Trumped out: why the fringe can't keep up with 2017
From Trumpageddon to Brexit: The Musical, many would-be topical crowdpleasers at this year’s fringe can’t match the manic pace of real-life news eventsThis would be a bad time to try to hire a blond fright wig from a theatrical costumier. The ones that aren’t being worn, combed for... [Read More]
Phoebe Walsh: 'We've all spent five minutes looking for the right emoji'
She self-eviscerates in the style of tragic Instagram feeds and harvests jokes from unsent tweets. But comedian Phoebe Walsh’s twitchy social-media spin is revitalising singleton standup at Edinburgh this yearDuring her debut solo show, I’ll Have What She’s Having, comic Phoebe Wal... [Read More]
Alexei Sayle, Dolly Parton and payback time for critics: Edinburgh festival 2017 shows – in pictures
The Edinburgh festival 2017 runs the gamut from immersive political theatre to gender-questioning dance to standup comebacks – here’s a selection of shows photographed by Murdo MacLeod Continue reading...... [Read More]
Kiri Pritchard-McLean review – thorny issues tackled with sharp wit
Pleasance CourtyardVoluntary work with vulnerable children is an unlikely subject for comedy but this show is packed with plenty of insights – and laughsEven at a festival where comedians routinely tackle thorny subjects, the matter of Kiri Pritchard-McLean’s new show feels unlikely: App... [Read More]
Dave Johns review – heartwarming tale of late-in-life change from I, Daniel Blake star
Pleasance Dome, EdinburghJohns was ready to quit standup until Ken Loach came calling. His fringe return is full of humility and unpretentious good humourCinderella can’t touch this. Two years ago, Dave Johns was about to quit standup after 30 years and start selling donkey rides. Then Ken Loa... [Read More]
Why I wrote a comedy show about incontinence | Elaine Miller
As a physiotherapist, I know a third of women don’t have reliable body control. I wanted to raise awareness of this taboo subject at Edinburgh festivalI’m a physiotherapist, and as a fresh-faced graduate, my ambition was to work in elite sports. I did it, too, thriving on team spirit, tr... [Read More]
Aditi Mittal review – sharp reality checks amid Bollywood and Kama Sutra gags
Underbelly Med Quad, EdinburghThe standup is strongest when she eviscerates cultural cliches in this nervy but promising fringe debutAditi Mittal’s recent Radio 4 show was called A Beginner’s Guide to India, and it also describes what Mittal serves up for her maiden Edinburgh fringe show... [Read More]
Frankie Boyle review – the dark lord of comedy hits his meanest streak
EICC, EdinburghThe cackling peddler of brutal jokes about the most sensitive subjects is not for the faint-hearted, but his new standup show is relentlessly funnyIf you thought Frankie Boyle’s monologues on his recent BBC show New World Order were too mild, this is the show for you. Repeatedly... [Read More]