Comedy

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From Hamlet to Hullabaloo: what to see as theatres and comedy clubs reopen
As stage shows return, we pick the best post-lockdown offerings – featuring Egyptian gods, rebelling vicars, dancing youths ... and Ian McKellen playing the Dane at 82

Arifa Akbar (theatre), Brian Logan (comedy), Lyndsey Winship (dance)

16, May, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance to watch online
From live streams of new plays to classics from the archive, here are some of the top shows online now or coming soon

Chris Wiegand Stage editor

16, May, 2021 @11:22 AM

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Simon Bird: Debrief review – winningly silly standup spins jokes in the air
The Inbetweeners star plays on his first TV special’s lack of audience by claiming high sophistication – while deftly pricking the bubble with pretend banter

Brian Logan

16, May, 2021 @10:59 AM

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Nish Kumar: ‘Do they just hate my jokes?’
Nish Kumar considers himself a mild-mannered British Asian man who does comedy. So why does he attract so much rage from the rightwing press and social media?

Tom Lamont

16, May, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Lorelei Mathias: ‘Having an ADHD brain is like having a room full of hecklers in your head’
The comedy writer, producer and director on the things that make her laugh the most

14, May, 2021 @1:00 PM

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‘The diversity of the industry will be hit’: NextUp founder on the impact of Covid on comedy
With comedy venues reopening in England and Scotland, Sarah Henley discusses the effect of the pandemic, online audiences and being a woman in male-dominated sectors

Anne Cassidy

14, May, 2021 @7:17 AM

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A Killer Party review – Jason Manford hosts cheery, tuneful murder mystery
The cast of a whodunnit are all suspects when an impresario is found dead in this likably silly, hummable show

Brian Logan

09, May, 2021 @11:01 PM

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Jamali Maddix: ‘I don’t dream. It’s overrated’
The writer, actor, standup and documentary-maker on the things that make him laugh the most

07, May, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Listen Up review – a standup, a rapper and a playwright in a lonely theatre
Lauren Pattison, Kay Greyson and Richard Boggie deliver audio plays about stage disasters, a sobering drinks interval and playing to an audience of none

Brian Logan

06, May, 2021 @6:30 PM

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Dylan Moran: ‘I’ve offended people, I regret it and I’ll probably do it again’
The comedian’s 2018 show Dr Cosmos addressed mental health, midlife and Brexit – little knowing a crisis lurked around the corner. Now it’s being streamed, might no mention of Covid be a selling point?

Brian Logan

06, May, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Al Roberts: ‘I’ve never been heckled. They can tell it would destroy me’
The actor, writer and director on the things that make him laugh the most

23, Apr, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Tell us: what standup comedy set has been making you laugh lately?
It hasn’t been the liveliest year for live comedy. For the sake of sharing some laughs, we want your stand-up recommendations

Guardian community team

22, Apr, 2021 @1:50 PM

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