Aalya said: "We don’t trust this government, and those in power now do not give us the hope justice will be done. But we have got to have hope. How do you get on with your life and go back to normal when justice has not been served in any way for any of us? … [Read more...] about Grenfell Tower survivor plans first visit to burnt out building since 2017 horror fire
Comedy at the Covid Arms The breakout virtual club night of the lockdown has been Comedy at the Covid Arms, a mixed-bill MC’d by Kiri Pritchard-McLean, bantering with “front row” audience members who pay extra for the privilege. Proceeds go to the performers and the Trussell Trust food bank charity, for which £105,000 has been raised so far. This Saturday’s bill features big-hitters Lolly Adefope and David O’Doherty. … [Read more...] about Forecast is funny: the best comedy shows to stream this summer
And there are countless killer one-liners. When Caroline visits a spiritualist, "the first thing I noticed is, she's not a medium, she's fucking huge." Invective is a speciality: "They say you are what you eat, in which case Wendy, at some point, ate a speccy Welsh Nazi." It may feel more like a showcase than a show, but when you have talents this prodigious, why not flaunt them? … [Read more...] about Kopfrapers Syndrome
Kojo would like to see this ability to work different audiences put to better use. "I would like to see black comics on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow." (One out of 24 acts – Ava Vidal – in its first series was black.) "Or Live at the Apollo: there's hardly any representation of black comics there." He blames the larger talent agencies, whose acts populate those shows. "How many of those agencies have black talent on their books?" He has a point: of the 80 comic acts listed as clients on big-hitter Avalon's website, none are black; there is one Asian act. A call to the agency confirms this. "Those agencies have to sign at least one black person," Kojo argues. "Otherwise, we're playing the Comedy Store, but it never means anything and we never progress." … [Read more...] about Heard the one about the black standups?
Saturday Hosted by the mighty Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Comedy at the Covid Arms has become a lockdown favourite for its first-rate lineups mixing established stars and top names from the circuit. The next show (tickets must be bought before 5pm on 6 June) features Frankie Boyle, Dane Baptiste, Fran Lobo and Dan Nightingale. Money raised goes to the performers and to the Trussell Trust. £2 and upwards; for £10 you get a “front-row seat” letting you interact with the performers. … [Read more...] about Lockdown laughs: where to watch online comedy