Dancing with the Inflatable Colonel

Dancing with the Inflatable Colonel

Dancing With The Inflatable Colonel is a one hour set shared by three comedians. All three have very different styles and makes for an interesting variety of comedy, almost as interesting as the title might suggest... 

Phil Kay: The Wholly Viable II

Phil Kay: The Wholly Viable II

Phil Kay left us waiting for his latest offering, rushing straight from the airport to Bob and Miss Behave's Bookshop. But the atmosphere had been created via a tremendous stand-in stand up set from Tim Renco... 

Anything's Better Than These C**ts

Anything's Better Than These C**ts

If this title hasn't caught your attention, nothing at the festival will. The show is almost as aggressive as its title suggests and is all about life in Scotland under the current state of its attachment to Great Britain and the possibility of a greater outcome under independence... 

The 1am Apesh*t Show

The 1am Apesh*t Show

The 1am Apeshit Show is a chance for multiple comedians to perform ten minute sets, yet as a result there was little in the way of hilarity. This was without a doubt the most hostile crowd I've witnessed, and it appeared it was similarly surprising for the comedians too who unfortunately did not deal with it particularly well... 

Perfectly Goddamned Delightful

Perfectly Goddamned Delightful

Peter Strong and Dan Fardell share an hour set at The Newsroom, titled Perfectly Goddamned Delightful after a Charles Crumb quotation, as Strong explains in his three minute Broadway Baby interview... 

Andy Zaltzman: Satirist for Hire

Andy Zaltzman: Satirist for Hire

Andy Zaltzman, best known for his central involvement in The Bugle Podcast, brings his satirical wit to Edinburgh with Satirist For Hire. The show takes the format of the audience sending in emails before the show with topics for Zaltzman to satirise... 

Hannah and Barri: Telly Box

Hannah and Barri: Telly Box

Telly Box is a difficult show to describe: a bombardment of amusing ideas and parodies that take the form of a Sunday morning television show. The schedule includes reimaginings of Take Me Out, Made In Chelsea and a 6D extravaganza to finish, all compered by the two hosts... 

Dave Griffiths: C U in Court

Dave Griffiths: C U in Court

C U In Court is a remarkable tale of Dave Griffiths' battle against the giant corporation of French Connection. His t-shirt design of CNUT was a supposed infringement on French Connection's FCUK design... 

Kwame Asante: Basket Case

Kwame Asante: Basket Case

You are in for a treat with Kwame Asante's Basket Case. The soft-spoken comedian from Kent is immediately likeable and someone everyone will warm to. His variety of comedy provides vast amounts of laughs for the duration of his forty minute set... 

Ben Norris: Benny on the Loose

Ben Norris: Benny on the Loose

Ben Norris faced a tough task in The Liquid Room, performing to an audience that didn’t quite give the credit that his material deserved. Being the first night, it unsurprisingly felt a little disjointed, but the majority of what was on show displayed Norris' strong eye for comedy with some entertaining gags... 

Jojo Sutherland - In Conversation

Jojo Sutherland - In Conversation

Jojo Sutherland has led a most extraordinary life and this set allows her to tell the story of how she has come to be standing on the stage in front of you. It is a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere that Jojo creates (for it would be too impersonal to refer to her by her surname) and is far less a standup set, more an encapsulating back story that unfolds with brutal honesty... 

The Curious Incident of the Frog in My Sightline

The Curious Incident of the Frog in My Sightline

The Curious Incident Of The Frog In My Sightline is curious indeed. It tells the story of Otkas, who awakes to find himself in a world purely made out of frog. Yes, that's correct, everything is slimy, gooey, croaking frog... 

These Is You're Lifes

These Is You're Lifes

Sometimes a show just leaves you in despair and unfortunately These Is Your Lifes is one of them. An attempt at stand up comedy from Patch Hyde and David Hardcastle barely succeeded in ever raising a laugh in the painfully lengthy fifty minute set... 

The Nualas in 'Hello Again, We're The Nualas'

The Nualas in 'Hello Again, We're The Nualas'

There is no lack of glitz when it comes to The Nualas; a costume change after just one minute reveals their blindingly sparkling dresses. The three Irish performers immediately convey their carefree characters with quick interchanges, almost finishing each other's sentences... 

Sheeps: Wembley Previews

Sheeps: Wembley Previews

Sheeps’ latest offering Wembley Previews is certainly a novel idea in that the sketch show takes the form of being a 'preview' for a gig at Wembley stadium before 90,000 people. The group attempts to perfect their opening aquarium-based sketch by exploring the countless interpretations each member has written, ranging from horror to mime to the surreal... 

The Birmingham Footnotes Have a Plan

The Birmingham Footnotes Have a Plan

The Birmingham Footnotes Have A Plan provided ample entertainment for a student sketch group. Yet there was evidence of original thought and some examples of surreal thinking by the six person troupe who performed the sketches to a decent standard... 

Tom Price: Not As Nice As He Looks

Tom Price: Not As Nice As He Looks

Refreshing, innovative, fast-paced, interactive: just some of the words that come to mind to describe Tom Price's latest offering. The name, Not As Nice As He Looks is based on the idea that though Tom has a very approachable face, he is in fact a terrible human being: the show is thus made up of a handful of downright terrible things he has done throughout his life that began from his Welsh schoolboy days... 

Ruby Wax: Sane New World

Ruby Wax: Sane New World

Only Ruby Wax would have the tenacity to walk on stage, hardly acknowledge the audience and make herself a cup of tea before beginning to even think about starting her show. She certainly continued to do things her way throughout, delivering her set in a wide range of situations: from reclining on a sofa to bouncing on a yoga ball... 

Phil Wang: Mellow Yellow

Phil Wang: Mellow Yellow

One of the first things that Phil Wang says on stage is that reviewers always describe his comedy style as 'assured.' (Wang is assured). He then adds that none of these reviewers seem to find his comedy 'funny' (Wang is funny)... 

Marcel Lucont Is

Marcel Lucont Is

One has to admire Alexis Dubus' character of Marcel Lucont. He does everything, absolutely everything, at his own pace which is about a quarter of the speed of any other comedian. He practically personifies confidence and his cool, French manner conveys a sense that he does not care a jot what others think... 

The Oxford Revue Presents – Free

The Oxford Revue Presents – Free

For a free sketch show you can't go wrong with Oxford Revue's free accompaniment to its main show. The first of three separate groups have finished their run, and if the remaining two shows are as strong as the first showing it is well worth a watch... 

One Man Lord of the Rings

One Man Lord of the Rings

Are you a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings? If so, look no further, this will be the highlight of your Fringe experience. At first I had no idea how Charles Ross was going to tackle the seemingly impossible task of converting Tolkien's masterpiece into a one-man show, but his uncanny opening impression of Frodo and Gandalf's meeting soon made it clear... 

Russell Kane: The Kaneing Podcast

Russell Kane: The Kaneing Podcast

Russell Kane sparks back into action with a new format, anchoring a podcast about various news stories from the last few days. The show is good and Russell Kane is flawless, although the direction is a little more unclear... 

Ed Gamble: Gambletron 5000

Ed Gamble: Gambletron 5000

Ed Gamble will most likely burst into the comedy scene just as energetically and promptly as he burst out onto the Pleasance Courtyard stage last night. It was clear to all present that he is brimming with talent and is inches away from unlocking his full comic genius... 

The Edinburgh Revue and You Can Too

The Edinburgh Revue and You Can Too

From the off the Edinburgh Revue never really got kicking. A bizarre opening set the tone for what constituted multiple attempts at wacky comedy without ever raising much more than a chuckle... 

Woyzeck!

Woyzeck!

Woyzeck! is a one-man show and an interesting take on Buchner's timeless tale. The piece examines the retrospective inner-turmoil of Woyzeck after his downfall. Woyzeck is a lowly soldier who has been subjected to an experiment by a doctor in order to raise money for his wife and child... 

Jo Caulfield: Cancel My Subscription

Jo Caulfield: Cancel My Subscription

Jo Caulfield is surely one of the most intelligent comedians on the circuit. Not only are her jokes well sculpted, but she manages to keep surprising the audience with further punchlines...