Review: Simon Amstell: Numb

By Lee Levitt, August 24, 2012

I came out of Simon Amstell's postmodern take on stand-up comedy rather numb. Not comfortably numb, to borrow from Pink Floyd, but uncomfortably numb.


Israelis in London: A new comedy series

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2012

He is opinionated, occasionally obnoxious, foul-mouthed and thinks the Mona Lisa looks like Dana International, yet Pini Ben Tovim is hoping to be the latest Israeli screen character to charm British audiences.


Viennese Comedy puts Freud on the couch

By Jonathan Beckman, May 25, 2012

In Joseph Skibell’s new novel, Dr Jakob Sammelsohn, an impoverished ophthalmologist in Vienna with a non-existent sex life, falls in love with a woman he sees at the theatre. In the play’s interval, he engineers a conversation with her companion, who, it transpires, is Sigmund Freud.


Staines renamed after Ali G embarrassment

By Jennifer Lipman, May 21, 2012

The town used as the launch-pad for Sacha Baron Cohen's comedy career has opted to change its name to remove the stigma left by Ali G.

Councillors in the Surrey town of Staines agreed to rename their home as Staines-upon-Thames, in a bid to shake off the legacy left by the foulmouthed comic character.


Dictator star Sacha Baron Cohen enjoys London premiere

By Sandy Rashty, May 11, 2012

Sacha Baron Cohen walked the red carpet last night dressed as his alter-ego, Admiral General Aladeen, for the London world premiere of his latest film "The Dictator".


Elliot Gould in 'Listen to Grandpa, Andy Ling'

By Jennifer Lipman, April 30, 2012

Actor Elliot Gould stars in a web-only comedy about a religious scholar whose grandson could do with some guidance.


Open Letter: Why some fans are just not laughing

By Dan Bloom, April 19, 2012

Dear Ricky and Karl,

Can you guys maybe start to leave Anne Frank out of your comedy routines? Okay, some of your fans are laughing, but I'm not: why did the Holocaust diarist become a subject for mirth?


'The Office' star's Anne Frank 'jokes' appal TV viewers

April 19, 2012

Viewers have threatened to boycott shows by Ricky Gervais, after he joked that Anne Frank's family went into hiding from the Nazis because they did not want to pay rent.

The comedian has been harshly criticised in the UK and across the Atlantic for using Anne Frank as "comedic fodder" on The Daily Show in the US.


Ricky Gervais: Why it's kosher to joke about Anne Frank

By Ricky Gervais, April 19, 2012

I have had that routine for nearly 10 years now. It is about the misunderstanding and ignorance of what is clearly a tragic and horrific situation. My comic persona is that of a man who speaks with great arrogance and authority but who along the way reveals his immense stupidity.


Master and Margarita

By John Nathan, April 2, 2012

Of all Complicite's book adaptations, Bulgakov's mind-expanding novel is surely the most ambitious.