No Direction Home This comedy night performed by refugees and migrants was set to make its fringe debut in 2020 – until Covid struck. Undaunted, the ensemble – produced by charity Counterpoints Arts (with support from the venue I co-run, Camden People’s Theatre) and coached by the Pappy’s clown-in-chief Tom Parry – is live-streaming a gig later this month. It’s part of “Edinburgh’s social justice and human rights festival”, the Just festival. Guest-star headliner to be announced. … [Read more...] about Forecast is funny: the best comedy shows to stream this summer
Some would point to a number of (ahem) satirical TV and radio panel shows, and their jokes about the Queen’s “haunted fanny” (Frankie Boyle, way back when) or her sex life with the Duke of Edinburgh (Jack Whitehall on Channel 4’s Big Fat Quiz of 2012). You’ll notice a theme here: smutty sex jokes that substitute prurience for fawning. You might equally argue that The Windsors is “irreverent”, as indeed it is; it can be funny, too. But it’s also fundamentally affectionate, sponsoring an intimacy with this family (or their caricature alter egos) that supercedes any critique of the institution they represent. … [Read more...] about Not heard the one about the Queen: why don’t comedians criticise the monarchy?
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?
Matthew added: “Bryan Forbes was a titan of cinema, known and loved by people around the world in the film and theatre industries and known in other fields including politics. … [Read more...] about Bryan Forbes dead at 86: Tributes to ‘irreplaceable’ British film director
This file image shows Singapore Ambassador to Vietnam Catherine Wong. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre Vietnam’s public opinion and experts/government often consider Singapore a model for Vietnamese development. What is the lesson Vietnam can learn from Singapore? Regarding the cooperation between the two nations, what is the most important advantage/lesson that Singapore can learn from Vietnam? … [Read more...] about Vietnam, Singapore can learn from each other: ambassador