Norris and Parker review – cannibals and secretaries in skilful sketches
Kate Norris and Sinead Parker sketch out the desperation of a quarter-life crisis in lurid performance and fine writingAll Edinburgh venues have their ghosts, and in the Pleasance Attic I’m haunted by the sister double-act Toby, who scored a distinctive dark-comic hit here five years ago. Kati... [Read More]
Edinburgh festival planner: three shows to see today
At the festival but not sure which tickets to book? Try one, two or all three of the picks in this itinerary Full list of our recommended Edinburgh shows5.45pm, Pleasance Courtyard (until 28 August) Continue reading...... [Read More]
Six is the loneliest number: why tiny comedy crowds are no fun for anyone
Stepping before an audience the size of a football team must make every comic’s soul shrivel – and the experience is no less agonising for those watchingThere’s no feeling quite like it. I arrive at the Edinburgh festival’s Assembly Roxy venue to see Sam Campbell – dire... [Read More]
Goose at Edinburgh festival review – hyperactive search for lost sweetheart
Assembly George Square, EdinburghSweat-drenched Adam Drake teeters on the edge of chaos in a quickfire set of micro-sketches I’ve seen plenty of performers sweat on the Edinburgh fringe, but until now I’d not seen one disrobe and wring a pint of sweat from his T-shirt. Suffice to say, Ad... [Read More]
Edinburgh festival planner: three shows to see today
At the festival but not sure which tickets to book? Try one, two or all three of the picks in this itinerary Full list of our recommended Edinburgh shows12pm, Stand Comedy Club (until 28 August) Continue reading...... [Read More]
Edinburgh fringe performers swept up in 2016's political whirlwind
From the Brexit vote to the US presidential race, the tumult of the year’s news shows how nimble – or lucky – artists need to be to stay relevantMost would agree that timing is vital to the comedians in Edinburgh this summer. But, this year, it has also proven crucial for political... [Read More]
Mr Swallow: Houdini five-star review – a giddy feat of comedic derring-do
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghNick Mohammed’s daft alter ego combines death-defying escapes with convention-shredding comedy in a show operating on several layers of reality Overlooked for an Edinburgh Comedy award nomination two years ago, when his spoof Dracula musical first sunk its fangs i... [Read More]
Ayesha Hazarika review – former Labour adviser's gossipy Westminster gags
Gilded Balloon Teviot, EdinburghFrom Gordon Brown confusing LGBT and BLT to her ‘conscious uncoupling’ from Corbyn-era Labour, the former Whitehall insider reveals a political culture as amusing as it is appalling“I feel like Jeremy Corbyn at a rally,” says Ayesha Hazarika, t... [Read More]
Jonathan Pie at Edinburgh festival review – foul-mouthed fury of a fake newsman
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghTom Walker’s Tory-blasting internet hit arrives on stage but there are precious few jokes in this deeply strange showWhat can it mean, that Jonathan Pie is one of the breakout comic characters of 2016? Tom Walker’s fake news reporter, whose off-camera rants ... [Read More]
Comedians on meeting their hecklers: ‘I ran upstairs and hid in a cupboard’
Sarah Kendall, Mark Watson, Alexei Sayle and other standups recall what happened when they came face to face with their toughest critics after a showSimon Munnery: I married my hecklerMy most unsettling heckle wasn’t verbal. I was struggling on stage. My material wasn’t funny. My face wa... [Read More]