sun 15/09/2019

Comedy Reviews

Daliso Chaponda, Touring review - uneven but entertaining

Veronica Lee

You may have seen Daliso Chaponda on Britain's Got Talent last year. He came third but, as he says, he was delighted as it brought him to a wider audience after working in comedy for 15 years – and made possible his first UK tour What the African Said

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Score review - breathless dash through music and film

David Kettle

The crucial yet almost indefinable role of music in film – it’s a subject ripe for exploration and celebration, from the musicological technicalities of leitmotifs and ostinatos, through to the colourful characters working to bring directors’ sometimes vague musical notions to sonic reality. All of which gets raced through in this jam-packed documentary by first-time director Matt Schrader, a...

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Simon Evans, Soho Theatre review - intellect examined

Veronica Lee

Simon Evans, at 52, is far too young to be a grumpy old man, but he’s doing his best to prepare for the role, with this amusingly dyspeptic standup show at Soho Theatre about the ageing process, and how the evolutionary model appears to be moving backwards.

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Craig Hill, Glasgow International Comedy Festival review - sweary and filthy fun

Veronica Lee

The Glasgow International Comedy Festival kicked off with a performance by one of its most popular performers, Craig Hill, a comic far better known in his native Scotland than south of the border. That may be because his shtick relies so much on knowing the ins and outs of Scottish social classification – anyone from Fife, Paisley or Aberdeen was fair game for insults here, but non-Scots may be none the wiser.

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Fern Brady, Soho Theatre review - opinions with raw edge

Veronica Lee

Fern Brady is a young Scot with plenty of provocative opinions – on politics, society and relationships – with a delivery that can only be described as dry as a desert. It means that some pieces of information – as well as a few gags – take some time to pass through the “Is she joking?” filter. 

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Rose Matafeo, Soho Theatre review - sassy and she knows it

Veronica Lee

New Zealand comic Rose Matafeo is a fan of romcoms and has decided she is destined to appear in one at some point in her career.

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Hannah Gadsby, Soho Theatre review - misogyny explored

Veronica Lee

Hannah Gadsby was awarded best show (jointly with John Robins) at the 2017 Edinburgh Comedy Awards for Nanette, which had already been given the equally prestigious Barry award at last year's Melbourne Comedy Festival.

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Andrew Maxwell, Soho Theatre - insightful political comedy

Veronica Lee

“I don't want to talk about Donald Trump,” Andrew Maxwell tells us as he comes on stage at the beginning of Showtime, because no matter what comics make up about the US President, he then goes and does something more weirdly comic, more comically weird, than they could ever invent.

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Chris Rock, SSE Wembley Arena review - energetic and fast-moving performance

Veronica Lee

Chris Rock, another fine alumnus of the comedy factory known as Saturday Night Live, rarely comes to these shores, so his short arena tour was welcome.

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Leicester Comedy Festival Gala Preview Show - going from strength to strength

Veronica Lee

In the early 1990s, a group of students at Leicester Polytechnic (now De Montfort University) staged an end-of-year comedy project. Three of them – Claire Walker, Abi Palmer and Geoff Rowe – developed the idea into what in 1994 became the first Leicester Comedy Festival; Walker and Palmer have gone on to other great things in the arts and Rowe remained as the festival's director.

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