Edinburgh comedy awards: the nominees in full
Female comics dominate the nine-strong shortlist for the ‘Oscars of live comedy’, as shows about a breakup, a goodbye and class consciousness make the cut• Plan your trip: the Edinburgh 2017 shows we recommendThe Edinburgh comedy award shortlist has been announced, and it features m... [Read More]
Sophie Willan review – cheery standup skewers lazy labels
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghIn a cracking show, Branded, Willan has an easy rapport with the audience as she interrogates her identity as a northern, female, working-class comedian Northern, female, working-class. When Sophie Willan made her comedy debut last year, the industry pounced on her &nda... [Read More]
Edinburgh fringe's funniest jokes, from 2012 to 2017 – video
Chuckle at what are officially the best gags from the Edinburgh fringe festival in recent years. From Stewart Francis’s 2012 one-liner to Ken Cheng’s 2017 triumph, all were voted winner of the Dave Funniest Joke of the Fringe awardKen Cheng’s pound coin gag voted Edinburgh fringe&r... [Read More]
Ahir Shah review – a call to arms against political complacency
Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, EdinburghThe astute standup drills into the divided, dysfunctional state of our world in a combative hour of coruscating comedy “I’m left, I’m liberal and I’m losing,” says Ahir Shah, but with this new show, Control, he’s not goi... [Read More]
Ken Cheng's pound coin gag voted Edinburgh fringe's funniest joke
Comedian who quit Cambridge University for online poker says both his careers are based on ‘extreme punishment or reward’The 10 funniest jokes we heard at the Edinburgh fringeThey say comedy can be found in the most banal of subjects, and the 2017 winner of Dave’s Funniest Joke of ... [Read More]
Iain Stirling review – the voice of Love Island speaks out
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghFans have flocked to hear him spill the beans on the islanders, but instead we get some sharply expressed though extremely familiar standup materialEdinburgh native Iain Stirling has been bringing comedy shows to the fringe for most of a decade, but only this year has h... [Read More]
Phil Wang: Kinabalu review – patriotism, privilege and lots of lube
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghEthnicity and empire are tricky subjects, but not for someone living the immigrant dream and riffing on race with a childlike glee‘I finally became a man this year,” says 27-year-old Phil Wang, citing a first purchase of lube as the threshold to adulthood. H... [Read More]
Comedian Phil Wang: 'I enjoy a level of patriotism that only immigrants can have'
The British-Malaysian comic on why conversations about race in the UK have become absurd, his favourite standups and how to outdo a rival’s nipple tassels You talk a lot in your show about having one foot in British society and one foot out of it.I’ve always felt like an outsider. I was ... [Read More]