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.
Grace Dent on TV The Secret Life of the Pub is sexist, ageist and a breath of fresh air
Art Megumi Igarashi criticises Japan's 'backwards' attitude to women's sexual expression
tv Singer could become the most unlikely star of Westeros
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 I've been called an abusive and dangerous parent, when all I did was listen to my transgender child
- 2 Why this father didn’t hide his daughter’s heroin overdose in her obituary
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 4 Teaching profession headed for crisis as numbers continue to drop and working lives become 'unbearable'
- 5 The most powerful passports in the world
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins
Al Pacino admits he was nearly fired from The Godfather and it's still his most 'difficult role'
Warner Music owner Len Blavatnik tops Sunday Times Rich List
London Marathon: Best running songs from Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar to 'Uptown Funk'
Oldest footage of London landmarks released
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove