'Why did the lefty cross the road?' How liberal Edinburgh comics are panning PC
A new wave of comedians probing faults in leftwing politics provoke a crucial debate, but does their exaggerated antagonism hamper the cause?Identity politics has gone too far. PC has gone mad. These aren’t unfashionable opinions: they’re practically mainstream. What’s new in fring... [Read More]
'Why did the lefty cross the road?' How liberal Edinburgh comics are panning PC
A new wave of comedians probing faults in leftwing politics provoke a crucial debate, but does their exaggerated antagonism hamper the cause?Identity politics has gone too far. PC has gone mad. These aren’t unfashionable opinions: they’re practically mainstream. What’s new in fring... [Read More]
Mark Thomas review – comic gambles on his audience in a lively show
Summerhall, Edinburgh The political comic mixes debate about Britain’s future with confessional memoir in an odd hybrid that solicits contributions from the crowdMark Thomas has called this latest fringe outing The Show that Gambles on the Future, which you’d peg as a reference to Britai... [Read More]
Alex Salmond ... Unleashed review – Edinburgh show is all bark and no bite
Assembly Rooms, EdinburghThe former first minister of Scotland and ex-MP promises a political kiss and tell, but while a convivial host, fails to deliver the goodsWhen the former first minister of Scotland and now ex-MP Alex Salmond announced this last-minute fringe run, it sold out faster than you ... [Read More]
Why a standup gig at Edinburgh is the perfect summer job for a jaded MP | Joanna Griffin and Lola Stephenson
Canvassing for support, getting heckled, hanging out in bars – it’s all great practice for politicians. And Alex Salmond is leading the way• Joanna Griffin and Lola Stephenson are a comedy double actParliament rises for recess tomorrow and the MPs will swap the daily commute to West... [Read More]
Alex Salmond to star in Edinburgh Fringe show
Ex-first minister to host Alex Salmond Unleashed – billed as mix of comedy, music, political reminiscence and chats with guestsAlex Salmond vowed to bounce back after losing his parliamentary seat last month. “You’ve not seen the last of my bonnet and me,” he said, paraphrasi... [Read More]
Alex Salmond to star in Edinburgh Fringe show
Ex-first minister to host Alex Salmond Unleashed – billed as mix of comedy, music, political reminiscence and chats with guestsAlex Salmond vowed to bounce back after losing his parliamentary seat last month. “You’ve not seen the last of my bonnet and me,” he said, paraphrasi... [Read More]
Comedians for Corbyn? They were keeping shtoom – or serenading Farage
Standup is supposedly a leftie haven. But from what I saw this week, the scene offered little support for the Labour leader – and, despite some droll insights, a lack of real debateWhere were you when you heard the exit poll? I was at a comedy show: Matt Forde’s Election Party Lock-In at... [Read More]
Arrest that comedian! How satire could swing the UK election
From disrupting dam-building to toppling dictators, comedy has shown itself to be a global force for good. Here’s what ‘laughtivism’ could do for British politicsAt a protest to mark the inauguration of President Trump, film-maker Michael Moore volunteered an unusual rallying call.... [Read More]
A right laugh: Geoff Norcott, the standup who turned Tory
He’s a likable performer capitalising on the idea that most of his fellow comedians are lefties. So is Norcott’s show Conswervative more wind-up than battle cry?“Have I got any Tories in?” Geoff Norcott is “the UK’s only declared Conservative comedian,” his ... [Read More]