Round-up of 2011: Comedy

Tim Key, Tommy Tiernan, Stephen Merchant, Luke Wright and Jerry Sadowitz make our laugh-list

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Tim Key
Having netted Edinburgh’s big fat award for comedy in 2009, the former Coward blasted back in August with an absolute corker of a show. Masterslut was a masterclass of interactive improv raised to glorious levels by the most memorable use of a fully-drawn bath in comedy history.

Tommy Tiernan
Setting aside his penchant for controversy and going down the road of playfulness and ‘devilment’, the Irish comedian brought Poot to town, a hilarious and thoughtful analysis of the behavioural patterns society deems ‘normal’. With the added bonus of an Early Learning Centre bubble machine.

Stephen Merchant
Revelling in the opportunity to come out from the shadow of ‘his nibs’, the Oggmonster gave us Hello Ladies! A straight-down-the-line funny-as-hell show about his life-long inability to scoop himself a lady, Merchant used his vast height, comedy face and a rather wonderful way with some funny words to brilliant effect.

Luke Wright
Are you meant to be moved to tears at a comedy show? The Aisle 16 chap achieved this rare feat with aplomb in a couple of places during his Cynical Ballads show which offered up eight poetically funny/sad ‘caustic tales from Broken Britain’.

Jerry Sadowitz
When it comes to ‘caustic,’ the New Jersey-born Scottish comic is in a league of his own. Look a little closer and you might find that beneath the putrid filth of gags about dead children, race and other comedians, the ‘victim’ of the jokes is Sadowitz himself. A sad loser compelled to vent some charred spleen, you suspect he’d rather be doing nice card tricks for money.

Tim Key "banker"

YouTube: Tommy Tiernan talking about the Cork accent

YouTube: Stephen Merchant chatting up a girl

YouTube: The Company of Men by Luke Wright

Jerry Sadowitz: Comedian, Magician, Psychopath!

Angry brilliance, with magic and stand-up, from the hurricane of Sadowitz. Adults only, and hard-to-offend ones at that.

Tim Key: Masterslut

Unconventional stand-up and poetry. Not suitable for under 14s.

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