From a mime and his baby to singing sisters: Edinburgh's comedy double acts
Trygve Wakenshaw has brought his one-year-old son as a sidekick, Flo and Joan search for love and Giants present the old disintegrating duo routineFor as long as there’s been comedy, there’s been the double act. Big one, small one; straight one, funny one; know-all and dimwit: these dyna... [Read More]
From scissor attacks to diabetes improv: comedians' weirdest gigs
Lucy Porter caused a breakup. Romesh Ranganathan did a diabetes panel show. And Alexei Sayle survived a skinhead invasion. Comics relive their worst moments on stageThe 10 best jokes from the Edinburgh fringeA guy in the crowd had been drunkenly obnoxious all evening so I got everyone to chant &ldqu... [Read More]
Standups on why they quit comedy: 'I have nightmares about having to do it again'
She may be one of the favourites for this year’s Edinburgh Comedy awards, but Hannah Gadsby is about to call time on her career. Here, Gadsby, Patrick Marber, Natalie Haynes and Simon Fanshawe explain why they hung up their microphones‘Comedy’s a joke,” growls Hannah Gadsby, ... [Read More]
The 10 best jokes from the Edinburgh fringe
From infidelity to insomnia and taxidermy … the funniest gags we have heard so far from this year’s standup showsRobert Garnham: Insomnia is awful. But on the plus side – only three more sleeps till Christmas.Dan Antopolski: Centaurs shop at Topman. And Bottomhorse. Continue readi... [Read More]
Edinburgh star Mae Martin: ‘I had a breakup and noticed how similar it felt to getting off drugs'
The Canadian comic may look like she needs ID to get into her own shows, but her Fringe show is her frankest (and funniest) yet‘I love being gut-wrenchingly honest,” says elfin comic Mae Martin when we meet in an Edinburgh cafe. “It’s so satisfying.” Other standups book... [Read More]
An Indiana Jones spoof and the destruction of Palmyra – the six best shows at Edinburgh fringe 2017
Six of the best from Edinburgh including Mat Ewins’ barrage of one-liners, a German teacher placement at a secondary school and a transgender journey Pleasance Courtyard Building on the success of her 2016 show about sexism in comedy, the no-nonsense Welshwoman delivers a lean and effective se... [Read More]
John Robins review – painfully funny account of breaking up with Sara Pascoe
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThe standup provides near-constant laughs in a startlingly honest, high-powered show that spares no one – least of all himselfSara Pascoe: LadsLadsLads review – breakup tales from a woman rebornCan things get any worse for John Robins? At Christmas, he was d... [Read More]
Sara Schaefer: the breakout comic on trashing Trump and bombing on stage
After writing gigs on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, the American standup is heading for the big time via a show at the Edinburgh festival fringeLosing control of your bladder in a grocery store. Being bullied at school for using men’s deodorant. Getting posture problems as a result of walking ... [Read More]
Mark Thomas review – comic gambles on his audience in a lively show
Summerhall, Edinburgh The political comic mixes debate about Britain’s future with confessional memoir in an odd hybrid that solicits contributions from the crowdMark Thomas has called this latest fringe outing The Show that Gambles on the Future, which you’d peg as a reference to Britai... [Read More]