Comedy Reviews

Cluub Zarathustra: British Comedy’s Best-Kept Secret

23 April 2014 | Comedy Reviews

Originally published at The British Comedy Guide Listen up. I want to tell you about the best-kept secret of ’90s British comedy. In the mid-nineties there was a thing called Cluub Zarathustra. On the surface it was a weekly London comedy club, but it was also something of a self-contained phenomenon, which meant it would […]

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Cluub Zarathustra: British Comedy’s Weirdest Secret

07 September 2012 | Comedy Reviews

Originally published at Splitsider “I had no idea who he was,” says Marc Maron on WTF. “I had to do a cram course on him… I felt like an idiot because I don’t know much about British comedy.” He was referring to Stewart Lee: one of Britain’s most interesting and integral stand-ups, perhaps best known […]

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Thom Tuck Goes Straight to DVD

31 August 2011 | Comedy Reviews

Originally published at The British Comedy Guide Walt Disney’s Lion King 3, Thom Tuck explains, is a straight-to-video ‘parallelquel’ alternately known as Lion King 1½. That is, it’s a non-cinematic entry into the Lion King movie franchise, the events of which, unlike those of a sequel or a prequel, take place alongside the timeline of […]

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Markus Birdman: Dreaming

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Originally published at The British Comedy Guide It is an almost exclusively female crowd at Markus Birdman‘s penultimate Fringe 2011 performance. Most of the room has been booked by a single hen party and they are in high spirits. As we file into the venue, their ringleader says something about “hiding the weed”, and the […]

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Asher Treleaven: Matador

21 August 2011 | Comedy Reviews

Originally published at The British Comedy Guide Clown Prince Asher Treleaven doesn’t like racism. But, ever the pedant, what really angers him is inaccurate racism. When someone wishes him luck “eating dog meat and hanging out with Chinks” in Vietnam, Asher is too shocked and afraid of confrontation to point out that the correct slur […]

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Josie Long: The Future is Another Place

12 August 2011 | Comedy Reviews

Originally published at The British Comedy Guide For a few years, hand-knitted Josie Long has been tickling our fancies with her brand of fluttery whimsy. Today’s audience of hipsters and their mums perch upon their seat edges in delighted anticipation as Josie coasts through an unusual live pre-set: an ad-libbed commentary on the progress of […]

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Simon Munnery: Hats Off to the 101ers (And Other Material)

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Originally published at The British Comedy Guide “Jesus!” gasps the woman sitting next to me as Simon Munnery‘s home-made canopy-like structure leans perilously toward the audience. It is all perfectly safe, of course, and Munnery points out that his expensive insurance policy means he can take out five of us and still have change. It’s […]

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Standup Comedy in Glasgow

23 February 2010 | Comedy Reviews

Originally published at Visit Glasgow If, like me, you’re a scowling misanthrope who hates all music, art and sport, you might want to try some standup comedy. The main joy of comedy is in the jazz-like poise of a performer’s delivery but, if you’re lucky, they might talk about cocks as well. Brilliant. Glasgow is […]

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Simon Munnery

10 October 2008 | Comedy Reviews

Originally published at The Skinny Simon Munnery is not one of us. “I iz not spaeking lick yo; cos I iz nit lick yo,” he says on one of his bizarre CDs. If he’s not lambasting audiences by making them wear dunces caps or performing an entire show with a bucket on his head, he’s […]

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Richard Herring, The Headmaster’s Son

10 August 2008 | Comedy Reviews

Originally published at By his own confession, Richard Herring is a dick. A lazy, needy, Guitar Hero-playing dick. But why? In this show, he rifles through his childhood memories in order to find out what could have possibly made him turn out like this. The working hypothesis: that his dad was his school headmaster. Surely […]

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