Joe Fairbrother: In the Words of Meat Loaf...

Joe Fairbrother: In the Words of Meat Loaf...

Joe Fairbrother has talent in abundance. If a good, strong, lunchtime comedian is one who can involve many audience members in his show while keeping them feeling totally relaxed, then this performance certainly achieves these goals... 

Take It Interns

Take It Interns

If you take five 17 years olds, give them an internship at a leading advertising agency, add in the promise of a permanent job for only one of them then you have the right ingredients for a strong and uplifting musical... 

Hedluv and Passman: Two Cornish Rappers and a Casiotone Two: This Time It's Similar

Hedluv and Passman: Two Cornish Rappers and a Casiotone Two: This Time It's Similar

From the moment this quirky Cornish duo burst onto set with an eclectic combination of 80s-style electronic music and energetic moves, you know you’re in for something a little different... 

Jessica Fostekew: Moving

Jessica Fostekew: Moving

The theme of moving house - especially a move that brings you into permanent residence with your partner and an opportunity to learn all their annoying habits - might strike many as a less-than-hilarious experience, rather than one that lends itself to the comedy stage... 

Gary Delaney 2: This Time It's Not Personal

Gary Delaney 2: This Time It's Not Personal

Gary Delaney gets straight to the point of this one-man performance, declaring ‘I’ve just written some new jokes - this isn’t a ‘my dad’s dead’ kind of show.’ His appearance is that of an overgrown Dennis the Menace - a large, balding 40 year old sporting shorts and a cheeky smile - but his constant one-liners are more akin to a crude version of Tim Vine... 

Tom Binns Does Ivan Brackenbury and Others

Tom Binns Does Ivan Brackenbury and Others

There’s not a lot to say about Ivan Brackenbury that hasn’t already been said since he exploded onto the Edinburgh stage seven years ago, receiving enough critical attention to be nominated for the main comedy awards in his début season... 

Joe Bor Is Jasper Cromwell Jones

Joe Bor Is Jasper Cromwell Jones

One complaint reserved by many locals is that the Festival attracts a lot of sorts born with silver spoons in their mouths, or, as Joe Bor’s climber creation puts it, the sort whose ‘uncle is Lord Salisbury’ and who spends endless hours ‘going out on the lash’... 

Liam Williams

Liam Williams

When you only have forty or so words to play with in the Fringe programme, be careful not to waste them. Reading the moody words used to relate to 25 year old Leeds lad Liam Williams – ‘snarls’, ‘sulky’, ‘negative energy’ ‘demons’ - you could be fooled into being put off seeing his Fringe debut and heading towards a more uplifting comedy store style event instead... 

The Comedy Zone

The Comedy Zone

‘Make ‘em laugh, make ‘em laugh!’ shrilled Donald O’Connor in the original Singin’ in the Rain movie, taking just three short words to get right to the heart of what comedy is all about... 

The  St Andrews Revue

The St Andrews Revue

Established as a regular sketch show at the Fringe, there is a certain fear when these six bright young things take to the stage that you might be subject to watching the sort of students who think they’re an awful lot funnier than they are... 

Mervyn Stutter's Pick of the Fringe

Mervyn Stutter's Pick of the Fringe

Enjoying a 22nd season with one of the most-established revue shows on the Fringe circuit, Mervyn Stutter at one point implores his audience to ‘pass the message on’ about his variety show, suggesting ‘We don’t get many reviews any more... 

Sean McLoughlin: Backbone

Sean McLoughlin: Backbone

There are plenty of rough diamonds in the melée of eager young performers who flock to the Fringe and 25 year old Sean McLoughlin, taking his first tentative steps into the Edinburgh circus this year, is clearly keen to impress, initially on the extensive audience platform that the free shows offer... 

Charlie Talbot: Someone Better Known

Charlie Talbot: Someone Better Known

The GRV would be well-advised to put out some more signs advertising where this five-pound Fringe venue actually is, because when you eventually find it, there's some real classics to watch if this engaging and amusing one-man anecdotalist is anything to go by... 

Tom Binns in Ivan Brackenbury's Hospital Radio Remix

Tom Binns in Ivan Brackenbury's Hospital Radio Remix

The Marmite of the Edinburgh Fringe returns with another dose of hospital jokes, as infirmary DJ Ivan Brackenbury yet again offers his take on how to cheer up his patient listeners... 

Lidless

Lidless

One of the Fringe's most astounding and emotion-fuelled plays has enjoyed several sell-out shows and rapturous reviews over the course of this month. Here's another, as the extraordinary (perhaps slightly unbelievable, certainly never explained) coincidence of a former Guantanamo Bay interrogator meeting a former detainee - and the father of her child - highlights the trapped emotions of a range of characters dying to escape from their troubled pasts... 

One Man Lord of the Rings

One Man Lord of the Rings

The creator of One Man Star Wars returned to the Fringe last year to put on One Man Lord of the Rings - a certain hit for all who are fans of the book, and one that clearly has had a lot of time and effort put into this very pleasant performance... 

Kate Fox News

Kate Fox News

Firstly - Kate Fox is very talented at what she does well. A regular on Radio 4, Fox has made a name for herself penning and quipping comedy poetry based on current situations, and despite her slight lisp, her media training on a Radio Journalism course at Loughborough has held her in good sted to perform poetry to the highest degree... 

Spank!

Spank!

Spank! has wormed its way to the top of Edinburgh's late night schedule through a combination of a party-style atmosphere and the willingness for decency to go out of the window. There is no script, instead the two comperes - who wouldn't look out of place performing on cruise ships or late night hotels throughout the Med - will go to any lengths to ensure that their audience truly can answer the show's buzzline "You Love It!" in the affirmative... 

Lady Garden: Top Secret Gig

Lady Garden: Top Secret Gig

It must make many a performer, struggling to get even their front two rows filled for a Fringe show that they have spent months meticulously planning for, that a show with practically no description can perform to large audiences on a daily basis... 

Ian D Montfort: Touching the Dead

Ian D Montfort: Touching the Dead

That Tom Binns' now revered earlier creation, Ivan Brackenbury, has polarised opinion over the last few Fringes is undoubted. For the thousands who have delighted in Brackenbury's Hospital radio show, there have been hundreds for whom such an easy and repetitive format hasn't worked... 

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

The idea of performing an improvised musical is not a new one, and is always likely to enthrall a late-night audience who can never quite comprehend how skillfully their new ideas are weaved into perfect theatrical symmetry by such a talented cast and musicians... 

Nathan Cassidy: The Frog That Says Sausages

Nathan Cassidy: The Frog That Says Sausages

It is, naturally, a much harder world that comedians may find themselves in at the Fringe compared to those more atoned to the theatre world. Plays do not change scripts on the size of the audience, whereas comedians immediately have to adapt to their new surroundings - upon seeing the meagre crowd assembled for this particular showing, Cassidy admitted it wouldn't take long to ask everyone where jobs everyone did... 

Jest Like Danny Kaye

Jest Like Danny Kaye

For many thousands of even seasoned Fringe-goers, the mystique and delights of the Famous Speigel Garden can frequently be passed by, with the comparatively few shows that it offers ensuring that the venue is dwarfed in popularity by its rather more successful neighbours, the Guilded Balloon and the Udderbelly... 

Catwalk Confidential

Catwalk Confidential

Robyn Peterson's polished and accomplished one-woman performance, biographising her past as a young American who has got hopelessly devoted to the modelling world, lives up to the catwalking world from whence she has come - it is simply elegant, refined and enlightening... 

A Most Curious Quest

A Most Curious Quest

Struggling with children at this year's Fringe? Unsure about what show to take them to in order to keep them occupied and help them experience the magic around? A Most Curious Quest may just help you solve this mystery... 

Tom Wrigglesworth's Open Return Letter To Richard Branson

Tom Wrigglesworth's Open Return Letter To Richard Branson

The title of this show hides nothing about its content, as bubbly Northerner Tom Wrigglesworth recounts his tales of woe and confusion on the 10.15 from Manchester to London which ultimately proves a strong success for consumer power, and is one in the eye for jobsworth conductors who claim "I'm sorry, there's nothing I can do... 

Rudi Lickwood - Food For Thought

Rudi Lickwood - Food For Thought

Whilst continually being a swelteringly drowsy venue, the Pleasance Attic has nonetheless been a happy hunting ground for up and coming comedians in recent years - Matt Kirshen and Shappi Korsandi, to name but two, have enjoyed successful runs herein recent years... 

Tim: Against All Odds

Tim: Against All Odds

When history looks back at the greatness of famous Tims, it will not be particularly favourable. Messrs Vine, Vincent, McInnery and Henman, though accomplished in their fields, are hardly up in Churchillian folklore... 

Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus

Marlow's classic tale is brought to the Zoo, ever the first venue to take on the more risque of performances, in a show that delivers plenty of raunchiness, devilish cunning and lustful deceit as Doctor Faustus wrestles in his role between hunter and hunted... 

Rhod Gilbert And The Cat That Looked Like Nicholas Lyndhurst

Rhod Gilbert And The Cat That Looked Like Nicholas Lyndhurst

The highly acclaimed Rhod Gilbert returns to Edinburgh with an act that deserves the packed-out venues that he will be playing to for every night this month. Gilbert's ferocity has, in previous years, been levelled at mince pies and duvets, and this year he channels his anger into even more material objects - 'delay start' buttons on washing machines, for example, feel his fury and ire... 

Two Left Hands - Another Mouthful

Two Left Hands - Another Mouthful

This show is a pleasant mix of upper-middle class ‘safe’ humour combined with more crude, but successful, crafty one-liners from this truesome twosome, showing how a fully developed understanding can produce a bubbly, fast-paced and topical sketch show that provides several injections of hilarity... 

The Rubbish Show

The Rubbish Show

While the usual argument of why comediennes are not prevalent at the Fringe has yet again reared its ugly head, another, of whether there is enough provision for children at the festival – and whether they should be brought along to enjoy the spectacle – is one that has been more under the radar... 

The Improverts

The Improverts

What do sweltering rooms, PBH, taking free samples from the Fudge Kitchen and being overwhelmed with flyers have in common? Answer: they are all Fringe institutions. After beginning their 19th successive run at the Festival playing to sell-out crowds most nights, add The Improverts to that list... 

Strippers and Gentlemen

Strippers and Gentlemen

Edinburgh’s raunchiest strip club of the Fringe opens with a warning from one of the several bouncers allocated, who decree “Move around, follow the action, but do not touch the women... 

The Bulging Seahorse and Other Grey Matters

The Bulging Seahorse and Other Grey Matters

When you arrive five minutes late, panting and cursing the incomprehensible fact that the Zoo has two separate venues – and you’ve turned up at the wrong one – it is quite a surprise to find the audience standing up and facing away from the stage... 

The Sword of Maximum Damage

The Sword of Maximum Damage

The realms of fantasy board games never normally appeal to anyone but those on the peripheral edges of society. Yet watching this surreal feast of a show provides a real treat, even if it helps to confirm that only outcasts get involved in such activities... 

Cannibal! The Musical

Cannibal! The Musical

Hillbilly hilarity can prove difficult to digest at the best of times, but this musical feast, based on the cult film by South Park creator Trey Parker, offers a light-hearted approach to the true story of Alfred Packer without creating a Wild West Washout... 

I Shot Dirty Den

I Shot Dirty Den

Pavel Douglas is a liar. For the actor, who comes into this show on the back of an impressive on-screen CV, is neither as desperate for work as he makes out, nor is he the original killer of Eastenders’ very own resurrected miracle... 

What All The Rabbits Are Doing

What All The Rabbits Are Doing

Even by the standards of the Fringe, the Zoo has long since been established for pushing the boundaries of modern theatre and displaying provocative, no-holds-barred action in their intimate setting where nothing is hidden from the audience... 

And the Devil May Drag You Under

And the Devil May Drag You Under

This red, rude and raunchy show faced a difficult task transforming a university lecture theatre into the cabaret version of hell on earth, but thanks to some inspired acting from the lead characters, the fiery depths became a more attractive proposition... 

The Americans

The Americans

What five words first come to mind when you hear “The Americans”? This is what the award-winning American comedian, Jeff Kreisler, has been asking people on his travels. From his findings, he’s created a satirical comedy that ticks all the anti-Bush boxes, but fails to say anything truly political... 

Britt Ekland - Britt on Britt

Britt Ekland - Britt on Britt

Britt Ekland has known and loved many famous people and for this she is famous, but bubbling beneath the surface is a determined, vibrant woman who - through her own admission - knows the limits of her acting skills...