Elf Lyons review – daffy take on Swan Lake delivered in Franglais
Underbelly Med Quad, EdinburghWith a parrot costume, Jacques Brel songs and silly set pieces, Lyons dreams up an almost aggressively winsome hour of complete nonsenseIs it comedy, or a spirited child let loose on a dressing-up box? In Elf Lyons’ Swan, it is not always easy to tell. The show &n... [Read More]
Elf Lyons review – daffy take on Swan Lake delivered in Franglais
Underbelly Med Quad, EdinburghWith a parrot costume, Jacques Brel songs and silly set pieces, Lyons dreams up an almost aggressively winsome hour of complete nonsenseIs it comedy, or a spirited child let loose on a dressing-up box? In Elf Lyons’ Swan, it is not always easy to tell. The show &n... [Read More]
Jordan Brookes review – wildly entertaining standup demolishes conventions of comedy
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghYou seldom know exactly what’s happening in this set as our host prowls the room, eyeballs the audience and wreaks confusionIs the comedy world big enough for another Hans Teeuwen? The influence of that great Dutch disturbist is unmissable in Jordan Brookes’... [Read More]
Jordan Brookes review – wildly entertaining standup demolishes conventions of comedy
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghYou seldom know exactly what’s happening in this set as our host prowls the room, eyeballs the audience and wreaks confusionIs the comedy world big enough for another Hans Teeuwen? The influence of that great Dutch disturbist is unmissable in Jordan Brookes’... [Read More]
Mae Martin: Dope review – hair-raising comedy about romance and rehab
Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, EdinburghIn a likable and thoughtful set, the Canadian standup revisits her adolescence and explores the affinities between relationships and recreational drugsYou might think Mae Martin’s appearance on this week’s Edinburgh Comedy award shortlist crowns the e... [Read More]
Mae Martin: Dope review – hair-raising comedy about romance and rehab
Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, EdinburghIn a likable and thoughtful set, the Canadian standup revisits her adolescence and explores the affinities between relationships and recreational drugsYou might think Mae Martin’s appearance on this week’s Edinburgh Comedy award shortlist crowns the e... [Read More]
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]