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Comedy Reviews

Matt Forde: The Political Party review - topical stand-up and chat

Veronica Lee

Nowadays, the jokes almost write themselves. As each new revelation of the Bacchanalia at 10 Downing Street appears (with much more to come, no doubt), political comics like Matt Forde must rub their hands with glee.

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Nish Kumar, Soho Theatre review - how a bad gig turned into a terrific show

Veronica Lee

Nish Kumar comes on stage raring to go, and delivers 15 minutes of terrific political comedy that expertly skewers the Government and this country's leader “spraying jizz over us”. It's a barnstorming start to the show and worth the price of admission alone.

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Alan Carr, Milton Keynes Theatre review - comic keeps it relentlessly light

Veronica Lee

Lots of stand-ups plunder their personal lives for material – whether it's about friends, parents, children or partners – and many a good show has been fashioned by the telling of tales about them, or comic exaggerations at least. But sometimes real life interrupts art in the rudest possible way.

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Russell Howard, Netflix special review - joyous return to live performance

Veronica Lee

In 2019, Russell Howard was all set to celebrate his 20th year in comedy by going on a world tour.

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One-Woman Show review - Liz Kingsman's spot-on spoof

Veronica Lee

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, they say. I'm not sure One-Woman Show, written and performed by comic, writer and actor Liz Kingsman, is an imitation of a solo show that catapulted another female actor-writer to worldwide fame, but it's imitation-adjacent in a spot-on spoof kind of way.

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Best of 2021: Comedy

Veronica Lee

Everybody in the comedy industry started out with so much hope that, finally, things could get back to normal in 2021 – and for a while they did, and there were some gems as live comedy returned to clubs and theatres.

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Shagged. Married. Annoyed. Live, O2 Arena review - popular podcast lost in translation

Veronica Lee

The lengthy ovation Chris and Rosie Ramsey received when they walked on stage at the O2 showed there was a lot of love in the room, and why wouldn't there be? The married couple's podcast Shagged. Married. Annoyed. has clocked up 144 episodes and built a large and loyal following, and now here they were doing the show live.

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The Good Life, Richmond Theatre review - popular sitcom gets its own origin story

Gary Naylor

"Off-grid" wasn't a thing in the mid-'70s. Sure, people planted a few potatoes in the garden and pottered about a bit in an allotment, but nobody went the whole hog. The rat race was certainly a thing though, a fertile seam for comedies like The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin.

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Alfie Brown, Soho Theatre review - a contrarian on great form

Veronica Lee

Well, this is a first: a comedy show with footnotes. Alfie Brown tells us at the top of the hour that he'll be stepping out of his routines from time to time to explain why the gag he's about to tell, or has just told, isn't offensive. It's a clever touch, one of several in Sensitive Man.

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Ahir Shah, Soho Theatre review - lockdown laid bare

Veronica Lee

During lockdown most of us were caught in a Groundhog Day existence of sleep, eat, exercise with Joe Wicks, take part in a Zoom quiz, bake banana bread, repeat – or variations on that theme. So a comic doing a show talking about his lockdown experience is taking a risk that it might not be the most scintillating hour – and so it proves with Ahir Shah's Dress.

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