Edinburgh Comedy Tour

Edinburgh Comedy Tour

It is rather difficult to review a tour, because to some extent you are reviewing your own city, the content your town has to offer a tourist who may buy the Edinburgh Comedy Tour app... 

2012: An Improv Odyssey

2012: An Improv Odyssey

I’d recommend An Improv Odyssey for anyone with an inner sci-fi geek who would enjoy a little free eccentricity, courtesy of the Fringe. The structure of this production is the director of a sci-fi film trying to remember what happened in the film she made years ago... 

Locked In

Locked In

Within the first five minutes of this show starting, I was convinced I may have been locked into a well-lit audio book. It turned out that Peter Scott-Presland’s performance as the British painter Keith Vaughan and the words he spoke, Vaughan’s own from his famous journals, just took a little time to get used to... 

The SomeNews Live Show - Free

The SomeNews Live Show - Free

‘Nice breasts.’ That is Steve N Allen’s catchphrase and he works it into a surprising amount of the jokes in his set. Should make you want to slap him, right? However, he does it in this fantastic voice he has left over from his career in commercial radio and so he gets away with it... 

Learning to Pray in Front of the Television

Learning to Pray in Front of the Television

Learning to Pray opens by breaking the fourth wall of an American priest-to-be’s bedroom on the day of his ordination. The actor and writer, Jake Martin, starts to explain away his pre-ordination jitters not entirely unlike a bride freaking out before her wedding, confessing to the audience all the reasons he shouldn’t be a priest... 

Dixon of Fogg Green - Free

Dixon of Fogg Green - Free

You’ve got to bless the Edinburgh audience, they are a godsend for bad comedians. Generous with their laughter and even applause, they shouldn’t ask more of us at a bad gig. So when the host of the show came on stage and started painfully pumping the room for as much applause, cheering and laughter as he could I started to get annoyed... 

Almost, Maine

Almost, Maine

A teenager walking away from her love in order to get closer to him; a woman literally returning the love her boyfriend gave to her; a widow camping in a stranger’s backyard to see the Northern Lights; a guy running into his ex at her bachelorette party - all in the town that isn’t quite anywhere, isn’t on the map; it’s Almost, Maine... 

Utopia (Beyond the Words) and Clothes

Utopia (Beyond the Words) and Clothes

Sometimes when a show tries to be too abstract it simply becomes incomprehensible; this was one of those performances where figuring out the plot was almost impossible. The main theme appeared to be women’s oppression, while the play itself was possibly set in Korea, judging from the clothes and music... 

Time for Fun

Time for Fun

What seemed to be an amateur dance troupe clad in black soon became a moving sculpture of body art, with hands morphing into waves, words, trains, cars and faces - all timed precisely with the sound effects and cheery music... 

AAA Batteries (Not Included) - Free

AAA Batteries (Not Included) - Free

Three young talented comics take over with a show full of improvisation, riffing and household observations. There are flashes of real comic genius in their jokes that push the audience into a chuckling, whimpering mass of hysteria... 

Because I Felt Like It - Free

Because I Felt Like It - Free

After introducing himself four times Arnie Pie gave a bit about his stage name before launching into the set that can define the rest of his show in two words: racial comedy. If you can leave every politically correct part of you at the door you’ll be able to enjoy this act... 

Tumble Circus: This Is What We Do For a Living

Tumble Circus: This Is What We Do For a Living

Tina and Ken tell the audience the story of their showbiz journey in Underbelly, Bristo Square. If you’ve been to that venue, you’ll know the purple tent is quite large compared to many of the cramped rooms in the back of pubs that performers have to deal with... 

Lucia and Scot and the Big Flamenco Adventure!

Lucia and Scot and the Big Flamenco Adventure!

Two puppets, Lucia and Scot, both love Flamenco dancing, but Scot just can’t find his flamenco rhythm. With the help of two beautiful dancers, Marta Medina and Aroa Paredes, flamenco guitarist Andrew Robinson and singer Inma Montero -whose gorgeous voice sends you straight to the rolling hills of Spain- the two young friends travel around Spain to help Scot become as good as his best friend Lucia... 

Kieran Hodgson: Supervillain

Kieran Hodgson: Supervillain

Sometimes when I’m sitting on a bus the stranger sitting next to me starts to relate all the secrets of their life, Forrest Gump style. Sometimes it is interesting, sometimes a bit weird, and sometimes it is funny... 

Dr Seuss I Love You

Dr Seuss I Love You

Glee and High School Musical meet Dr Seuss. For those of you unfamiliar with teenage television culture, this equals American schoolkid stereotypes trying to break past being cool and discover themselves, with lots of clear, musical theatre voices and, in this particular production, rhymes and Dr Seuss stripes... 

Two Dogs

Two Dogs

Give it a catchier name and the Beijing Young Dramatist Association’s production of Two Dogs could be the inspiration for another talking-animals Pixar movie. Judging by the amount of swearing this play is meant to be for an adult audience, though the frequency of mimed fist-fights and the onomatopoeic cries that accompany each punch give the impression this could be two boys playing pretend in their back garden... 

Serve Cold

Serve Cold

Two unlikely characters take to the stage in Mark MacNicol’s morbid insight into the extremes of love, hatred and obsession. A hooker and a doctor burden your prejudices with one of the latest chillingly intoxicating plays from MacNicoll... 

Nik Coppin's Caricatures - Free Festival

Nik Coppin's Caricatures - Free Festival

Sometimes a gig feels like visiting an old friend - the audience have never seen the comedian before, but we have seen comics like him and he’s had audiences like us. Thus somehow there is the familiarity of a shared history, without us ever having been in the same room before... 

Fliss Russell - Life is Fliss

Fliss Russell - Life is Fliss

There once was a skinny redhead who wanted to sing in Les Miserables. That failed, so now she flits in and out of the back room of the Dragonfly Cocktail Bar swathed in a myriad of interesting characters: a charming time traveller squeezing in her material about fellow ‘TT’s before her next jaunt through time; a bitter children’s entertainer muttering at a crowd of children and begrudgingly making balloon animals; a twitchy Welsh primary school teacher trying to make a speech; and Felicity Russell in thirty years time being interviewed by Edward without John about her amazing career... 

Adam Larter: Happy New Year - A Free Comedy Show

Adam Larter: Happy New Year - A Free Comedy Show

Adam Larter splatters onto his stage like paint from Jackson Pollock’s paintbrush, ungainly and definitely not graceful as he crashes all over the place. Roller skates, gold sequins and a kilt seal the first impression... 

Wrong Place, Right Time

Wrong Place, Right Time

After about ten minutes where I was convinced I was in the wrong place and the wrong time, I stumbled onto the top deck of the Comedy Bus in The Free Sisters’ courtyard for some gentle, whimsy comedy... 

Salome

Salome

To enjoy this show it is necessary to know one of two things: the Korean language, or Oscar Wilde’s play Salome back to front. In these circumstances you may be able to appreciate this traditional Chinese dance interpretation of the famous biblical story... 

The Tom Collins Free Variety Hour

The Tom Collins Free Variety Hour

What is the opposite of subtle? A thesaurus will give you antonyms like ‘obvious’, ‘loud’, ‘lucid’, ‘crass’. I would like to add to that list the Tom Collins Free Variety Hour... 

Dr Bunhead's Blast Off!

Dr Bunhead's Blast Off!

If you’ve seen the cover photo of Dr Bunhead setting fire to his own head in the Fringe Guide you won’t be disappointed by the show. He really does set fire to his head. As well as recreate the history of the world with help from a colourful fire tornado, shoot stunt hamsters from a hamster bazooka, create gravity-defying soap-poo, turn bananas into hammers and produce wind instruments that play themselves... 

Do Not Trust the Animals - Free

Do Not Trust the Animals - Free

Gordon Ramsey Sex Dwarf eaten by badgers. Got your attention? Sure, but the boy couldn’t run with it. This sadly reflected the pattern of the show - you can have the best ingredients in the world, but if you’re a poor cook you’re not going to pull out a great cake... 

Hand Over Fist

Hand Over Fist

One woman show. These three words are often enough to scare me away from a theatre- because, really, can one actor or actress ever carry the weight of a whole show successfully by themselves? I am delighted to say that, yes, Hand Over Fist’s lead, Joanna Bending, has proved that you can...