Comedy; GIG OF THE WEEK
Saturday 29 August 1998
Say the words "badger parade" to many people, and they'll look at you as if you're one wicket short of a set of a stumps. Others, however, will welcome you as a fellow devotee in the cult of Harry Hill. His act may at first appear to be all "in" references to Zeinab Badawi, Savlon, pork chops and chickens. But if you give in to Hill's peculiar tidal wave of daftness, you quickly find yourself being swept along by it. Dressed in his trademark black suit and the white shirt with collars so huge he'd take off in a high wind, he is a surreal yet undeniably electrifying performer. He also has a mean set of one-liners and is more than capable of seeing off any trouble-makers in the audience. "Would I be right in thinking, sir, that it's your first day out of prison?" he asks one heckler. "You'll soon get used to the bright lights and the high beer prices." So even if you think surrealism is best left to Parisian artists of the 1920s, it is worth checking out this unique comedic talent. Battersea Arts Centre, London SW11 (0171-223 2223) tonight
Despite his success on BBC1 in the comedy show They Think It's All Over,
Lee Hurst is determined to go back to his stand-up roots. The bald-headed funny man, famous for his rapid-fire style, is opening his own comedy club on his home turf in Bethnal Green, East London. Lee Hurst's Backyard opens on Friday, and the comedian will be recording a video there on Sunday 20 September. Tickets on 0171-739 3122
Aspiring comedians can now fulfil their dreams at a class run by the Comedy School in association with the Hackney Empire. The eight- week course, starting on 20 Sept, will help students prepare for a performance in front of a live audience. Tutors in the past have included Ivor Dembina (above), Tony Allan, Rudy Lickwood, Mark Blake and Paulette Randell. Scholarships are available. For more information, phone Keith Palmer on: 0181-215 0144
Glastonbury Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will perform with Paul Weller as their warm-up act
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Katie Hopkins gives rare glimpse of sensitive side with heartfelt open letter to her children penned in case she dies from epilepsy
- 2 Rihanna's Met Gala dress took one Chinese woman 2 years to make, was reduced to omelette meme in 2 seconds
- 3 Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to replace Jeremy Clarkson and co
- 4 #JeSuisEd: People share photos of themselves eating awkwardly in solidarity with Labour leader
- 5 Women think Irish men are the sexiest, survey finds
Penny Dreadful, series 2 episode 1, review: It is still gloriously silly
Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to replace Jeremy Clarkson and co
Eurovision 2015: What date and time is the song contest and who are the favourites to win?
How the Other Half Eat, Channel 4 - TV review: Swapping food trolleys shows how food and class are closely connected
Indiana Jones sequel confirmed by Lucasfilm - but will Harrison Ford return to the franchise?
In defence of liberal democracy
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The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
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