Spencer Jones And Will Adamsdale Set Up Exeter Comedy Festival
The most famous comedy routine about moving to the country is Stewart Lee's riff about his friends losing their marbles in the middle of bucolic splendour and asking vistors to bring cocaine. Lee's... more
Review: Sketch Off Final 2024, Leicester Square Theatre
This year's Sketch Off Final had me worried for a while. The line-ups are usually consistently strong and the standard is usually very high throughout. I was one of the judges* and at half-time this... more
Review: Michael McIntyre, 02 Arena
Michael McIntyre is not really a stand-up comedian at all. He's a That's Us comedian. Or a That's Me comedian*. Or an Elbow Nudge comedian. Sitting in the stalls at the packed 02 Arena every... more
Review: Steve! Apple TV+
If ever there was a comedian whose career was a game of two halves it's Steve Martin. The self-styled 'wild and crazy guy' quit stand-up in 1980 in his thirties, having decided that he had acheived... more
Theatre Review: Mind Mangler: Member of the Tragic Circle, Apollo Theatre
Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer certainly know how to wrench every possible laugh out of a show. They are the creators of the global giggle-a-minute smash hit The Play that Goes Wrong which has been... more
TV Review: Mandy, BBC Two
Mandy star Diane Morgan recently said in an interview in The Times that "I don't think there's enough stupid comedy." Well, she is certainly doing her bit to redress the balance with a third series... more
 Things You Should Have Done - Meet The Cast
The more things change the more they stay the same. Or something like that. Earlier today I published a review of Noel Fielding's new Dick Turpin comedy and then I watched Things You Should Have Done... more
TV Review: Noel Fielding in The Completely Made-up Adventures of Dick Turpin, Apple TV+
I had a bad feeling about Noel Fielding's new comedy The Completely Made-up Adventures of Dick Turpin. The cast was so starry, so packed with 24-carat familiar TV comedy names plus Hugh... more
TV Review: Boarders, BBC Three
I've been meaning to write about Boarders since I first saw the opening episode but it's taken me a while to process it. I was expecting a silly, frothy rites-of-passage version of Bad Education with... more
Theatre Review: Nachtland, Young Vic
The first time I saw Patrick Marber it was around 25 years ago and he was playing a plastic trumptet at a comedy gig above a pub in East Dulwich. I think it's fair to say he has come a long way since... more
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