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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. Maar ...

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...

How standup comedy helped me conquer anxiety, depression – and fear of public speaking

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“Have you gone mad?” asked one friend. “You’re so brave. I could never do that. Wouldn’t meditation be wiser?” said another. For someone with a long history of depression and anxiety, plus a morbid fear of public spea...

Joke theft is as old as comedy itself – and not easy to prove

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The most notable thing about the plagiarism row raging between Kae Kurd and Darius Davies is that it’s heading for the courts. Joke theft is as old as comedy, the rancorous underbelly to an industry that presents itse...

It’s no joke: standups in legal row over ‘stolen’ comedy routine

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Have you heard the joke about the internet-connected fridge that sent so many text messages it was like having a nagging partner? It might not leave you in stitches but it is at the centre of a potentially landmark le...

Together Together review – Ed Helms surrogacy comedy that’s a little over-polite

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Hierdie saggeaarde, low-key comedy-drama laudably tries to sketch the outlines of a unique relationship, between a surrogate and the single biological father of the child she’s carrying, which itself could never have existed...

The Paper Tigers review – martial arts team reunites in likable comedy

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Quoc Bao Tran, a promising film-maker whose previous work includes editing and action coordination, makes his writing-directing debut with this highly likable if formulaic action comedy about three middle-aged guys re...

The Cleaner review – Greg Davies leads a dark and curious comedy

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The Cleaner (BBC One) is a strange creation, and – while intriguing – it may turn out to be an acquired taste. Loosely inspired by the German comedy series Der Tatortreiniger (Crime Scene Cleaner), it is written by Gr...

The Beauty Queen of Leenane review – Martin McDonagh’s raging black comedy returns

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Much has changed in Ireland since Martin McDonagh’s black comedy premiered in 1996, but the ramshackle Connemara hillside where this savage mother-daughter psychodrama plays out feels both petrified in perpetual darkn...

Olga Koch review – uproarious, gleefully obscene comedy

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The comedian from far afield, observing British idiosyncrasies for the delight of British audiences: it’s a brand of comedy that will always tickle a crowd. It’s mainlined by Olga Koch – Russian born, American educate...

Ninjababy review – uncompromisingly brilliant comedy about unwanted pregnancy

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This hilarious and sneakily brilliant comedy from Norway begins like half a dozen unwanted-pregnancy movies you might already have seen. Rakel (Kristine Kujath Thorp) is a 23-year-old graphic design dropout who has no...

This Way Up: chaotic coming-of-age black comedy for the over-30s

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For those mourning the Fleabag shaped hole in their hearts, I hereby present to you: This Way Up. Season one of this Bafta-winning show begins with Aine (Aisling Bea, also its screenwriter) checking out of rehab after...

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