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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