Here are our reviews of comedy Gigs
Wed 28 December 2016
Sam Simmons: Not A People Person on Radio 4
Preview by Steve Bennett
28/12/2016 … As you might expect from the Australian absurdist, Sam Simmons’s first foray into Radio 4 is a weird, trippy late-night experience.
Tue 27 December 2016
Inside No 9: The Devil Of Christmas
TV preview by Steve Bennett
27/12/2016 … Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton have taken a leaf out of the Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace playbook for the much-anticipated return of Inside No 9, give or take a decade.
The Entire Universe
Last night's TV review by Steve Bennett
27/12/2016 … There’s a needlessly complicated set-up for this comedy-science extravaganza.
Thu 22 December 2016
Scott Gibson: Life After Death
Gig review by Steve Bennett at the Soho Theatre
22/12/2016 … The Edinburgh Comedy Awards did their job this summer.
Wed 21 December 2016
Art, with Tim Key, Paul Ritter and Rufus Sewell
Theatre review by Steve Bennett at the Old Vic, London
21/12/2016 … What is Art? Well, it’s Yasmena Reza’s remarkably enduring tragi-comedy, now being revived at the Old Vic with Tim Key, Paul Ritter and Rufus Sewell playing the three friends, whose relationship is wrenched apart by that very same question: what is art? The argument is sparked when Sewell’s charismatic Sergé blows €100,000 on a piece of art which is, more or less, white paint on white canvas, outraging traditionalist Mark (a snippy, scoffing Ritter), who considers it faddish and without merit.
Tue 20 December 2016
30 Christmases, with Jonny & The Baptists and Rachel Parris
Gig review by Steve Bennett at the Old Fire Station, Oxford
20/12/2016 … All the seasonal stories these days are about the rich, argue Jonny Donahoe & Co, citing the likes of Love Actually and Home Alone.
Thu 15 December 2016
Ricky Whittington & His Cat
Panto review by Steve Bennett at the New Diorama Theatre, London
15/12/2016 … Another week, another alternative comedy pantomime.
Fri 09 December 2016
Theatre review by Steve Bennett at the Soho Theatre
09/12/2016 … As calling cards go, Fleabag is attention-grabbing: an audacious, hilarious, candid, compelling and heartbreaking look at the life of a very modern ‘hot mess’.