Mat Ewins review – declaration of independence from seriousness
Heroes @ The Hive, EdinburghRunning against the prevailing trend for sincerity in comedy, Mat Ewins’ Indiana Jones-inspired show is a paean to daftness, fabrication and windups, with a terrific gag rate“You might as well call it the Edinburgh whinge festival,” says Mat Ewins, towar... [Read More]
Mat Ewins review – declaration of independence from seriousness
Heroes @ The Hive, EdinburghRunning against the prevailing trend for sincerity in comedy, Mat Ewins’ Indiana Jones-inspired show is a paean to daftness, fabrication and windups, with a terrific gag rate“You might as well call it the Edinburgh whinge festival,” says Mat Ewins, towar... [Read More]
Steen Raskopoulos review – fruitful but uneasy audience participation
Underbelly Cowgate, EdinburghNot every audience member press-ganged into taking part in the Australian’s sketches has the confidence to keep up with a stellar performerTricky business, this audience participation. A whole genre of comedy has bloomed over the last few years, propelling this mos... [Read More]
Steen Raskopoulos review – fruitful but uneasy audience participation
Underbelly Cowgate, EdinburghNot every audience member press-ganged into taking part in the Australian’s sketches has the confidence to keep up with a stellar performerTricky business, this audience participation. A whole genre of comedy has bloomed over the last few years, propelling this mos... [Read More]
Edinburgh comedy review – Brexit, Trump and sex-mad chimpanzees
Reginald D Hunter spurns good taste, Sara Pascoe goes solo, and Jan Ravens is everyone elseTop calls in this year’s fringe comedy bingo – where punters make a mental tick each time jokes on the same subjects occur in shows – are (as you might expect) Donald Trump, Brexit, running t... [Read More]
Trumped out: why the fringe can't keep up with 2017
From Trumpageddon to Brexit: The Musical, many would-be topical crowdpleasers at this year’s fringe can’t match the manic pace of real-life news eventsThis would be a bad time to try to hire a blond fright wig from a theatrical costumier. The ones that aren’t being worn, combed for... [Read More]
Phoebe Walsh: 'We've all spent five minutes looking for the right emoji'
She self-eviscerates in the style of tragic Instagram feeds and harvests jokes from unsent tweets. But comedian Phoebe Walsh’s twitchy social-media spin is revitalising singleton standup at Edinburgh this yearDuring her debut solo show, I’ll Have What She’s Having, comic Phoebe Wal... [Read More]
Alexei Sayle, Dolly Parton and payback time for critics: Edinburgh festival 2017 shows – in pictures
The Edinburgh festival 2017 runs the gamut from immersive political theatre to gender-questioning dance to standup comebacks – here’s a selection of shows photographed by Murdo MacLeod Continue reading...... [Read More]
Simon Brodkin: ‘I ate some off tuna and ended up in an ambulance’
The prankster character comic behind Lee Nelson dishes the dirt on the things that make him laugh the mostJerry Sadowitz. His seething, bile-fuelled, offend-all-and-don’t-give-a-fig approach to standup floats my boat. Continue reading...... [Read More]