being unwell and Covid), but it was worth the wait. To recap for those who didn't see the first series of Simon Blackwell's very dark comedy (now on All4), it concerns Andrew (Robert Webb), who suddenly came back into the life of Stephen (David Mitchell), who is, he says, his long-l

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Comedy podcasts round-up 2: from home and abroad

Veronica Lee

We're still some way off being able to see live performances in actual clubs and theatres, but here are some more comedy podcasts to keep your laughter quotient healthy in the meanwhile.

Available on all podcast platforms unless stated.

 

Office Ladies

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Best of 2020: Comedy

Veronica Lee

What a year that was. Live performance was stopped dead in its tracks for most of 2020, and comedy – as viscerally live as you can get in dark and sweaty enclosed spaces above pubs or in club basements – was particularly hard hit. Never again, I suspect, will comedy fans complain about the privations of broom-cupboard venues at the Edinburgh Fringe.

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