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Rhys Darby review Flight of the Conchords star's psychedelic standup

Darby's loser act keeps him and us smiling, but some trimming of his silly storytelling would make this show a winner.

Adrienne Truscott's Asking for It review sophisticated confrontationalism

At the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe, Adrienne Truscott's show was the definition of an underground hit: a satirical broadside against rape culture, delivered half-naked by a performance artist turned comedy rookie, for free, late at night, in a shopfront.

Breakin' Convention: a comedy critic's verdict on the hip-hop festival

From Street Kingdom's jittery krumping to Ukweli Roach's thoughtful dance about addiction, the best performers used visual punch lines and strong stories to reach audiences.

Doctor Brown - review

At the end of this show, Doctor Brown widens his arms, impossibly wide, to wrap us all in a big hug. Then one hand wanders downwards, and he's pretending to jerk us off. That tension, between cute clowning and outright molestation, gives this award-winnin

Louis CK - review

Some standups are sunny, others wallow in filth. Louis CK , the hippest comic in the English-speaking world right now , is an intriguing mix of both. On stage and in his sitcom, Louie, he's made his name as a chronicler of rumpled, middle-aged American

Sarah Silverman - review

Bloomsbury theatre, London Talk about a statement of intent. Sarah Silverman 's first line tonight, a beat after her intro music subsides, is: "I was brutally raped to that song." After the collapse of her last UK gig ( fans protested when she finished

Harry Hill - review

New theatre, Oxford "I'm a 48-year-old ex-doctor," wails Harry Hill , "trying to get laughs out of a baby's belt in a baguette." This is halfway through Sausage Time, his first standup show since 2005 , and by this stage, the belt-in-the-baguette gag (

Sarah Kendall - review

Soho theatre Ikea ads, greengrocers and the work of Hans Christian Andersen: wherever Sarah Kendall looks, sexism looms large. Since her last full show, the former Perrier award nominee has become mother to a little girl, which has sharpened her focus

Alexei Sayle - review

Soho theatre, London It's "fucking terrifying" returning to standup after 17 years, says Alexei Sayle , and in the first five minutes, you wonder if he is going to pull it off. This is a man who in his pomp channelled naked aggression on stage - and

Luisa Omielan - review

Soho theatre, London Luisa Omielan secured a best newcomer nomination at last year's Edinburgh comedy awards for a show on the Free Fringe, far from the festival's main stages. I doubt she'll ever be that far from the limelight again: her show What Wou