A rare treat of the Fringe is being able to speak your mind in a venue without having the talent shout you down.
It was a shock just sitting down in the Stroke Association Scotland’s venue - on every seat was a leaflet telling us that one in six people in Scotland will suffer a stroke in thei…
A trio of friends, our plucky heroes, stand before us.
Newcomers to the city should come to the Jazz Bar regardless of what’s on.
In 2012, Mark Watson’s Edinborolympics caused controversy by having comedians throw pineapples at audience members.
A very ambitious performer, Guy Combes was not content with the idea of simply telling jokes.
There’s been a murder at the after-show party! Hammed-up accents and paisley dressing gowns at the ready, Short and Curly take us back-stage after their wildly successful show in…
Fresh from their West End debut, UCLU’s premier sketch troupe Gower Line have downsized a little.
A lift at full capacity is not what anyone could call comfortable at the best of times, and less inviting still is the idea of being trapped in said lift with no promise of escape …
If the Umbilical Brothers were part of your upbringing, you probably would have repressed it.
In the appropriately multi-lingual halls of Espionage is this hidden gem of the Free Festival.
Roughly halfway through her show, Miss D asks us- “So, has anyone else had Chemical Weapons training?”.
Comedians can be a cynical bunch.
For half an hour in a room somewhere in the back of the Free Sisters, Adam Belbin is doing a comedy show about leaving the comedy world.
Javier Jarquin looks almost surprised that we’re here to see him.
There are quite a few shows every year which can’t be categorised in the traditional sense of the Fringe programme.
Overwhelming as the Festival is, it’s a good to try a pick-and-mix of shows.
From Bruce Springsteen to Mitch Benn, music has long been a great vehicle for political enlightenment and for having a good liberal whinge.
One of a stampede of comedians making the London-Edinburgh journey for the festival, Feilder knows his Fringe conventions well and isn’t afraid to use them to meta-comic effect.
Abigoliah Schamaun has been painted as caustic, controversial and not for the faint of heart.
It is possible to do feminist comedy very, very well.
Making their way north for the fourth year on the trot, Croft and Pearce have brought us their best show yet.
Back for another year of improvised madness are Mischief Theatre, the improvised movie and Oscar - the man with the biggest collection of DVDs in the known Universe.
Unfortunately, it still seems remarkable enough for a comedy show’s bill to be entirely populated by women that the Funny Women Pop-Up Fringe marketed their lineup as such.
Any classic rock enthusiast will tell you that ACDC are pretty good.
When it comes to variety shows, it’s often the case that each act is really just shamelessly attempting to entice bigger crowds to their own solo shows, suddenly amazed that they h…
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It was with boundless energy that the five-strong Revue troupe leaped onstage and it seemed that this was an energy which would not dwindle - even as the quality of the proceeding …
First things first: this show is not for the faint of heart.
Entertainment comes in many forms during the Fringe and for those of us who value cerebral stimulation as much as funny-bone tickling, I cannot recommend the Edinburgh Skeptics eno…
For first-time ceilidh-goers, some tips: do not wear high heels.
As one of the earliest Holmes stories and not one of the best known, the Sign of Four is perhaps not the best of choices for a theatrical adaptation.
Multimedia can be a tricksy thing.
For years, the Durham Revue have been one of the strongest university sketch troupes around and this year is no exception.
The Rat Pack did far more than sing.
Tricity Vogue’s voice has a peculiar tone that suggests everything she says is really an innuendo.
Throw on your suit, kick off your shoes and do not be afraid to sing along.
Other stand-ups stand up.
It seems Will Franken has set himself an impossible task.
There will be leaping and spinning, there will be theme music and coloured lights, and your expectations of what is possible with a two-man cast will be changed forever.
When a man chooses to present an hour of unrelenting comedy wearing an orange jumpsuit and sequinned jacket, you know he doesn’t take himself too seriously.
Rap: the final frontier.