Reviews

Review – Stewart Lee, Vegetable Stew

Ben Clover finds Stewart Lee’s Vegetable Stew a little more silly and a little less ranty than usual, but no less precise. Stewart Lee isn’t going to let something like gravity interfere with his act. Near the start of Vegetable Stew he says it isn’t a show with an arc like previous 60-minuters, but it’s(…)

Review: Alun Cochrane at Soho Theatre

Ben Clover finds a rare instance of a heckle spoiling more than one show, in watching Alun Cochrane’s Life, Jokes, and Jokes About Life. I’m not sure Stewart Lee hasn’t warped a generation of stand-ups. So authoritative is the Walsall funnyman’s recent book featuring his shows and comment thereon, that you can already see its(…)

Review: Miles Jupp – Fibber in the Heat (A Cricket Tale)

Miles Jupp takes to Soho Theatre the true tale of how he blagged his way into his dream job – international cricket correspondent. Can he make a story about cricket funny, asks Paul Fleckney? Given the number of people who regard cricket as a massive waste of time, it’s a pretty bold move to do(…)

Review: Lembit Opik’s stand-up comedy debut

You wouldn’t normally review a comic on their first gig, but then normal rules don’t seem to apply to Lembit Opik A shiny brogue appropriated as a ventriloquist’s dummy, a media scrum, a lingerie model “girlfriend” and Stephen Pound MP boisterously approving from the front row. Yes, former MP Lembit Opik’s first foray into stand-up(…)

Review – Checkley Bush’s Comedy Riot

A fun variety night of grotesque humour that deserves a bigger audience, but is let down slightly by the admin, writes Sarah Sharp Checkley and Bush certainly aren’t for the faint hearted. Funny they do, and in spades – but of their many fortes, finesse perhaps is not one. Not without reason did this show(…)