Race is still a touchy subject at the Edinburgh fringe
As the only brown person in the room at The Glang Show, I couldn’t shake a sense of otherness when a quip turned sourI’m a few months into a new career as a standup comedian. I’ve had some lovely gigs, some horrific gigs and I have started to get paid for being funny. The path to c... [Read More]
Joke's over: why standups should refresh the tired 'Edinburgh show'
The classic Edinburgh comedy show lasts an hour, with a strong narrative component and an inevitable ‘sad bit’. But this rigid template is stifling creativityThe late Sean Hughes had a reasonable claim to inventing what we now know as the “Edinburgh show”. Before 1990, wannab... [Read More]
Olga Koch review – from Russia with love and oligarchs
Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh In a spirited Edinburgh debut, the daughter of a former deputy PM of Russia tells her father’s fascinating storyPlenty of comics get good material from their parents’ behaviour, and plenty of comics talk politics. Seldom before have those species of comedy ... [Read More]
Olga Koch review – from Russia with love and oligarchs
Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh In a spirited Edinburgh debut, the daughter of a former deputy PM of Russia tells her father’s fascinating storyPlenty of comics get good material from their parents’ behaviour, and plenty of comics talk politics. Seldom before have those species of comedy ... [Read More]
Sarah Keyworth: Dark Horse review – tomboy tales and top-notch jokes
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThe LGBTQ+ standup twists gender into new shapes in a fringe debut that feels like a great intro to a fresh comic personalityShould we be disowning words like “boys” and “girls” – or broadening what those words are allowed to mean? Sarah Ke... [Read More]
Sarah Keyworth: Dark Horse review – tomboy tales and top-notch jokes
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThe LGBTQ+ standup twists gender into new shapes in a fringe debut that feels like a great intro to a fresh comic personalityShould we be disowning words like “boys” and “girls” – or broadening what those words are allowed to mean? Sarah Ke... [Read More]
The League of Gentlemen review – a brilliantly twisted return to the stage
Sunderland Empire Exhilarating new material joins favourite vintage sketches as Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton bring their chilling creations to life again on tourTV tie-in live tours aren’t always artistic successes. Sometimes, they’re more about nostalgia than comedy... [Read More]
Edinburgh award champ Rose Matafeo's Horndog is a comedy smash
The Kiwi standup thoroughly deserves her success with an uproarious, emotionally intimate and feminist show With the triumph of Rose Matafeo in this year’s Edinburgh Comedy awards, a sub-par shortlist has been redeemed. Matafeo’s show Horndog is another cracking show from a born comedian... [Read More]