Peatbog Faeries

Peatbog Faeries

The Peatbog Faeries don’t really look like rock stars, or what you might call the traditional larger-than-life performer. They look more like a group of dads together for a night on the town, which i suppose is not too far from the truth... 

The Essential Tom Stade: 12 Nights Only!

The Essential Tom Stade: 12 Nights Only!

Tom Stade calls his show The Essential as it contains topics and themes that he believes are international and integral to many different cultures and lifestyles, thus maximising its appeal and comedic potential... 

Bruce Fummey - Gaelic in the Afternoon

Bruce Fummey - Gaelic in the Afternoon

Bruce Fummey’s show is a chronicle of his learning the native language of Scotland. He shares his experiences of learning at various places such as Skye, Isla and Elgin, and how he learnt about others and himself through this experience... 

Geoff Norcott Occasionally Sells Out

Geoff Norcott Occasionally Sells Out

Tired of playing soulless corporate gigs and run-of-the-mill crowd pleasers at the weekend, Geoff Norcott is taking the plunge with this show, his first where he talks about what he wants to talk about, instead of what he is told to say or feels he has to say... 

Neil Hickey: Escape Artist

Neil Hickey: Escape Artist

They say that comedy is all about the delivery and no-one proves this more than Neil Hickey, whose show is a prime example of one that could be perfectly competent, but which is reduced to an hour of awkward giggles and looking at the time all too often... 

The Surrender

The Surrender

The Surrender is a play about sex. While there are some bits and pieces around the edges it is, by and large, about sex. Specifically anal sex. The protagonist and author of the book The Surrender, Toni Bentley, played by Swiss actress Isabelle Stoffel, takes us through her life, from her beginnings as a ballet dancer, through her affairs with various men, before she meets the man she can finally ‘surrender’ to... 

Lewis Schaffer Is Free Until Famous - 20th Year

Lewis Schaffer Is Free Until Famous - 20th Year

Character comedy is slowly but surely leeching into stand-up. Many comics now have a stage persona which they affect with the purpose of complementing the brand of comedy they peddle... 

Jeff Mirza: Meet Abu Hamsta and Paki Bashir-From Allah with Love

Jeff Mirza: Meet Abu Hamsta and Paki Bashir-From Allah with Love

When you get more laughs from riffing off your audience in the first five minutes then you do for the whole rest of your show, you know something’s wrong. Indeed, the greatest achievement in Mirza’s show is that he epitomised the very worst of observational and character comedy... 

Rock and Dole

Rock and Dole

Rock and Dole is Sam Avery’s story of how his band dBh (dirty Blue hooks) went from humble beginnings with their mums backstage at their first gig to touring Europe and even opening for Motorhead, only to come crashing down to earth with a thud as, after three months of stardom, they found themselves in their local jobcentre looking for work... 

Billy Jones: Roots 66

Billy Jones: Roots 66

Looking for stagecraft and charisma is an odd part of reviewing a music show. If it’s there, you don’t see it. If it’s not, its absence becomes all that you do see. Billy Jones is very much flirting with this danger: his rambling, directionless intro to the show, as well as his overly long introduction to each song, genuinely started to grate by the third of fourth number... 

Crunch the News

Crunch the News

Crunch the News is a panel show in the vein of shows such as Radio 4’s News Quiz and Have I Got News For You. The line up varies day-to-day, and features Grainne Maguire as a host, with three panelists, usually comedians, from shows around the festival... 

Fèis Rois and Friends

Fèis Rois and Friends

Feis Rois and Friends is a show by Feis Rois, an organisation which promotes traditional celtic and Scottish folk music. It has a variety of ‘celidh trails’, different bands that tour the country promoting this music, gaelic culture and the organisation in general... 

Moving Family

Moving Family

Moving Family is a play written by Paul Charlton, the Geordie from The Ginge, the Geordie and the Geek. This minimalist piece depicts a group of four step siblings lumped in a moving van as they head into an uncertain future together as one family... 

Adrienne Truscott's Asking for It: A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy and Little Else!

Adrienne Truscott's Asking for It: A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy and Little Else!

I was so ready to tear this show down. I had essentially already written the review, I was only really going to the show for validation. I mean, a comedy show about rape? Involving nudity? You may as well write ‘trainwreck, come here to watch’, right? Wrong... 

Steve Bugeja Tries Hard

Steve Bugeja Tries Hard

Steve Bugeja is certainly trying hard. If his stage act is anything to go by, he needs to in order to succeed, being the bumbling, awkward fool that he plays there. That said, this is not the show of an idiot who doesn’t know what he’s doing... 

Marcus Brigstocke presents Unavailable for Comment

Marcus Brigstocke presents Unavailable for Comment

Unavailable for Comment, hosted by Marcus Brigstocke, is a news-based quiz and sketch show. Brigstocke, along with four comedians (different each day) create sketches, games, and general mischief from audience suggestions and from newspaper stories... 

Michael Che: Cartoon Violence

Michael Che: Cartoon Violence

Michael Che’s show Cartoon Violence offers a little fresh perspective on current issues such as racism, bullying, sex, and the recession. His style is very casual: he squints at the audience with a stoner-haze type stare and this deadpan, blunt style makes you laugh almost as much as his fresh and disarming material... 

Lior

Lior

When Lior Attar comes on stage, he doesn’t look like much - a guy in skinny jeans with a beard and a guitar and let’s be honest, there’s lots of those about. All those preconceptions vanish, however, the moment he launches into his first song... 

Worbey and Farrell: Deviations On the Piano

Worbey and Farrell: Deviations On the Piano

The venue Worbey and Farrell play in looks like it is reserved for an austere classical performance, with the solemn black piano dominating the stage. This show is much more than a recital, though... 

The Ginge, the Geordie and the Geek- Live

The Ginge, the Geordie and the Geek- Live

Sketch is arguably one of comedy’s hardest forms, requiring an individual to have the abilities of a writer, actor, comedian, director, and critic, all at the same time. The Ginge, the Geordie, and the Geek return to the Fringe this year to prove how proficient they are at it... 

Nish Kumar - Nish Kumar is a Comedian

Nish Kumar - Nish Kumar is a Comedian

Nish Kumar is in the throes of an identity crisis, only in this instance it is other people being confused about him, rather than him about himself. Born in Britain to Indian parents from an ethnically diverse region of the subcontinent, he has found himself labelled by others as a Jew, a Brazilian, and a Muslim, among others...