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]
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]
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]
Spider-Man's dad, Ruby Wax and Labour v Tory standup: Edinburgh festival 2017 – in pictures
The Edinburgh festival 2017 is still going strong with unlikely film stars, black-history monologues and toddler comedy sidekicks – here’s a selection of the latest shows photographed by Murdo MacLeod Continue reading...... [Read More]