Blues and Burlesque: Happy Hour

Blues and Burlesque: Happy Hour

Blues and Burlesque: Happy Hour is an enjoyable, if not particularly spectacular, way to spend an hour. The show opens with Pete Saunders on keyboard, singing a variety of cabaret songs... 

The Church of Zirconium

The Church of Zirconium

The Church of Zirconium is a piece of new writing by Will Farrell and Milo Gough which invites us into the world of a poorly run cult populated by the charmingly gormless, the easily led and the downright stupid... 

Aaaand Now For Something Completely Improvised

Aaaand Now For Something Completely Improvised

Aaaand Now for Something Completely Improvised is a solid hour of good fun. There are very few moments that are hilarious and very few that fall flat, but overall I, and the audience, was kept entertained throughout... 

The Other Guys: Afternoon Delight

The Other Guys: Afternoon Delight

The Other Guys: Afternoon Delight is an enjoyable and light hearted a capella show. These boys from St Andrews can certainly carry a tune and they manage an enjoyable balance between comedy and high quality performance... 

Paul Savage Finds Every Joke in the Bible

Paul Savage Finds Every Joke in the Bible

Accompanying Paul Savage on his quest to find every joke in the Bible is an enjoyable way to spend an hour. There isn’t anything particularly revolutionary in his set, but there is a steady stream of laughs and Savage held my, and the audience’s, attention for the full hour... 

Hardeep Singh Kohli: Hardeep Is Your Love

Hardeep Singh Kohli: Hardeep Is Your Love

Full disclosure: I came very close to tears during Hardeep is Your Love. This caught me rather off guard. I don’t make a habit of welling up during stand up shows, even ones with quite such spectacular puns in the title... 

Camille O’Sullivan: 10

Camille O’Sullivan: 10

You can’t help but wonder how many people fall in love with Camille O’Sullivan during her show each night. I know it wasn’t just me; from the standing ovation at the end, the audible gasps during the more impressive numbers, and the fact that during the quieter songs, the audience are not just silent, they barely move... 

James Loveridge: Funny Because It's True

James Loveridge: Funny Because It's True

James Loveridge’s Funny Because It’s True is indeed funny and is presumably also true. So far, so good. In a pub basement, audience members overflowing the chairs set out onto the floor and window ledges, Loveridge delivers one of the most amusing shows I have seen this Fringe... 

Al Murray: One Man, One Guvnor - Special Previews

Al Murray: One Man, One Guvnor - Special Previews

Al Murray’s One Man, One Guvnor is only in its preview stages, but already it is a spectacularly funny set. Murray’s premise is that he intends to set up a new government, using the audience as his Parliament and the front few rows as his cabinet... 

John O’Farrell: 25 Years of Writing Stupid Jokes

John O’Farrell: 25 Years of Writing Stupid Jokes

In John O’Farrell’s 25 Years of Writing Stupid Jokes, he tells the story of his comedy career: first as a writer on the likes of Spitting Image and Have I Got News for You and then as a novelist, a broadcaster and a public figure... 

Paul McCaffrey: Paul Or Nothing

Paul McCaffrey: Paul Or Nothing

“You’ve proved my point: nobody has any respect for me”, McCaffery laments as four latecomers traipse across his stage to their seats, interrupting his flow. But by the time the hour is up, we have seen conclusive evidence that he is wrong: I leave with a great deal of respect for the writer and performer of such an enjoyable set... 

Paul Chowdhry: PC's World

Paul Chowdhry: PC's World

Paul Chowdry is perhaps one of the most interesting comedians at the Fringe this year. His material is fast paced and edgy, dancing along the thin line of what is and is not acceptable material for comedy with gleeful abandon... 

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue, Oxford’s all male a capella group, have many things to offer. Their show is polished, musically assured and visually impressive. There are moments of comedy, moments that are genuinely moving and moments where twenty grown men from one of the UK’s most prestigious universities bound around the stage pretending to be monkeys... 

Mark Nelson: Please Think Responsibly

Mark Nelson: Please Think Responsibly

Mark Nelson instantly puts me at ease as he bounds onstage. His delivery is confident and relaxed and he interacts well with the audience members he picks out for attention. There is nothing particularly ground-breaking in his set, but the laughs come regularly, I find myself onside from start to finish... 

Fred MacAulay: The Frederendum

Fred MacAulay: The Frederendum

At the risk of damning Fred McAuley with faint praise, this is an extremely competent set. At no point are the laughs uproarious, but he frequently raises a smile and a chuckle. There is the sense that we are in safe hands, but it almost feels too safe... 

NewsRevue 2014

NewsRevue 2014

NewsRevue 2014 is impressive, very impressive. This is almost certainly the most slick and professional show that you will see at the Fringe this year. It is also one of the most amusing... 

The St Andrews Revue Present: Prom

The St Andrews Revue Present: Prom

The St Andrews Revue’s offering to this year’s Fringeis everything student comedy should be. It is acutely observed without being cynical, self-aware without being self-congratulatory, and above all, extremely funny... 

Pathos: Can You Kill for Love?

Pathos: Can You Kill for Love?

Once Pathos: Can You Kill for Love? hits its stride, it is an enjoyable and moving performance. However, the showstarts with its weakest material, and for the first ten minutes, I was concerned as to what I had got myself into... 

Chris Kent: Corked

Chris Kent: Corked

Corked is a nostalgic and affectionate romp through Chris Kent’s childhood and formative years. Whether he is playing pranks on his brother or getting into altercations with the benefit fraud police, Kent has the audience right on side... 

Alex Williamson: Dumb Things I've Done

Alex Williamson: Dumb Things I've Done

Alex Williamson is energetic. He is loud. He is exciting. He is also not particularly funny.Williamson has been described as a YouTube sensation, and indeed most of his material does feel like it would be better suited to being apportioned out in five minute bursts, vying with cat videos and Buzzfeed for your attention... 

The Durham Revue: Shenanigans

The Durham Revue: Shenanigans

On the day that I saw it, The Durham Revue was a victim of its own small audience. Jokes which were well formed and intelligent received little in the way of response, since there were simply not enough people in the room to create an atmosphere conducive to comedy... 

Quiz in My Pants

Quiz in My Pants

For any unassuming festival goer in search of a laugh, there are a whole host of shows willing to part him from ten scottish pounds and provide no such thing. Quiz in My Pants, then, is a wonderful surprise... 

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Durham University Light Opera Group’s production of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying is a masterfully polished piece of theatre. Simon Finch plays J. Pierrepont, a window washer who, with the assistance of the self help guide that gives the show its title, climbs his way through the ranks of his company, finding love along the way... 

Oliver Meech: When Magic and Science Collide 2.0

Oliver Meech: When Magic and Science Collide 2.0

Oliver Meech’s offering to this year’s Fringe is intriguingly listed under “Cabaret (Magic, Science)”. One could be forgiven for thinking that, just as in one of the opening tricks, the show’s producers opened a dictionary at random and haphazardly selected three words in order to form their concept... 

Semi-Toned: Toned Up!
BOBBY WINNER

Semi-Toned: Toned Up!

If you like a capella, see this show. If you like dubstep, rap, pop or rock music, see this show. Essentially, if you have ever listened to a piece of music and had any response other than wanting to tear your own ears off, you will probably find something to please you in Semi-Toned’s set list... 

Mark Dolan Changes the World

Mark Dolan Changes the World

The show opens with Dolan asking whether anybody in the audience is married. A vague muttering of assent from the crowd. Dolan eagerly picks up on this lack of enthusiasm, wondering what this says about the desirability of marriage... 

The Axis of Awesome: Viva La Vida Loca Las Vegas

The Axis of Awesome: Viva La Vida Loca Las Vegas

The title of this show is not nearly the best thing about it, but it alone should be enough to send you scurrying straight to the box office.The Axis of Awesome are the comedy band behind the viral internet video Four Chord Song, and no doubt they sell many tickets off the back of it... 

Candide: The Optimist

Candide: The Optimist

This is a one man production of Voltaire’s Candide, a satire about a young man who believes firmly that this is the “best of all possible worlds”, despite the increasingly horrific events unfolding in his life... 

Live Forever

Live Forever

It is 1997, and Princess Diana has just died, leaving the country in a state of hysteria. This new one man show takes us through the event’s aftermath and its impact on the emotional life of one ordinary man as he wonders what the ensuing outpour of national grief says about our society... 

Christian O'Connell: Breaking Dad

Christian O'Connell: Breaking Dad

Here’s the thing: if you are going to base a stand up show around ways in which you and your father are different, it had better be something pretty special to avoid falling into cliché... 

Nish Kumar: Ruminations on the Nature of Subjectivity

Nish Kumar: Ruminations on the Nature of Subjectivity

In an ideal world, I would use the word “meta” to describe this show. Unfortunately, as the ever pessimistic Kumar himself is keen to point out, we do not live in an ideal world...