Tommy Rowson: Down and Out in Powys and London

Tommy Rowson: Down and Out in Powys and London

A video highlighting Tommy Rowson’s previous misdemeanours introduced the audience to this apologetic reprobate, and what follows is a self-examination into how he can refine his miscreant ways... 

Alfie Brown: Divorced from Reality (and My Wife)

Alfie Brown: Divorced from Reality (and My Wife)

Alfie Brown’s persona is defined by a mix of nihilism and desperation, yet this time round he promised the audience that his misanthropic take on the world had cooled. Brown cuts an absorbing figure on stage, and his raw comedic talent is unquestionably impressive... 

Marlon Davis: Once Upon A Grime

Marlon Davis: Once Upon A Grime

Despite his onstage charm, Marlon Davis could have done more to cover up for a set that contained predominantly weak material. There were certainly stories that provided some amusement, but a lack of subtlety and craft undermined his comic intentions... 

The New Wave

The New Wave

Showcasing a medley of bright young things from the Invisible Dot’s impressive roster of talent, The New Wave, hosted by Fringe stalwart David O’Doherty, gave us an exciting glimpse into the future of alternative British comedy... 

The Horne Section: Milk the Tenderness

The Horne Section: Milk the Tenderness

The Horne Section have been a staple of the Fringe for several years now, yet their popularity has not necessarily provided them with a renewed sense of creative purpose or originality... 

Spencer Brown

Spencer Brown

Spencer Brown covers the familiar territory of ‘kids do and say the funniest things’ in his offering at the Free Sisters, and this provides unspectacular, if gently amusing viewing... 

John-Luke Roberts: Stnad-Up

John-Luke Roberts: Stnad-Up

John-Luke Roberts delivered his usual off-the-wall comic offerings in this enjoyable hour at the Voodoo Rooms. His recent long term relationship has just come to an end, but Roberts insists that it’s ‘not a breakup show’... 

Eddie Pepitone: RIP America, It's Been Fun

Eddie Pepitone: RIP America, It's Been Fun

Eddie Pepitone is convinced that we’ve been consumed by the ‘gelato syndrome’, where coziness and contentment have shrouded the harsh reality of our petty existences. Focusing predominantly on America’s distorted principles of war, commercialism and health, amongst other big issues, what follows is a furious response to a nihilistic vision of the twenty-first century... 

Al Lubel in... I'm Still Al Lubel

Al Lubel in... I'm Still Al Lubel

Al Lubel’s latest outing predominantely revolves around an obsession with his own name. A conceit as peculiar as this one would certainly appear to be difficult to uphold whilst maintaining a steady stream of laughs and we are treated to a mixed performance as a result... 

Will Franken: The Stuff They Put in Sleep

Will Franken: The Stuff They Put in Sleep

Seamlessly shifting between a medley of characters at an alarmingly fast rate, Will Franken’s caustic satire at times verged on the unbalanced, crazed side of affairs, but beneath the surface he was always in control... 

Mr Swallow – The Musical

Mr Swallow – The Musical

In Mr. Swallow, Nick Mohammed has created a character so wonderfully original it’s hard to fully explain what he exactly is; nonetheless, this screeching, exasperating and nauseating figure wreaks havoc in a thoroughly enjoyable hour of comedy... 

Goodbye Gunther

Goodbye Gunther

Frank Wurzinger’s Goodbye Günther takes the audience on a curious little journey through facing the inevitabilities of life and death, which provides ample amounts of gentle humour and touching melancholy... 

David Elms: Nurture Boy

David Elms: Nurture Boy

During this peculiar hour, David Elms takes a different approach to the usual bravado of musical comedy in a consciously quiet, ungainly performance. Whilst flitting between two personas, Elms takes pleasure in the awkwardness that dominates the show, which allows for moments of refreshing humour, with the occasional slow interlude... 

Voices in Your Head

Voices in Your Head

With so much improvised comedy coming to Edinburgh every year, it’s important to create a formula for a show that allows it to stand out from the crowd. Fortunately, Deborah Frances-White’s Voices In Your Head is one that managed to deliver an original, frantic and unpredictable hour of comedy...