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30 stand-up comedians you need to see

To celebrate the legends that bring us the lols, we've put together a bumper list of our favourite comedians performing at the moment - the big names and the ones you've yet to fall in love with.

Zoe Paskett, Evening Standard, 9th May 2019

Comedy stars to host Sri Lanka fundraising gig

Harry Hill, Jo Brand, Rob Beckett, Katherine Ryan and Kerry Godliman will join hosts Romesh Ranganathan and Nihal Arthanayake at The O2 on Sunday 12th May for charity gig A Night For Sri Lanka.

British Comedy Guide, 2nd May 2019

Teenage Cancer Trust comedy night 2019 review

Featuring mainstream big-hitter John Bishop, the relatively unknown Susie McCabe and the energetic Seann Walsh and world-weary Romesh Ranganathan, this year's Teenage Cancer Trust benefit at the Royal Albert Hall was a night of gentle, lukewarm 'modern life' comedy, occasionally punctuated by energy and uproar.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 27th March 2019

TV review: After Life

Ricky Gervais has completely shaken up our perceptions of what he is capable of with his latest series After Life, showing how this comic can do heart-breaking as well as hilarious.

Becca Moody, Moody Comedy, 17th March 2019

After Life is the latest offering from Ricky Gervais, where he plays widower Tony, a man corroded by grief (staying alive only to feed his dog) who decides to be as obnoxious as he likes and then kill himself, behaviour that he thinks is "like a superpower."

The cast includes Penelope Wilton as a widow, Diane Morgan as Tony's gobby co-worker, and Paul Kaye as a self-satisfied therapist. Apart from videos left by Tony's late wife (a touching Kerry Godliman), the heart is mainly provided by Ashley Jensen as a care-home worker looking after Tony's dad (David Bradley), and Mandeep Dhillon's rookie journalist at the local newspaper where Tony works.

The problem is the wildly swerving tone - from obnoxious to sentimental to caustic to maudlin to pointlessly vile. At one point Tony helps a junkie (Tim Plester) buy enough drugs to kill himself. Ho and ho. This just won't cut it as edgy comedy in the era of Succession, Russian Doll and so much more. After Life worked better during the running joke featuring Tony covering hopeless local stories, such as a boy playing recorders with his nostrils: "Why would people rather be famous for being shit than not famous at all?" This is Gervais's true superpower - as a carping, eye-rolling everyman.

Barbara Ellen, The Observer, 17th March 2019

Kerry Godliman interview

As Ricky Gervais's new comedy tackles grieving is there anything left we can't laugh about?

Keith Watson, Metro, 12th March 2019

Review: After Life

Followers of Ricky Gervais's work will spot elements form across the CV in his new Netflix series.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 9th March 2019

Review: Gervais gets spiny & squishy in After Life

Like its snarky hero, After Life is essentially good-hearted.

Robert Lloyd, LA Times, 8th March 2019