Hollywood Film Fest

Hollywood Film Fest

The Hollywood Film Festival is an improvised comedy/drama show taking the standard improvised format onto the silver screen.The six-strong troupe bounce into C-Nova’s little venue 2, dance around a little bit and then ask the audience for inspiration... 

Scotland’s ReferendumFest 2014

Scotland’s ReferendumFest 2014

Set above the pleasantly dilapidated Quaker’s Tearoom on Victoria Street, Scotland’s Refurendumfest is a series of 15 debates dealing with the intricacies of the big yes/no. Upcoming events include a look at Scotland’s potential nuclear arms policy, the role of men in Scottish society and a bit of poetry... 

Ian Fox Presents The Unsearchables - Free

Ian Fox Presents The Unsearchables - Free

Ian Fox: The Unsearchables is an interactive quiz show that asks the questions you can’t Google. By this Fox means questions with no definite answers, such as “what is he thinking?” or “why is that man shouting medieval religious rhetoric on The Royal Mile?” By interactive, Fox means there is audience interaction and television screens hooked up to a laptop... 

10 Films with My Dad

10 Films with My Dad

10 Films With My Dad is a PowerPoint assisted piece of stand up telling the story of one man’s relationship with his father.Aidan Goatly, Brighton resident, pet shop manager and star of the show, is less stand-up comedian than he is a dad and husband showing a close knit group of friends his latest holiday photos... 

Craig Hill: Give Him an Inch...

Craig Hill: Give Him an Inch...

Craig Hill: Give Him an Inch is one man’s all guns blazing, Gaga backed attempt to make sure everyone is completely aware that he is gay and Scottish. Hill achieves this quite superbly... 

One Man Breaking Bad

One Man Breaking Bad

One Man Breaking Bad is impressionist Miles Allen’s attempt to squeeze 60 Breaking Bad episodes into 60 minutes. Given the 50 metre queue that stretched down the road from The Stand’s third and fourth venue and the double extension of the run, it is obvious that Edinburgh has its fair share of Breaking Bad fanatics... 

The Electric Swing Circus

The Electric Swing Circus

The Electric Swing Circus are a double female fronted six-piece bringing a mish-mash of art funk and ‘50s jive to the opulent halls of the Assembly Checkpoint.The night began with a good half an hours delay, mildly irritating but understandable in light of the extensive selection of instruments waiting on the stage... 

The Voyage of The Narwhal

The Voyage of The Narwhal

Grab your sailor’s hat, pick up your cutlass and pop on your sea legs because the Narwhal is here; the grandest ship the world has ever seen, and like LSD in the 60s - “if you’re not on it, you’re probably a loser”... 

Amused Moose Comedy Awards Gangshow

Amused Moose Comedy Awards Gangshow

The Amused Moose Comedy Awards Gangshow is a showcase of previous contestants and winners of the Amused Moose Comedy Awards. With thirteen comedians performing in the space of about an hour and a half, it is a show with an unrelenting pace and little time for more than a comedic aperitif... 

Fat Girl Slim

Fat Girl Slim

Helen Orton used to be an overweight woman with confidence issues stemming from her body. One day she woke up and decided she would lose six and a half stone in a bid to have satisfying sex with men of a higher calibre... 

Free Fall

Free Fall

Free Fall is Luca Cupani’s first stand up show and an hour of comedy similar in its rambled, improvised form to Ross Noble’s earlier work. With a thick Italian accent and broken English, Cupani’s show is about bizarre observational humour... 

Lewis Schaffer: Success Is Not An Option

Lewis Schaffer: Success Is Not An Option

Lewis Schaffer, a 57 year old New York Jew, greets each audience member with a warm handshake as they walk into the dingy, dubiously smelling venue of Lewis Schaffer: Success Is Not An Option... 

Real Fake White Dirt

Real Fake White Dirt

Real Fake White Dirt is both the spoken word tirade of New Zealander Jess Holly Bates and an paradox she alludes to that encompasses her life as a post-colonial white girl. “This is a Pakeha identity poem,” she tells us with a pleasantly manic expression, Dave Dobyn’s ‘Slice of Heaven’ fading into the background... 

The Philosorap Cabaret

The Philosorap Cabaret

The Philosorap Cabaret is Charlie Dupré’s one man, floor shaking, beat breaking rap show that in about 50 minutes lurches through the entire history of western philosophy. As expected from a man with a philosophy degree and past supporting slots with Ghostpoet and Scroobius Pip, Dupret is energetic, brimming full of solid philosophy in-jokes and, perhaps most importantly for a show attempting to fuse two seemingly incongruent worlds, an unapologetic performer... 

The Story of Medieval England From 1066 to 1485 at Roughly Nine Years and Two Jokes Per Minute Incorporating The Hundred Years War as a Football Match and of Course Scottish Independence Performed by Paul B Edwards – Free

The Story of Medieval England From 1066 to 1485 at Roughly Nine Years and Two Jokes Per Minute Incorporating The Hundred Years War as a Football Match and of Course Scottish Independence Performed by Paul B Edwards – Free

The Story of Medieval England From 1066 to 1485 at Roughly Nine Years and Two Jokes Per Minute Incorporating The Hundred Years War as a Football Match and of Course Scottish Independence or as the staff of Bannerman’s Bar paraphrased on their chalkboard, Medieval Bollocks, is essentially titular... 

Skeptics on the Fringe

Skeptics on the Fringe

Skeptics on the Fringe are a non-profit branch of the Edinburgh Skeptics who are celebrating five years at the Fringe with a catalogue of guest speakers, aimed at the seasoned free thinker, part-time rationalist and entrenched fundamentalist... 

So You Think You're Funny?

So You Think You're Funny?

The Gilded Balloon’s So You Think You’re Funny is a comedy omnibus and competition, offering little showcase slots for Fringe veterans and newcomers. Lasting just over an hour, the show has time for many funny moments yet seems to lack the cohesion required for a truly successful comedy buffet... 

Learn to Laugh with Keep Calm and Improv

Learn to Laugh with Keep Calm and Improv

Learn to Laugh with Keep Calm and Improv is a comedy show that attempts to deconstruct the notion of improvised comedy through improvised comedy. Created by and starring Phil Hooks, Sam Kiss and Alastair Norgate, the show bills itself as an hour of audiences squirming in their seats “as their dreams of success are washed away by a metatheatrical deluge of incompetence, audience abuse, and conflict... 

Michael Legge and Robin Ince Are Pointless Anger, Righteous Ire 3: Ooh Stick You, Your Mama Too... and Your Daddy

Michael Legge and Robin Ince Are Pointless Anger, Righteous Ire 3: Ooh Stick You, Your Mama Too... and Your Daddy

“You don’t know what heckling is!” screams Michael Legge at a woman in the first row, cutting down her contention that the Northern-Irish comedian is lovely. As Legge’s tirade increases in vigour, the partially voiced Robin Ince braces himself for the first of many reference heavy, absurdists rants to come... 

Chlorine

Chlorine

From a cool, air-conditioned distance, the 3 Reasonable Women’s Chlorine is a thematically jam-packed, A-Level drama-mare of a show. Jumping between drug abuse, mental health issues and festival chic, for an hour the young cast throw themselves into both telling the story of Biddy (an unhinged 20-something enduring the mother of all comedowns) and a raft of theatre cliches... 

Comedy in the Dark

Comedy in the Dark

Comedy in the Dark is exactly what it sounds like. Stand-up comedians working in a blacked out room. Staged in Just The Tonic’s Community Project on a Saturday night, the substantial theatre had a buzz that far outstripped the festival’s pokier, cobbled together venues... 

Smoking Ban

Smoking Ban

Smoking Ban is a one-woman show that, in just over an hour, offers a sympathetic, funny and compellingly real look at the mucky heart of the tobacco industry.Slipping through the curtains and into the shoes of a tobacco lobbyist is Carroll, a peppy American sporting a red dress, lipstick and plenty of sarcasm... 

Aunty Donna

Aunty Donna

Aunty Donna are an Australian three-piece bringing 60 minutes of fast-paced, filthy, contemporary-reference-heavy comedy to The Gilded Balloon. Without doubt one of, if not the funniest things I’ve seen at The Fringe this year...