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Alan Partridge: Stratagem, O2 Arena - patchy but a reliable joy

Steve Coogan inhabits his desperate, naff creation so seamlessly you completely lose sight of him

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Athena Kugblenu: Shaking Her Class at Soho Theatre: a real class act

The Londoner’s show mixes profound thoughts with mischievous gags

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The Destination: Jessica Fostekew on the magic of comedy

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The Journey: Jessica Fostekew on new comedy gigs

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The Introduction: Comedian Jessica Fostekew on awkward gig moments

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The Destination: Comedian Huge Davies on his relationship with ducks

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Schalk Bezuidenhout at Soho Theatre: positively a name to watch

Not yet in the league of his compatriot Trevor Noah, this South African comic is still definitely one to watch

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Bill Bailey at Wembley Arena: a sublime celebration of silliness

An ever-changing, never boring two hour spectacular

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Julian Clary review: Adult comedy that makes you giggle like a child

Clary is back turning the air blue with bawdy humour and smutty stories

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Jack Whitehall with Hilary and Michael at the Eventim Apollo review

The standup and film actor seemed happy to take a back seat while his parents regaled the audience with anecdotes

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Hannah Gadsby at the Palladium: A comedian at the top of her game

After the success of her two shows Nanette and Douglas, recorded for Netflix, Gadsby’s latest proves that good things do come in threes

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Dane Baptiste: The Chocolate Chip - this comic’s one smart cookie

This run of the comedian’s latest show is something of a victory lap

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Is cancel culture killing comedy? Don’t make me laugh Maureen

The veteran performer’s concerns aren’t shared by everyone in the comedy world

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Ben Elton comedy review: yes he’s male and pale, but still not stale

Forty years after his debut as a stand-up, the comedian’s still got it

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Maisie Adam: The rising star comic on her next gig, Live at the Apollo

During the pandemic the comic’s profile has soared - now she’s on the biggest comedy show on TV

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Bridget Christie review: Her comic potency remains undiminished

The highly accomplished stand-up’s new show deserves to be seen by as many people as possible

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Mo Gilligan and Friends: The Black British Takeover: A sparkling show

The superstar comic made generous space to shine light on talents that should have more exposure

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Pete Davidson Netflix special: Sheds light on the newsworthy star

What is it that makes the young comic such a magnet for amazing women? And can we work it out from his act?

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Police Cops The Musical at New Diorama Theatre: Zesty but messy

This riotous song and dance spectacular is fun but it has the potential to be a lot better with a bit of judicious editing

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Rob Newman’s Philosophy Show review: whistle-stop tour of ideas

Not everything works, but Newman has an inquisitive mind and is still an entertainer at heart

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Alfie Brown - Sensitive Man review: motoring towards a masterpiece

The brutally candid comedian returns with a slice of first-rate contrarianism

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Tim Minchin at Eventim Apollo review: the comic virtuoso is back

Back again to reboot a once-rebooted tour Minchin had the audience in the palm of his hand

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Ahir Shah - Dress: feels like he’s not quite finished dressing it

This new show from one of comedy’s deepest thinkers still feels a little undercooked

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Austentatious at the Fortune Theatre review: We’re utterly persuaded

The improvised Jane Austen show returns and it’s a silly and chaotic and wonderful as ever

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Jordan Brookes: Someone slagged me off, now I’ve made a show about it

The award-winning comic is back with a new show and a comedy special on Amazon Prime

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Live at the Apollo: The young comedians you should be watching now

As the long-standing talent showcase gears up for its 16th season, our critic picks his top young comics to see before they go stratospheric

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Esther Manito review: Woman on the verge of a breakthrough

This hugely enjoyable take on gender politics marks a definite step up for Manito

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Liz Kingsman at Soho theatre review: do everything to get a ticket

This social satire is a breathless, blistering, pitch-perfect comic critique of contemporary archetypes and modern manners

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David Baddiel at Bloomsbury Theatre review: Trolls get vanquished

Though less moving than his last two personal shows, this very funny take on social media is a Twitter tonic

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Jonathan Pie at Bloomsbury Theatre review: bitesize was better

The YouTuber goes headlong into this set but it could use a bit more updating

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Mo Gilligan at Eventim Apollo review: An observational masterclass

If you’ve only seen the south Londoner on your iPhone or TV, you’ve only seen half of him, says Bruce Dessau

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Ricky Gervais, Palladium review: Finding the humour in provocation

Gervais always cuts as close as possible to the bone to make his points as he explores the nature of offence and humour as an escape valve

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Big Comedy Night review: Laughter proves powerful medicine for London

A line-up of distinctive acts underlined the strength in depth and the rich diversity of the capital’s comedy scene

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Simon Amstell, Soho Theatre review: Pithy pay-offs and plenty of angst

Shame, acceptance, dread, sex, veganism - Amstell’s set may have covered previously trodden terrain, but it did so beautifully

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Evening Standard Big Comedy Night in assoc with Uber: Jessica Fostekew

Tickets are now on sale for the Evening Standard Big Comedy Night in association with Uber, so get to know our brilliant comics

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Phil Wang, the millennial king of comedy, on finding his voice

From sex to race, no subject is off limits for Phil Wang. The headliner of the Evening Standard Big Comedy Night in association with Uber tells Bruce Dessau about finding his voice and leading a new generation

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Russell Howard - Respite review: He’s still a comedy king

The boyish Bristolian stand-up mixed modern with the more traditional in this sold out show

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Evening Standard Big Comedy Night in assoc with Uber Q&A: Huge Davies

Tickets are now on sale for our Evening Standard Big Comedy Night in association with Uber, so get to know our brilliant comics