Who’s better? Picasso or Warhol? Here’s the verdict of acerbic New Yorker Fran Lebowitz in arts podcast Two Big Egos…

Fran Lebowitz: Opinions aplenty at Grand Opera House, York

CULTURE vultures Graham Chalmers and Charles Hutchinson mull over American writer and Netflix documentary acerbic wit Fran Lebowitz’s night with bite at the Grand Opera House, York, in Episode 98 of Two Big Egos In A Small Car.

Under discussion too are Steve Coogan and Hugh Grant talking politics, The Smile’s detour from Radiohead and the new Suicide compilation.

Final thought: is the writing on the wall for Eng. Lit studies at university? To listen, head to: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1187561/11013535

Katherine Ryan to return to York Barbican with Missus’s thoughts on love and life

Katherine Ryan: Autumn return to York Barbican

CANADIAN comedian, writer, presenter and actress Katherine Ryan is to return to York Barbican on September 29 for a second performance of Missus.

The creator and star of the Netflix series The Duchess and host of All That Glitters first presented her latest tour show in York last December.

Ryan, 38, once denounced partnerships but she has since married her first love, accidentally, in a world where a lot has changed for everyone, prompting her to offer new perspectives on life, love and what it means to be Missus.

London-based Ryan’s debut sitcom, The Duchess, made its debut in September 2020, immediately leaping to the top of the UK Netflix chart in the wake of her Netflix stand-up specials, 2017’s In Trouble and July 2019’s Glitter Room.  She remains the only woman to be given a Netflix global special.

Ryan is a stalwart of British panel shows Would I Lie To You?, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and QI and has appeared on the BBC One series Who Do You Think You Are?.  

Tickets for Katherine Ryan’s Missus show go on sale on Friday from 10am at yorkbarbican.co.uk.

Jimmy Carr’s Terribly Funny show chalks up a treble in York with Barbican trip next April

New date, new material, new tour poster, for a more serious-faced Jimmy Carr’s April 2022 return to York with his Terribly Funny show

JIMMY Carr will complete a hattrick of York performances of his Terribly Funny tour show next spring.

After playing sold-out gigs at York Barbican on November 4 and the Grand Opera House five nights later, he will return to the Barbican on April 15, with the promise of “all-new material for 2022”.

The 49-year-old host of Channel 4’s The Friday Night Project, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown will be discussing terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. “But they’re just jokes,” Carr says. “They are not the terrible things.” 

Jimmy Carr’s poster for his November 2021 performances of Terribly Funny at York Barbican and the Grand Opera House

Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo, he asserts. 

After recording Funny Business at the Hammersmith Apollo in 2015 andThe Best Of Ultimate Gold Greatest Hits in 2019, Carr’s third Netflix stand-up special, His Dark Material, will premiere on the streaming platform on Christmas Day.

Tickets for Terribly Funny’s third York outing are on sale at yorkbarbican.co.uk.