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How Chris and Andrew Cuomo’s on-air comedy routines compromised CNN

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For months, CNN’s primetime anchor, Chris Cuomo, refused to cover the multiple scandals surrounding his brother, the former New York governor Andrew Cuomo. Chris Cuomo said it would be a conflict of interest for him t...

Harold and Maude: 50 years on, Hal Ashby’s box-office bomb is a black comedy classic

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Harold and Maude is a movie that celebrates the 1970s. By turns exuberant, psychedelic, hilarious and heartbreaking, it’s a product of the most prolific decade of Hal Ashby’s directorial output: his skewed, sweet-natu...

Red Snow review – vampire comedy spreads Christmas cheer not chills

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Home Alone meets The Lost Boys in this trashy half-way entertaining Christmas vampire movie from director Sean Nichols Lynch; it’s a black comedy with some silly splattery gore. Lynch makes the most of a limited budge...

‘People think my videos are real!’: meet Megan Stalter, the new queen of online cringe comedy

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Megan Stalter put a video online recently of a churchgoer from the US midwest distressed to be served by a Starbucks barista wearing Halloween cat ears. (“We’re not allowed to celebrate Jesus’s birthday, but we’re all...

Brooke Shields on child stardom, sexualisation and nailing comedy: ‘It’s not in my nature to be a victim’

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How, I wonder, is Brooke Shields so sorted? She has survived a childhood with an alcoholic mother, some disturbing early films, a nation’s creepy obsession with her, a divorce and severe postnatal depression. She even...

New organisation launched to tackle sexual harassment in live comedy

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An organisation has been established to tackle sexual harassment in the UK comedy industry. Get Off! Live Comedy was launched this week with a fundraiser at London’s Comedy Store featuring Sara Pascoe, Nish Kumar, Rus...

TV tonight: comedy havoc in the return of AP Bio

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Class resumes as Mike O’Brien’s previously cancelled comedy is revived for a fourth season. Disgraced Harvard scholar Jack Griffin (Glenn Howerton) is still half-heartedly “teaching” his class of curious characters a...

Best podcasts of the week: Nicola Coughlan’s corking comedy

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Whistle Through the Shamrocks (from 1 Nov)Nicola Coughlan teams up with Camilla Whitehill for a glorious comedy podcast that exploits all the Brit-bashing, potato-munching cliches of rural Ireland. While waiting for a...

Insecure season five review – farewell to the most fun, excruciating comedy on TV

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There’s a crisis brewing in the TV world: no one can nail an ending. Indeed, almost every recent hit show, from Vigil to Squid Game, has delivered a decidedly lacklustre conclusion. Even the finale of The White Lotus ...

Goodbye Insecure: how the hit HBO comedy changed the game

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No more Issa rapping encouraging quips to herself in a mirror. No more Molly espousing much-needed tough love while sidestepping around her own mess in the same breath. No more drug-fueled Coachella scenes that end in...

Beyond Trump jokes: how has late-night comedy fared in the Biden era?

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Somehow, it’s been almost a year since the advent of late-night television’s post-Trump conundrum – with the end of an administration that was both a boon for ratings and a creative dead-end, how would liberal politic...

Upping the Dante: Wayne McGregor and Tacita Dean’s Divine Comedy dance

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When Wayne McGregor’s reimagining of epic poem The Divine Comedy opens at the Royal Opera House on Thursday, it will be seven years since he sent the first email to composer Thomas Adès proposing a collaboration. But ...

Chicken and Biscuits review – under-baked Broadway comedy

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“It’s not a funeral. It’s a celebration!” is the enthusiastic rallying cry of Douglas Lyon’s Chicken and Biscuits, directed by Zhailon Levingston, that opened on Sunday at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre. A pl...

‘There is a reason why famous people are often screwed up’: Tim Minchin on quitting comedy

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In 2003, I booked a tiny venue for Melbourne fringe festival, to perform a show I had tortuously titled Navel: Cerebral Melodies With Umbilical Chords. It was a sort of dark, ridiculous cabaret, and a desperate attemp...

Acapulco review – Apple’s Spanglish comedy is a feelgood fiesta

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Acapulco is the latest feelgood comedy-drama from Apple TV+, who appear to have looked at the steady success of Ted Lasso and decided wholesome is the way to go. The 10-episode series is loosely inspired by the 2017 f...

Saturday Night Live: has the show found a new comedy star?

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When Saturday Night Live signed off last May, signs pointed to big changes come season 47. It really looked like a number of the show’s long-time cast members, including Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Cecily Strong, Kena...

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