John Robins: Speakeasy

John Robins: Speakeasy

Burgeoning Fringe comedy legend and self-professed borderline alcoholic John Robins indulges his audience with a startlingly self-referential hour of stand-up comedy. The Bristolian comic wastes no time in bringing the audience up to speed; his girlfriend has just gone on a month-long visit to Australia, and he’s alone for the first time in months, suddenly realising that his friends have grown up around him without him noticing... 

Jeff Green: Happiness

Jeff Green: Happiness

Jeff Green wastes no time in getting to the meaning behind the title, asking the ever-relevant question “What am I doing with my life?” Surely at 50, Green knows what he wants from life; surely he must have made some progress in deciding his life’s purpose by now? This worry forms the bedrock of Green’s show, a strangely compelling blend of stand-up comedy and self-help, in which he aims to share his key ambition; to be happy... 

Adam Riches is Coach Coach

Adam Riches is Coach Coach

While Riches’ audiences are usually treated – one might say subjected, if you’re on the front row - to an abundance of audience participation, this year’s iteration features only one such instance... 

Eric's Tales of the Sea – A Submariner's Yarn

Eric's Tales of the Sea – A Submariner's Yarn

Eric is a sailor and performs his Tales of the Sea in an appropriately dark and dank venue; Just the Wee One at The Caves is, impressively packed out for this Submariner’s Yarn.Beginning with a projection of quotations from Admiral of the Fleet Sir Arthur Wilson and Sir Winston Churchill, one would be forgiven for thinking that the subsequent hour would be dry and pedestrian... 

GIRAFFE: Let's Talk About Sketch Baby

GIRAFFE: Let's Talk About Sketch Baby

Ali James, George Kemp and John Oakes comprise Giraffe, a hysterical sketch comedy trio bent on filling an hour of your lives with their own brand of hilarious original comedy.Certain sketches rely on the audience’s understanding of contemporary references, which is always a grey area; Giraffe take a gamble in developing a sketch based around a certain long-running biblical-themed musical, yet are able to find some of their funniest jokes in the direct lampooning of its libretto... 

Rob Deering: Musicface

Rob Deering: Musicface

Cutting through the audience with a sunburst Fender acoustic guitar, Rob Deering attempts to capture the spirit of Richie Havens at Woodstock, before singing a frustratingly catchy song about stimulants... 

Bobby Mair: Off Meds

Bobby Mair: Off Meds

A self-declared homeless lookalike, Bobby Mair performs to a packed out Laughing Horse, deftly interacting with the audience, whom he suspends somewhere between hilarity and awkwardness... 

Rhys Mathewson - Hombre Lobo

Rhys Mathewson - Hombre Lobo

Admirably bearded and remarkably young for a comic with so many years of experience, New Zealand native Rhys Mathewson delivers a somewhat complacent set at this year’s fringe.After winning previous accolades such as the ‘New Zealand Comedy International Comedy Festival, Best Newcomer 2009’ among several others, Mathewson cultivates an aura of expectation, leaving the audience in anticipation of the comic stepping up and taking control of the direction of the show... 

Romesh Ranganathan: Rom Wasn't Built in a Day

Romesh Ranganathan: Rom Wasn't Built in a Day

Ranganathan’s instant rapport with his audience is clear from the start, as he manages to tell us ‘Fuck you’ and still have everyone laugh hysterically. This isn’t as unusual as it sounds; there is something strangely comforting about it, as if in making fun of himself for an hour he has earned the right to do the same to his audience... 

Richard Tyrone Jones: Crap Time Lord

Richard Tyrone Jones: Crap Time Lord

Proudly the only performance poet on the Fringe circuit with two hearts, the “Ginger Nigel Havers of spoken word” Richard Tyrone Jones presents an hour of witty, candid and spellbinding poetry, and of course, incomparably virile sideburns...