Comedy Gala 2013: In Aid of Waverley Care

Comedy Gala 2013: In Aid of Waverley Care

The Playhouse, one of Edinburgh’s grandest venues, played host to the annual Comedy Gala; the biggest show of the festival boasting some of the biggest names in comedy. Filmed by the BBC, this was a performance jam-packed with stars, and it was three hours of flawless stand-up... 

Phil Ellis: Unplanned Orphan

Phil Ellis: Unplanned Orphan

Phil Ellis’ show was a confused, disjointed series of issues and odd, random chat-lacking punch lines. Unfocused and seemingly much unrehearsed, the show seemed without any real substance, and most importantly, without any concern for delivering a successful comedic piece... 

Ahir Shah: Anatomy

Ahir Shah: Anatomy

Mind-blowingly brilliant, Shah’s sheer intelligence is astounding. Anatomy oozes wonderful, beautiful, almost poetic language and boasts subject-matter so varied and ambitious that it is simply hard to believe the comedian standing in front of you is just twenty-two years old... 

Russ Powell: Powell to the People

Russ Powell: Powell to the People

Power to Powell and his people, with a show that had plenty of promise and, at moments, was particularly perfect. Holding a self-recognised resemblance to both Ricky Gervais and James Corden, Powell is most reminiscent of the latter... 

Stand-Up Tragedy

Stand-Up Tragedy

A variety show with a somewhat dark twist, Stand-Up Tragedy offers a medley of media and performers, each with very different takes on telling tragedy. They ‘make you think, make you smile and make you sad’ through poetry, music, stand-up comedy and general discussion... 

Christian O'Connell: This Is 13

Christian O'Connell: This Is 13

Absolute Radio DJ Christian O’Connell offers a well-structured and superbly amusing show recalling his attempts to complete every desire and dream his thirteen-year-old self set out in a list of things he wanted to do before he was forty... 

Carl Donnelly: Now That's What I Carl Donnelly! Volume V

Carl Donnelly: Now That's What I Carl Donnelly! Volume V

Carl Donnelly summarises his show perfectly as ‘stories about the world from the perspective of a cuban-heel-boot-wearing hippy!’ - a sharp and witty hour filled with brilliantly funny observations and anecdotes... 

Suzy Bennett - Dancing On Thin Ice

Suzy Bennett - Dancing On Thin Ice

Winner of the ‘Funny Woman of the Year’ Award, Suzy Bennett delivers a pleasantly fluent and fast-paced monologue recalling her quest for fame, which originated during her childhood, and subsequent lifelong obsession with ice-skating stars Torvill and Dean... 

Katie Mulgrew: Your Dad's Not Funny

Katie Mulgrew: Your Dad's Not Funny

Katie Mulgrew’s debut solo Edinburgh show is a charmingly chatty walk through the comedian’s life, from the large-headed daughter of Jimmy Cricket who struggled as a child in securing her own identity, to unexpectedly following in her dad’s footsteps... 

Ben Van der Velde's Chain Letter

Ben Van der Velde's Chain Letter

Self-proclaimed Jewish-Geordie Ben Van Der Velde offers a warm, witty and refreshingly passionate tale depicting his quest to rekindle the art of letter-writing and save it from its seemingly inevitable decline at the hands of 21st Century technology...