Comedy

Full of bog-standard, if annoyingly effective, emotional manipulation: The Foreign Doctors Are Coming reviewed

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Surprising I know, but judging from The Foreign Doctors Are Coming (Channel 4, Tuesday), Britain mightn’t be such a bad…

Robert Redford turns his hand to radio

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Much ado is being made of the latest listening figures, which have suggested that the percentage of those aged between…

Why do comics bother with Edinburgh?

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Edinburgh. Why do comics do it? We almost invariably lose money. Even if you don’t pay for your venue, the…

Sacha Baron Cohen isn't funny – especially when he's mocking the powerless

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest series Who Is America? isn’t funny. But then, nor was his terrible 2016 movie The Brothers…

Life is a cabaret: Barry Humphries and Meow Meow

Barry Humphries on Trump, transgender ‘rat-baggery’ and causing maximum offence

21 July 2018 9:00 am

Lloyd Evans talks to Barry Humphries about Brexit, transgender ‘rat-baggery’ and pre-cataclysmic art

Why has the National given over its largest stage to one of the nation's smallest talents?

16 June 2018 9:00 am

The National has made its largest stage available to one of the nation’s smallest talents. If Brian Friel had been…

Exhilaratingly original, C4’s Flowers is much more than just a ‘dark comedy’

16 June 2018 9:00 am

On Wednesday, BBC Four made an unexpectedly strong case that the human body is a bit rubbish. Our ill-designed spines,…

What’s the point of Philomena Cunk?

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Because I’m a miserable old reactionary determined to see a sinister Guardianista plot in every BBC programme I watch, I…

Male order: Juliette Binoche as Isabelle in Let the Sunshine In

Maxine Peake is blistering in Funny Cow

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Two films about women this week. One, Funny Cow, is about a woman who daringly takes on men at their…

Portentous, po-faced but also highly imaginative: The City & The City reviewed

7 April 2018 9:00 am

BBC2 has a new drama series for Friday nights. The main character is a world-weary middle-aged police inspector with an…

The BBC admit they’re not ready to switch off analogue radio

24 March 2018 9:00 am

As Bob Shennan, the BBC’s director of radio and music admitted this week, there are almost two million podcast-only listeners…

Intriguing but also baffling: The Assassination of Gianni Versace reviewed

10 March 2018 9:00 am

By common consent, including Bafta’s, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was one of the best TV dramas…

A right laugh: Geoff Norcott

What's it like being one of the only right-wing comics around?

3 February 2018 9:00 am

Lloyd Evans meets Geoff Norcott, Britain’s first ‘openly Conservative’ comedian

I made a joke book on Trump – but no one’s laughing

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Why do I keep making jokes I’m not supposed to?

Sun readers will be disappointed – E.M. Phwoar-ster it is not: Howards End reviewed

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Any readers of the Sun who excitedly tuned in to Howards End on Sunday night with their pause button at…

The genius of Ken Dodd

11 November 2017 9:00 am

It’s always odd to hear a familiar voice on a different programme, playing an alternative role. They never sound quite…

The left-wing bias on Celebrity Gogglebox was excruciating

11 November 2017 9:00 am

This week I want to put the boot in to Gogglebox (Channel 4, Fridays). Not the mostly likeable, everyday version,…

Steve Buscemi (Khrushchev), Michael Palin (Molotov) and Paul Whitehouse (Mikoyan) in The Death of Stalin

Not quite as funny as I’d hoped: Death of Stalin reviewed

21 October 2017 9:00 am

Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin is nearly two hours of men in bad suits bickering, but if you have…

Divine comedy: even if Larry David is as big a prize twonk in real life as he is on Curb we can hardly begrudge him for it

The hilarity – and horror – of Curb Your Enthusiasm

30 September 2017 9:00 am

James Delingpole celebrates the unrivalled hilarity – and horror – of Curb Your Enthusiasm

Killer queen: Gina McKee as Boudica. (Photo: Steve Tanner)

Pacy, gory, but hardly a classic: Boudica at the Globe reviewed

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Tristan Bernays loves Hollywood blockbusters. His new play, Boudica, is an attempt to put the blood-and-guts vibe of the action…

Someone in the BBC will be watching W1A, thinking ‘that’s a great idea (going forward)’

23 September 2017 9:00 am

On Sunday night, Holliday Grainger was on two terrestrial channels at the same time playing a possibly smitten sidekick of…

One of the best new shows of the autumn: Mitchell and Webb’s Back reviewed

9 September 2017 9:00 am

I had planned to review David Mitchell and Robert Webb’s new Channel 4 sitcom Back without constantly referring to their…

Witty gun-slingers, exhibitionist aggro-mongering and a new low... Edinburgh Fringe roundup

26 August 2017 9:00 am

Truman Capote should have been called Truman Persons. His father, Archulus, abbreviated his first name and introduced himself as Arch…

Bin Laden the pin-up, a Tory singalong and comedy magic: Edinburgh Fringe roundup

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Brexit the Musical is a peppy satire written by Chris Bryant (not the MP, he’s a lawyer). Musically the show…

A fallen comedy god, schoolroom panto and Trumpageddon: Edinburgh Fringe round-up

12 August 2017 9:00 am

What is the Edinburgh Fringe? It’s a sabbatical, a pit stop, a pause-and-check-the-map opportunity for actors who don’t quite know…