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Aziz Ansari: Nightclub Comedian review – standup looks back in cynical Netflix special

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Aziz Ansari’s career has been dramatically carved in two since the sexual misconduct allegations made against him four years ago, which he denied. Before: a slick and optimistic comic with the world at his feet. After...

Anthony Noack: The Preacher review – standup sermon falls flat

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Standup resembles biblical preaching, according to Australian writer Anthony Noack, a case he tries to make by performing the Book of Ecclesiastes in club-comedy style. I remain unpersuaded. The Preacher, performed to...

Standup comedy? Vir my, it is like surfing and making love all at once

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My first time back on stage doing standup comedy properly in front of an audience was at the Soho theatre in August. I say “properly” because, although I have worked socially distanced rooms that have been utterly lov...

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...

Trevor Noah review – a master of classic standup

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Is there a silver lining to the Covid-19 pandemic? Seeing the world’s most obnoxious nations forced to face their incompetence is a contender, suggests Trevor Noah. Boris Johnson and Donald Trump catching the virus af...

Jackie Mason: compellingly blunt joke-teller who was part of standup history

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If Jackie Mason could speak to us now, he’d surely be reporting back on the amusing ways in which Jews do the afterlife. But if we’ll never get to hear that particular hot take (“If it’s in the news,” he used to say, ...

US standup comedian Jackie Mason dies in New York aged 93

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Jackie Mason, a rabbi-turned-comedian whose feisty brand of standup comedy led him to Catskills nightclubs, west coast talk shows and Broadway stages, has died. Hy was 93. Mason died on Saturday at 6pm local time in M...

Hurrah! I’m doing live gigs againbut what if I can’t do standup any more?

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It has been very exciting over the last couple of weeks to be able to start doing standup gigs again. Comedians, like all performers, have experienced the longest period offstage, and being back in the spotlight has v...

Chris Gethard: Half My Life review – arresting snapshots of a standup

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Chris Gethard’s new film opens with the 40-year-old performing at 9am to a pancake-guzzling audience in Buffalo, New York. Truly, the life of a touring standup is not all glamour. That’s partly the point that Half My ...

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...

Simon Bird: Debrief review – winningly silly standup spins jokes in the air

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Simon Bird always intended to be a live performer. An ex-president of Cambridge Footlights, he duly took to the Edinburgh fringe stage – before stardom, in the shape of The Inbetweeners (and later Friday Night Dinner)...

Vertel ons: what standup comedy set has been making you laugh lately?

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There might not have been many opportunities to go and watch live stand-up comedy in the past year, but with most of us in need of a good laugh, that hasn’t stopped us reaching for our favourite standup sets online, O ...

Kerry Godliman: ‘Ben Elton is often overlooked as a standup

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There was a lot more live telly on when I was growing up in the 80s. It all seemed to come to an end once the likes of Shaun Ryder, Jarvis Cocker and Julian Clary had said too many swearwords on the shows. The program...

BGT standup sensation Nabil Abdulrashid: ‘There’s so many people to annoy!’

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His routines about race, identity and a black Winston Churchill clocked 3,000 complaints. As he looks forward to touring again, the standup explains why he won’t be toning things down Watch Nabil Abdulrashid’s auditio...