11 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 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.

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 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

    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
    LINKS
    Is Succession a sitcom? 
    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/11/08/is-succession-the-best-sitcom-on-television 
    https://slate.com/culture/2021/10/succession-season-3-hbo-drama-sitcom.html
    Succession fan videos
    https://youtu.be/fXcBaYCyzL8
    https://youtu.be/_b7CNBXzo54 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw7alNjkYro
    https://youtu.be/zWxr4xbL9a0
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-6K2CjJ6dk 
    Exec producer & playwright Lucy Prebble on how Succession's writers walk the line between tragedy and comedy 
    https://open.spotify.com/episode/7LTBwLWt6563xCzvc1CVtP?si=CQUxG6tvSzG3gvNZhwAO9A&nd=1

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Comedy Studies special : guest panelists consider some of the biggest questions in comedy

    Comedy Studies special : guest panelists consider some of the biggest questions in comedy

    Hosted by Suchandrika Chakrabarti
    Featuring:
    Sharon Lockyer
    https://www.brunel.ac.uk/people/sharon-lockyer
    Sophie Quirk
    https://www.kent.ac.uk/arts/people/536/quirk-sophie
    Anja Karlsson
    https://www.gu.se/en/about/find-staff/anjafranckkarlsson

    LINKS
    What can comedy achieve in the context of repression and violence? Can the meme save us?
    https://www.blogalstudies.com/post/what-s-so-funny-about-a-military-coup-how-generation-z-is-trolling-the-myanmar-army
    What’s so funny in Afghanistan?
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0962629817304109
    Smiling while being arrested
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCIasDCtm7A&ab_channel=AJ%2B
    Myanmar coup: Pools and princesses as protesters go all out
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/56006324
    Laughing through lockdown
    https://theconversation.com/laughing-through-lockdown-why-comedy-is-important-in-times-of-crisis-160905
    Sometimes a Milkshake Is Just a Milkshake
    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/05/milkshake-thrown-nigel-farage-nothing-new/590317/
    Laughing at power: Humor, transgression, and the politics of refusal in Palestine
    https://ideas.repec.org/a/sae/envirc/v38y2020i3p387-404.html
    Joking: uses and abuses of humour in the Election campaign
    http://www.electionanalysis.uk/uk-election-analysis-2019/section-8-personality-politics-and-popular-culture/joking-uses-and-abuses-of-humour-in-the-election-campaign/

    Women, comedy and power
    https://getofflivecomedy.co.uk/
    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/rosie-jones-question-time-trolling-ableist-abuse-bbc-b959464.html
    https://www.pastemagazine.com/comedy/live-comedy/comedy-isnt-accessible-enough/
    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09687599.2015.1106402

    Comedy in academia
    Palgrave Studies in Comedy
    https://www.springer.com/series/14644
    Centre for Comedy Studies Research
    https://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Networks-and-Labs/Comedy-Studies-Research
    PLUS
    https://guiltyfeminist.com/
    https://www.marieclaire.co.uk/entertainment/deborah-frances-white-685021

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Things We Used To Love, What Is "Funny"?, Sex Unzipped

    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?

    Reference:
    https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2006/jul/27/comedy
    Sex Unzipped on Netflix  - does it really deserve zero stars?
    References
    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2021/oct/26/sex-unzipped-review-perverse-sesame-street-is-a-tv-disgrace
    https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2021/11/sex-love-and-goop-sex-education-netflix-sex-positivity/620588/

    Shout outs
    For Quantum Leopard @2Northdown @LucyMangan and the Romesh Ranganathan puppet

    • 57 min
    Stath Lets Flats (and the state of the Sitcom), Class & Comedy, Complaints Welcome / Munya Chawawa

    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
    References: 
    Stath Lets Flats & the state of the Sitcom
    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2021/oct/26/the-last-laugh-is-the-television-sitcom-really-dead
    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/11/08/is-succession-the-best-sitcom-on-television
    https://time.com/6094071/fall-tv-network-comedies-canceled/
    https://classpolish.com/
    https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/tv-radio/2019/09/stath-lets-flats-channel-4-sitcom-greek-natasia-funniest-best-show-television-review
    Class and Comedy
    https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/oct/12/rob-beckett-you-have-to-suppress-your-working-class-rage-to-operate-in-comedy
    https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2020/may/26/standup-comedy-class-divide-coronavirus-lockdown
    https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2021/april/funny-voice-videos
    https://www.waterstones.com/book/comedy-and-distinction/sam-friedman/9781138125902
    Complaints Welcome
    https://www.channel4.com/programmes/complaints-welcome
    https://www.instagram.com/munyachawawa

    • 57 min
    Lenny Henry's Race Through Comedy, Moderating Your Content, Chappelle Revisited

    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

    • 46 min
    Comedy Venues, Starting a Set, and Doing Stand-up on TV - with special guest Fatiha El-Ghorri

    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!
    https://pennyappeal.org/event/super-muslim-comedy-tour-2021

    • 48 min

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