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Appropriate Behaviour

2 Mar 20154 stars

Hilarious, accomplished and idiosyncratic debut from Desiree Akhavan

Appropriate Behaviour is a beautifully observed breakup comedy told from the perspective of a Persian-American bisexual woman, living in Brooklyn, who is afraid to come out to her parents. Desiree Akhavan (recently seen in Lena Dunham’s Girls…

Life of Riley

2 Mar 20154 stars

Alain Resnais' final film is an elegant closer to a fine career

Alain Resnais died last March at the age of 91, just three weeks after his final work was among the prize winners at Berlin. It's heartening to discover that the playful, experimental instincts that marked his 70 year career remained constant until the…

Radio preview: Rik Mayall season, Radio 4 Extra

27 Feb 2015

BBC radio marks Mayall's 57th birthday with series of broadcasts

Rik Mayall was such a physical presence and scene-stealing whirlwind that radio might not seem to be an adequate avenue for his talents. Yet it did allow his comedic voice to come through loud and clear, possibly heightened in quality when it’s divorced…

Five things you might not know about . . . Count Arthur Strong

26 Feb 2015

Ex-music hall legend hits the road with Somebody Up There Licks Me

1 The man behind the pencil moustache, tweed jackets and prehistoric worldviews is one Steve Delaney. No relation, we think, to fellow comics such as the one-line gagmeister Gary or the American Catastrophe-starring Twitter sensation, Rob. This Delaney…

Focus

25 Feb 20152 stars

Vacuous, less-than-thrilling con artist flick starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie

It's been 22 years since Will Smith starred in Six Degrees of Separation, a wonderfully subtle adaptation of John Guare's play about a young con artist who takes in a well-to-do Manhattan couple. Watching Smith's new film Focus, his first lead since the…

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Dylan Moran prepares for an Off the Hook tour

25 Feb 2015

The Edinburgh-based Irish comic gets down and dirty with technology

When it comes to the modern world, Dylan Moran is less curmudgeonly as Bernard Black, his most lauded fictional creation, but he remains on the sceptical side. ‘Technology is a thing we just have to deal with, but part of the problem it’s created is…

Lloyd Langford takes some good Old Fashioned comedy on tour

24 Feb 2015

The laconic comic's current show sees him ponder everything from Snapchat to soup

When Lloyd Langford takes to the stage, don’t expect an exhibition of comedic machismo. Instead, this Welsh funnyman (who has been variously dubbed as ‘mild-mannered’, ‘a loveable misanthrope’ and ‘wise fool’) displays all the attributes of someone who…

X+Y

24 Feb 20154 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Moving drama with Asa Butterfield and Rafe Spall

The story of a young maths prodigy with autism, Morgan Matthews’ film could be viewed as a juvenile Rain Man. At least that would be the case if a Hollywood studio had made it. But actually, this British tale of the difficulties of adolescence and…

Alan Carr takes Yap, Yap, Yap on tour

23 Feb 2015

Chat show host likes to yap on stage as much as he does on telly

Following up Spexy Beast and Tooth Fairy, award-winning talk show guy Alan Carr is hopping on board the national touring bus for the first time in three years. Admitting that taking his stand-up shtick on the road ‘keeps me out of mischief’, this…

Preview: Stewart Francis – Pun Gent

23 Feb 2015

Canadian stand-up brings his unique brand of surreal and deadpan one-liners to King's Theat, Glasgow

As a warm-up for his next national tour Pun Gent (yeah, you get the picture), Canadian one-liner machine Stewart Francis is in town to play his part in a charity gig for MND. This will be his chance to road-test some gags that may or may not make the…

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

23 Feb 20153 stars

Spry sequel to the cross-cultural smash featuring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel's happy resolution didn't leave much room for a sequel; the film's extraordinary commercial success, however, made this an inevitability. Although the motivations behind its existence are certainly cynical, The Second Best…

GICF interview: Tommy Tiernan

20 Feb 2015

Caring little for the consensus, the Irish comedian continues to strive for stand-up excellence

A few years back Frankie Boyle announced that once a stand-up comedian reaches the age of 40, they should simply pack up their gags and wander off into some other vocation. The suggestion being that there’s a strict time limit on the usefulness of a…

GICF preview: Burnistoun

20 Feb 2015

Deceased comedy show given new life at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival

Burnistoun Has Still Game unwittingly started a new trend? After the Kiernan and Hemphill show made a highly successful transition from small screen to the large stage of the SSE Hydro last autumn, Iain Connell and Robert Florence have followed suit…

Billy Kirkwood, Bruce Morton and Anna Devitt discuss their comedy careers

20 Feb 2015

The three comedians get together before Glasgow Comedy Festival to talk laughs

To mark the Glasgow Comedy Festival turning 13, The List assembled three generations of comedians to discuss their careers. As a member of The Funny Farm, Bruce Morton is one of the Scottish comedy scene's founding fathers. Anna Devitt came to UK-wide…

My Comedy Hero: Lucy Porter on Caroline Aherne

19 Feb 2015

Comedian Lucy Porter shares some favourite memories of one of her biggest influences

Even though she’s predominantly known as a writer and actress, Caroline Aherne remains the funniest stand-up comedian I have ever seen. In the late 1990s I was living in Manchester, and Caroline was one of the leading lights of the city’s nascent comedy…

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Q&A: Funz and Gamez creator Phil Ellis

19 Feb 2015

The Edinburgh Comedy award-winning children's show comes to Glasgow International Comedy Festival

As the Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning Funz and Gamez comes to the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, creator Phil Ellis chats (at length) about the genesis of his adult-friendly kids show, how it felt to be an award-winner, and what to do when an…

While We're Young

19 Feb 20154 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts star in Noah Baumbach's latest

The threat of the young is at the centre of writer-director Noah Baumbach's perceptive, funny and cringingly honest eighth film, whose satirical swipe reaches across the age spectrum. It follows a cross-generational friendship which inspires adulation…

Susan Calman is keeping positive on the Lady Like tour

18 Feb 2015

It's all about those shiny, happy people laughing for the corporate lawyer turned stand-up comic

Describing her current touring show as ‘a proper night of good, old-fashioned entertainment’, Susan Calman has nevertheless been getting quite a lot off her chest with Lady Like. The show is partly about the Radio 4 stalwart trying to enjoy her own…

10 Glasgow Comedy Festival comedians pick their favourite films

18 Feb 2015

Which funny films make the comics laugh the hardest? We asked some to find out

With the Glasgow International Comedy Festival just around the corner, Brian Donaldson caught up with 10 comedians and asked each of them what they favourite big screen comedies were.

Q&A: Josie Long

17 Feb 2015

Comedian takes a break from touring Cara Josephine to take our First & Last quiz

As she takes her latest slice of optimistic stand-up around the UK, including a stop at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, the comic talks ClickHole, the Cure and counting chairs.

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The Wedding Ringer

16 Feb 20152 stars

Mirthless matrimonial comedy squandering the talented Kevin Hart and Josh Gad

At one point earmarked as a vehicle for Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson (the first draft of the screenplay predates their similar hit Wedding Crashers), The Wedding Ringer is a low-brow comedy pairing Kevin Hart (Ride Along) with rising star Josh Gad, who…

Cat Video Festival gets Scottish premiere at Glasgow Film Festival

13 Feb 2015

Don't know your Keyboard Cat from your Bane Cat? We've got you covered

Glasgow Film Festival and GOMA present the first offline celebration of online cat videos to take place in Scotland. The Internet Cat Video Festival has been produced and curated by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and offers viewers continuous…

New show in style of Spitting Image coming to ITV

11 Feb 2015

New prime time puppet show Newzoids is set to lampoon politicians and celebrities

Good news for Spitting Image fans: ITV is set to air a new prime time puppet show, which will reunite some of the talent behind the long-running series. Newzoids features impressions from the likes of Jon Culshaw and Debra Stephenson, and will…

Who will replace Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show?

11 Feb 2015

Hold on tightly to your loved ones: Jon Stewart is leaving late night television

By now you will have all heard the news. The people’s champion of evening talk shows and America’s satirist-in-chief, Jon Stewart, has announced he’s leaving The Daily Show after 17 years as host. Hopefully you’re all stocked up on fuel, dry goods and…

Sequels announced for Paddington and Fifty Shades of Grey

10 Feb 2015

We look at some upcoming sequels and ask: really?

In keeping with the entertainment industry's fundamental principle that if it worked once then do it all over again, it's been announced that sequels are in the works for two very different films: Paddington and Fifty Shades of Grey. According to…