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.
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery reports: 'I'm living a fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
- 2 Salisbury ranked seventh-best city in the world to visit in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015
- 3 Disney announces new female-led film Moana
- 4 Banksy not arrested: Internet duped by fake report claiming artist's identity revealed
- 5 Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Disney announces new female-led film Moana
Eight seconds of white noise is top of the Canadian iTunes chart because people love Taylor Swift that much
Fury, film review: Brad Pitt is intriguing as unsympathetic war hero
American Horror Story season 4, Fox - TV review: Sensitive, silly and sensational
Is Poppy Pym the new Harry Potter? Children's bookseller wins Independent's new author search
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Jose Manuel Barroso warns David Cameron against making 'historic mistake' over immigration reforms