Katherine Ryan: Edinburgh fringe review – gossip comedy gets gasps and laughs
The Stand, EdinburghRyan excels at the barbed comedy of supercilious abuse in a disjointed set that riffs on the Taylor Swift/Nicki Minaj row and has a standout section on Bill CosbyReportedly the fastest comedian to sell out on this year’s fringe, Katherine Ryan is the woman of the moment &nd... [Read More]
Tim Key, the superstar standup poet, on fishcakes, Footlights and the fringe
Tim Key was a standup going nowhere fast until one day he took out a notepad and poetry spilled out of him. Now he’s one of the hottest comics around. As his show Work in Slutgress hits Edinburgh, he talks about fooling Footlights, dying on stage – and the power of late-night fishcakes.&... [Read More]
Straight outta Edinburgh: a rap guide to the fringe's freestyling standups
Wherever you look at the festival, comedians are unselfconsciously rocking the mic. Critic Brian Logan joins the party …Cue hip-hop beat. Middle-aged, middle-class, white comedy critic trying to conceal his identity behind sunglasses, backwards baseball cap and extraordinarily large medallion... [Read More]
Joseph Morpurgo at Edinburgh festival review – one of the best comedy shows in town
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghPart musical comedy, part doomed romance and part Desert Island Discs, this is an eccentric, subversive work about the soundtrack to a life Joseph Morpurgo might have made a show paying fond tribute to obscure, bargain-bucket LPs, or a show about a forlorn teenage love ... [Read More]
Zoe Coombs Marr at Edinburgh festival review – psychic collapse of a cross-dressing caricature
Underbelly Cowgate, EdinburghThe comedian is impressive as her sexist alter ego Dave, but the brand of chauvinist comedy depicted makes for a fairly soft target“I mostly hang out with comedians,” says Zoe Coombs Marr’s alter ego Dave, “so I don’t really know any women.&... [Read More]
Dane Baptiste at Edinburgh festival review – the personal is political in bracing set
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThe standup’s festival return sees him get serious about the state of racial politics, while retaining his keen sense of sillyEnjoyable though it was, there was little in Dane Baptiste’s 2014 debut to prep us for this: a follow-up, Reasonable Doubts, in whic... [Read More]
LetLuce: 'Comedy comes before vanity'
The duo explain their haphazard careers, the social value of clowning around, and some of their more ludicrous stage costumes It’s 31 August 2014. We’re sweating our tits off in a horse costume made of now noxious pink felt, playing Eamonn, the disillusioned protagonist of Show Pony. We ... [Read More]
Nish Kumar: could this be the year for the shockingly inoffensive standup?
He isn’t bold. He isn’t confrontational. And he once read out survey data on stage. But Nish Kumar is the hot ticket at this year’s Edinburgh festival fringeNish Kumar’s mum recently dismissed him as “a left-wing comedian”. And she had a problem with this, he says... [Read More]
All comedians have a friend in Randy Newman
Don’t be fooled by the slurred, common-man delivery: the writer of Short People and other staples is one of music’s sharpest satirists, capable of duping even his targets with his deceptively simple songsYou know Randy Newman. You know his voice: isn’t another one like it. You prob... [Read More]
Adrienne Truscott at Edinburgh festival review – a sparky yet shaky performance
Gilded Balloon, EdinburghTruscott has some funny, transgressive material but technical glitches and a lack of polish disrupt the flow of this setNot many acts enter fringe legend with their first stab at standup – so you can forgive Adrienne Truscott’s worries about how to follow that up... [Read More]