NOTFLIX

NOTFLIX

Remember that bit in Silence of the Lambs when Bob the prison guard finally faces up to his feelings for co-worker Janine? Me neither, but this isn’t a film on Netflix: it’s an improvised musical courtesy of Notflix... 

Adele Cliff : Sheep

Adele Cliff : Sheep

Adele Cliff is no mindless follower, a point she’s very keen to address. Scarred by a moment in high school that sends her into a self-identification spiral, Cliff showcases a debut hour of standup exploring our simultaneous needs to fit in and stand out... 

Three Minute Interview: Present & Correct

Three Minute Interview: Present & Correct

Louise Jones chats with the sketch troupe from the University of York about their inspirations and Bob Dylan. 

The Silliad– Interview at the Great Yorkshire Fringe 2018

The Silliad– Interview at the Great Yorkshire Fringe 2018

Great Yorkshire Fringe editor Louise Jones sat down with the guys from The Silliad: Improvised Myths and Legends. 

Three Minute Interview: The Shambles

Three Minute Interview: The Shambles

Our Great Yorkshire Fringe editor sat down with York's premier improv troupe, The Shambles, to chat improv, silent Ks and Yorkshire wraps... 

Accidents Happen to Sasha Ellen

Accidents Happen to Sasha Ellen

Few people can turn the (vividly graphic) tale of a dead rabbit into stand-up, but Sasha Ellen is somebody who’s learned the hard way to take life’s hurdles with an incontrovertible sense of humour... 

Jack Left Town: The Improvised Rock Documentary

Jack Left Town: The Improvised Rock Documentary

An improvised rock documentary is a tall order, and Jack Left Town sets out with boundless enthusiasm, a strong absurdity curve and sick air guitar to deliver, even if some areas are a little over thought... 

Planet Earth III

Planet Earth III

David Attenborough meets clowning in this low-budget romp through the Earth’s depleted natural world. Planet Earth III is the BBC’s next nature documentary series, and even a complete lack of animals in this dystopic 2017 can’t stop them... 

Beth Vyse: As Funny as Cancer

Beth Vyse: As Funny as Cancer

Beth Vyse’s show opens in a truly Fringe fashion: handing out ping pong balls to the audience, dressed in a voluminous blonde wig and a huge pair of joke-shop boobs, singing along to Dolly Parton... 

An Act of Godley: Janey Godley

An Act of Godley: Janey Godley

A status as Fringe favourite and a viral stint for her infamous “Trump is a cunt” sign at the businessman’s visit to the Trump Turnberry golf resort mean that Janey Godley’s reputation definitely precedes her... 

Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair

Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair

Beach Comet have secured themselves as masters of a B-movie musical genre, inviting guests aboard a doomed cruise liner for a riotous hour of exaggerated figures and fantastically funny lyricism... 

A Sketchy History

A Sketchy History

Huddled underground in a nuclear bunker, Three Men in a Boot attempt to recreate history as best they can whilst staving off hunger (and potentially another Ice Age). It’s a nice, open premise which allows plenty of leeway to play with historical inaccuracies in this well-paced and gently humourous hour of sketch comedy... 

Beardyman: One Album Per Hour

Beardyman: One Album Per Hour

Starting a show with a song containing the lyrics “it’s a stupid idea and it’ll never work” feels somewhat disingenuous when the song’s fully orchestrated and lit. Nonetheless, Beardyman (Darren Foreman) doesn’t disappoint when it comes to his incredible ability to conjure up new tracks on the spot... 

Mr Swallow – Houdini

Mr Swallow – Houdini

It’s not every day you find yourself leaning forward on your seat due to the sheer suspense of a show. Looking across, the tension has caught everybody in the same way: people are straining their necks to get the best view... 

Bourgeois & Maurice: How to Save the World Without Really Trying

Bourgeois & Maurice: How to Save the World Without Really Trying

2016’s been a bit of a bumpy year to say the least so, it was only a matter of time before we started receiving advice from extra-terrestrials. Stepping out from a substantial amount of smoke looking like the love children of a drag queen and Ab Fab’s Patsy Stone, the Bourgeois and Maurice present an hour of cabaret with an edge that’s perfect for the clicktivists of the world... 

Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Hysterical Woman

Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Hysterical Woman

Standing defiantly under the glare of a neon working men’s club sign, Kiri Pritchard-Mclean tackles schema in a bold and impressive solo hour. Pritchard-Mclean lays down her own world of pre-conceived notions and invites us to do the same- after all, it’s only human nature... 

Lolly 2

Lolly 2

Thirty seconds in and an audience member is on the stage already: Lolly Adefope doesn’t mess around. Diving straight in, this is a comedic character actor who doesn’t stop for breath once in this incredibly slick show... 

Rachel Parris: Best Laid Plans

Rachel Parris: Best Laid Plans

Parris has a seemingly natural knack for creating comedy imbued with emotional depth that doesn’t feel forced or insecure. Dividing her stage time between her piano and a correspondence with the Samaritans, Parris appears to hide behind her storytelling devices... 

Rowena Hutson: Strong Female Character

Rowena Hutson: Strong Female Character

Rowena Hutson owes her feminist outlook on life to action heroes of the 1980s. It sounds bizarre if not downright impossible to get that result from such a bunch of awesome but problematic blockbuster protagonists, but Hutson sets out to prove that Han Solo and his like, have taught her some important lessons in her formative years about standing up for herself... 

Bella Younger’s Deliciously Stella

Bella Younger’s Deliciously Stella

Deliciously Stella is what you expect her to be: if you’ve seen the Instagram account which has become a viral hit with its piss-take of ‘fitspiration’ and other smug hashtags, you’re pretty much set up for the hour... 

Gillian Cosgriff: This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Gillian Cosgriff: This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Gillian Cosgriff is an absolute sweetheart with the pipes of a jazz singer and a wicked sense of humour to match. Also, her hair is perfect. I’m in awe, and over the next hour this comedian doesn’t lose my attention once... 

Gabriel Ebulue: Hip-Punk

Gabriel Ebulue: Hip-Punk

What’s your favourite music album? It’s something that not everybody puts a lot of thought into, but for Gabriel Ebulue it’s a make-or-break situation when making a first impression... 

Shit-Faced Showtime

Shit-Faced Showtime

It’s not too likely that a straight production of The Pirates of Penzance would garner that wide an audience at the Fringe – a Gilbert and Sullivan musical isn’t the most buzz-worthy of shows at this international festival that favours the weird... 

Kinsey Sicks: Lady Cocks of Bang Boys

Kinsey Sicks: Lady Cocks of Bang Boys

I have binge-watched six series of RuPaul’s Drag Race on Netflix and I love drag queens. They’re sassy as hell, have a supernaturally good skill for contouring and drawing on eyebrows (I think one time I managed to make my eyeliner winged but we’re talking sixth-form olden days) and they’ve introduced lip-syncing to the wider world... 

Lewis Macleod is Not Himself

Lewis Macleod is Not Himself

Lewis Macleod’s impersonation skills are unlike anything I’ve seen - though they are like plenty of things you will have heard. Macleod has been providing voiceovers for countless adverts, shows and films over the years... 

Norris & Parker: See You at the Gallows

Norris & Parker: See You at the Gallows

Dark humour isn’t in short supply this Fringe - in case you hadn’t noticed, celebrity and political news of late has had a tangible effect on performers. That’s what happens when you find topical comedy in 2016, we’re all learning... 

Axis of Awesome: Won't Ever Not Stop Giving Up

Axis of Awesome: Won't Ever Not Stop Giving Up

In terms of their brand of comedy rock, Axis of Awesome fall more into the rock than comedy genre: there’s far more liberal use of a smoke machine than your average musical comedian... 

Max & Ivan: Our Story

Max & Ivan: Our Story

Max & Ivan are celebrating the anniversary of when they met – and having in recent years become a staple of the Fringe, it’s easy to understand why. Their brand of slick sketch comedy is an unmissable part of the festival for the comedy aficionado (though if you’re a comedy aficionado, you probably already knew that)... 

Character Tålks

Character Tålks

Pernilla Holland’s debut solo show is an ambitious but bumpy foray into character comedy. From a Norwegian Eurovision has-been to a church youth group leader, Holland adopts a range of personae and delivers short monologues from a range of perspectives... 

Ashley Storrie and Other Erotica

Ashley Storrie and Other Erotica

“I don’t want your opinions printed,” Ashley Storrie says to any potential reviewers in the audience. It’s pretty daunting to be addressed directly by the act, particularly as I’ve already committed to writing this... 

Tony Law: A Law Undo His-elf What Welcome

Tony Law: A Law Undo His-elf What Welcome

Sometimes you wonder if you need the context of a previous comedian’s shows to really ‘get’ their most recent work. I’ve been a big fan of the Tonezone for the past five years and even I still find his personal brand of absurdist narrative pretty baffling... 

Neal Portenza. Neal Portenza. Neal Portenza. Tracey.

Neal Portenza. Neal Portenza. Neal Portenza. Tracey.

I’ve been mulling over more scholarly words to describe Neal Portenza and his show, but I honestly cannot fight the urge to call it batshit. Utter batshit, but as an art form. Portenza is one of the best surreal comedians I’ve seen in a long time, unrivalled in his realm for such a bizarre and self-derailing and smoothly put-together hour of absurdist humour... 

Scarlet SoHandsome and Fiends

Scarlet SoHandsome and Fiends

For a drag queen, Scarlet SoHandsome is a real sweetie. Maybe it’s because she prefers the term “drag princess”, but SoHandsome’s persona is a far cry from those trouble-stirring shady bitches of RuPaul’s Drag Race infamy... 

Callisto: A Queer Epic

Callisto: A Queer Epic

Callisto: A Queer Epic is a thoughtful piece of theatre which explores social conflicts that coincide with the queer lifestyle. Brought to life by a talented ensemble cast, this play by Howard Coase weaves together stories from the 17th, 20th and 23rd centuries to form a rich tapestry of queer narrative... 

JOAN

JOAN

Too often Joan of Arc is depicted as a very quiet, very pure young woman who keeps her gaze firmly on her feet or to the Heavens: not very fun at all. Here, Joan is a gobby Midlands teen (France is bound to have a Midlands) who strikes up conversation with everyone and happily impersonates men: very fun indeed... 

Jamali Maddix: Chickens Come Home to Roost

Jamali Maddix: Chickens Come Home to Roost

Jamali Maddix creates a buzz when he enters the stage, and why not? He's a cool guy. After storming the Chortle Student Comedy Award in 2014, of course there's a high accolade attached to his material, but none of it shows... 

Our Man

Our Man

Anybody who finds themselves rooting for a couple in a film or show will love the responsibility handed out by Ae-Ja Kim in Our Man. Brought to Edinburgh as a domestic trial, two wives battle it out for their husband's affection: desperate not to offend (and too fickle to choose), the husband invites the audience to cast their judgement and decide on a woman in the space of seventy-five minutes... 

A Regular Little Houdini

A Regular Little Houdini

Houdini came to Newport twice in the early twentieth century - not a piece of information you'd find at the top of Houdini's Wikipedia page, but of utmost significance to young Alan, played by Daniel Llewelyn-Williams, who becomes enchanted by the great man’s magic and escapology... 

Nick Hall: Szgrabble

Nick Hall: Szgrabble

Nick Hall’s one-man cold war thriller is an active piece, darting through London, Amsterdam, and under the Iron Curtain to the heart of the Soviet Union, all in the pursuit of a board game tournament which could decide the fate of the world... 

The Graduettes

The Graduettes

The Graduettes starts with a great farce premise: flatmates wake up on Christmas morning to find their home robbed and their landlady dead on the floor. There's also a visit from a judgemental in-law planned, an intrusive ex and a policeman who's related to said dead lady... 

Toys

Toys

Jack BK's original written piece deals with class struggles, privilege and ignorance in a clear and effective way. Whilst it doesn't really challenge any social boundaries, it does offer a nice piece of drama on how levels of influence can affect people’s lives... 

Tim Drain: I Know How to Make the Women I Sleep with Laugh

Tim Drain: I Know How to Make the Women I Sleep with Laugh

I went into Tim Drain's show fully prepared for some offensive stuff. Like, really offensive, "did he just say that" stuff. The flyer for the show boasts a no holds barred set, which means it's a total shock to the senses for the mild-mannered man to take to the stage in silence, sit down and produce a script... 

Death Actually: A Necromantic Comedy

Death Actually: A Necromantic Comedy

Death Actually sets out to bring 'lethal puns and dead funny songs' in a larger than life musical. What the audience gets instead is a hammy play with a contrived plot and songs which are few and far between... 

Cocaine and Potatoes

Cocaine and Potatoes

Matthew Giffen is a charming whirlwind of a man, commanding the audience with his larger-than-life on-stage persona. He engages with the crowd well, dealing with latecomers excellently and making the audience feel comfortable with any interaction they might be put through... 

What a Load of Skit

What a Load of Skit

It's clear that the sketch trio made of Oli Gilford, Edd Cornforth and Jake Shoolheifer have good comic potential, and bounce nicely off each other. What a Load of Skit takes this potential and runs with it, but stumbles along the way with some sketches which aren't padded out with quite enough jokes to really stand out from the crowd... 

BEINGS

BEINGS

Susan Harrison and Andrew Gentilli are clearly good improvisers, and their joint credentials imply that BEINGS should be a highly entertaining and swift hour of long form improv comedy... 

Katherine Ryan: Kathbum

Katherine Ryan: Kathbum

Katherine Ryan makes it clear from the moment she wanders onto the stage and discusses the logic behind R&B song Smell Yo Dick that she doesn't give a rat's ass what you think. She's very matter of fact about her more controversial material and it's this devil may care attitude that makes her such a joy to watch... 

Supertown

Supertown

Robert Sanders and James Sidgwick have created a lightly entertaining musical around superhero tropes and aesthetic, making for cute if not somewhat pantomime-esque hour and a half... 

Megan Ford: Feminasty

Megan Ford: Feminasty

Feminasty is a rollercoaster of irreverent, witty humour with a real agenda at hand. Megan Ford owns the stage like an absolute boss and brings a host of characters to life, hitting the nail on the head when it comes to discussing gender politics and intersectionality... 

Mae Martin: Us

Mae Martin: Us

Mae Martin is an absolute gem on the Free Fringe. Taking to the stage with an top-notch song choice, her sense of humour is somewhat self-deprecating but nonetheless her likeable persona shines through... 

Dan Nicholas: Reverb (The Love Story of Terrance the Crocodile and Julia the Mannequin)

Dan Nicholas: Reverb (The Love Story of Terrance the Crocodile and Julia the Mannequin)

It's your classic love story, really: inflatable crocodile meets mannequin head, they fall for each other but soon enough cracks show and they fall apart. Okay, perhaps it's no Gone with the Wind, but Dan Nicholas pulls off the risky venture of a backwards love story pretty damn well... 

David Elms: Mister Boy

David Elms: Mister Boy

David Elms brings his muted comedic style in the form of musical vignettes. There's a reason so many reviewers have called 'mild-mannered': he's by far the nicest stand up I've seen on the circuit... 

Comedians' Cinema Club

Comedians' Cinema Club

No amount of advance research can prepare you for Comedians’ Cinema Club. It's a whirlwind of movie knowledge (or lack thereof), muddled plots and regularly enforced audience interaction... 

The Alphabet Girl

The Alphabet Girl

Renny Krupinski's script is an ambitious one: chronicling the lives of one family across three generations, The Alphabet Girl aims to show the destruction of family values and the horrific effects a lack of the mother's love can have on an individual... 

Late with Lance!

Late with Lance!

Lance Jonathan (Peter Michael Marino) has had enough of sitting around as understudy on his dads' ship the S.S. Spectacular, so he's sought the bright lights of Edinburgh with nothing more than a song in his heart and blind optimism in his somewhat underprepared set... 

Iain Stirling: Touchy Feely

Iain Stirling: Touchy Feely

Iain Stirling has an excellent way of working a crowd. Straight from the off there's a level of production value that means we're in for a good-looking, slick show. Taking issue with his grown-up friends and his new-found worries about life, Stirling gives a great performance with nothing too adventurous... 

The Element in the Room: A Radioactive Musical Comedy about the Death and Life of Marie Curie

The Element in the Room: A Radioactive Musical Comedy about the Death and Life of Marie Curie

I think I’ve found my new favourite musical, thanks to Tangram Theatre and their amazing piece on one of the 20th century's most important scientists. John Hinton gives an incredibly impressive performance like none I've seen before, and has the audience singing along about the wonders of radium whilst acknowledging the potential damage it can do... 

Gobsmacked!

Gobsmacked!

When I was in high school Glee became really popular, and I loved it because it seemed so new and cool and sexy.Glee wishes it were as new and cool and sexy as Gobsmacked!. Bringing together talent from across the globe, Gobsmacked! delivered a stupendous hour of high production value, pure unadulterated entertainment... 

Get Your Shit Together

Get Your Shit Together

Job losses, painful break ups and junk food - set to music! Get Your Shit Together is the perfect pick me up for 20-somethings in a similar situation, or just a nice dose of Schadenfreude and melody for anyone who already has their shit together... 

The Wishing-Chair Adventures

The Wishing-Chair Adventures

Running Torch's The Wishing-Chair Adventures prides itself on audience interaction. It's brilliant to see a group of young actors really going out of their way to engage with the crowd and it goes down an absolute treat with the kids... 

Ed Gamble: Lawman

Ed Gamble: Lawman

Ed Gamble is a man who plays by the rules – his rules, which he probably has laminated and stuck up somewhere around the house. Justifying his straight-laced respect for order, Gamble plays up his more pedantic tendencies and delivers a warm and witty set built around his love for law and his ability to steer clear of rebels... 

Eat Me! Drink Me! Buy Me!

Eat Me! Drink Me! Buy Me!

"Did she fall or was she pushed?" posits the Mad Hatter (Annie Neat), as Three Mugs of Tea embark on their consumerist take on Alice in Wonderland. It's a question which could as easily apply to the audience as it does to Alice, as I can't help wondering how many people knew they were being pushed into a social commentary when entering the theatre... 

Eejit of Love

Eejit of Love

In theory, Eejit of Love is a fun concept: two Irish country bumpkins find themselves swept up in the allure of reality TV, testing their relationship and their own willpower. However, as the show proceeds it's clear that the commentary is tired and fails to say anything too different to plenty of X-Factor based sketches that have come before... 

Peter Brush: Older Than the Oldest Dog That Ever Lived

Peter Brush: Older Than the Oldest Dog That Ever Lived

Low energy comedian Peter Brush brings his awkward persona to rest upon matters of death and religion with a surprisingly lighthearted tone. His show starts somewhat tentatively but there are some brilliant concepts that make Brush a great up and coming Fringe act... 

Citizen Puppet

Citizen Puppet

Blind Summit bring a mastery of puppetry to the stage, layering meta-narrative upon verbatim performance upon crime headline in an original look at the aftermath of the Jack and the Beanstalk tale... 

NewsRevue 2015

NewsRevue 2015

2015 has surely been a bumper crop for satire. We're barely into August and we've had an election with crazy plot twists, economic overhaul and royal arrivals. NewsRevue 2015 takes these circumstances (among others) and runs with them, turning the headlines into an incredibly slick sketch show... 

Sam and Helen: Out There

Sam and Helen: Out There

I'm pretty certain this is the first comedy show I've ever been to with an audience dance break. That's all thanks to peppy duo Samantha Baines and Helen Sorren, who greet the audience like old friends and spread enthusiasm like wildfire through the venue... 

The Nutty Professor and his Amazing Magic Bubble Show

The Nutty Professor and his Amazing Magic Bubble Show

Children's entertainment should be brimming with energy, lovable and over-the-top characters, and enchanting tricks. The Nutty Professor has perhaps lost touch with his nuttiness over the years, because he gives a tired performance which implies he doesn't even want to be there... 

Remember Doctor Bubble – the Bubble Magician

Remember Doctor Bubble – the Bubble Magician

Tumbling across the stage with the energy of ten children's birthday parties, Playhouse International (Romania and Australia) create a completely chaotic environment which is bound to please your young ones... 

Tom Stade

Tom Stade

Tom Stade seems to have gone out of his way to be anything but the Canadian stereotype. He's loud, brash, and doesn't care if his opinions cause offense. That he's anything but apologetic about his taste is evident from his peacocking in a fringed cowboy-look shirt and the show's title, You're Welcome... 

The GYF Yorkshire Day Podcast with Robert Ross in Conversation with Mark Addy

The GYF Yorkshire Day Podcast with Robert Ross in Conversation with Mark Addy

Before the podcast officially begins, we're invited to watch a clip of Yorkshire born and bred actor Mark Addy in action. It's the iconic scene from The Full Monty. Addy takes to the stage somewhat bashfully, as you'd imagine somebody would after a tent of people have just seen him strip to Tom Jones' Leave Your Hat On... 

Sara Pascoe and The Museum of Robot Pussycats

Sara Pascoe and The Museum of Robot Pussycats

Feeling spiritual? Sara Pascoe has invented her own religion and we're all invited! Eschewing the other faiths on offer, Pascoe takes to the stage with her "scripture" professing the value of just getting along/not being so bloody terrible...