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/  

Russell Brand’s Re:Birth and his Critique of the British Comic Figurehead

My latest piece on Russell Brand's political stand-up comedy special Re:Birth has been published by the fantastic Mumble Comedy.  If you are interested, you can access it at:  https://mumblecomedy.net/2018/12/17/russell-brands-rebirth-and-his-critique-of-the-british-comic-figurehead/

Bollywood, “Eidster” and Appendices: The Delhi Zingers of Vir Das’ “Losing It”

Recorded in San Francisco, Indian comedian and Bollywood actor Vir Das’ new special Losing It provides insightful explorations of life in the U.S from an Indian perspective, Indian culture and politics, and modern religion. An interesting element of Das’ stand-up strikes at the difficulty of being an immigrant in the U.S, and how he translates … Continue reading Bollywood, “Eidster” and Appendices: The Delhi Zingers of Vir Das’ “Losing It”

With an Apologetic White House Correspondents’ Association, Will President Trump Try his Hand at Stand-Up Comedy?

President Trump caused a bit of a storm last week when he hinted on Twitter that he may – finally – make an appearance at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.  His conspicuous absence at each annual event since taking office has certainly taken the varnish off the association.  In contrast to President Obama’s stunningly strategic … Continue reading With an Apologetic White House Correspondents’ Association, Will President Trump Try his Hand at Stand-Up Comedy?

Trevor Noah’s “Son of Patricia” and the Terror of Laughing at a Dick-Shaped Asteroid

Stand-up comic and host of The Daily Show Trevor Noah’s recently released Netflix special, Son of Patricia, offers a number of insights into U.S racial politics as a South African, his qualms with “authentic”tourist experiences, and the difficulty of delivering political comedy under President Trump.  While at times a little unfocused, it serves as a reminder … Continue reading Trevor Noah’s “Son of Patricia” and the Terror of Laughing at a Dick-Shaped Asteroid