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 stand-up, 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.
Succession; Comedy Cellar; Comedians & Critics
Is Succession a sitcom?What limits should a comedy club put on comedian’s material? Discussing Don't Applaud. Either Laugh or Don't. (at the Comedy Cellar) by Andrew HankisonWhat's a comedian's realtionship to criticism?With Brian Logan, Suchandrika Chakrabarti, Jamal Khadar
Is Succession a sitcom?
Succession fan videos
Exec producer & playwright Lucy Prebble on how Succession's writers walk the line between tragedy and comedy
Comedy Studies special : guest panelists consider some of the biggest questions in comedy
Hosted by Suchandrika Chakrabarti
What can comedy achieve in the context of repression and violence? Can the meme save us?
What’s so funny in Afghanistan?
Smiling while being arrested
Myanmar coup: Pools and princesses as protesters go all out
Laughing through lockdown
Sometimes a Milkshake Is Just a Milkshake
Laughing at power: Humor, transgression, and the politics of refusal in Palestine
Joking: uses and abuses of humour in the Election campaign
Women, comedy and power
Comedy in academia
Palgrave Studies in Comedy
Centre for Comedy Studies Research
Things We Used To Love, What Is "Funny"?, Sex Unzipped
With Jamal Khadar, Brian Logan and Suchandrika Chakrabarti
Revisiting comedy we used to love - with reference to shows including Sex & The City, Seinfeld, Bill Hicks
Digging deeper into the question: But Is It Funny? - do we need a better language for reviewing comedy?
Sex Unzipped on Netflix - does it really deserve zero stars?
For Quantum Leopard @2Northdown @LucyMangan and the Romesh Ranganathan puppet
Stath Lets Flats (and the state of the Sitcom), Class & Comedy, Complaints Welcome / Munya Chawawa
Plus: Zero Star Reviews, Sex Unzipped, Bean Dad, Megan Stalter… and more
With Brian Logan, Suchandrika Chakrabarti and Jamal Khadar
Stath Lets Flats & the state of the Sitcom
Class and Comedy
Lenny Henry's Race Through Comedy, Moderating Your Content, Chappelle Revisited
Jamal Khadar, Suchandrika Chakrabarti and special guest Abdul Tahhan consider:
Lenny Henry’s Race Through Comedy (currently re-playing on Dave) … what can we learn from stand-up history?
Moderating Content … should you change your set if a member of the Royal Family is in the audience?
Dave Chappelle revisited … more thoughts on his latest Netflix special and reconsidering his previous work
Plus shout outs for
Elf LyonsNo Direction Home from Counterpoints ArtsOlivia Flood WylieAnd, er, Princess Eugenie
Comedy Venues, Starting a Set, and Doing Stand-up on TV - with special guest Fatiha El-Ghorri
Join spooky comedian Suchandrika Chakrabarti, influencer (!) Brian Logan and special guest Fatiha El-Ghorri as they ask:
What are the best and worst comedy venues, from basement bars to rooftop gigs and performing in a burger bar?
What's it like to perform stand-up on TV - can it ever replicate the live experience?
How do comedians go about starting a set and how much should they be expected to explain who they are?
Plus, what makes for a 5-star review?
Fatiha is on tour now!