James Acaster: my top Edinburgh comedy picks
From a 12-year-old standup to a show all about water, Kettering’s finest comic talks us through the acts he’s most excited to see at this year’s fringeRob Auton: ­ The Water Show Banshee Labyrinth, to 30 AugA show all about water. Finally. I bet he’ll do a poem or two and... [Read More]
Edinburgh fringe 2015: what's your last taboo?
Everyone’s got boundaries, though some are a bit weirder than others. Here are the topics the fringe’s top comics won’t touch… Related: Edinburgh festival 2014: the sketch show isn't over, it's just waking up Continue reading...... [Read More]
Stand-up comedy, everything you need to know in one handy infographic
From Max Miller in the music halls to Michael McIntyre’s record-breaking 10 nights at the O2 Arena, British stand-up has a rich, varied history Continue reading... [Read More]
Edinburgh fringe 2015: How to be the perfect audience member
Top comics offer handy hints on making the most of your Edinburgh experience Related: Natasia Demetriou – comedy's most nervous standup? Related: Phil Wang: Impossibly wise or offensively stupid – Chinese people in US films Continue reading...... [Read More]
Stand-out comedians: Edinburgh festival's game-changers
Acts on the fringe can change our definition of comedy and show us the funny where we least expected it. These performers rewrote the rulebookWhat does a truly innovative Edinburgh fringe show look like? I’ve seen plenty of terrific comedy shows there over the years, and I’ll see more ov... [Read More]
Edinburgh fringe 2015: 10 shows to see
It’s the world’s biggest arts festival, with 300 venues and 10 times as many shows. So where do you start? Here’s a selection I’m excited aboutVertical InfluencesAssembly at Murrayfield ice rinkDancing on ice … but not as you know it. The Canadian company Le Patin Libr... [Read More]
As a neuroscientist who’s done standup, I know performance anxiety is no joke | Sophie Scott
With the announcement of a support group for stressed comedians at the Edinburgh fringe, is there any way of making life on stage easier?A fear of speaking aloud in public is one of the most common social phobias, and is estimated to affect up to three in every 10 people.It’s probably not surp... [Read More]
The Austentatious guide to the Edinburgh fringe 1815
How did visitors to the world’s biggest arts festival conduct themselves among the city’s novelty potato shops in the Regency era? This information has been unearthed as part of the Fringe Reconstruction Society and appears to be an entirely genuine, definitely bona fide tourist guide to... [Read More]
Tom Allen's comedy space odyssey: finding the right sized room for standup
A huge, brightly lit stage? It feels like a cell. A mic propped right in front of the audience? You can see if they’re not smilingIn an age when a generation experiences TV series on a laptop balanced precariously on their chest, standup comedy is about coming together and being part of someth... [Read More]
How Marc Maron got legions of fans muttering WTF | The Guardian interview
Marc Maron's boundaries between the personal and the persona seem tenuous and ill-defined – but his podcast and standup routine are working. [Read More]