24 May 2013

Arrested Development:
a glorious comeback?

Yes, Arrested Development is daring and clever, but it has more traditional sitcom tropes than people realise.

2 May 2013

My outrage over ‘racist’ Reginald D Hunter

In the ridiculous storm over the comedian’s act at the PFA awards dinner, the real joke is on football’s Zero Tolerance zealots.

10 August 2012

Ted: a tame comedy that’s hard to bear

Seth Macfarlane’s directorial debut is like Family Guy with a pulse - but it isn’t nearly as original or funny as it is cracked up to be.

8 April 2011

Low-ambition comedy for a low-ambition Olympics

New sitcom Twenty Twelve gently mocks London’s preparations rather than taking a satire-shaped cudgel to them.

20 October 2010

In between comedy and nostalgia

The secret of the success of The Inbetweeners – the anti-Skins – is that it’s both hilarious and old-fashioned.

16 July 2010

Rev: keeping faith with intelligent comedy

A witty sit-com about a vicar who is not from Dibley is in stark contrast to most of the BBC’s bland, safety-first comedy output.

23 April 2009

Comedy’s man of steel

Mark Steel's sharp and self-deprecatory humour shines through in his new laugh-out-loud radio show.

30 March 2009

Argumental and the comedy of superiority

Marcus Brigstocke and Rufus Hound talk to spiked about free speech, Bernard Manning and Daily Mail readers.

9 January 2009

A shooting star in the comedy firmament

True or false: the one-off Christmas special of Vic and Bob’s cult quiz show proved it still has comedy cache?