Camilla Cleese review – drily amusing jokes about dad
Assembly, George Square, EdinburghIn a set called Produced by John Cleese, the Python’s daughter shares the bill with political standup Steve HofstetterHaving eschewed nepotism in the past to little profit, Camilla Cleese claims: “It’s now time I shamelessly exploited my last name... [Read More]
Steen Raskopoulos review – tears flow in emotionally raw comedy
Underbelly Cowgate, EdinburghThe Aussie standup ditches blithe character-comedy for a brave show that is often more sad than funnyNo one who’s seen the Aussie act Steen Raskopoulos would associate him with trauma-as-comedy. While Richard Gadd and Hannah Gadsby won awards for their soul-bearing... [Read More]
Adam Rowe's jobcentre joke crowned funniest of Edinburgh fringe
Liverpool comedian follows in footsteps of Ken Cheng and Tim Vine in winning awardComedians often strive to find laughter through the tears, and the winner of this year’s funniest joke of the Edinburgh fringe is no exception. Related: Young women are smashing it at Edinburgh as the #MeToo lega... [Read More]
Mat Ewins review – hi-tech gags from multimedia noodler extraordinaire
Just the Tonic at the Mash House, EdinburghArtistry and geekery combine in a set that shows off Ewins’ clever video editing and pranksterish sense of funBrexit. #MeToo. Editing a newspaper on Mars. One of those isn’t a popular topic among fringe comics. Indeed, I can imagine only one com... [Read More]
Mat Ewins review – hi-tech gags from multimedia noodler extraordinaire
Just the Tonic at the Mash House, EdinburghArtistry and geekery combine in a set that shows off Ewins’ clever video editing and pranksterish sense of funBrexit. #MeToo. Editing a newspaper on Mars. One of those isn’t a popular topic among fringe comics. Indeed, I can imagine only one com... [Read More]
Dylan Moran review – superb standup sets out to solve the problem of life
Stand Comedy Club, EdinburghIn his new show Dr Cosmos, Moran ranges across religion, politics, cat personalities and TV ads for shampooElsewhere on the fringe, twentysomething tyros will hurl their “hellzapoppin” comedy in your face, says Dylan Moran. But not here: “This is drive-t... [Read More]
Dylan Moran review – superb standup sets out to solve the problem of life
Stand Comedy Club, EdinburghIn his new show Dr Cosmos, Moran ranges across religion, politics, cat personalities and TV ads for shampooElsewhere on the fringe, twentysomething tyros will hurl their “hellzapoppin” comedy in your face, says Dylan Moran. But not here: “This is drive-t... [Read More]
Punchlines, power plays and Pussy Riot: Edinburgh fringe – in pictures
Richard Thomas returns with a new musical, Marcus Brigstocke pronounces on what is good and bad in the world, and Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina defies the Russian authorities to appear at Edinburgh. All photography by Murdo MacLeod Continue reading...... [Read More]
Alex Edelman review – a Jewish comic walks into a Nazi meeting …
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghIn Just for Us, the smooth-talking and apparently fearless Bostonian standup recounts gatecrashing a white supremacist gathering in New YorkA young Jewish guy goes to a Nazi meeting assuming he’ll be OK … it’s the definition of white privilege, the Bo... [Read More]