Frankie Boyle’s “New World Order” is a Testament to the Exceptionalism of Political Comedy

I was really struck by writer and socio-political commentator George Monbiot’s reflections on the latest episode of Frankie Boyle’s political comedy BBC show “New World Order”. Discussing the need to take urgent action on climate change, Monbiot brought the show’s panel and audience to a respectful silence by arguing that our current, timid approach to … Continue reading Frankie Boyle’s “New World Order” is a Testament to the Exceptionalism of Political Comedy

Comedy Review: The Carnal Magic of Scott Agnew’s “Work in Progress”

My review of the fantastic Scott Agnew's "Work in Progress" show, as part of the Glasgow Comedy Festival, has been published by the excellent Mumble Comedy.   If you are interested in reading it, it can be accessed here:  https://mumblecomedy.net/2019/04/02/the-carnal-magic-of-scott-agnews-work-in-progress/  

The Hilarious Cruelty of the Old West in “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

In their latest venture, the Coen Brothers’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is an anthology of dark, comical tales from the American Old West. I found it hugely compelling, hilarious and thought-provoking in its analysis of life on the frontier, and at times a beautiful testament to Americana. One of the film’s major strengths is … Continue reading The Hilarious Cruelty of the Old West in “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”