Edinburgh festival 2015: the six shows you shouldn't miss
A Desert Island Discs spoof, brooding circus performers who strip naked and a Yoko Ono-inspired love-fest … our critics choose their hot tickets at this year’s fringeO No!In less skilled hands, this might be teeth-grating whimsy. Instead, Jamie Wood’s blissful show is the fringe a... [Read More]
From drugs to infidelity: the comedy couple exposing their romance on stage
Standups Harriet Kemsley and Bobby Mair have turned their bumpy relationship into material for their individual Edinburgh fringe shows – and in doing so, have learned to love each other’s flawsIt was love at third sight. On 25 March 2012, Canadian Bobby Mair officially fell for Harriet K... [Read More]
Modern comedy too sanitised? What a strange thing to say…
Comedian Sam Simmons’s rant against ‘relatable’ comics in his Edinburgh show does both him and the festival a disserviceAussie absurdist Sam Simmons is one of the best-loved comedians on the fringe. Twice nominated for the Edinburgh comedy award, in 2011 and last year, he also won ... [Read More]
The Edinburgh festival in 24 hours: pagan raverobics, lewd mime and farm noir
How many Edinburgh shows can you watch back to back? With no sleep and a lot of running between theatres, one festival first-timer takes in everything from the Game of Thrones musical to an unexpectedly violent meditation classAlthough I’m an actor, this is my first Edinburgh fringe. I had alw... [Read More]
Byrnes night: Jason and Ed Byrne on how the Edinburgh fringe has changed
The comedy veterans – not related – sit down for a post-show drink and wonder what their 24-year-old selves would make of them nowJason Byrne sips a glass of red wine. “If the 24-year-old me could see me now,” he says, “he’d be smoking and drinking and going, &lsq... [Read More]
Edinburgh festival review: Minor Delays – stripped-back, breakneck sketches
Gilded Balloon, EdinburghNo stage frippery required – this comedy trio are strong enough to stand on their own, with sharp writing and some fine skewering of middle-class moresIt takes confidence to strip this much back from your sketch show. No set. No costumes. Not much movement and certainl... [Read More]
Reginald D Hunter webchat – as it happened
The outspoken comic answered your questions in a live webchat from the Edinburgh festival – and addressed everything from Donald Trump to the phrase ‘the n-word’ 12.37pm BSTReginald is wrapping up:Thanks for all your questions. I look forward to your support as I march on towards t... [Read More]
'I wear black to hide the sweat patches': comedians on their stage clothes
Comics at the Edinburgh fringe reveal their sartorial secrets, from furry trousers to see-through numbersI wear a black suit on stage, with a black shirt, black socks, black shoes and black pants. The audience never sees my pants, but they are definitely black. I like to commit to a colour scheme. J... [Read More]
Lolly Adefope at Edinburgh festival review – a show of many faces
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghIn Lolly, her first fringe solo show, the up-and-coming comedian introduces many personas with varying degrees of success, but is never short of charismaFrom Catherine Tate to Laura Solon, the multi-character, talking-heads comedy show has launched a number of fine comi... [Read More]
The Edinburgh fringe's puppet noir stars
Puppets pop up in lots of children’s shows at Edinburgh, but they also play leading roles in productions that are definitely not safe for toddlers. Here’s a who’s-who guide to the principal puppets in a trio of fringe thrillersThe star of Bruce (Underbelly, Cowgate, until 30 August... [Read More]