Jayde Adams: The Divine Ms Jayde review – comedy in full diva mode
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThe standup’s compelling personality and powerful voice add up to emphatic entertainment in this musical showThe audience are on their feet by the end of The Divine Ms Jayde, which feels less like spontaneous reaction than part of the show’s choreography. Th... [Read More]
Camilla Cleese on her dad John: 'He's not my favourite Python!'
The comedian is doing a show about her father in Edinburgh. She talks about the sexist LA standup scene, her reconciliation with her dad – and doing jokes about his ex-wivesWith just a hint of a smile, Camilla Cleese admits that the name of her Edinburgh fringe show is “the ultimate, sha... [Read More]
Evelyn Mok: Bubble Butt review – a bummer of a show
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghMok’s routines about sexuality, dolls and her mum’s disciplinary habits are promising but underpowered By the end, Evelyn Mok is blaming tiredness and asking her audience’s forgiveness. It’s been that kind of show: misfiring, fatally underpowered... [Read More]
Mr Swallow and the Vanishing Elephant review – a trunkful of tricks
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghNick Mohammed doesn’t quite conjure the powers of previous extravaganzas but this entertaining set has some impressive feats of memoryNick Mohammed’s comedy, magic and musical mashups have been among the highlights of recent Edinburgh fringes, culminating in... [Read More]
'After 15 minutes, my audience walked out': standups on their Edinburgh debuts
Bridget Christie got locked out, Nina Conti ran off with a monkey – and Reginald D Hunter begged his ex for help. Top comedians relive their first fringe gigDave GormanI was 19 and nowhere near ready. I had a decent enough act – if there was a full house and everyone was up for it. But I... [Read More]
Jessie Cave: Sunrise review – a twisted indie romcom in standup form
The Stand, EdinburghThe comic’s tangled personal life is the subject of bracingly raw scrutiny in this dazzling display of soul-searching comedyThere’s intimate standup comedy, and then there’s Jessie Cave’s shows: animated diary entries tracing the ebb and worrisome flow of ... [Read More]
Comedian Alex Edelman on meeting his antisemitic trolls: 'Curiosity is my defining characteristic'
The 29-year-old Bostonian followed a string of racist tweets all the way to a white nationalist meeting – and turned the experience into his new Edinburgh showThe 29-year-old Bostonian comic Alex Edelman (“I’m from a really racist part of Boston called Boston”) resembles a ca... [Read More]
Comedian Alex Edelman on meeting his antisemitic trolls: 'Curiosity is my defining characteristic'
The 29-year-old Bostonian followed a string of racist tweets all the way to a white nationalist meeting – and turned the experience into his new Edinburgh showThe 29-year-old Bostonian comic Alex Edelman (“I’m from a really racist part of Boston called Boston”) resembles a ca... [Read More]
Edinburgh festival 2018: the 10 best jokes
From patriarchy and perineums to why Donald Trump is like a bikini wax ... the funniest gags so far from this year’s standupsAthena Kugblenu: Patriarchy is putting Jane Austen on £10 notes the same time as bringing in contactless. Christian Talbot: Sometimes even I don’t understand... [Read More]