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JamesAcaster

James Acaster. Recognise.

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James Acaster is a stand-up comedian from Kettering. Weetabix, a whole grain wheat breakfast cereal, is also from Kettering. Acaster’s comedy combines the dryness of a bowl of Weetabix, pre-milk-dousing, with the enjoyable flavour of Weetabix, post-milk-dousing. His delivery, which is deliberately downbeat and playfully awkward, is a joyful thing to consume.

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Category: Comedy
The Noise Next Door: The Noise Are Back In Town.

The Noise Next Door. Soho Theatre.

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Making things up is easy. Look, spludgefunkle. I just made up a word. The word, in case you missed it, is spludgefunkle.

  1. What does spludgefunkle mean?
  2. How do you pronounce spludgefunkle?
  3. Use spludgefunkle in a sentence.

 

  1. It’s funny and therefore it doesn’t necessarily need to mean anything.
  2. You can pronounce it however you want to pronounce it.
  3. This review is complete and utter spludgefunkle.

The point I’m trying to make, in a rather roundabout way, is that making things up can be fun. I guess what I’m also trying to say is that improvisation should be celebrated because, and not despite, of its total disregard for cohesion and logic. “Improv-comedy” is silly, and silly is good. A world without silliness is a world not worth living in.

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Category: Comedy
The Axis of Awesome: Viva La VIda Loca Las Vegas

The Axis Of Awesome. Viva La Vida Loca Las Vegas.

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If anyone is in Leicester Square this week and comes across human faces floating on the breeze like oversized autumn leaves, don’t be alarmed. The explanation is simple. On Saturday night, comedy-rock legends, The Axis Of Awesome, blew these faces clean off the skulls of their enthralled audience. The now faceless audience were there to see TAOA’s newest show ‘Viva La Vida Loca Las Vegas’. I think it’s fair to say at this point that if comedy awards were ever given out for ‘Best Comedy Show Title’, then this show title would take the biscuit, the tin and the entire kitchen cupboard.

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Category: Comedy
Mae Martin Experience

The Mae Martin Experience. The Invisible Dot Ltd.

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Thank you Canada. Thank you for Tokyo Police Club and “The Great Outdoors”. Thank you for William Shatner, Shania Twain, maple syrup, Tony Law, second helpings of maple syrup and Justin Bieber. Ok, maybe not Bieber. In fact, now that we’re on the subject, definitely not Bieber. Seriously, what the hell is that guy all about?   Don’t sweat it Canada, we still like you. Everyone makes mistakes now and then; just promise us that you won’t ever make this particular mistake again. PROMISE US. I’d like to go on record now and state that namedropping Bieber has in no way been a shameless attempt to boost web traffic. Bieber! Bieber! Bieber! Bieber-Fever!

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Category: Comedy
Twins

Twins: Work-In-Progess. The Invisible Dot Ltd.

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Unborn foetuses sharing a human womb for nine months, and alternative double acts performing an hour-long show are similar in a number of ways. Firstly, and this applies to both the examples mentioned above, the duos must share a cramped space for a sustained period of time. Whether that be the inside of a human, or the stage of an intimate comedy venue, there is a requirement for both parties to make the best of the situation they find themselves in. And so, keeping that in mind, we move on to a discussion of Twins (aka Jack Barry and Annie McGrath).

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Category: Comedy
Burger

BBQ Previews. The Invisible Dot Ltd.

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Bridget Christie is one of the best in the business at combining a serious message with seriously big laughs. When she’s on-form, like she is tonight, it’s easy to see why she’s been winning awards left, right and centre (or should that be left, left and left?). She’s a professional feminist, a natural enemy to UKIP and that shining beacon of political progression known as ‘The Daily Mail’. Her message is socially orientated, and handles a variety of topics not traditionally suitable for comedy (i.e. FGM). Somehow though, and this is testament to her intellect and comedic talents; she manages to convey important ideas that are thought provoking and side splitting in equal measure.

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Category: Comedy
Michael-Che

Michael Che. Cartoon Violence.

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Named one of the world’s 50 Funniest People by Rolling Stone (magazine, not Jagger), Manhattan native Michael Che is on at the Soho Theatre until the 1st of June. His latest show, entitled Cartoon Violence, takes a comedic look at the more controversial ends of the human spectrum. If you haven’t got time to read my whole review, save yourself some time by reading the following sentence.

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Category: Comedy
Gina Yashere

Gina Yashere. Udderbelly Festival.

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Gina Yashere, Gina Yashere, Gina Yashere, from Mock The Week. Gina Yashere, Gina Yashere, Gina Yashere from another episode of Mock The Week. She’s done other things for the telebox of course, but endless repeats of Mock The Week certainly stick in the mind like an oversized thumb. Speaking of things jabbing the mind’s eye like an oversized thumb, the pattern on Gina’s shirt was an absolute cracker. I know, I know, you came here for a comedy review not a second-rate Vogue article. But seriously, what an eye-catching piece of clothing it was. I would have taken a photo, but in this particular instance I hope you’ll settle for my words and their innate ability to speak a thousand pictures.

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Category: Comedy