Laugh Train Home Comedy Showcase

Looking past the sweltering hot and humid room that the Laugh Train Comedy Showcase takes place in, this show is enjoyable enough for a night out. It’s hard to distinguish it from any other comedy showcase show but like most it can be fun at times when you’re enjoying the performer on stage or annoying when a performer goes on for a bit about what it’s like to date in 2017 and you feel like you’ve heard that joke once a day since the Fringe started.

It’s free and it’s fun – what else can a comedy showcase need?

That being said, it’s a free show with enough variety to keep you decently entertained for an hour and sometimes you almost forget that you’re in a room that’s close to one million degrees. The acts did tend to blend together at times but as it’s a showcase that can differ from night to night, you never really know what you’re going to get. Seeing as the show is free, it’s fun and low risk.

The night I attended was hosted by Robyn Perkins, an American whose strong suit was crowd work. She was a generous host with more time upfront and only doing more material every now and then after. The standout act was a woman with cerebral palsy named Spring Day who weaved mentions of her disability in and out of her act to catch the audience off-guard and inspired fresh material that I had never heard anything like before.

Other performers that night included Will Duggan, Dave Channer and Aidan Jones. Where the crowd really went crazy was for the closing act, Christian Reilly, who performed a number of parody covers of pop songs with his guitar, with material ranging from domestic life to politics.

It’s free and it’s fun – what else can a comedy showcase need? 

Reviews by Blair Simmons

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In its fifth year, the best comics of the Fringe are brought together for this premier comedy showcase. Every night features different four/five-star comics, making it the best guide for who to see in Edinburgh, as well as a fantastic stand-alone show. The line-ups are constructed by one of London's best comedy clubs Laugh Train Home and sponsored by its home venue, The Four Thieves.

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