Best New Sketch Act 2013: The Final

Best New Sketch Act 2013: The Final

A reliable vein of new talent since its inception in 1988, the So You Think You’re Funny? comedy awards have provided a steady stream of ingenious new acts. This year marks the inaugural awards strictly for sketch from SYTYF and the final of the tournament was a goldmine for fans of the genre... 

Flhip Flhop

Flhip Flhop

Rannel Theatre’s breakthrough 2009 show Flhip Flhop is back in Edinburgh for a limited run and they’re as brilliant as ever. Flhip Flhop is a physical theatre creation that combines jazz, rap, rock and pop with breakdance, beatbox, mime and expertly worked physical comedy into a unique, funny blend... 

Bruce Dingerdik's Top End Tour

Bruce Dingerdik's Top End Tour

If you thought that ‘Neighbours’ was about as mundane as Australian stereotypes got, then you were wrong. In this excruciatingly unfunny show, Bruce Dingerdik tries to reinvent musical comedy theatre by getting the audience involved... 

10 Films with My Dad

10 Films with My Dad

Many of my formative childhood memories involve the cinema – the first time I was taken to see Star Wars on the big screen, or watching an animated African savannah unfold in The Lion King... 

Eleanor Conway's Comedy Rumble

Eleanor Conway's Comedy Rumble

In this wild and raucous show, two comedians face off against each other with the aid of the audience. Competing for honour and glory, two comics try to out-funny the other whilst their respective crowds aim to help them on to the finish line in a no-holds barred, outrageous late-night show... 

Hannah Gadsby: Happiness is a Bedside Table

Hannah Gadsby: Happiness is a Bedside Table

For many, a stand-up show themed around the worst moments of a performer’s life sounds like the least comedic thing imaginable, but Hannah Gadsby’s show is nothing if it is not a preconception-buster and this one-woman performance is a wonderful piece of stand-up comedy... 

Garrett Millerick: Does it Matter?

Garrett Millerick: Does it Matter?

The world is out to get Garrett Millerick. That’s what he’d have us believe in this one-man show; that estate agents, Americans, the elderly and the technologically-minded are all in their own special way putting aside time from their day to mess up his life... 

The Alternative Comedy Experience

The Alternative Comedy Experience

With a formidable line-up and a jam-packed room in the Stand’s main auditorium, the Alternative Comedy Experience was always going to be one of the most promising comedy events in the Fringe... 

Brothers and Sisters... It's The Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolfe III

Brothers and Sisters... It's The Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolfe III

Any show at the Fringe that has an audience carries an inherent risk – that said audience will contain drunks, crazy people or some slurred combination of both. With the Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolf III, that risk is doubled because the dear Reverend is himself a crazy drunk... 

Faux Latino Show Pony

Faux Latino Show Pony

Sometimes, you’ll see a comedian so bad, so poor, so earth-shatteringly unfunny that you’ll ask yourself: is this supposed to happen? Fortunately for Jacob Edwards, it is part of the act... 

Domestic Science

Domestic Science

Ever found yourself sat in the audience for a stand-up and thought: ‘This is all very well and good, but I don’t think they know much about physics’? If you’re the sort that likes to laugh and learn at the same time, then this is the show for you... 

Peter Antoniou: Comedium

Peter Antoniou: Comedium

In the saturated comedy-magician subgenre, it can be hard to stand out from the crowd, but Peter Antoniou’s show ‘Comedium’, blending Derren Brown-esque mind reading with a quick wit, is one that should be put on a pedestal away from his competitors... 

Big Comedy Lunch

Big Comedy Lunch

Early afternoon gigs are generally seen as low-profile, low-quality slots in the hierarchy of festival scheduling, but sometimes they can hide events that definitely shouldn’t be overlooked... 

Rory O'Hanlon: Don't Drink Don't Smoke

Rory O'Hanlon: Don't Drink Don't Smoke

One of the saddest things you can see at the Fringe is a good act being ignored. Amongst the vast array of acts at the Free Fringe, Rory O’Hanlon is an underrated and unassuming stand-up in danger of being lost amongst the crowd, which is a huge pity... 

Helen O'Brien: Bronagh's Big Weekend

Helen O'Brien: Bronagh's Big Weekend

Most of us remember our early teenage years with a mixture of mortification and despair, but then again, most of us don’t have the ability to translate our stories into devilishly droll sagas... 

Are You a Technophile? - Free

Are You a Technophile? - Free

Generally speaking, stand-up showcases are the sorts of show that offer the worst of both worlds, since audiences have to either sit through some desperately unfunny jokes from stand-ups that have been rejected by other venues, or try and enjoy the contracted, edited version of a good routine... 

Tristan Garrel Cambridge

Tristan Garrel Cambridge

Part of the duty of a Fringe reviewer is to tell the entire world when they’ve found the worst act in the festival, so that the rest of the public can avoid it and save themselves... 

The Maydays: Confessions

The Maydays: Confessions

My only experience of the confessional comes from mafia films, but after The Maydays’ brilliantly funny afternoon show at the Underbelly, I might just start attending on a regular basis... 

Gareth Morinan Is Playing the Numbers Game [B]

Gareth Morinan Is Playing the Numbers Game [B]

Gareth Morinan likes his women the same way he likes his data: compatible with Microsoft Excel. Recently promoted to infamy within Fringe circles, the London-based comic has returned to the festival with a nerd-friendly stand-up show about dating and data analysis... 

Gavin Webster: Don’t Give Any Money to Comic Relief and Other Opinions

Gavin Webster: Don’t Give Any Money to Comic Relief and Other Opinions

Gavin Webster is on a mission. Not the sort of mission that leads you to dedicate your life to curing cancer or bringing relief to those suffering in poverty, but rather the sort of mission that takes you to the Edinburgh Fringe determined to make people laugh about the political views they’re too guilty to hold... 

Iain Stirling: At Home

Iain Stirling: At Home

Taking into account the sheer amount of posters and placards bearing Iain Stirling’s inquisitive countenance, one might expect that the quality of his show might prove to be similarly in excess... 

Susan Calman: Always (A Work in Progress)

Susan Calman: Always (A Work in Progress)

Arguably one of Scotland’s finest comics, Susan Calman returns to the Stand with the air of a returning champion. In 2007, Calman played her first ever solo show in the Stand 4, but this time she’s performing next door, to a packed and appreciative audience in the Stand 3... 

Terry Alderton: Season 4

Terry Alderton: Season 4

Terry Alderton is the sort of comedian that will delight the more jaded comedy fans amongst this year’s Fringe crowd. Exciting, entertaining and easily one of the weirder comedians playing on this year’s bill at the Pleasance Courtyard, it’s a pleasure to experience an act that dares to disregard the danger of alienating his audience... 

Mike Wozniak - Take The Hit

Mike Wozniak - Take The Hit

Mike Wozniak seems too nice to make a good job of murdering his mother-in-law, even though he seems to fantasize about it a hell of a lot during his show Take the Hit. Wozniak’s amicable manner leads us through a series of anecdotes and whilst much of the show is themed around the domestic, he refrains from straying too far into staid observational comedy... 

Amy Hoggart as Pattie Brewster: Just a Normal Girl Doing a Cool Show

Amy Hoggart as Pattie Brewster: Just a Normal Girl Doing a Cool Show

Pattie Brewster is a normal girl desperately in need of three things: friends, cat food and a crash course in Microsoft PowerPoint. Or at least that’s what her creator, Amy Hoggart, would have us believe... 

Glasgay! Uni Comedy Gala

Glasgay! Uni Comedy Gala

Last night saw some of Glasgow University’s funniest alumni return to their student union for a comedy showcase held in support of Stonewall. Compered by Scott Agnew, five comedians took their turn at the mike for a laughter-filled evening... 

Alba Brass

Alba Brass

Whilst much of the Acoustic Music Centre’s programme for the Fringe involves folk and blues artists, Alba Brass provide a shot of variety into the arm of this venue. The critically acclaimed brass quintet play through a varied set of contemporary and modern compositions, as well as classic and older pieces... 

Kelly Kellner

Kelly Kellner

After playing in support of her latest album for much of the last year, Kelly Kellner brought her show to the Fringe down at the Acoustic Music Centre at St Bride’s.Kellner’s album ‘Little Birds’ was produced and toured with the intention of supporting several children’s charities in Scotland... 

Kim Edgar

Kim Edgar

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Kim Edgar played to an appreciative and reverent audience at St Mark’s on Castle Terrace, during a set that featured songs from both of her two albums and newly written tracks... 

Rosie Nimmo

Rosie Nimmo

Rising star Rosie Nimmo played an intimate gig in the Back Room of the Acoustic Music Centre, performing songs from both of her albums ‘Home’ and ‘Lazy and Mellow’.An Edinburgh local, Nimmo seemed at ease with the crowd and struck up a rapport with the audience quickly, leading them in song on two separate occasions... 

Paul Kirby Trio

Paul Kirby Trio

Those looking for a bit of relief from the frenetic pace of the Festival can find it underground, in the idiosyncratic Jazz Bar on Chambers Street. Every day at 1pm, Paul Kirby and his jazz trio play a set of old favourites and new compositions for a relaxed hour... 

Madge Wildfire

Madge Wildfire

Kicking off their first gig together, Madge Wildfire put on a brave face and played through an admirably well-worked set. Whilst the bands clearly have natural skill with each member playing several instruments, the music they play is firmly stuck in the clichéd tender folk genre... 

Lach's Antihoot - Free

Lach's Antihoot - Free

Those looking for a dose of the unexpected, who enjoy wandering off the beaten track, will be delighted by Lach’s Antihoot. Anarchic and disparate - a lot like the Fringe itself - the Antihoot is an evening of mixed artists: comedy, spoken word and music share a space curated by antifolk legend Lach... 

Laura-Beth Salter and Rachel Newton Double Bill

Laura-Beth Salter and Rachel Newton Double Bill

Taking a break from their work in popular folk band Shee, Laura-Beth Salter and Rachel Newton present an hour-long set comprised of found songs, previous material and their new solo work for a double bill show at the Acoustic Music Centre... 

Caledonian Folk and Blues at the Guildford

Caledonian Folk and Blues at the Guildford

Folk stalwarts Yard of Ale are in residence at the Guildford Arms for the duration of the 18th Caledonian Folk and Blues Festival and they play with the confidence and verve of old hands... 

Kin

Kin

Kin is one of those rare, precious shows that could only ever be found at the Fringe. A multimedia production combining photographs, films, spoken word, storytelling and live, distinctive musical compositions, Kin is a unique and mesmerising experience... 

Horse & Louis: The Curse of...

Horse & Louis: The Curse of...

Musical comedy duo Horse and Louis attempt to take their brand of zany, self-aware songs to the next level, indulging in madcap special effects and a paranormal storyline for their show The Curse of Horse and Louis... 

Lucy Cox: Attractive Audience Required - Free

Lucy Cox: Attractive Audience Required - Free

It’s a tough crowd to play to but Lucy Cox wins them around easily with her charming repertoire of comedy songs and savage black humour during her show Attractive Audience Required... 

Nick Hayman: Middle Aged, Useless and Talented! - Free

Nick Hayman: Middle Aged, Useless and Talented! - Free

In the press blurb for his show Middle-Aged, Useless and Talented Nick Hayman compares himself to Tommy Cooper and Norman Wisdom. The contrast does not leave Hayman in a positive light... 

Dead Cat Bounce... Howl of the She-Leopard

Dead Cat Bounce... Howl of the She-Leopard

After several sell-out Fringe shows and a run of worldwide appearances that have seen them tour almost continuously for the last four years, Dead Cat Bounce have honed their dysfunctional band into a polished comedy act... 

Ragged Glory

Ragged Glory

Bringing together traditional Scottish folk songs, bluegrass and Americana, Ragged Glory present an hour of curated folk for a more discerning Fringe audience.Situated in the West End, the Acoustic Music Centre, which operates out of St Bride’s Church, is well off the radar of most festival visitors...