Posts in "Comedy"

Eddie Izzard

Eddie Izzard discusses gender issues, politics and his new film Rock Dog by Joanna Orland I met with stand-up comedian, actor and soon-to-be politician Eddie Izzard on a yacht parked outside of the Palais des Festivals at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.  Along with director Ash Brannon, Izzard was doing roundtable interviews for their new […]

Nina Conti: In Your Face

Nina Conti: In Your Face Criterion Theatre, London March 3rd – 12th, 2016 by Haresh Patel It’s all in the voices and faces – and it’s brilliant. Nina Conti’s ventriloquist act has been honed over the last few years into a full solo theatrical performance. A potentially hazardous combination of improv, audience participation, puppetry and voice […]

Udderbelly and London Wonderground Announce First Acts for 2016

Udderbelly Festival April 7th – July 17th, 2016 London Wonderground May 5th – September 25th, 2016 Part of Southbank Centre’s Summer Season Underbelly and Southbank Centre have announced the return of Udderbelly Festival and London Wonderground on London’s South Bank through the summer of 2016. Among the fantastic performances added to this year’s programme are Nina […]

Trygve Wakenshaw: Nautilus

Trygve Wakenshaw: Nautilus Soho Theatre January 11th-23rd, 2016 by Richard Hamer Trygve Wakenshaw (I looked it up, it’s pronounced Trig-vee) stands alone on stage, face and body contorting uncomfortably, painfully, beneath a single spotlight. He twists, shoulders and arms jerking like a body vainly resisting some invisible force. A dozen expressions swim across his features. […]

Waiting For Gaddot

Richard Gadd Soho Theatre, London October 27th – November 7th, 2015 9:30pm by John Domingues The premise for the show is what you would expect from the title. Richard Gadd is stranded on his way to his own show and his hapless stage manager (played brilliantly by a nervous, sweating, but endearing Ben Target) is […]

Haggerston Improv Festival

by Joanna Orland This past weekend, London improv collectives Monkey Toast and The Free Association jointly hosted the first annual Haggerston Improv Festival. Dividing their shows between Haggerston’s Proud Archivist and The ARTSpace, the festival not only exposed the art of improv to a wider audience, but also raised money for charity with all proceeds […]

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

August 7th – 31st, 2015 Edinburgh, Various venues Foreword by Joanna Orland Merely skimming the surface of this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, it was easy to see a bit of a different scene burgeoning.  In recent years, the Fringe has become a playground for comedians to run rampant.  But in 2015, something old has become […]

Edinburgh Fringe: Joe Wenborne

Joe Wenborne: Fight Back at 50 Reviewed on August 25th, 2015 Gilded Balloon, Wee Room by Bernie C. Byrnes Joe Wenborne is a Radio Broadcaster, Raconteur, After Dinner Speaker and Author of new book Fight Back At 50. In this live version of his self-help book, Joe promises to take his audience on a journey […]

Edinburgh Fringe: Trygve Wakenshaw KRAKEN

Trygve Wakenshaw: KRAKEN Reviewed on August 11th, 2015 Underbelly, Cowgate by Joanna Orland Trygve Wakenshaw has crafted one of the most fascinatingly silly shows in existence with Kraken. Wakenshaw first came onto the physical comedy scene with his cult hit Squidboy. Kraken is his sophomore project which he has generously brought back to this year’s […]

Edinburgh Fringe: Massive Dad 2.0: Step Up 2 Massive Dad

Massive Dad 2.0: Step Up 2 Massive Dad Reviewed on August 10th, 2015 Pleasance Dome by Michael Drew Before I begin, I should make a disclosure: I spent the first 10 minutes of the show trying to subdue my inner hulk as my neighbour let out loud pizzicato bursts of laughter at seemingly random intervals. […]