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Maximum Nonsense, Tony Law

Maximum Nonsense is a recent Go Faster Stripe standup DVD by Canadian comedian Tony Law. You can buy the DVD–which comes with 10 minutes of extras and is region zero–or as a straight download for those of you who no longer have DVD players. “Law is enjoying himself hugely–and the feeling is contagious.” –The Guardian…

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Robin Ince’s Last Ever Show

If you’re even half as much a Robin Ince fan as Anglonerd magazine is, you’ll appreciate that Go Faster Stripe has released a mammoth sendoff to Ince’s standup career: a two-disc DVD set containing hours and hours of recent standup material from Ince, including a recording of Ince’s last big standup show before he retired. Robin…

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Science, Ricky Gervais Live IV

If you’re looking for a standup set about science, you’re better off with Robin Ince’s Happiness Through Science DVD than Ricky Gervais’ Science DVD because, as Gervais points out, Science is more “an investigation into the rational and non-rational” than it is cracks at Medel and his peas. However, if you’re in on Gervais’ irony…

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Simon Munnery: Hello

Do not punish yourself. You deprive the world of its purpose. There is a man onstage in a Sainsbury-orange jumper wiping sweat out from under his large spectacles as he sings Bruce Springsteen songs, stopping occasionally to analyze the lyrics. Simon Munnery is not your traditional standup comic. In fact, he makes this very clear…

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Random Abstract Memory by Hattie Hayridge

The world was surprised when deadpan comedian Hattie Hayridge showed up in the sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf as the shipboard computer Holly, mostly because up until then the role had been played by deadpan comedian Norman Lovett. Similarly, the world was surprised when Hattie Hayridge showed up in the hospital on the day of her birth, mostly…

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10 Facts or Lies About Nick Frost

Nick Frost’s autobiography Truths, Half Truths, and Little White Lies was the most surprising biography I’ve read to date. It starts out giving character studies of his parents, like many biographies do, and I thought that perhaps I was going to be bored throughout this book. It quickly did an about-face and landed us in Tel Aviv…

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Then & Now: Cluub Zarathustra

What is Cluub Zarathustra? Read Robert Wringham’s very excellent book You Are Nothing. Simon Munnery In 1994, comedian Simon Munnery started a comedy group in Islington, London called Cluub Zarathustra, a collective bent more on experimentation and breaking the expectation of audience/performer interaction than on entertaining. Munnery’s compere character at the Cluub was The League Against…

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8 Things That Did or Did Not Inspire Mr. John Cleese

John Cleese’s excellent memoir So, Anyway… discusses the Cleese family, Cleese’s time as a school teacher, getting started in writing for stage and eventually TV and film, his romance with Connie Booth, and the genesis and recent happenings of the Pythons. The book is especially concerned with the character of Cleese’s closest writing partner Graham Chapman, who,…

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Billy Connolly, High Horse, Live in NYC

On April 27, 2016, Billy Connolly boarded the stage of the Beacon Theatre in New York City to a partial standing ovation. Every Scottish person in New York was in the house, along with a few of us Americans, though my ears didn’t spot a single American accent the whole night. After a few jokes…

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11 Facts about Bridget Christie

A Book for Her is the comedian Bridget Christie’s account of how she came to do standup about feminism. The title is a spin on A Bic for Her, which was the name of one of her Fringe shows inspired by the fact that the Bic pen company came out with a pen that was made for…

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Top 10 Cluub Zarathustra Routines

I think it’s Kevin Eldon who calls the Cluub Zarathustra routines “events” because that’s what they are. They’re not standup bits. They’re not acts in a play. They are bizarre…occurrences. Cluub Zarathustra was a 90s comedy collective, fronted by Simon Munnery, who performed weekly in a club in Islington, London, later at the Edinburgh Fringe…

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Lockipedia, Sean Lock Live

In Lockipedia (2010), Sean discovers that he’s found a new area of comedy. “You don’t necessarily laugh your tits off, but you don’t walk off with a pissed off look on your face.” That’s a fair description of this stand up special. Lock keeps a balance between being the manly former construction worker/goat herder and not being…

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Funny Business, Jimmy Carr Live in NYC

Until Saturday night, I’d seen more comedy about Jimmy Carr than comedy by Jimmy Carr. Among my favorites are: Henning Wein’s “If someone avoids tax, then the common sense approach is that man’s opted out of society. He should be tried in court by a judge, not by Sean Lock on a panel show.” (The Alternative Comedy Experience) which…

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Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle S3

Now on Hulu! I hate Twitter. It’s like a state surveillance agency staffed by gullible volunteers. In season 3 of Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, highbrow comic Stewart Lee tackles concepts like UKIP’s racist statement that if Bulgarians are so smart, they should stay in Bulgaria and make it better there, rather than moving to England.…

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An Evening with Noel Fielding, live in NYC

Guest post by ZiZi At strategic spots across North America, the star of British TV shows The Mighty Boosh (2003-2007) and Luxury Comedy (2012-2014) is touring a live standup and sketch show based heavily on the TV characters, joined by his brother and co-stars Michael Fielding and Rich Fulcher. If you are already a Fielding…

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An Hour and Some of Tony Law

An Hour and Some of Tony Law is UK-based Canadian comedian Tony Law’s 2008 standup DVD. If you’ve never owned a strawberry-scented DVD before, then…buying this DVD is not going to help you. It claims a strawberry fragrance but kind of smells like ass. Luckily, the content of the disc is still worth the purchase. Tony–or “Tone”…

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Full Frontal Nerdity

  Festival of the Spoken Nerd is the epitome of what Anglonerd.com is all about. If their first DVD Full Frontal Nerdity, a comedic display of science and math, doesn’t intrigue you, you probably don’t belong on this website. In lieu of real jokes, there are graphs. Even the real jokes get plotted along the way. While…

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My Prefect Cousin by Kevin Eldon

Paul. Hamilton. It’s about time someone wrote a biography of this underrated poet. You’ve seen him on TV in his Shadows of Reflections special, and you’ve heard him on the radio in his Poets’ Tree poetry documentary (and if you haven’t, they’re both on YouTube). Now read all about his life in the new book by Hamilton’s comedy actor…

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Top 7 Descriptions of Comedians by Stewart Lee

In 2010, Faber & Faber published Stewart Lee’s book (of three transcribed and annotated standup shows) called How I Escaped My Certain Fate: The Life and Deaths of a Stand-Up Comedian, about which Lee says, “Ideally, my ambition is to get to the point where none of my stand-up works on the page. I don’t think…

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Daniel Kitson, A Show for Christmas

In Yorkshire comedian-storyteller Daniel Kitson’s New York performance of A Show for Christmas, Kitson begins his story while simultaneously preparing for the show–re-distributing six red-lighted Christmas trees around the set to unveil a desk and changing into his storytelling attire. During the first show in New York, one of the tree branches fell off, which he chucked…