Sara Schaefer: the breakout comic on trashing Trump and bombing on stage
After writing gigs on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, the American standup is heading for the big time via a show at the Edinburgh festival fringeLosing control of your bladder in a grocery store. Being bullied at school for using men’s deodorant. Getting posture problems as a result of walking ... [Read More]
Mark Thomas review – comic gambles on his audience in a lively show
Summerhall, Edinburgh The political comic mixes debate about Britain’s future with confessional memoir in an odd hybrid that solicits contributions from the crowdMark Thomas has called this latest fringe outing The Show that Gambles on the Future, which you’d peg as a reference to Britai... [Read More]
This week on TV: Brad Paisley presents some of his comedy friends
This week is an interesting one for Brad Paisley. The country superstar will play ringleader to a 5 of his… MORE This week on TV: Brad Paisley presents some of his comedy friends appeared first on The Laugh Button.... [Read More]
This week on TV: Brad Paisley presents some of his comedy friends
This week is an interesting one for Brad Paisley. The country superstar will play ringleader to a 5 of his… MORE This week on TV: Brad Paisley presents some of his comedy friends appeared first on The Laugh Button.... [Read More]
Rowdy, rude and darkly funny: Scottish standups at the Edinburgh festival
Scott Gibson returns to the fringe after winning the best newcomer award in 2016. Can Scotland’s comedians triumph again this time?Fringe history was made last year when, for the first time, Scottish performers walked off with both major comedy awards: best show and best newcomer. Native talen... [Read More]
Gein’s Family Giftshop review – purist sketch group's most memorable show yet
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThe trio play depressed, maladroit losers with absolutely straight faces, and give an object lesson in offbeat humourMaking a virtue out of necessity, I’d call it – except that there’s nothing virtuous about Gein’s Family Giftshop, a sketch group... [Read More]
Alex Salmond ... Unleashed review – Edinburgh show is all bark and no bite
Assembly Rooms, EdinburghThe former first minister of Scotland and ex-MP promises a political kiss and tell, but while a convivial host, fails to deliver the goodsWhen the former first minister of Scotland and now ex-MP Alex Salmond announced this last-minute fringe run, it sold out faster than you ... [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]
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]