Edinburgh festival: why isn't fringe comedy more Scottish?
The world’s biggest comedy festival is an awkward place for Scottish comics to perform. I wish they’d give us more material tailored to their local audienceIs the fringe a Scottish festival? It doesn’t always feel like it. Comedy-wise, Scots are conspicuous by their scarcity at com... [Read More]
Joe Lycett at Edinburgh festival review – he makes funny seem easy
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghLycett’s scrapbook set of stories and pranks is consistently amusing and greatly enhanced by his playful, laidback mannerOnly on the fringe do you see the same performer in three different shows in the space of 48 hours. I saw Joe Lycett chickening out of a dust-u... [Read More]
Stewart Lee: A Room With a Stew at Edinburgh fringe review – a tongue-in-cheek comic on top of his game
Lee’s ability to ‘test a set piece to destruction’ is at the fore of an evolving show delivered with immense technical skill“No one is equipped to review me,” Stewart Lee declares near the beginning of this work-in-progress show, referring to the multiple layers of iron... [Read More]
Edinburgh comedy roundup: the best of the rest – week two
In Cahoots’ Muslim cabbie meets lager lout, right-wing man-of-the-people Nick Cody and hilarious Westlife groupie Sofie Hagen … it’s the fringe acts that almost got away“Do you review everything you see?,” I’m often asked at the fringe. That’s a practical i... [Read More]
Butt Kapinski at Edinburgh festival review – playful private-eye curio
Liquid Room, EdinburghAn interactive golden-age detective movie is created on stage with Deanna Fleysher’s alter-ego Kapinski leaning heavily on the audience for laughsA gumshoe in a mac and fedora, lit by the glare of a solitary streetlamp. It’s a familiar image, although Humphrey Bogar... [Read More]
Edinburgh sketch comedy roundup: magical, scatalogical and psychedelic
From the Boosh-like Beard to Gein’s Family Giftshop willy-jokes and Twisted Loaf’s gurning grotesquery, here are five more festival sets to see“And now we begin, as life does, with pregnancy,” Matilda Wnek of comedy duo Beard solemnly says before satanically squeezing segment... [Read More]
Heard the one about the comedian? The standups joking about each other
Comedians rarely repeat material by their peers. But plenty of comics are referencing each other at this year’s fringe – for good and illComedy has no equivalent to the cover version; comics seldom appropriate one another’s material – give or take Will Mars’s Joke Thiev... [Read More]
Felicity Ward at Edinburgh festival review – a personal whirlwind of a set
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThe Australian comedian’s experiences of anxiety, depression and irritable bowel syndrome are turned to fine comic use in this confident, fast-paced show“I love getting praise,” says Felicity Ward, which won’t surprise anyone who’s seen her... [Read More]
Kieran Hodgson: Lance at Edinburgh festival review – five-star comedy show takes the yellow jersey
Voodoo Rooms, EdinburghHodgson draws on youthful memories, the rise and fall of Lance Armstrong and northern characters for plentiful laughs and bittersweet sentimentJust do it, cyclist Lance Armstrong told a teenage Kieran Hodgson, in a daydream, halfway through the Holme Valley Mountain Bike Chall... [Read More]
The Pajama Men at Edinburgh festival review – gory and giddy
Assembly Roxy, EdinburghThe US duo deliver several very funny moments but their show that is let down by its disjointed characters and hard-to-follow plotlineShenoah Allen has created many a grotesque in Pajama Men shows gone by, but in this year’s offering from the US duo, he outdoes himself.... [Read More]