October 23 2014 Latest news:
Rapper-turned-comedian Doc Brown has come a long way since his Hampstead School days, growing up in Willesden. Real name Ben Bailey Smith, younger brother to novelist Zadie, Brown is a rising star on the comedy and acting scene after turns on Ricky Gervais’ Derek, Russell Howard’s Good News and a regular gig on Law and Order: UK.
This autumn, Hampstead Comedy Club is celebrating its 20th anniversary, but compère Ivor Dembina has little time to reminisce.
Initially, at least, when speaking to Katherine Ryan, you would be forgiven for thinking her qualities lay particularly in motherhood. Sat in her Edinburgh hotel room doting on her five-year-old daughter, Violet, the pair are playing a made-up game called “bank”, according to the rising Canadian-born star, a Crouch End resident for seven years.
For the last 25 years, some of the biggest names in celebrity culture have graced Private Eye, lending their life experiences to its celebrated diary column. A typical entry might include Gwyneth Paltrow suggesting women rub olive oil onto their tights, or Prince Charles protesting about the London Eye being shaped as a “modish circle”.
There are few worse ways I could think of spending an evening than getting up on stage and trying to make a bunch of drunken hecklers laugh. The mixture of nerves and self-doubt would probably see me running for the nearest exit but, for Sara Pascoe, stand-up comedy is something everyone should try at least once.
Back in 1998, Eve Ensler’s empowering Vagina Monologues gave voice to taboo-busting tales of female experience – from rape and birth to masturbation and orgasm.
Coming straight out of Footlights has its advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, you’re given a huge platform from which to sell your act, but on the other, you’re hardly going to escape the already bourgeois reputation of modern comedy.
Yisrael Campbell’s stand up at the JW3 also talks about addiction and terrorism
Back in 1991, the British music scene was still riding on the baggy tails of Madchester while its natural successor, the emerging rave scene, was just starting to build momentum.
The National Youth Theatre’s modern take on The Picture of Dorian Grey, is confident and energetic. Loud and clear, it proclaims that, in spite of different times, different mores, technical advances, the human race has learned nothing since Oscar Wilde wrote the original story. We are vain, greedy, self-deluding, superficial, cruel and stupid – and the cause of our own downfall.
Two early works by Rembrandt go on display at Kenwood House this month thanks to reciprocal loans by The National Gallery and Rijksmuseum. Visitors to the Grade I-listed house on Hampstead Heath can see two works by the Dutch master, both dating from around 1630.
Win a table for ten on a night of your choice, at a Ce Soir themed Christmas party, courtesy of Best Parties Ever.