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Re: The new "What Stand Up Have You Seen Lately?" thread
« Reply #90 on: November 18, 2018, 03:43:57 PM »
I saw Natalie Palamides Nate at the Soho Theatre and thought it was amazing, one of the best things I've seen in ages and I've seen a lot of great comedy this year. It's absolutely insane stuff but captivating throughout and I can't wait to see what she does next, and it's also ridiculous that she wasn't nominated for the main award at Edinburgh this year too, especially considering some of the people who were *coughs*Glenn Moore*coughs*. As I was leaving I noticed Doctor Brown was in the audience and so had a brief chat with him, which was the icing on an amazing cake that I wish I could eat again and again.

Yes yes yes, I saw Palamides at the fringe and she was terrific.  Of the nominees I saw Matafeo, Ward and Hodgson and she definitely deserved it more than any of them (though I thought they were all really good as well). 

I do find myself differentiating between what comedy I think is "good", and the comedy I enjoy the most, though.  I probably enjoyed Sam Campbell the most but I probably thought Palamides was "the best". If that makes any sense.

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« Reply #91 on: November 18, 2018, 10:11:45 PM »
Yes yes yes, I saw Palamides at the fringe and she was terrific.  Of the nominees I saw Matafeo, Ward and Hodgson and she definitely deserved it more than any of them (though I thought they were all really good as well). 

I do find myself differentiating between what comedy I think is "good", and the comedy I enjoy the most, though.  I probably enjoyed Sam Campbell the most but I probably thought Palamides was "the best". If that makes any sense.

I know what you mean, I probably laughed more when I saw Bridget Christie (and really loved that gig) but slightly preferred Palamides, but then I am a fan of really strange comedy.

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« Reply #92 on: November 19, 2018, 12:25:49 AM »
I know what you mean, I probably laughed more when I saw Bridget Christie (and really loved that gig) but slightly preferred Palamides, but then I am a fan of really strange comedy.

You ought to check out Lucy Pearman’s show at the Soho Theatre next week. I loved it so much when I saw it in Edinburgh.

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« Reply #93 on: November 20, 2018, 12:21:50 PM »
You ought to check out Lucy Pearman’s show at the Soho Theatre next week. I loved it so much when I saw it in Edinburgh.

Alas I'm a bit broke right now but if I can pick up cheap tickets I'll definitely try and make it, thanks for the recommendation.

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« Reply #94 on: November 20, 2018, 02:22:38 PM »
Mort Sahl, every Thursday night on Periscope. Luckily, they have been archiving them for the last 2 years or so.

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« Reply #95 on: November 29, 2018, 04:02:46 AM »
As I was leaving I noticed Doctor Brown was in the audience

The good Doctor directed Nate and Laid, and from what I can tell is frequently on hand come showtime.

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« Reply #96 on: November 29, 2018, 11:00:56 AM »
The good Doctor directed Nate and Laid, and from what I can tell is frequently on hand come showtime.

Yeah, that was one of the reasons I wanted to go as I'm a huge fan. He also did the show on Monday and Tuesday this week, with Natalie "live directing" (whatever that means) but it was on late and I had work the next day so wasn't able to go.

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Re: The new "What Stand Up Have You Seen Lately?" thread
« Reply #97 on: December 02, 2018, 10:27:48 PM »
Not stand up but I went to see The Logical Plays: From A - Z last night which saw professional actors take on ten scripts which were written by children. I only went as a friend was performing in it and wasn't convinced beforehand that it was going to be that great, but it turned out that it was very funny stuff, I suspect they might have had a bit of help forming the scripts but you could tell from the dialogue that it was written by kids and it was pleasingly silly, with a fair few of them having a Harry Hill feeling to them.

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« Reply #98 on: December 09, 2018, 05:53:44 PM »
Once again not stand up but I saw Any Suggestions, Doctor?, the improvised Doctor Who play this afternoon and enjoyed it an awful lot, the six strong cast put on a great production and if you're a fan of the series, or just of improv, I'd definitely recommend checking them out.

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« Reply #99 on: December 19, 2018, 09:22:57 AM »
Saw Richard Gadd doing WIP on Monday, it wasn't billed as comedy and even explicitly said on the poster not to expect laughs, but my god it was intense

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« Reply #100 on: December 19, 2018, 09:24:42 AM »
Saw Richard Gadd doing WIP on Monday, it wasn't billed as comedy and even explicitly said on the poster not to expect laughs, but my god it was intense

I thought about going to that but as they said not to expect laughs I decided against it. Was it funny in any way, or has he moved in to dramatic performances completely now?

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« Reply #101 on: December 19, 2018, 09:28:48 AM »
There were certainly laughs and he's a very charismatic performer but once it really got into it's stride there wasn't much let up at all. Some elements in common with Monkey See, Monkey Do, but way darker I think

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« Reply #102 on: December 19, 2018, 10:38:01 AM »
Hmmm, will probably give it a miss then, at least unless I'm in the mood for something theatrical rather than funny, but thanks for the info.

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« Reply #103 on: February 07, 2019, 10:34:41 AM »
I saw Fin Taylor - When Harassy Met Sally at Soho Theatre earlier this week. Very funny, dangerously close to tipping into "straight white male clumsily misunderstands the #MeToo movement" but masterfully walks the line. There was a lot of tension in the room, but he regularly managed to break everyone into hysterics, apart from the two women that walked out. I can imagine it's not everyone's cup of tea, especially if you're the type of person that needs to totally agree with everything a comedian says to find them funny (which is a terrible way to view stand-up generally). I'd recommend to catch it where you can though, there might even still be tickets left for the rest of this Soho Theatre run. It's a very tight show packed with great jokes. I bet it was a wobbly process getting it together, some tone-deaf material must have been chopped out along the way, some arguably may still have been left in.

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« Reply #104 on: February 07, 2019, 02:27:14 PM »
Came to post about the Fin Taylor show too, I loved it. Don't think I would have gone if I hadn't seen him do bits from it on a mixed bill and liked it, even as someone who'd seen him and liked his shows before, based on the descriptions of the show and his weird rubbish Comedy Central bingo thing

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« Reply #105 on: February 07, 2019, 03:06:40 PM »
I did think about going to see that but I'm a bit broke at the moment so may well miss it. I do have Garrett Millerick coming up next week at the Soho Theatre at least, as I liked him a lot when I saw him MC a gig last year.

I forgot to mention I went to a mixed bill night a couple of weeks ago which Jamali Maddix was headlining, I used to vaguely know him a few years ago as we were on the open mic circuit at the same time and shared a love for graphic novels, and I thought he was really great back then. He's still very good now and has some fantastic jokes about terrorism, but he spent a bit too much of the time talking about his dick and sex with his porn star ex which the audience loved but I felt was a bit by the numbers. Max & Ivan also did twenty minutes and I thought they were superb, though I was already a fan due to seeing their show on NextUp. Also on the bill were Maria Shehata and Esther Manito who were pretty strong, they're not the kind of comics I'd rush to see an hour long show of but they were fun to see in short bursts.

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Re: The new "What Stand Up Have You Seen Lately?" thread
« Reply #106 on: February 08, 2019, 04:03:02 PM »
Heads up for newcastle folks, they’ve just put tickets up for Sadowitz at the stand in may. I managed to get one but I doubt they’ll be around for long as he usually near sells out the Tyne theatre.

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« Reply #107 on: February 09, 2019, 12:24:55 AM »
I did think about going to see that but I'm a bit broke at the moment so may well miss it. I do have Garrett Millerick coming up next week at the Soho Theatre at least, as I liked him a lot when I saw him MC a gig last year.

I think Garrett Millerick's ace; I'd go a long way to see a full show by him, (which I expect I'd have to- nobody plays Darlington)

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« Reply #108 on: February 09, 2019, 12:48:51 PM »
I think Garrett Millerick's ace; I'd go a long way to see a full show by him, (which I expect I'd have to- nobody plays Darlington)

I'm looking forward to it even more now. And on the Darlington front, you could solve that easily by moving to London, and then we could go to lots of comedy gigs together as well. For the record there would be no sex though, Mrs SMBH refuses to allow it, but I could plausibly get the odd sneaky kiss in when she wasn't looking.

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« Reply #109 on: February 09, 2019, 03:20:24 PM »
His show Sunflower is very good. It's not particularly challenging or boundary pushing, but a solid hour of clubby material that evolves into something more serious and personal. I dug it.

But then you couldn't pay me to go and see Fin Taylor again.

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« Reply #110 on: February 13, 2019, 04:55:46 PM »
I enjoyed Millerick a fair amount, I had seen about a third of the show before when he MC'd a gig last year but as the material was so strong it still made me laugh a lot. I thought the serious ending was laid on a little thickly, and I'm not completely convinced by the suggestion that absolutely everything can be joked about, but it was still a great set and I'd definitely go and see his next full length hour.

Unfascinating fact: I was sat next to Phil Wang during the gig, who laughed three times (he has a very loud laugh so it's impossible not to notice it), and disappointingly made no attempt to seduce me at any point. I mean I was there with a female friend and I guess he must have thought we were together, but he still could have played footsie with me or something.

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« Reply #111 on: February 13, 2019, 05:26:40 PM »
Advice needed - do I go and see Marc Maron at the Southbank in April?

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« Reply #112 on: February 13, 2019, 05:34:28 PM »
Advice needed - do I go and see Marc Maron at the Southbank in April?

I would, I saw him there last year and was really impressed, he was only supposed to do an hour but did two and I thought it was superb stuff.

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« Reply #113 on: February 13, 2019, 06:56:59 PM »
I was sat next to Phil Wang during the gig


I heard he tried to barter his way in at the box office but wasn't successful.

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« Reply #114 on: March 01, 2019, 09:39:10 PM »
Myq Kaplan - All Killing Aside - An American comedian who's appeared on a few US chat shows like Letterman and Craig Ferguson, and also entered America's Got Talent making it through to the semi-finals. I enjoyed this an awful lot and it's quite a performance as he rattles through his material at an impressive rate, it's packed with a lot of insightful and very funny jokes and he's definitely a comedian that I'd pay to see again, and I'm a notoriously tight bastard.

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Re: The new "What Stand Up Have You Seen Lately?" thread
« Reply #115 on: March 30, 2019, 09:38:46 PM »
A local mixed bill night so I'll try and do it in brief:

Morgana Robinson as Natalie Cassidy - MC'd the night, opened with 15 minutes of strong material (though pretty harsh on Cassidy, I'm no fan at all so found it funny but I could imagine the actress herself would be upset by it) including a bit of audience participation with an incredibly reluctant guy which made it even funnier. After that inbetween acts she played a game of pass the parcel which sucked the energy out of the room, and was a bit disappointing.

Spencer Jones - I've seen him a few times before and he was better than ever tonight, absolutely killed and easily got the biggest reaction from the room.

Gabby Best - Fucking superb, has a great routine about the differences between CBT and Mindfulness and really impressed in general, after Spencer she was easily the best act of the night.

Lou Sanders - Strong, though a mix of tried and tested and new material, I really liked her but it wasn't her very best work.

Alice Brine - One long routine about tampons, I liked this New Zealand comic a fair bit but the material isn't hugely original, though it does have a killer punchline.

Brett Goldstein - Expected to dislike him because he was in Derek but he was pretty great, a lot of post #metoo material about how shit men are, which I couldn't help but agree with, and in general he was very likeable.

Athena Kugblenu - Started well with jokes about parents who put photos of their kids on facebook, but ended with some Windrush material which while commendable wasn't that funny. Still generally good though.

Sophie Duker - The weakest act on the night but she still made me laugh a good few times, which is sign of how enjoyable the night was as a whole. Had some great material about hiring an Uber driver called Daddy, but was otherwise a bit patchy.

Re: The new "What Stand Up Have You Seen Lately?" thread
« Reply #116 on: April 16, 2019, 05:00:08 PM »
Bill Burr's last special (first letdown)
Mort Sahl (weekly show)
Louis CK - 2017
Dave Chappelle - Age of Spin
Doug Stanhope - Deadbeat Hero

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Re: The new "What Stand Up Have You Seen Lately?" thread
« Reply #117 on: April 16, 2019, 07:06:19 PM »
I've seen a fair bit in the last week as I've been reviewing some of it for the two blogs I contribute to:

Joe Jacobs - Grimefulness - One of CaB's own this was a very early work in progress and not everything worked but there was a lot to like and the songs (or raps, as I believe the young people call them) were superb, and I'm really looking forward to seeing the final version post-Edinburgh.

Michael Brunstrom - World Of Sport - Really beautiful stuff, I loved his last show The Great Fire Of London and this is almost as good (and is also a work in progress, so will change a fair bit apparently by Edinburgh). His unique and bizarre type of comedy is just my cup of tea and I'm a huge fan and I'd recommend him to all.

Little Miss Sunshine - A Road Musical - At the Arcola and starring Gary Wilmot this was an enormous amount of fun, I'm fond of the movie but didn't know how it would work as a musical but they've pulled it off with aplomb, Wilmot was excellent and the rest of the cast really strong too.

William Andrews - Willy - At the Soho Theatre last week, Andrews apparently gave up stand up for nine years as he struggled with the nights it didn't go well but I hope he never does so again as he's a fantastic comic, it sags slightly in the middle but in general is bloody great.

Will Rowlands - Cocoon - A very, very early work in progress so there were plenty of bits which didn't really go anywhere but he has a lot of charm and so this wasn't an issue, and the final twenty minutes were great, I think this will definitely be worth seeing when finished.

David McIver - Transport - And yet another work in progress, though this is a bit further down the road that Rowland's and I liked it an awful lot. McIver basically acts out an online role playing game on stage, taking on lots of characters and there's a fair bit of audience participation too which I'm always a sucker for. There's a slight emotional element which needs a bit of polishing but overall it was very funny, and I definitely plan to see it again when it's finished. But then that does apply to all of the work in progress's above, I've been really lucky of late to see some great comedy.