22 episodes

Comedy critics in conversation: with The Guardian's Brian Logan, writer and comedian Suchandrika Chakrabarti, and writer Jamal Khadar. Each week they discuss what’s new in comedy, who is making waves and dig deeper into what we laugh at and why. ‘But Is It Funny?’ is produced by Counterpoints Arts as part of its' PopChange (Pop Culture & Social Change) programme. The views expressed in this podcast are personal and might not always represent the views of Counterpoints Arts.

But Is It Funny‪?‬ Counterpoints Arts

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Comedy critics in conversation: with The Guardian's Brian Logan, writer and comedian Suchandrika Chakrabarti, and writer Jamal Khadar. Each week they discuss what’s new in comedy, who is making waves and dig deeper into what we laugh at and why. ‘But Is It Funny?’ is produced by Counterpoints Arts as part of its' PopChange (Pop Culture & Social Change) programme. The views expressed in this podcast are personal and might not always represent the views of Counterpoints Arts.

    Edinburgh Fringe Preview

    Edinburgh Fringe Preview

    Join Jamal Khadar and our regular panel of comedy critics and writers Brian Logan and Suchandrika Chakrabarti as they look forward to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022.

    Including:
    How comedians prepare for the FringeBeing a critic at the FringeIs it still viable for new comedians?What shows are the panel most looking forward to?And what is the best shape for a flyer ... ?The next four episodes of But Is It Funny? will be recorded at the Fringe.

    LINKS
    Soho Theatre Edinburgh Lab‘Someone’s making money but it’s not us’ – the comics spurning the Edinburgh fringeArchive: Show me the money | Edinburgh festival 2002 Archive: All white on the night | Edinburgh festival 2002SHOWS THEY ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO

    Suchandrika:
    Life of The PartyI Am Not A GorillaIllegally FunnyNo More Mr Nice ChelseaRagu To RichesBrian:
    Catherine CohenSheepsCattsLeo ReichRosie HoltJamal:
    Patti HarrisonI Miss Amy WinehouseSophie DukerLara Ricote

    • 48 min
    Dane Baptiste, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Oxide Ghosts - The Brasseye Tapes

    Dane Baptiste, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Oxide Ghosts - The Brasseye Tapes

    Brian Logan is joined by Jamal Khadar and Suchandrika Chakrabarti for our Season 2 finale to discuss:
    Dane Baptiste - The Chocolate ChipThe Marvelous Mrs Maisel (Amazon Prime)Oxide Ghosts - The Brasseye TapesLINKS
    Dane Baptiste - The Chocolate Chip (review by Brian Logan)The Marvelous Mrs Maisel - Why Does Every Fictional Female Comedian Get the Exact Same Advice? (Slate)‘The ultimate single woman’s icon’: how Mrs Maisel is an inspiration across the years (The Guardian)Oxide Ghosts - The Brasseye Tapes (review by Brian Logan)

    • 59 min
    John Mulaney, Witchfinder, Rebuilding the 4th Wall

    John Mulaney, Witchfinder, Rebuilding the 4th Wall

    Suchandrika Chakrabarti is joined by regular panellists Brian Logan and Jamal Khadar to discuss:
    John Mulaney is back in the game – but he doesn’t owe us an explanation: comedy, celebrity, how much of yourself must you reveal onstage? Witchfinder (BBC TV) Rebuilding the Fourth Wall with reference to the first episode of Adam McKay's Winning Time and the other shows doing knowing looks to camera

    Plus : Suchandrika does musical comedy! 

    • 46 min
    Nabil Abdulrashid, This Is Going To Hurt, Earthquake: Legendary

    Nabil Abdulrashid, This Is Going To Hurt, Earthquake: Legendary

    Jamal Khadar is joined by regular panellists Suchandrika Chakrabarti and Brian Logan to discuss:
    Nabil Abdulrashid's new touring show - Nobody Actually Believed I'd LastThis Is Going To Hurt (BBC TV)Chappelle's Home Team - Earthquake: Legendary (Netflix)LINKS
    Nabil Abdulrashid: Ofcom rejects 3,000 Britain's Got Talent complaintsThis Is Going To Hurt
    Adam Kay interview Ambika Mod interviewPlus: International Women's Day!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ali Wong, Comics "Quitting" Stand-up

    Ali Wong, Comics "Quitting" Stand-up

    Host Brian Logan is joined by regular panellists Jamal Khadar and Suchandrika Chakrabarti to discuss 
    Ali Wong's Netflix specialComics "Quitting" stand-upPlus: Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the comedian who became President of Ukraine
    LINKS

    Volodymyr Zelenskyy
    A trailer for Servant of the People, which made Zelenskyy famous, and lent its name to his political party https://youtu.be/JinkCAN6Bx0 Jon Stewart:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ackArK09Tl4Ali Wong
    https://www.vulture.com/article/ali-wong-don-wong-netflix-comedy-review.htmlComics "quitting" stand-up
    https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/aug/16/standups-quit-comedy-edinburgh-hannah-gadbsyRose Matafeo: https://www.chortle.co.uk/punching-ups/2022/01/21/50019/stand-up-is-horrible-nerve-racking-and-boringDrunk Women Solving Crime: https://uk.style.yahoo.com/how-drunk-women-solving-crime-podcast-began-100911602.html

    • 53 min
    Mo Gilligan, Tragedy Plus Time, Critics on Stage

    Mo Gilligan, Tragedy Plus Time, Critics on Stage

    Host Suchandrika Chakrabarti  joins regular panellists Jamal Khadar and Brian Logan to discuss:
     Mo Gilligan's Netflix specialTragedy Plus Time improv from Boom Chicago in Amsterdam - content warning; contains reference to suicide and bereavementWhen critics take the stage (FT paywall ... if you don't subscribe you can find it via a Google search eg "A critic plays King Lear")Plus ... comedians on skis.
    LINKS
    Re: Content warning
    In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or by emailing jo@samaritans.org or jo@samaritans.ie. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international helplines can be found at befrienders.org.

    • 55 min

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