This week’s best Edinburgh comedy
Ivo Graham | Joseph Morpurgo | The PinAs Ivo Graham acknowledges in the course of his confidently performed and laughter-rich show, he has a few obstacles when getting an audience to like him. For a start, he’s an Old Etonian, a status that many people find troubling at the best of times, let ... [Read More]
Sarah Kendall: A Day in October at Edinburgh festival review – artful, slippery and engaging
Assembly George Square studios, EdinburghThe comedian’s heartfelt story about the shark-infested waters of her teenage life sits uneasily with the truth, but this makes for a gripping experience Never let the truth get in the way of a good story, they say, and Sarah Kendall is playing slippery... [Read More]
Edinburgh comedy awards: I’d love to see Kieran Hodgson grab the glory
The comedian’s show Lance would be a worthy winner, if he can triumph over four-time nominee James Acaster and the inventive Joseph MorpurgoThe 35th Edinburgh comedy award nominees in full Explore all the winners – interactiveYou’d guess – by the two-hour delay to today&rsquo... [Read More]
Edinburgh comedy awards 2015: the nominees in full
Find out who is in the running for the biggest prize in the funny businessEdinburgh comedy awards: explore all the winners – interactiveA record-breaking eight-strong shortlist of acts are up for best comedy show at the 35th Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy awards. The nominees, announced on We... [Read More]
The Story Beast at Edinburgh festival review – in-yer-face Anglo-Saxon yarns
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghJohn Henry Falle romances mermaids and roars through Beowulf in an enjoyable yet inconsistent performanceNominated this week for the Malcolm Hardee award for comic originality, The Story Beast casts John Henry Falle – of sketch troupe the Beta Males – as a h... [Read More]
Grace the Child: the 12-year-old standup wowing the Edinburgh fringe
She started at eight years old and is now the youngest comedian to appear on the funniest jokes of the fringe list. But she’s taking fame and stardom in her strideGrace the Child is not taking calls. Yesterday, the 12-year-old comedian became the youngest to appear on the TV channel Dave&rsquo... [Read More]
Top five things to see this week: La Traviata, Holy Holy and Julia Morris
Verdi’s La Traviata is reimagined by Sisters Grimm; Julia Morris says ‘thanks but no thanks’ to feedback and science researchers reveal how they really feel, as we select the best things to see and do this week across the arts Continue reading...... [Read More]
Online standups take the stage in Edinburgh
Some of YouTube’s comedy stars have had millions of hits, but performing on stage is a very different skill – and not all of them are up to the challengeIn any given year in Edinburgh, a new clutch of “YouTube comedy stars” pitch up to try their hand at live comedy, fringe-st... [Read More]
Fern Brady at Edinburgh festival review – funniest when the studied grouchiness slips
Stand Comedy Club, EdinburghScorn is scattered liberally in an engaging show that also lets slip a welcome peek at the charismatic entertainer underneath“I am a horrible person,” says Fern Brady in her show People Are Idiots.You may already be getting the measure of an act that trades he... [Read More]
When poking fun at your audience turns into bullying
The rules of engagement in theatre have changed, and now audience participation is everywhere. But artists have a responsibility to take care of those they pick onI’m always fascinated in the theatre by how quickly an audience understands the rules of engagement. When someone standing on stage... [Read More]