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Leo Kearse, in his guise as Pun-Man, has a simple mission: to save the world of comedy from banal observational stand-up and self-righteous, long-winded anecdotes. In this, the current UK Pun Champion is a qualified success, delivering an hour of dizzying highs mixed with a few nauseating lows.

Kearse’s strategy of accepting topics on which to pun from spectators is risky in the extreme

Puns aren’t everyone’s cup of tea and keeping an audience onside for the duration of an Edinburgh hour would be a struggle for any comic. With this in mind, Kearse’s strategy of accepting topics on which to pun from spectators is risky in the extreme – an equal mixture of bravery and foolhardiness. As a result, the show has a very unstructured feel to it. Kearse starts with some scripted punning before opening the floor up to the audience, taking suggestions on “any subject at all!” He is really flying by the seat of his superhero pants at times, with some cracking sequences (the one on weather in the Middle East a particular favourite) mixed with a few howlers (long erased from memory). Give him his due, Kearse is the first to accept when the pun doesn’t quite hit the target, his self-deprecation at these points allowing him to score some much-deserved rebound laughs.

On a few occasions, the Pun-Man mask slips – he betrays his original mission and reverts to a more orthodox comedy stance. Routines on the more familiar subjects of trains, one-night stands, and foreign toilet plumbing come a little out of the blue, but are respite from the seemingly ceaseless flow of wordplay on either side.

With the hit-or-miss nature of Pun-Man’s call for audience suggestions, the show does begin to drag a tiny bit. However, Kearse’s massive reserves of charm are more than enough to see him through the more niche topics. If you’re a fan of the genre, this is definitely worth the few spare quid rattling around in your pocket. 


5th Aug 20167:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
6th Aug 20167:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
7th Aug 20167:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
9th Aug 20167:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
10th Aug 20167:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
11th Aug 20167:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
12th Aug 20167:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
13th Aug 20167:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
14th Aug 20167:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
16th Aug 20167:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
17th Aug 20167:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
18th Aug 20167:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
19th Aug 20167:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
20th Aug 20167:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
21st Aug 20167:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
23rd Aug 20167:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
24th Aug 20167:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
25th Aug 20167:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
26th Aug 20167:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
27th Aug 20167:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)
28th Aug 20167:45pmLaughing Horse @ Espionage
4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street)

The Blurb

UK Pun Champion Leo Kearse, aka Pun-Man, returns with another hour of ridiculous puns and hilarious stories! The Edinburgh show with the most jokes! What's the worst that could hear-pun? ‘In Iran everyone's scared of spiders, but in Iraq no phobia’ is bad, but there's one about a German sausage that's wurst. ‘A giant of the art’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘Seriously good. Quick, funny, smart... hilarious’ (Scotsman). ‘Such energy and aplomb that the audience is left powerless to resist... one of the most enjoyable shows of the Fringe’ **** (ThreeWeeks). ‘Very funny’ **** (List).

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