Curse of the Mummy

Curse of the Mummy

To fully appreciate Curse of the Mummy, one cannot take it seriously as a musical or a drama, which may have been a source of contention amongst some audience members on the night I viewed, who were under the strong impression that it was a fully-fledged recreation of the original 1964 film... 

Sunil Patel: Titan

Sunil Patel: Titan

It did not take long for Sunil Patel to win me over. His mirthful observations are simply all too relatable, for the better and the worse. A sardonic mood prevails, where Patel’s swaggering pretentious charm delivers with unnerving ease a slew of neurotic, dry witticisms that permeate down to the core... 

The Sensational David Bowie Tribute Band

The Sensational David Bowie Tribute Band

As far as tributes go, David Bowie is an ambitious project to undertake and one not to be done so on a whim. But this would not prevent the eight musicians I witnessed from achieving eminence... 

The Tinder Tales

The Tinder Tales

Produced by Connie Stride and co-directed by Emily Ashbrook and Elizabeth Bailey, The Tinder Tales excels in making genuine experiences appear visceral.All eight actors make great use of the space afforded to them... 

Labels

Labels

The superfluous orations of Joe Sellman-Leava see his one-man act deliver strong discourse aimed at unboxing the confines that social tags put upon our species. He does not seek to take on the world for its many faults as much as he implores it to conform to a unilateral standard... 

I'm Always the Bridesmaid

I'm Always the Bridesmaid

Halfway through David Tsonos’ tedious and rambling show, a former boyfriend, one of the many trotted out as a manifested recollection from the trio of bridesmaids, appears before us with his all-time football score achieved during his childhood... 

Escaping Trump's America

Escaping Trump's America

I’ll start off by saying that the lack of an audience on this particular viewing did not afford much opportunity to the performers. Some adapted better to their vacant surroundings than others... 

Kai Humphries: Punch-Drunk

Kai Humphries: Punch-Drunk

Kai Humphries delivers in style a Fringe spectacle with amusing stories of his hometown Blyth and of his life which led him into the world of comedy, aided a poignant slideshow. We begin with the jingling rhythms of ELO’s Mr Blue Sky before our smiling host appears to welcome us... 

Henry Ginsberg: Molesting the Corpse of Traditional Masculinity Since 1987

Henry Ginsberg: Molesting the Corpse of Traditional Masculinity Since 1987

Henry Ginsberg spent most of his adult life envious of his male friends scoring on the weekend. Now bordering 30, he misses his virginity. He is the lord of all that is self-deprecating and lends a face to the forgotten depths of Reddit’s forever-alone forum... 

Micky Bartlett: Typical

Micky Bartlett: Typical

Belfast comic Micky Bartlett is here to deliver a message. A message of tolerance and inclusivity. After all, what’s so funny about peace, love and understanding? Surprisingly quite a lot, unless you happened to drive to the show in a Bentley... 

Jason Byrne is Propped Up

Jason Byrne is Propped Up

The varied and chancing comedy of Jason Byrne sees his fringe expose arrive as largely hit and miss. The night is a mixed affair, dampened by an excessive use of the f-word that is eventually dulled by over usage... 

American Lates

American Lates

An endearing display that demonstrates both exceptional vocal and instrumental talents. Beginning by apologising for the state of politics in his home country (a jibe at both Clinton and Trump), tenor Tom Randle takes to the stage with a sonorous take on the traditional American folk song, The Boatman... 

Nick Revell: Gluten-Free Christ; Seven Easy Steps to Mindfulness, Weight-Loss, Eternal Beauty, Spiritual Detox, Untold Riches, and Dealing with Disappointment

Nick Revell: Gluten-Free Christ; Seven Easy Steps to Mindfulness, Weight-Loss, Eternal Beauty, Spiritual Detox, Untold Riches, and Dealing with Disappointment

There is no doubt that Nick Revell is an amusing and witty comic whose capabilities are evident from both long line of positive past reviews and his catalogue on YouTube. He carries with him a thespian-speaking style that helps him articulate his streams of consciousness into lurid, pretty tales of wonder and fascination, wherein lies the breadth of his comedy... 

Astonish Me! – The Jazz Rite of Spring

Astonish Me! – The Jazz Rite of Spring

Igor Stravinsky once said ‘what gives the artist real prestige is his imitators.’ David Patrick and his octet do this statement great justice, where their take on the Russian-French composer’s renowned The Rite of Spring is reanimated through the lively tempo of an eight-piece jazz band... 

Grandad Died

Grandad Died

A grandad may have passed on, but he wasn’t the only thing that died on stage. Toad Pit Theatre have committed murder with this lurid, self-indulgent drama and weak allegory on the outcome of the EU referendum... 

Ed Patrick: Junior Optimist

Ed Patrick: Junior Optimist

Ed Patrick arrives with fresh comedy that, though tepid in parts, is generally pleasing as the Oxford comic delves into his past to reveal some highly amusing anecdotes relating to the NHS and the practise of medicine... 

John Pendal: International Man of Leather

John Pendal: International Man of Leather

If you think you have seen and done it all, try John Pendal on for size. The former champion of Chicago’s International Man of Leather, the equivalent of the fetish Olympics, regales you of his life and what led him into the world of kink through a well-seasoned blend of comedy and narrative... 

Head Sets

Head Sets

Rondo comedy show Head Sets features a rotating line up daily, so you cannot be certain of what to expect. All performers stick their heads through a cut-out hole in a black plastic wall to give off the impression of levitation, as well as rely upon only their noggin for comedy... 

Aaaaah! It's 101 Clean Jokes in 30 Minutes – Free Show

Aaaaah! It's 101 Clean Jokes in 30 Minutes – Free Show

Masai Graham has assembled an act so far from risky that it is bubble wrapped in woefully predictable innuendos, presumably to retain its innocence. Sadly, the outcome produces a lacklustre show... 

Aaaaargh! It's 101 Naughty Jokes in 30 Minutes – Free Show

Aaaaargh! It's 101 Naughty Jokes in 30 Minutes – Free Show

If you find it in your heart to forgive the failings of Masai Graham’s previous show, Aaaaah! It’s 101 Clean Jokes in 30 Minutes, and stuck around for the follow-up, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what he has in store... 

Love Me Tinder Cabaret

Love Me Tinder Cabaret

A short and sweet performance that makes use of popular romantic tracks to tackle the trials and troubles of online dating and the accompanying creeps who come with the app, Love Me Tinder happily pokes fun at 2016’s most infamous dating service through a blend of music and comedy... 

Grumble: Sex Clown Saves the World

Grumble: Sex Clown Saves the World

Kate Bush may well have adopted a new receptacle in the form of a skimpy harlequin from down under. Self-professed ‘eco-sexual’, Betty Grumble’s surrealist, circus-themed burlesque shatters the barriers of conventional cabaret to bring a unique exhibition to the Fringe... 

Foxtrot

Foxtrot

Playwright Anthony Maskell’s Fringe debut is as student as they come. I say that lightly, but for the first five minutes, the impression you get is of a hastily arranged, lazy first-year drama class’s take on life experience, through rose-tinted glasses and clichéd tropes regarding the human condition... 

Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered: James Lambeth Sings Rodgers and Hart!

Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered: James Lambeth Sings Rodgers and Hart!

There is only one bar in Edinburgh that is fit for a man possessing such talent like James Lambeth: the Jazz Bar. The Oklahoma singer accentuates the blissful tonalities that bring together the music of Rodgers and Hart in such a way as I have never heard it before, earning himself unilateral applause... 

Is This Poetry?

Is This Poetry?

Is this poetry? Yes. Is it impressive? Not really. Andrew Blair and Ross McCleary’s poetry exposé did not possess a refined style of wit nor an inventive touch, flinging together a show of limp aesthetics and clichéd delivery methods... 

Sunshine on Leith

Sunshine on Leith

Of course there would have to be a torrential downpour on the day I viewed Sunshine on Leith, sadly only adhering to the typical fickleness of Scottish weather that betrayed the name of the musical... 

Bridges: Mary McCarthy

Bridges: Mary McCarthy

There is no doubt that Mary McCarthy is a talented pianist whose style of play reflects years of expertise. Her show comprises of her playing renditions of several composers, many of whom are Serbian, with McCarthy’s only companions being the ten skilful fingers manipulating the keys in front of her... 

Alex Williamson: That Guy from the Internet

Alex Williamson: That Guy from the Internet

Alex Williamson possesses the confidence and charisma necessary for performing for large crowds, a man who grasps the essence of comedy with a promising career ahead of him. Williamson goes for what you won’t expect him to say with brash one lines that come out of the blue, a trademark of the show... 

Afro-Latin Funk from Poción de Fe

Afro-Latin Funk from Poción de Fe

The overriding resonance of Ponción de Fe can only be described as dynamic. The seven-piece band consists of Jed Potts on lead guitar, Tom Pickles on saxophone, Tom Wilkinson on bass, and Matthew Hawke on trombone, with drums and percussion being covered by Davide Rinaldi and Simon Gibb respectively... 

Fringe Film Festival

Fringe Film Festival

C’s Fringe Film Festival is a smorgasbord of productions shuffled neatly into one come-and-go styled theatre. Calling it hit and miss would be putting it lightly, and it certainly doesn’t help that there is barely any listings of what time each individual film runs at... 

The Lock-In Cabaret

The Lock-In Cabaret

‘I took Friday off for this shite!’ was but one of the kinder jeers fired at Steve Griffin and Nathan Jones’ flailing cabaret show. The Guilford duo hosted an inferior magic act that was wrought with patchy tricks and poorly scripted jokes that ended as mere batting practise for the hecklers... 

Best of the Fest

Best of the Fest

This comedy showcase features a rotating lineup that changes daily, and is available both during the day and at midnight. The performance I attended was a midnight show that runs longer than its daytime counterpart... 

Islands

Islands

From Fine Mess Theatre comes Kyle Ross’ play Islands, an insight into upper-middle class marriage which typifies the lifestyle of the ‘rah’. Starring Eva Tausig as Sophie and Kyle Ross as Magnus, who take to the stage in naught but their underwear, Islands offers a revelation into the complications of maintaining marriage and good communications in the twenty-first century... 

Jazz Bar Music

Jazz Bar Music

Jazz Bar Music is an event which shows off the musical skills of several different performers, making each night different. This particular viewing saw Ruaridh Pattison on saxophone, Brodie Jarvie on double bass, David Patrick on piano, Steve Pretty on trumpet, and event organiser Bill Kyle on drums... 

Americana Nights

Americana Nights

Flagstaff returns to the Fringe this year with a rusty, broken bottle blues feel that takes you down south and out west. The band adheres to their bluegrass roots whilst diversifying their setlist to provide a night of country-western, honky-tonk and southern boogie... 

Cabaret Nova

Cabaret Nova

A blend of music and comedy, Cabaret Nova exhibits some of the Fringe’s up and coming stars. C Nova’s Studio 5 is small, almost to the point of being cramped, but this makes for a more intimate atmosphere, whilst Tessa Waters, who has the stage charisma of Elvis, presents the show as the host of the night... 

Ivy Paige: Filthy Rich

Ivy Paige: Filthy Rich

Hips, tits and glamour galore. Ivy Paige has taken the Underbelly hostage and you’d better pray you’re one of her captives. Strutting her way onto the Belly Button stage, the kiss-and-tell burlesque queen leaves a heart-shaped imprint upon her audience as she dazzles you through a mixture of singing, comedy and eye candy... 

The Top Ten Best Craft Beer Bars in Edinburgh

The Top Ten Best Craft Beer Bars in Edinburgh

With over 70 craft brewing companies across Scotland, craft beer now contributes close to £63 million to the British economy. Consequently, Edinburgh is but one of many cities to have experienced a surge in new bars catering towards craft beer fans... 

Begin the Beguine: James Lambeth Sings Cole Porter!

Begin the Beguine: James Lambeth Sings Cole Porter!

James Lambeth returns to the Fringe for the third year running with companions Steve Hamilton on piano and Mario Caribe on the double bass. The Oklahoma-born musician delivers an inviting evening of jazz that ranges from soft voiced blues to powerful swing... 

Oh, Lady Be Good

Oh, Lady Be Good

Dressed for the part, Melissa Western welcomes you in a friendly and feisty manner as she takes you through a journey into the realms of jazz and the great female vocalists of a not-so-distant generation that is rekindled in the embrace of Edinburgh’s own Jazz Bar... 

Rocky Horror Night

Rocky Horror Night

Frankenstein celebrates its 13th year of The Rocky Horror Picture Show party. Expect to see a lot of hairspray and fishnets in this delicious night of debauchery in the perfect location... 

Zelda- The Last Flapper by William Luce

Zelda- The Last Flapper by William Luce

William Luce’s 1984 play comes to life in this rendition by the Thespis Studio that is made vivid by the solo acting of Loana Pavelescu. With the direction of Liana Ceterchi, Zelda - The Last Flapper documents the life and decline of Zelda Fitzgerald... 

99 Club Stand-up Selection - Cowgate - Free

99 Club Stand-up Selection - Cowgate - Free

Luke Benson hosts 99 Club's pick of the Fringe with a free hour of comedy that shows off the talents (and faults) at this year’s festival. A show that throws together the good and the bad, the Laughing Horse’s selection is worth a watch... 

Sid Wick Has No Friends

Sid Wick Has No Friends

Sid Wick sports a variety of wigs and props to aid his free fringe comedy show. A lively and enthusiastic man who lost my interest after 5 minutes and had me checking my watch for most of the show, Sid Wick doesn’t bring out the big guns this summer... 

Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival - Painting and Decorating Demonstration

Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival - Painting and Decorating Demonstration

Nevin of Edinburgh and MacKay Decorators Perth Ltd. present this traditional decorating exhibition that celebrates its third year running with decorators Margaret and Mark as hosts, a sign writer and a painter respectively... 

Michael Fabbri: Oversharing

Michael Fabbri: Oversharing

Michael Fabbri delivers an evening of too much information that lives up to his title. A free fringe show at Cabaret Voltaire, Michael Fabbri: Oversharing is somewhat witty and moderately funny and a good act to see if you are low on cash... 

Richard Tyrone Jones: What the F*ck is This?

Richard Tyrone Jones: What the F*ck is This?

In the bowels of Banshee Labyrinth lurk the most unlikely of creatures, and none more terrifying nor outlandish as Richard Tyrone. When he first came crawling into the room like a five-year-old pretending to be a dog with a sack over his head, the first thing that popped into my head was the advice from South Park’s Mr McKay: “Drugs are bad, mkay... 

Good Morning, Campers

Good Morning, Campers

‘I do say, give us another!’ is the tragic cry of mediocrity from an improv show that is several decades too late for salvation. Marching out on stage in their matching red blazers, the campers deliver an abysmal performance that emerges as one of the worst Fringe shows this year in an act that is worse than Highlander II, and that’s saying something... 

What Does The Title Matter Anyway?

What Does The Title Matter Anyway?

Clive Anderson hosts one of the best improv shows on the Fringe with a troupe of seasoned professionals at his side. Backing him up on sound is Philip Pope, while you are entertained by the rambunctious antics of four headliner acts: Steven Frost, Greg Proops, Marcus Brigstocke and Colin Mochrie... 

The Stand Late Show

The Stand Late Show

If you’ve ever watched anything by John Robertson before you’ll know just how zany and energetic he can be, which is the perfect reason why he makes a great host for The Stand Late Show... 

Ryan Coffey Live and Loud

Ryan Coffey Live and Loud

Ned Kelly look-alike Ryan Coffey arrives in the burgh with vocal looping and a Fender Stratocaster to deliver some songs about relationships. But that’s all before you reach the comedic aspect of his performance... 

John Hastings - Adventure

John Hastings - Adventure

Canadian standup John Hastings peddles an incredibly original show that could easily be a contender for Fringe Festival Awards. Winner of the 2012 COCA Comedian of the Year Award, and the 2010 Homegrown Comedy Competition, John Hastings arrives to the fringe with talent, style and a homemade pharaoh crown on his head... 

The Height of the Eiffel Tower

The Height of the Eiffel Tower

A pregnant 16-year-old who drinks too much; a gullible, ditsy hand model; a rambling geek with poor social skills; a meathead with too many STDs. At the centre of it all, a mother. Morgana O’Reilly, star of Neighbours, brings a fresh and original one-woman play to the table with her quirky, off-the-wall comedic acting... 

Scotland's Pick of the Fringe

Scotland's Pick of the Fringe

Gus Lymburn hosts Scotland’s Pick of The Fringe in this hour long comedy romp that is funny, witty and refreshingly original. The lively, sardonic Scot is capable of entertaining an audience of several different ethnicities with a range of comedy, both local and international, that warms up for the arrival of the headliners... 

Sex with Animals

Sex with Animals

For the second year running, Sex With Animals hits the Fringe in an outrageously hilarious fashion with solo star Ryan Good taking to the stage in a lion onesie. When the befitting introductory background music ‘Rocky Raccoon’ ends, Ryan Good prances out on stage dressed in an attire that looks like Dwayne Johnson in the recent Hercules movie, thrusting his furry lion muff into the front row whilst dancing in a provocative fashion to the sound of Michael Jackson in a manner that would give Russell Brand a run for his money... 

Miss Glory Pearl: The Naked Stand-Up

Miss Glory Pearl: The Naked Stand-Up

‘These are my tits,’ says the woman on stage wearing nothing but a pair of black high heels and a red pillbox hat, ‘Feel free to look at them.’ Strutting her way from Tunbridge, Miss Glory Pearl takes to the stage with literally nothing else but her comedy... 

Men With Nectar Points

Men With Nectar Points

Free fringe festival comedy Men With Nectar Points starts off the night with Phil Mitchell’s look-alike Jethro Bradley with a pair of tights over his head warming up the crowd for the arrival of Liam Sullivan... 

Steen Raskopoulos: I'm Wearing Two Suits Because I Mean Business

Steen Raskopoulos: I'm Wearing Two Suits Because I Mean Business

Steen Raskopoulos turns up to the Fringe in style. Twice the style to be precise. Donning not only two suits but a basketball hoop, Raskopoulos is prepared to make you laugh, cry and dance to the sound of disco music, as he will have more than half the audience on their feet by the end of the night... 

Friday I'm in Love

Friday I'm in Love

The poptacular London band started thirty minutes late for their three and half hour set, most likely due to technical difficulties or the arrangement of the room. But the loud band appears professional, making few mistakes and swiftly covering up any they make... 

How to Disappear Completely

How to Disappear Completely

The first impression I got of Itai Erdal was of a man far too self-absorbed, verging upon vanity instead of showmanship; a man who proclaims he has travelled far and wide to some of the remotest parts of the world; a man who professes to know every capital city in the world, and will challenge the audience to prove him wrong; a man who claims to have been in love 23 times yet has no partner... 

To Chekhov With Love: Afterplay and The White Peacock (Two One-Act Plays)

To Chekhov With Love: Afterplay and The White Peacock (Two One-Act Plays)

From the critically acclaimed SU Drama company comes a double play performance that combines Brien Friel’s Afterplay and an original piece named The White Peacock. One play is brilliant; one play is terrible... 

An Elephant in the Room

An Elephant in the Room

If Dr. Seuss and Lewis Carroll had a love child, the result would be a grinning 5ft Scot with an arsenal of absurd pun-studded songs wielding a double bass and a pocketful of anecdotes about Oz... 

Paul Gilbody

Paul Gilbody

Equipped with his electro-acoustic guitar, Paul Gilbody promises for a magical evening of hearty tunes and ripping beats to drive home a funky Fringe show full of imagination. Accompanying Gilbody is his talented backing band, comprised of Andy Farquhar on drums, Jules Philip on vocals, John Need on bass and Mat Clements on percussion, who brings to the stage a plethora of instruments that include maracas, triangle, tambourine and table drums... 

Free Money Magic Show

Free Money Magic Show

Ian Saville, a self-professed ‘socialist magician’, takes you through the history of money and communism by the medium of magic in a free show that pulls off some rather exquisite tricks... 

The Wild Wood of Widdershin

The Wild Wood of Widdershin

From the Crafty Moon Theatre company comes the tale of two sisters named Alizon and Jennet, caught in a relationship culminating in hedonism, jealousy and betrayal. At the centre of this bizarre play are the Pendle Witch Trials that, through a mix of acting, music and video, are portrayed through the lens of a modern interpretation... 

Meal Ticket

Meal Ticket

The Mockingbirds Theatre Company serves up a delicious performance in the form of Meal Ticket, a play which examines the problems with perfectionism and informality within high society in a comedic story set in a bustling, star-struck venue... 

Schubert at Teatime

Schubert at Teatime

The Rothko Quartet meets the critically acclaimed Yelian He in a professional performance of some of Schubert’s best known works. Expect to see a lot of avid facial expressions from the instrumentalists and hear some remarkable chamber music in the Royal Overseas League with a set of some delightful numbers that recall the Austrian music halls of the 19th century... 

Adam Strauss: The Mushroom Cure

Adam Strauss: The Mushroom Cure

When an uncertain young American was experiencing the fallout of the sixties in the form of psilocybin, he learned one very valuable lesson he would not forget in a hurry: buckle your seatbelt for the long run because you are now a passenger on one hell of a trip... 

Frank Sanazi's 'Das Vegas Night II'

Frank Sanazi's 'Das Vegas Night II'

I probably should have guessed from the name, but there was nothing that could have prepared me for what Frank Sanazi’s musical comedy had in store. (Warning: this show is NOT for those who are easily offended, particularly by Second World War references... 

Best of Scottish Comedian of the Year

Best of Scottish Comedian of the Year

As the name would suggest, this is great Scottish comedy at its best. If you are only at the Fringe for a couple of days, this is one of those must-see shows which will guarantee you are laughing from start to finish (and perhaps all the way home)... 

Matt Okine: Being Black & Chicken & S#%t

Matt Okine: Being Black & Chicken & S#%t

Born Australian, with Ghanaian heritage, Matt Okine does a great job at poking fun of racial stereotypes and racial epithets within society, drawing upon a wide range of topics for his act... 

McDaniel and Callaghan

McDaniel and Callaghan

Paul McDaniel and David Callaghan’s free show hits the Fringe in a less than impressive style with a low quality humour that does little in the way of entertainment. McDaniel’s drawl and monotonous personality does not do his comedy any favours, whilst he attempts to mask awkward silences with a series of bizarre, guttural grunting sounds... 

Tanyalee Davis - Big Trouble in Little 'Gina

Tanyalee Davis - Big Trouble in Little 'Gina

If you are over 35 or simply want to hear how middle-aged life is a going to be a blood-stained nightmare, then this is the show for you; for anyone else, sit tight for an uncomfortable hour... 

The Inventor and The Escort

The Inventor and The Escort

In the midst of a New York snow storm, a working girl named Julia is drinking an icy margarita on a makeshift beach in her two-piece, whilst shy Jeffrey, an inventor of some bizarre and wonderful sex-toys, is fumbling with suntan-lotion and an inflatable palm tree... 

Classical Accordion at the Fringe

Classical Accordion at the Fringe

Paul Chamberlain, professional accordionist and accomplished musician in the field of classical music, brings a fresh performance to the Fringe Festival with his accordion music, all classical pieces and all performed solely by himself... 

Dan Willis: The Walking Dead

Dan Willis: The Walking Dead

You’ve just received the news that the capital has been struck by a horde of flesh-eating limb draggers, with the power to infect and eradicate the human race from existence. The streets are littered with dead bodies, abandoned cars and ransacked ambulances, whilst the supermarkets have become a jam packed haven for the panic driven, self-preservationist mob... 

The Voices of Lions

The Voices of Lions

For the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the Fringe’s epicentre, Iain Donald provides a truly remarkable performance with The Voices of Lions, a choir group of students from Hampton School in London...