The Year in Review: Best comedy of 2010
Friday 24 December 2010
Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog
The Inbetweeners star, and one-third of silly sketch troupe We Are Klang, drew on his previous experience as a drama teacher to produce a fine debut show at the Edinburgh Fringe, piecing together some of his funniest anecdotes, some apocryphal, some not, from his life inside and outside the classroom.
Along with Daniel Kitson, Stewart Lee enjoys a prime position in the vanguard of non-mainstream comedy, a position which allows him great freedom of expression, looser performances and a pronounced devil-may-care attitude. He's currently producing some vintage material.
Despite sticking in my memory as one of Miranda's dates in Sex and the City (he's the who leaves the door open while he performs his ablutions), Jim Gaffigan's flying visit to London cleaned up with no recourse to toilet humour required. A highly satisfying and grown-up set.
Words, Words, Words
From YouTube sensation to Judd Apatow cohort and sitcom star, 20-year-old Bo Burnham dazzled with his debut Fringe show, a mix of music, poetry and stand-up. Vulnerable but with plenty of attitude, his efforts were fobbed off with a Spirit of the Fringe award rather than the main prize, but that's unlikely to do his burgeoning career any harm.
Penn & Teller
The visit of these two American veterans of comedy magic was both an exercise in nostalgia and a reminder of the renewed interest in this comedy genre in recent years. The old pros still have the talent to amuse and amaze, reinventing familiar tricks so that they appear fresh out of the box.
Film Leonardo DiCaprio hunts Tom Hardy
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Sabrina Corgatelli: US hunting tourist posts picture of herself with dead giraffe after Cecil the lion outrage
- 2 Tom Cruise: Reporters banned from asking actor about Scientology
- 3 A-level results 2015: UK exam board OCR admits it 'estimates' hundreds of pupils' grades after papers 'go missing'
- 4 Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state
- 5 Giant Minion terrorises drivers in Ireland as 40ft inflatable blocks traffic on Dublin road
Artist Jamie McCartney: How The Great Wall of Vagina is a stand against 'body fascism'
A Very British Brothel, Channel 4 - TV Review: These insights into people who buy and sell sex are particularly relevant
Cilla Black: Her 12 best songs, from 'Anyone Who Had a Heart' to 'You're My World'
Michael B Jordan and Kate Mara handle excruciatingly awkward and offensive interview questions like pros
Game of Thrones season 6: 'A Song of Ice and Fire should be finished by 1998,' said George R. R. Martin, 'but don't hold your breath'
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron's use of 'swarm' as 'racist' and 'ignorant'
Chris Leslie: Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity agenda will harm the poor, says Labour shadow Chancellor
Landlords renting properties to illegal immigrants to face up to five years in prison
While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'
Calais crisis: The seven claims made about the migrants - and the reality