Juliet Meyers: Year of the Dog

Juliet Myers and Homer, the rescue podenco, deliver their second Fringe comedy run in which we are regaled with tales of life with an anxious dog. Homer is now possibly the most famous dog of the Fringe, and can regularly be spotted about festival haunts expertly posing for photographs. On the day I attended, Homer attempted to steal a coffee cup and then snoozed for much of the show.

An hour of nonstop canine-based hilarity

With her now familiar brand of kooky and consequential humour, Myers recaps for first timers her life with Homer thus far. Amusingly anthropomorphising the loveable podenco into a Portugese gangster and cycling companion, we also hear about his misadventures at the dog park/prison yard, his altercation with a husky and his bit part in a sitcom. All of this is interspersed with anecdotes from Myers about her holiday in Costa Rica and hilariously droll anecdotes based on signing up for a high level competition she wasn’t ready for.

There is a satisfying political element to the show as well, revealing a sliver of Myers’ leftie feminist bent. For example we venture into the world of romcoms, and the unrealistic expectations they set for relationships. This doesn’t take over the show though and is just enough to bring out a deeper level for those who require it, and the change of tempo is welcome and skillfully articulated by Myers. For people just wanting to see a dog for an hour, this is also available in spades. Myers attempts some tricks with Homer, who – in characteristic dog – refuses to comply, until the very end.

The performance seemed to diminish toward the end, and I’m unsure as to whether time constraints were a factor in the slump, or whether it was the pressure of performing a stand-up minus a few of the usual elements - i.e. a few missing props and a dog who slept for most of the show, as dogs do. It ended rather abruptly, with us wanting more - which is a good thing. But perhaps a more seamless end, tied up with a follow on of what adventures Juliet and Homer would go on next, would elevate the performance.

Myers has produced an hour of non-stop canine based hilarity which is well worth an afternoon visit. Fun for all the family.

Reviews by Jodie McVicar

Gilded Balloon Teviot

Mandy Muden: Is Not the Invisible Woman

Army @ The Fringe in Association with Summerhall

Dead Equal

The Fawlty Towers Dining Room at the Hilton Edinburgh Carlton Hotel

Fawlty Towers Live Themed Dinner Show

Greenside @ Nicolson Square


Assembly Roxy


National Museum of Scotland

Museum Late: Fringe Fridays


Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £1.7m to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now



The Blurb

The dog got a sitcom. She got rabies while cycling in Central America. The ongoing adventures of Juliet (writer on The Sarah Millican Television Programme and 8 out of 10 Cats) and her co-star Homer the rescue dog. Contains stand-up, stories and the actual dog as he doesn’t like being left/left out. This is a show about learning new tricks, popularity, travelling, a bit about cycling, and loving (and cursing) a dog! 'Smart and very funny!' (Independent). 'Devilish… on the edge!' **** (Scotsman). 'Quirky and original' **** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Insightful' (GQ). Sold-out shows 2016, 2017.

Most Popular See More

The Mousetrap

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Phantom of the Opera

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Lion King

From £46.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

From £12.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Play That Goes Wrong

From £27.00

More Info

Find Tickets


From £42.00

More Info

Find Tickets