NewsRevue 2014

NewsRevue 2014 is impressive, very impressive. This is almost certainly the most slick and professional show that you will see at the Fringe this year. It is also one of the most amusing. NewsRevue is a Fringe institution, which looks back over the biggest stories of the past year through a series of sketches, songs and one liners which are inventive and well judged, always skating just on the right side of what is tasteful.

NewsRevue 2014 is extremely competent and extremely well timed. More importantly, it is extremely fun. The punchlines come thick and fast, and at no point does the action lull.

Most impressive are the songs: parodies of hits from the past year and beyond, often sung in the guise of a notable public figure. From selfies, to Putin, to the NSA, no subject is safe from the cast’s musical treatment. The songs are masterfully done, and have the audience gasping when the punchlines come.

The cast are as exceptional as ever. Will Mulvey is superb in the role of the wheedling man-child Nick Clegg, which regular Fringe-goers will recognise as having been solidly funny for at least three years now – poor, poor Clegg. Meanwhile, Matt Lee-Steer’s Michael McIntyre impression is unnervingly well done.

NewsRevue 2014 is extremely competent and extremely well timed. More importantly, it is extremely fun. The punchlines come thick and fast, and at no point does the action lull.

In terms of jokes per pound, you won’t find better value than this in the whole of Edinburgh this month. Yes, apart from the free shows, obviously. But don’t get smart with me. Leave that to the NewsRevue team.

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The Blurb

Nobody is safe: from Putin to Pistorious, politicians and celebrities alike come under fire in a turbo-charged barrage of bladder-threateningly funny songs and sketches brimming with punchlines. Frequently one of the best-reviewed shows of the Fringe. This Guinness World Record-breaking show is flawlessly delivered by four outstanding performers at lightning speed expertly accompanied by an onstage Musical Director, a post previously held by Bill Bailey. NewsRevue's exceptional writing, superlative performances and ever original takes on current affairs have made it a Fringe First winner and a Perrier finalist. 'I love NewsRevue!' (Joan Rivers).