James Acaster

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James Acaster and Josh Widdicombe: ‘Comedy is meant to make you happy. We lose sight of that’
With the return of their unashamedly nice TV gameshow Hypothetical, the duo are out to prove you don’t need to be mean-spirited to get laughs

Rachel Aroesti

29, Apr, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Surviving a setback: books, music, films and more about dealing with disappointment
From James Acaster’s lowest ebb to encouraging words from Radiohead, our critics suggest popular culture about picking yourself up and carrying on

Jessica Kiang, Brian Logan, Jason Okundaye, Jenessa Williams and Imogen Russell Williams

25, Apr, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Cinderella review – Ella wears the trousers in goofy musical redesign
With help from mouse-turned-footman James Corden and a genderqueer fairy godparent, Camila Cabello’s Ella gets to go to the ball in an outfit of her own creation

Peter Bradshaw

01, Sep, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Grave New World: the current affairs spoof unmasking our new normal
Anxiety, absurdity and little else pervade the post-pandemic world of Stuart Laws’ mockumentary – so what’s it trying to say about life after Covid?

Brian Logan

31, Mar, 2021 @7:00 PM

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'It was like Avengers Assemble!' Standups unite for sitcom to save comedy club
When venues were closed by the pandemic, James Acaster, Maria Bamford and other top comics got to work on a web series to rescue The Bill Murray in London

Brian Logan

21, Jan, 2021 @6:45 AM

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The 20 best podcasts of 2020
We went down a YouTube rabbit hole, Alan Partridge made a triumphant return and a singular look at cold war espionage came with an irresistible earworm. Plus more of the year’s best pods

Rachel Aroesti and Hannah J Davies

24, Dec, 2020 @2:00 PM

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From Brexit to breakups, James Acaster is an audacious king of comedy
Two years on, the Kettering comic’s show Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999 remains personal, painful and electrifying. What will he do next?

Brian Logan

21, Dec, 2020 @8:00 PM

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'When we were sad we listened to the Smiths' – European critics on UK culture
Phoebe Waller-Bridge talked sex. Ken Loach exposed class. Amy Winehouse hit listeners in the heart. After Brexit, does British culture still inspire the same affection abroad? Europe’s leading critics give their thoughts

Ioanna Blatsou , Laura Cappelle, Juliane Streich, Michał Oleszczyk,Mattias Bergqvist, Neringa Černiauskaitė

05, Mar, 2020 @5:02 PM

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James Acaster: ‘If there was no health consequence, I’d eat ice-cream all the time’
The stand-up comedian on his dad’s pancakes and the joy of cold lasagne

John Hind

16, Nov, 2019 @5:01 PM

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The 50 best comedians of the 21st century
From apocalyptic standup Frankie Boyle to the many hilarious faces of Tina Fey, Steve Coogan, Sharon Horgan and Kristen Wiig, we present the funniest people of the era

Hannah J Davies, Paul Fleckney, Harriet Gibsone, Brian Logan and Stuart Heritage

18, Sep, 2019 @2:45 PM

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Jennifer Beals: The L Word’s alpha female is going straight to the top | Rebecca Nicholson
Will I be glued to its sequel, Generation Q? You betcha!

Rebecca Nicholson

24, Aug, 2019 @2:30 PM

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James Acaster: ‘Adulthood is still a bit daunting’
When the comic’s life fell apart, he sought solace in the music of 2016. He discusses the songs that saved his life

Hannah J Davies

24, Aug, 2019 @9:00 AM

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