All comedians have a friend in Randy Newman
Don’t be fooled by the slurred, common-man delivery: the writer of Short People and other staples is one of music’s sharpest satirists, capable of duping even his targets with his deceptively simple songsYou know Randy Newman. You know his voice: isn’t another one like it. You prob... [Read More]
Adrienne Truscott at Edinburgh festival review – a sparky yet shaky performance
Gilded Balloon, EdinburghTruscott has some funny, transgressive material but technical glitches and a lack of polish disrupt the flow of this setNot many acts enter fringe legend with their first stab at standup – so you can forgive Adrienne Truscott’s worries about how to follow that up... [Read More]
Liam Williams at Edinburgh festival review – a gripping slice of black comedy
Laughing Horse @ The Free SistersWilliams tiptoes around outright bleakness as he adds relationship angst to his ideological distress in another exciting Edinburgh show Related: Liam Williams: why heckling has gone out of fashion Last year’s show was called Capitalism; this one might have been... [Read More]
Edinburgh fringe 2015: comedy preview special
Sarah Callaghan | Julian Deane | Mawaan Rizwan | Corey White | Phil Jerrod | Kevin JThere’s nothing softly softly about the approach of Sarah Callaghan. An early twentysomething Londoner, she serves up a relentless fusillade of material at an impressive decibel level. You can almost imagine th... [Read More]
James Acaster: my top Edinburgh comedy picks
From a 12-year-old standup to a show all about water, Kettering’s finest comic talks us through the acts he’s most excited to see at this year’s fringeRob Auton: ­ The Water Show Banshee Labyrinth, to 30 AugA show all about water. Finally. I bet he’ll do a poem or two and... [Read More]
Edinburgh fringe 2015: what's your last taboo?
Everyone’s got boundaries, though some are a bit weirder than others. Here are the topics the fringe’s top comics won’t touch… Related: Edinburgh festival 2014: the sketch show isn't over, it's just waking up Continue reading...... [Read More]
Stand-up comedy, everything you need to know in one handy infographic
From Max Miller in the music halls to Michael McIntyre’s record-breaking 10 nights at the O2 Arena, British stand-up has a rich, varied history Continue reading... [Read More]
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]