For anyone unfamiliar with Sarah Kane’s work, the first reaction is often shock.
A few ideas structure Josie Long’s new show, the central one being simply that “not everything is for everyone.
The laws of stand up hold that childhood diaries are always good for a laugh.
Withstanding the daily increase in the threat of nuclear annihilation, there really hasn’t been a better time to be a political stand-up.
For some Fringe performers, their tech gremlins are the cute ones from the movie franchise.
‘This isn’t a platform for sincerity,’ says Tommy Tiernan towards the top of the show.
Greeting each and every audience member with a handshake after they take their seats may seem like you’re overdoing the niceties, but we soon find out that Lucy Pearman’s Maid …
In 1986, the Kendall family stood in their back-garden, staring at the Australian sky and hoping to catch a glimpse of Halley’s comet.
Single father Mark Forward has decided the time has come for him to be appreciated as a comedian.
It is a bittersweet moment in any girl’s life when they find out that The Verve’s Richard Ashcroft isn’t their real father.
There are many indicators of class membership in British society, but if you have lost count of how many times you’ve been in the same room as the Queen, then it’s a safe bet t…
As their hotel receptionist alter-egos, Henry Perryment and Joe Barnes help us check into The Hotel Après Vie for an hour of horror movie-themed entertainment.
Ian D Monfort communicates with many famous figures who have passed to the other side.
The fact that Home is “partly based on true events” makes Cate and Gia’s situation all the more distressing.
“The Tribute Act To The Act With No Act”has solved a problem that dogs all but the most innovate of performers: why bother making the effort to come up with something new when …
Returning to Edinburgh for the second time, Luke Stephen brings with him all the emotional baggage you would expect a self-destructive, early 30’s Essex bloke to have.
Leo Kearse, in his guise as Pun-Man, has a simple mission: to save the world of comedy from banal observational stand-up and self-righteous, long-winded anecdotes.
Often, first-time Festival goers arriving in Edinburgh can be paralysed by choice as a result of the sheer volume of shows on offer.
Pete Otway takes the opportunity in his first Edinburgh solo show to get audiences up to speed with what’s been happening in his life up to now.
Due to the fact that the Edinburgh Festival Fringe demands that performers submit a name for a show months in advance of performance, many titles do not represent the content of th…
We join Eric Meat on what is a sad occasion: the day is due to move out of his childhood home.
Based on a gauge adapted from his previous call-centre telemarketing experience, David O’Doherty rates being a professional stand-up as an eight out of ten, with two points dropp…
Tim Renkow has a handy tip for anyone who feels uncomfortable around him as a result of his cerebral palsy.
The whole fish-out-of water shtick is a difficult one to pull off – the performer has to be au fait with local idiosyncrasies while at the same time be looking in at them from th…
Life from a bear’s point of view is as strange and wonderful as you would expect it to be.
A near universal truth about comics is that they will bear some sort of emotional scars from their childhood.
At first glance, there are other plays by Shakespeare that would offer more fruitful parallels with the Kurt Cobain story than Macbeth.
His 20’s were a fist of fun, his
30’s spent deciphering the intricacies of Big Cook and Little Cook’s business
partnership, and then, oh fuck!, he was 40.
halfway through the second story of three, in the middle of a series of
thoughts on the benefits for men of sitting down on the toilet, Daniel Kitson
breaks off, looking u…
There’s something infectious about certain ad jingles.
Before he took to the stage, Tommy Tiernan took in some shows around Edinburgh.
When Brendon Burns announced last year that he would neither be promoting his Fringe show nor charging for tickets, a few eyebrows were raised.
The only things that will survive Armageddon are bacteria, cockroaches, and sketch comedy.
The answer we get from Jack Heal to the question of his show’s title is that, not only do scientists dream of genetically engineered sheep, but they are actively pursuing how to …
Aidan Killian is not the kind of performer to shy away from big questions.
The title of this show refers to the three core acts, Gary Sansome (all Scots like haggis, right?), Irishman Andrew Gilmore (the booze, of course), and Israeli standup Daphna Baram…
I don’t know exactly how many German comics there are on the circuit but, as Christian Schulte-Loh points out, such is their rarity that he has managed to secure both the germanc…
The title of Steve Budeja’s show is misleading.
In Sketchbombs, Georgina Hurt and Laura Anderson take one of the cornerstones of the British entertainment tradition – the comedy double-act – and give it a fresh and invigorat…
On top of talent and comic-timing, McKeever has charm by the bucket-load.
What have you done in your life that you can say you’re proud of? This is what Carl Hutchinson asks at the top of his show Learning the Ropes.
Keith Farnan recently became father to a baby girl.
Using only the bare essentials of a guitar, some toy instruments, and a few lighting changes, Jonny Awsum delivers an hour of musical comedy with plenty of laughs and the sort of t…
There’s probably some truth to the idea that going through a profound personal crisis makes it easier to produce a stand-up show for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
‘I could tell you anything I want and you would have to believe it!’ yells Mark Forward about twenty minutes into his show, as an invisible falcon perches on his arm.
The trip from busy Edinburgh to sleepy Wiltshire is down a short flight of stairs and through a door, upon which you’re greeted with complimentary sherry (dry or sweet, your pref…
If The Shuffle Show is anything to go by, life behind the Genius Bar requires a very specific skill-set.
Dane Baptiste returns to this year’s Fringe with a bit more notoriety than this time twelve months ago.
Fringe shows based on the last twelve months of a comic’s life are not uncommon.
This time next year, the Assembly George Square Theatre will not be big enough to contain David O’Doherty.
Beckett’s dramatic works are disorientating at the best of times.
Like some much of our interaction with the wider world, it starts with a button.
If you’re planning on making the trip to see Baby Wants Candy, get your title suggestions ready now! The audience for his fully improvised musical comedy has barely taken their s…
This year marks the 10th year the Comedians’ Theatre Company appears at the Fringe.
To do justice to any of Sarah Kane’s work, you need to not be taken in by the maniacal, despairing nature of her scripts.
Not every comic has the wherewithal to build the feedline of a joke into the title of their show.
Australian comic George Dimarelos’s first full-length show at the Fringe is a solid effort, with his conversational style and obvious talent for observational comedy showing a lo…
“And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for!” Fringe Festival folklore is replete with tales of life-changing shows witnessed in less-than-life-changing venues – seeing…
This was supposed to be a review of a stand-up comedy show.
Professor Michael Fourman of the University of Edinburgh hosted this
event as part of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, a series of seminars and
lectures taking place during the Fr…
In the programme notes, the translation for the word Bruchlandung is “crash landing”.
Leo Kearse takes the audience through the things that make it hard to be a man in the modern world.
There’s no way to review this show without first admitting that the title does half the job.
Looking back at it, Tom Stade is the ideal performer to subdue the rowdy (but never disruptive) last-weekend-of-the-Fringe, Friday-night-on-George-Street, Assembly-Rooms-Ballroom c…
Secret Theatre’s staging of Hamlet, according to the show’s promos, will ‘make you question how much you really know this play.
American stand-up Tom Shillue opens by asking why he, a comic on his first run at the Fringe, has the right to stand on stage for an hour and talk about himself.
Basing your second Edinburgh show on the serious medical crisis
which cut short your first run at the Fringe the previous year is patently
In his first full Edinburgh show, Jonny Leonard takes issue with stand-up comedians’ perennial bugbear – children’s literature.
Ross Leslie and Chris Griffin are joined by Gareth Mutch for an hour of solid observational stand-up as part of the Free Fringe at the Beehive Inn.
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