Edinburgh fringe 2015: How to be the perfect audience member
Top comics offer handy hints on making the most of your Edinburgh experience Related: Natasia Demetriou – comedy's most nervous standup? Related: Phil Wang: Impossibly wise or offensively stupid – Chinese people in US films Continue reading...... [Read More]
Stand-out comedians: Edinburgh festival's game-changers
Acts on the fringe can change our definition of comedy and show us the funny where we least expected it. These performers rewrote the rulebookWhat does a truly innovative Edinburgh fringe show look like? I’ve seen plenty of terrific comedy shows there over the years, and I’ll see more ov... [Read More]
Edinburgh fringe 2015: 10 shows to see
It’s the world’s biggest arts festival, with 300 venues and 10 times as many shows. So where do you start? Here’s a selection I’m excited aboutVertical InfluencesAssembly at Murrayfield ice rinkDancing on ice … but not as you know it. The Canadian company Le Patin Libr... [Read More]
As a neuroscientist who’s done standup, I know performance anxiety is no joke | Sophie Scott
With the announcement of a support group for stressed comedians at the Edinburgh fringe, is there any way of making life on stage easier?A fear of speaking aloud in public is one of the most common social phobias, and is estimated to affect up to three in every 10 people.It’s probably not surp... [Read More]
The Austentatious guide to the Edinburgh fringe 1815
How did visitors to the world’s biggest arts festival conduct themselves among the city’s novelty potato shops in the Regency era? This information has been unearthed as part of the Fringe Reconstruction Society and appears to be an entirely genuine, definitely bona fide tourist guide to... [Read More]
Tom Allen's comedy space odyssey: finding the right sized room for standup
A huge, brightly lit stage? It feels like a cell. A mic propped right in front of the audience? You can see if they’re not smilingIn an age when a generation experiences TV series on a laptop balanced precariously on their chest, standup comedy is about coming together and being part of someth... [Read More]
“Millennial” Alex Edelman lands on Edinburgh Fringe’s shortlist for 2014 awards
The shortlist of nominees for Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards from this 2014 EdFringe are out, and among the Brits and Aussies is one young Yank -- 25-year-old American Alex Edelman, with his first EdFringe show, "Millennial." Edelman started performing stand-up and soaking up the scene in Boston w... [Read More]
“What Would Beyonce Do?” Luisa Omielan’s one-woman spectacular makes its U.S. debut
Have you heard The Beatles arrived in the United States 50 years ago this month? Yes. We've heard. We've all heard. The onslaught of 50th anniversary reminders bring with them a slew of memories and expectations that remain unfair to every other British performing act looking to invade, infiltrate a... [Read More]
Greg Proops
Stateside Greg Proops may be primarily known for his improv alongside Drew Carey, Wayne Brady, Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, but when it comes to the U.K.’s discerning stand-up audiences, he’s a pretty big deal. And justifiably so: His two-week Edinburgh Fest... [Read More]