Let’s just get this out the way: Colin Cloud’s After Dark is the most powerful, impressive and poignant magic and mentalist show I’ve ever seen.
The Blundabus is absolutely packed for Amelia Bayler’s I Work in Customer Service but I’m Actually a Pop Star.
With such an emotionally heavy title as An Asian Queer Story: Coming Out to Dead People, I was a little worried what to expect from this comedy show.
If you had told me that halfway through Wildcat’s Last Waltz, I’d be witnessing a Northern grandmother and three audience members performing wild dance moves combined with yoga…
In his debut hour, David Ian attempts a huge feat: to answer the question that many gay men think about their entire lives.
As Robin Tran walks on stage, she greets us with a warm smile and soft voice.
The vibe is wild as I sit down for Adults Only Magic Show.
It’s a little dark and drab as the audience politely waits in Bunker Two at the Pleasance.
A microphone stand and a metal pole await a grinning Jay Lafferty as she takes to the stage.
As the audience enter the auditorium at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, the four storytellers are already on stage: poet Janette Ayachi, powerhouse crime author Val McDermid, bur…
As I take my seat in Mono Restaurant for Drag Queen Wine Tasting, I’m immediately struck by how professional everything looks.
Zany music and a psychedelic multimedia screen await the audience as we take our seats for Sam Nicoresti’s show Cancel Anti Wokeflake Snow Culture.
After a year away, Mabel Thomas brings her acclaimed show Sugar back to the Fringe, this time in person.
“Excuse me sir, would you mind if I gave this gentleman the free seat beside you?” says a keen and kind Aliya Kanani before the beginning of her sold-out show.
As we enter the venue, Chelsea Birkby is waiting at the entrance with a tray of glasses of water for us because it can get pretty hot inside the room.
When Finlay Christie won the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny? competition in 2019, it seemed like his next year would be filled with preparation for his first Edinburgh sho…
It’s a loud and rowdy Saturday night at Monkey Barrel.
There’s not really any way to describe how much I enjoyed Glenn Moore’s show other than to say that by the halfway point, I had put my notepad away and was just enjoying the ri…
Sexy Brain is Tiff Stevenson’s tenth Edinburgh show – a mighty feat for any comedian.
As the audience arrives for Morgan Rees’ show at the Pleasance, there’s a pair of shoes sticking out behind the curtain.
Dealing with grief is something that is very difficult because it’s so personal and particular to the individual.
The Pleasance Attic on a sunny afternoon is hot, especially sitting in a sold-out crowd.
Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre continues its tradition of being non-traditional this Christmas season.
As director Dominic Hill welcomes us to the Tron theatre for this triumphant double bill, the audience cheers midway through his announcement at his mention of the return of live t…
There was a comment made in an article in the Edinburgh Evening News just before the Fringe began about how, after the amount of time comedians have had to prepare for the 2021 Fri…
One of the Gals is completely packed.
One of the strangest Fringe shows of recent memory is A Young Man Dressed as a Gorilla Dressed as an Old Man Sits Rocking in a Rocking Chair for 56 Minutes and Then Leaves – a sh…
At just 22 years old, writer and performer Mabel Thomas brings her debut solo show Sugar to the Fringe.
There is an incredible sense of comfort that I feel upon entering the Dining Room at Gilded Balloon to see Jay Lafferty’s Blether.
Let’s admit it – Zoom calls are not ideal for stand-up comedy.
The topic of death is so incredibly subjective, with reactions ranging from resignation and acceptance to angst and fearfulness.
Comedy Editor and Scotland Editor James Macfarlane sits down with RuPaul's Drag Race royalty Monét X Change to discuss her debut Fringe show Life Be Lifein', why audiences today a...
James Macfarlane sits down with André De Freitas to discuss his Edinburgh debut What If, some of the best advice he's received from his peers and the unexpected moment that got hi...
James Macfarlane chats with Phil Ellis about his new show Phil Ellis' Excellent Comedy Show, celebrating 10 years at Edinburgh and his biggest achievements outside of comedy
James Macfarlane chats with Dominique Salerno about her debut Fringe show The Box Show, the relationship between creativity and constraint and just what she gets up to in that box.
James Macfarlane interviews Sid Singh about his new Fringe show Table For One, the differences between UK and American audiences and standing up to the government.
We've seen from shows such as Fleabag in 2013 that success at your Edinburgh debut show can lead to worldwide success.
James Macfarlane chats with the one and only Paul Merton about 20 years of Impro Chums, how to succeed in improvisational comedy and some of his favourite on-stage moments.
James Macfarlane chats with stand-up comedian David Ian about his debut Fringe show (Just a) Perfect Gay, queer role models and just what it means to be 'a perfect gay'.
James Macfarlane chats with comedian Robin Tran about her Fringe debut, how she deals with praise from big comedy names and her favourite way to control her audiences.
James Macfarlane chats with Tania Lacy about returning to the Fringe after 29 years with her show Everything's Coming Up Roses, her love of home crowds and her illustrious showbiz ...
Comedy and Scotland Editor James Macfarlane sits down with magician and mentalist Colin Cloud to discuss his new Edinburgh Fringe show After Dark, adjusting to Zoom life and why he...
James Macfarlane sits down with the one and only Danny Beard to discuss their debut Fringe show Danny Beard and Their Band, life since winning RuPaul's Drag Race UK and why the art...
Comedy and Scotland Editor James Macfarlane sits down with MC Hammersmith to discuss raps, rhymes and his new Edinburgh show Straight Outta Brompton.
"I think it just reminds people of a simpler time. So it is comforting. And not so politically correct!"
James Macfarlane was lucky enough to speak to Ed Gamester, the brains (and brawn) behind the fan favourite Edinburgh Fringe 2022 show Mythos: Ragnarok.
Queer Folks' Tales is a bi-monthly event at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh.
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