Best of 2014: Comedy preview
Julian Hall picks this year’s must-see comedy
Miles Jupp Is The Chap You’re Thinking Of
The eloquent, erudite comedian promises to take on burning issues such as having to have opinions and other people’s pants during this follow-up to his sumptuous cricketing adventure Fibber in the Heat. Filming a third series of Rev and with a number of feature films in the offing, Jupp is a hot ticket.
Tour starts 9 January, Reading South Street Arts Centre and runs to 2 April
John Robins: Where Is My Mind?
The former flatmate of Russell Howard and Jon Richardson deserves a share of the limelight himself and should get it with this charming show. It falls into two distinct halves – a tale of him as a romantic underdog and a sequence relating his neuroses about his health. Structurally, this was a little problematic for an hour-long Edinburgh set, but it should be ideal on tour.
Tour starts 28 January, Soho Theatre, London and runs to 14 March
Miranda Hart: My, What I Call, Live Show
Her sitcom is, by turns, brilliant and groanworthy, so a certain amount of “will she pull it off?” anticipation of Miranda Hart’s debut live tour could be forgiven. It’s touted as her first stand-up foray, though Hart took a number of hour-long character shows to the Edinburgh Fringe between 2002 and 2005.
Tour starts 28 February, Bournemouth International Centre and runs to 18 October
Russell Kane: Smallness
Neurotic, elastic, fantastic, the buoyant, bouffant jester previewed his treatise on inhibition at the smallest Edinburgh venue he could – the 55-seater Pleasance That. Now playing more expansive venues, Kane hasn’t lost any of his ability to enthrall.
Touring to 11 May
Michael Che: Cartoon Violence
When I first saw Che, the American was battling a rowdy Edinburgh Fringe crowd. Even in these less than ideal conditions his natural charm and streetwise pragmatism caught the eye. Now the comedian, feted by Variety and Rolling Stone, has another chance to shine with this brief London residency.
27 May to 1 June, Soho Theatre, London
Lee Mack: Hit The Road Mack
Mack was on fine form recently at the Royal Free Rocks With Laughter charity night where his new material hinted at good things to come. Forthright to the point of brusque, Mack’s relentless style and high hit rate can leave you simultaneously reeling and gasping for more.
Tour starts 23 August, Roisin Dubh, Galway and runs to 13 December
GlastonburyWI to make debut appearance at Somerset festival
TV reviewIt has taken seven episodes for Game of Thrones season five to hit its stride
FilmPalme d'Or goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Cyclist who knocked down three-year-old girl says his life has been 'destroyed'
- 2 A politically correct lefty goes to see Top Gear live – you'll probably believe what happened next
- 3 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 4 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
- 5 Snoop Dogg on why he doesn't regret displaying misogyny towards women
Stolen Instagram photo sells for $90,000
Art Garfunkel calls Paul Simon a 'monster' with a Napoleon complex
Eurovision 2015 winner: Sweden beats Russia and Italy to take the title from Conchita Wurst
Dheepan, film review: Palme d'Or prize goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head
Game of Thrones, The Gift, Season 5, Episode 7: Why two of the show’s most iconic characters just met
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland