Randy Writes a Novel review – existential crisis of a puppet standup
Underbelly Potterrow, EdinburghThere’s plenty of cartoonish comedy in Heath McIvor’s show about a writer who is given to splenetic outbursts – and made of feltI spent the first 10 minutes of Heath McIvor’s show Randy Writes a Novel marvelling at how expressive Randy can be. H... [Read More]
Scott Gibson review – near-death experience brought to life by standup
Gilded Balloon teviot, EdinburghIn recalling his brain haemorrhage, the Glaswegian comic – shortlisted for Edinburgh’s best newcomer award – delivers a cheerful-squeamish setI’ve heard Scott Gibson’s fringe show – now shortlisted for a best newcomer award – ... [Read More]
Scott Gibson review – near-death experience brought to life by standup
Gilded Balloon teviot, EdinburghIn recalling his brain haemorrhage, the Glaswegian comic – shortlisted for Edinburgh’s best newcomer award – delivers a cheerful-squeamish set I’ve heard Scott Gibson’s fringe show – now shortlisted for a best newcomer award –... [Read More]
V&A acquires Tommy Cooper archive of jokes, props – but no fez
Items from collection, which includes personal correspondence, posters and programmes, will go on display in the autumnThere are thousands of meticulously filed gags, props for his generally disastrous illusions, a tiara that he wore as a panto ugly sister – but a newly acquired Tommy Cooper a... [Read More]
V&A acquires Tommy Cooper archive of jokes and props – but no fez
Items from collection, which includes personal correspondence, posters and programmes, will go on display in autumnThere are thousands of meticulously filed gags, props for his generally disastrous illusions, a tiara that he wore as a panto ugly sister – but a newly acquired Tommy Cooper archi... [Read More]
Daniel Simonsen: ‘I dream about animals wearing boxer shorts’
From Da Ali G Show to German sausages, the comedian reveals the things that make him laugh the mostI would say Bill Burr. He’s incredibly funny. I’m usually a really bad audience member when I watch standup as I start daydreaming, but with him I’m completely hooked the whole way th... [Read More]
Daniel Simonsen: ‘I dream about animals wearing boxer shorts’
From Da Ali G Show to German sausages, the comedian reveals the things that make him laugh the mostI would say Bill Burr. He’s incredibly funny. I’m usually a really bad audience member when I watch standup as I start daydreaming, but with him I’m completely hooked the whole way th... [Read More]
Al Porter review – old-fashioned crowd-pleaser carries on camping
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghIf some of this ex-panto star’s flamboyant shtick feels a tad outdated, he still steamrollers the audience and finds killer angles on his materialNot many 23-year-old comics have nine seasons under their belt as a pantomime dame. Al Porter – already a star i... [Read More]
Al Porter review – old-fashioned crowd-pleaser carries on camping
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghIf some of this ex-panto star’s flamboyant shtick feels a tad outdated, he still steamrollers the audience and finds killer angles on his materialNot many 23-year-old comics have nine seasons under their belt as a pantomime dame. Al Porter – already a star i... [Read More]
Tom Ballard review – Aussie comic mixes political gags and Bieber punchlines
Assembly George Square, EdinburghHis leftwing observations are repeatedly undercut for laughs but this is an enjoyable set from a provocative standup is clearly going placesTwenty-six-year-old standup Tom Ballard was recently invited to host Australia’s version of Question Time, he tells us &n... [Read More]