Adam Hills: Clown Heart

Adam Hills: Clown Heart

If you like your comedy dark and edgy then walk away my friend, Adam Hills is not for you. The Aussie stand up's stock in trade is being affable and relentlessly upbeat. So much so that he even manages to make dying and cancer, the weighty topics that Clown Heart centres on, entertaining... 

Underwhelmed

Underwhelmed

Twayna Mayne's default setting is overwhelmingly unimpressed. The London comic explains that, as well as biggies like war and famine, her day job and people who get to work early and eat their breakfast at their desks, are just a few of the things that displease her... 

Diary of a Dating Addict

Diary of a Dating Addict

'Finding a partner's like finding a job: you've got to put the work in', says Maddy Anholt, and she would know. Prompted by the prospect of reaching the grand old age of 30 without that special someone in her life, 27-year-old Anholt spent a year trying to find Mr Right online... 

Nathan Caton: Straight Outta Middlesex

Nathan Caton: Straight Outta Middlesex

Once he gets going, Nathan Caton's anecdotes and stories are funny, clever and a pleasure to listen to. But it takes him a hell of a long time to stop the preamble and start the show... 

Jena Friedman: American C*nt

Jena Friedman: American C*nt

Some show titles aim to tease, titillate or intrigue but American Cunt, the name of US comic Jena Friedman's Edinburgh Fringe debut, is a proud, badge-wearing member of the let's-cut-to-the-chase-and-weed-out-the-easily-offended camp... 

Wasted

Wasted

Emma (Serena Jennings) and Oli (Will Merrick) meet on a chaotic, booze-fuelled night out. They do some shots, flirt, have a bit of a laugh and end up having sex. But is it consensual or not? And what does consent look like? Is it a clear cut, one off event or a continuous agreement? These are the questions at the centre of No Prophet Theatre's relevant and energetic one act drama Wasted... 

Funmbi Omotayo: Legal Immigrant

Funmbi Omotayo: Legal Immigrant

It’s hard not to like Funmbi Omotayo. As well as being open and affable, he has the air of a man who’s comfortable in his own skin. So it’s no surprise that he has no qualms about making himself the butt of his jokes... 

Nina Conti: In Your Face

Nina Conti: In Your Face

It’s a brave soul who chooses to sit in the front row of In Your Face, Nina Conti’s latest helping of deconstructive ventriloquism. Because if you position yourself closest to her you’re significantly increasing your chances of being the focus of the proceedings, instead of being able to just relax and enjoy being entertained... 

Othello: An All-Female Production

Othello: An All-Female Production

Despite the fact that it's 2015, there's still much debate and handwringing about cross-gender casting in Shakespeare. It prompts questions like, 'does it have a social purpose?', 'What's the point?' And, when it involves female actors, 'is this just an excuse for them to play great classical roles?'Ultimately, the main concern should be whether these productions are any good... 

Fills Monkey: Incredible Drum Show

Fills Monkey: Incredible Drum Show

Sebastien Rambaud and Yann Coste's Incredible Drum Show thoroughly deserves its seemingly immodest title. The endearing Gallic pair’s joyous performance is astounding. They play the drums in a way you've never seen before... 

Close Up

Close Up

You'd usually associate interacting with the audience with stand ups, pantomime and magicians specialising in card tricks. But with contemporary circus artists? Not so much. But then Circa, an award-winning Aussie circus company, is a boundary-pushing law unto itself... 

RUN

RUN

In 2013, 21-year-old Moritz Erhardt, an intern at an investment bank, was found dead in his London flat after working for 72 hours without any sleep. His tragic story is the inspiration for Engineer Theatre Collective's Run, which follows four fresh-faced, City-based interns, Ana, Tim, Lawrence and Caroline, as they get to know each other and make their way through their gruelling 10-week placement... 

Mike Wozniak: One Man Dad Cat Band

Mike Wozniak: One Man Dad Cat Band

Mike Wozniak's probably best known for playing moustachioed misfit Brian in Channel 4's sitcom Man Down. In One Man Dad Cat Band, he adopts the pose of a shouty misanthrope and frustration personified... 

Luke Toulson: Grandpa, Hitler and Me

Luke Toulson: Grandpa, Hitler and Me

Luke Toulson's grandfather was a Royal Engineer during World War Two who served in France, North Africa and the Middle East. And during this time he wrote hundreds of letters to his wife Kate... 

Upstairs Downton – The Improvised Episode

Upstairs Downton – The Improvised Episode

Upstairs Downton – The Improvised Episode opens with the ordinarily subdued theme tune to ITV's massively popular period drama, Downton Abbey, played on kazoos and a recorder. It's an appropriately irreverent rendition which sets the scene for what's to come: an affectionate parody, and mash up, of Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs (the former's less-celebrated, BBC-produced predecessor)... 

Andrew Doyle: Minimalism!

Andrew Doyle: Minimalism!

There's more than a touch of Stewart Lee when it comes to Andrew Doyle's comedic concerns. On the face of it, the main thing that the former teacher's doing in Minimalism is deconstructing stand up, and raging against the diktats that govern it, such as 'thou shalt be topical' and 'thou shalt have a cleverly constructed narrative... 

Rob Delaney: Meat Tour

Rob Delaney: Meat Tour

In the UK, the hirsute bear of a man that is US comic Rob Delaney is probably better known for being the Comedy King of Twitter (and for starring alongside Sharon Horgan in Channel 4's funny and frank sitcom Catastrophe), than for his stand up...