Nish Kumar In my first year, I saw Klangbang, by the much-missed sketch group We Are Klang. Nothing could have prepared me for the avalanche of stupidity that was about to strike. Three grown men clowned around in a celebration of filth and depravity … and I couldn't have loved it any more. The show was incessantly hilarious, with sketches including a grotesque caricature of Tracey Emin, one about moronic mindreader Derren Chilblain and its Theatre du Bastard skit. Mindblowing doesn't begin to cover it – Klangband detonated a thermonuclear device in my consciousness. I am performing in the same room this year. If my show is half as good as Klangbang, I'll be very pleased with myself indeed. … [Read more...] about The best show I’ve ever seen at Edinburgh: performers and theatre-makers on their festival highlights
Let’s hope I’m wrong. Certainly, Acaster seems delighted with the show: “I could not be happier [or] prouder,” he said on announcing the event – which means a lot, in light of the struggles the show depicts. Let’s hope that Cold Lasagne is the start of a new chapter for Acaster, retaining from his earlier work the meticulous set-building skill, the eye for oddity, and the compulsion (amusing in itself) to dig deeper and push harder than most to find the funny in the ways we behave and the things we say. But marrying that to the fierce emotional candour and hard edge that Cold Lasagne introduced to his act. It’s strange to think that five award nods running and a quadruple whammy on Netflix might have just been a palate cleanser – but Cold Lasagne is good enough to make you believe it. … [Read more...] about From Brexit to breakups, James Acaster is an audacious king of comedy
Lily, from Lewes, and George, from Hastings, are hardly strangers to Arundel, which also boasts a Roman Catholic cathedral and is just miles from the 17th century stately home of Goodwood, owned by the Duke of Richmond … [Read more...] about ‘Trolls’ deluge couple with poison pen letters accusing them of attracting ‘scantily-clad maskless chavs’ to pretty Sussex town by opening cake shop
Since then, he has rarely put a foot wrong as he steadily rebuilt Fianna Fail's electoral fortunes. In February's general election, they under-performed compared with polling, but still finished as the largest party in the Dail with 38 seats (including the speaker), although this is well short of a majority. Months of torturous coalition negotiations resulted in the party returning to government. … [Read more...] about Micheal Martin: Ireland elects a new leader – who is he and why will he only get two years?
The city also boasts the world’s longest covered walkway, winding 3.8km up to the hilltop San Luca basilica. The locals built the portico to protect an icon of the Madonna that is carried into town each year in thanks for saving them from famine in 1433. We take a cheat’s mini train up then walk down. … [Read more...] about Look beyond the same old city breaks — try visiting these unusual European metropolises instead