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Alfie Brown: Sensitive Man review – contrarian comic with a devilish twinkle

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Comedy audiences, we’re told, are too sensitive these days. Not so, says Alfie Brown: they’re righteous, which isn’t the same thing. True sensitivity would be openness to nuance, to the grey areas between the black-an...

TV tonight: comic catastrophe in a country house caper

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A welcome return for the heroically overambitious Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, whose misconceived genre pieces, scenery-chewing performances and internal power struggles create exquisitely calibrated chaos. Ton...

The Forgiven review – Chastain and Fiennes light up darkly comic thriller

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There’s an unusual, intoxicating air to writer-director John Michael McDonagh’s latest, and splashiest, film The Forgiven, a wrong-footing combination of crime thriller, dark comedy and shaggy hangout movie. It’s a st...

Comic Alistair Green on his middle England satire: ‘I don’t want to be really mean’

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Even if he wanted to, Alistair Green can’t redecorate his living room. The plain white walls that backdrop the comic’s sketches – and our Zoom call – are as much a trademark of his material as the range of deluded mid...

Comic Jamie MacDonald on being creative and blind: ‘It’s triumph with – not over – adversity’

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I’m a blind standup comedian, currently co-starring in the BBC Two documentary Blind Ambition. As the title suggests, the show is about blindness. But please don’t think this is a violins, tissues at the ready, “oh di...

Mental health memes are everywhere – can they offer more than comic relief?

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When, more than a decade ago, I was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, I turned to the internet to learn more about my condition. Back then, the effects of trauma weren’t exactly unknown, but they weren’t ...

Vicious Fun review – witty comic horror is a bloody good time

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Canadian writer-director Cody Calahan has been building something of a reputation in horror circles for his playful, narratively sophisticated work in what seem like superficially pulpy films, such as Antisocial, Let ...

Crossword blog: Meet the Setter – TV’s Dave Gorman, standup comic with a cryptic alter ego

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A setter who first appeared during the pandemic is Bluth, whose sometimes topical clues have appeared in our roundups. Bluth is now also Django, as well as the comedian Dave Gorman, and is many puzzles in to his setti...

Two Horsemen review – a duo locked in fearful comic limbo

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Two men stew in the confinement of a shabby room. Speaking of diluvial floods and horrors outside that sound like a biblical end of days, they struggle to make sense of a world out there that is disturbed, desolate an...