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Comedy
Comedy

Joe Lycett at the Eventim Apollo review - a great show

Brummie stand-up shows when it comes to comedy with a message, he’s still very much the boss

Comedy

Rosie Holt on how her political comedy side hustle made her a star

The actor and comedian so perfectly skewers the automatons wheeled on by the government to defend the indefensible that some people thought she was real

Comedy

Dylan Moran, Eventim Apollo: When he’s good, he’s very very good

He wandered off topic a bit too often but it’s good to see him back

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Evening Standard Big Comedy Night with Uber

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The Destination: Jessica Fostekew on the magic of comedy

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The Journey: Jessica Fostekew on new comedy gigs

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The Introduction: Comedian Jessica Fostekew on awkward gig moments

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The Destination: Comedian Huge Davies on his relationship with ducks

Comedy

Chris Rock at the Royal Albert Hall: still piercing, but could sharpen

Rock dealt with the big issues mostly with aplomb but a few of his jokes had a distinctly old-fashioned feel

Comedy

Comic Athena Kugblenu on her new Soho theatre show about class

One of the smartest acts on the circuit tackles our bizarre relationship with class in her new hour

Comedy

Table Manners at the Palladium: A simple and effective crowdpleaser

The appreciative screams at the start of this live outing for Jessie and Lennie Ware were louder than anything you’d hear at a stand-up gig

Comedy

Schalk Bezuidenhout at Soho Theatre: positively a name to watch

Not yet in the league of his compatriot Trevor Noah, this South African comic is still definitely one to watch

Comedy

Jacqueline Novak: Get on Your Knees review - she’ll blow you away

The American standup already has a hit on her hands with this racy but philosophical monologue

Exhibitions

Support Ukraine with the latest cultural events in London

Donate to the war effort while enjoying the latest in culture from around London

Comedy

Teenage Cancer Trust Comedy Night at the Royal Albert Hall review

The long-delayed annual fundraiser made a triumphant return

Comedy

Catherine Bohart at Soho Theatre: she’s still smiling, and so will you

After a disastrous couple of years, the Irish comic’s standing tall - and making a great show about it

Comedy

Nabil Abdulrashid at Soho Theatre: he’ll captivate and crack you up

With his winning back story, the Britain’s Got Talent finalist works comedy magic

Comedy

Ed Gamble at Hackney Empire: tasty but lacking that special ingredient

The Great British Menu star is reliable but needs to tweak the recipe to reach the next level

Comedy

Is cancel culture killing comedy? Don’t make me laugh Maureen

The veteran performer’s concerns aren’t shared by everyone in the comedy world

Comedy

Ben Elton comedy review: yes he’s male and pale, but still not stale

Forty years after his debut as a stand-up, the comedian’s still got it

Comedy

Maisie Adam: The rising star comic on her next gig, Live at the Apollo

During the pandemic the comic’s profile has soared - now she’s on the biggest comedy show on TV

Comedy

Bridget Christie review: Her comic potency remains undiminished

The highly accomplished stand-up’s new show deserves to be seen by as many people as possible

Comedy

Mo Gilligan and Friends: The Black British Takeover: A sparkling show

The superstar comic made generous space to shine light on talents that should have more exposure

Comedy

Pete Davidson Netflix special: Sheds light on the newsworthy star

What is it that makes the young comic such a magnet for amazing women? And can we work it out from his act?

Theatre

Police Cops The Musical at New Diorama Theatre: Zesty but messy

This riotous song and dance spectacular is fun but it has the potential to be a lot better with a bit of judicious editing

Comedy

Rob Newman’s Philosophy Show review: whistle-stop tour of ideas

Not everything works, but Newman has an inquisitive mind and is still an entertainer at heart

Comedy

Alfie Brown - Sensitive Man review: motoring towards a masterpiece

The brutally candid comedian returns with a slice of first-rate contrarianism

Comedy

Tim Minchin at Eventim Apollo review: the comic virtuoso is back

Back again to reboot a once-rebooted tour Minchin had the audience in the palm of his hand

Comedy

Ahir Shah - Dress: feels like he’s not quite finished dressing it

This new show from one of comedy’s deepest thinkers still feels a little undercooked

Theatre

Austentatious at the Fortune Theatre review: We’re utterly persuaded

The improvised Jane Austen show returns and it’s a silly and chaotic and wonderful as ever

Comedy

Jordan Brookes: Someone slagged me off, now I’ve made a show about it

The award-winning comic is back with a new show and a comedy special on Amazon Prime

Comedy

Live at the Apollo: The young comedians you should be watching now

As the long-standing talent showcase gears up for its 16th season, our critic picks his top young comics to see before they go stratospheric

Comedy

Esther Manito review: Woman on the verge of a breakthrough

This hugely enjoyable take on gender politics marks a definite step up for Manito

Comedy

Liz Kingsman at Soho theatre review: do everything to get a ticket

This social satire is a breathless, blistering, pitch-perfect comic critique of contemporary archetypes and modern manners

Comedy

The Political Party review: Matt Forde gives Burnham a light toasting

Forde brings his Political Party podcast to the West End for a run of live recordings, with the Mayor of Greater Manchester joining him for this first show

Comedy

Shagged. Married. Annoyed review: Crowdpleasing, undemanding laughs

Married couple Chris and Rosie Ramsey take their wildly successful podcast on tour

Comedy

Ricky Gervais, Palladium review: Finding the humour in provocation

Gervais always cuts as close as possible to the bone to make his points as he explores the nature of offence and humour as an escape valve

Comedy

Big Comedy Night review: Laughter proves powerful medicine for London

A line-up of distinctive acts underlined the strength in depth and the rich diversity of the capital’s comedy scene

Comedy

Simon Amstell, Soho Theatre review: Pithy pay-offs and plenty of angst

Shame, acceptance, dread, sex, veganism - Amstell’s set may have covered previously trodden terrain, but it did so beautifully

Comedy

Evening Standard Big Comedy Night in assoc with Uber: Jessica Fostekew

Tickets are now on sale for the Evening Standard Big Comedy Night in association with Uber, so get to know our brilliant comics