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Fear not, this is a show for more than just the conspiracy theorists out there. Armed with a pun in the title and a range of tones to please all audiences, Archie Maddocks has put together an enjoyable collection of anecdotes for his Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut; it just needs a bit more polish to really shine.

Maddocks is a good entertainer, and I hope that his set only continues to improve.

From escapades in South Africa to living with both mother and girlfriend, this is fairly easy-going material with a good structure. Leaning casually on his mic stand, Maddocks gives the impression of relaxing into his set, laughing with us and handling more disruptive members of the audience confidently without being rude. I particularly enjoyed several strong characters who were created out of nowhere, delivered with a self-assured confidence that brought belly laughs to the room.

There’s a sense of a scattered mind here, especially in the first half of the set: sentences begin strongly but tend to digress and don’t always arrive where they are supposed to, often leaving a weaker punchline than intended. The stories themselves are great fun, and it’s only when Maddocks loses control of the narrative in this way that the pace begins to fall flat. It’s also confusing that the climax of the show is revealed on the back of the flyer, which removes any sense of suspense from what could have been an outrageous finale.

Overall, this set still feels very self-aware – Maddocks makes references to using audience members as his back-up, and seems to have a lack of confidence in his ability to keep the crowd on his side, which in itself reveals a lack of trust in letting us enjoy his set. It’s a shame, because I really enjoyed the material itself, which dances the line of innuendo with some excellent one-liners. It's a free show and definitely worth a chance; Maddocks is a good entertainer, and I hope that his set only continues to improve.


3rd Aug 20176:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
4th Aug 20176:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
5th Aug 20176:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
6th Aug 20176:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
7th Aug 20176:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
8th Aug 20176:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
9th Aug 20176:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
10th Aug 20176:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
11th Aug 20176:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
12th Aug 20176:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
13th Aug 20176:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
15th Aug 20176:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
16th Aug 20176:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
17th Aug 20176:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
18th Aug 20176:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
19th Aug 20176:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
20th Aug 20176:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
21st Aug 20176:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
22nd Aug 20176:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
23rd Aug 20176:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
24th Aug 20176:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
25th Aug 20176:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
26th Aug 20176:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
27th Aug 20176:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)

The Blurb

IlluminArchie is the hilarious new show by 'super cool, super smart storyteller' (Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard) and award-winning comedian, Archie Maddocks. He is described as 'poignant, inventive and razor-sharp' (BroadwayBaby.com) and as having 'a corking, almost cinematic story' (Chortle.co.uk). Join Archie for his new show, which looks at, but is not limited to, how he wishes someone would take control of his life so he didn't have to, an accidentally racist girlfriend, a killer doughnut and an altercation with a monkey.

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Professional company
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