Tessa Coates: ‘The funniest TV show? The Royle Family’
Writer, standup and member of sketch group Massive Dad on the things that make her laugh the mostEddie Izzard. He’s wonderful now, but the really early stuff is something else: babies on spikes, le singe est dans l’arbre, cake or death, Agatha, Bagatha and Tabitha. Oh, he’s the bes... [Read More]
Glenn Moore review – blissfully silly zingers with mass appeal
Just the Tonic @ The Tron, EdinburghSupposedly the story of his attempt to go on a mission to Mars, Moore’s set is actually a string of high-quality jokes Comedy is not just about jokes, as we comedy types like to whinge – usually when Dave’s joke of the fringe top 10 is released t... [Read More]
Felicity Ward: Busting a Nut review – a jumble sale of jokes
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghFrom gags about vintage frocks to her toilet roll-hoarding mother-in-law, Ward is endearing, if under-poweredNot every Edinburgh comedy set needs a theme, story or tear-jerking finale. But it helps when the material coheres; when something turns a series of unrelated ro... [Read More]
Lazy Susan: Forgive Me, Mother! review – brilliant send-up of #MeToo anxiety
Assembly George Square, EdinburghSketch duo Celeste Dring and Freya Parker are unstoppable in an outrageous and irreverent hour for ‘ladies and predators’‘Good afternoon, ladies and predators!” A host of comedy shows this year have addressed #MeToo, but none quite like sketch... [Read More]
Edinburgh comedy award shortlist includes Ahir Shah and Rose Matafeo
Felicity Ward, Alex Edelman, Glenn Moore, Larry Dean and Kieran Hodgson also among standups in the running for £10,000 main prize – but the list has some striking omissions The shortlist has been announced for the 2018 Edinburgh Comedy award, and it’s the most traditional lineup th... [Read More]
Love Songs review – comedy in the key of life
Underbelly Cowgate, EdinburghEndearing storytelling carries the day in Alissa Anne Jeun Yi’s show, combining standup, poetry and rapAlissa Anne Jeun Yi’s flyers call her Edinburgh fringe debut a “one-woman spoken-word and rap show” but Love Songs, tucked into the corner of Un... [Read More]
I saw a man die on stage. It was me | Brian Logan
He’s been derided by Daniel Kitson, shamed by Stewart Lee – and now our comedy critic has been depicted having his brains blown out by Sam Campbell. Just as well he can take a jokeI can see why you might think it’d be alarming. I’m in the audience at Sam Campbell’s nutt... [Read More]
John-Luke Roberts review – Spice up your life with the nonsense manifesto
Assembly George Square, EdinburghA parade of daft characters and killer gags illustrate Roberts’ credo that absurdism reflects the chaos of being aliveLeft-field standup John-Luke Roberts has always been appreciated as an innovator, coining new comedies on the margins while less interesting ac... [Read More]